When people think of literacy, they often first think of reading. In the Middle Ages, to be literate meant to be educated, to have knowledge of letters. Reading was an emerging skill as printed material became available. Today, literacy still means to be knowledgeable about a discipline, but it involves far more than reading.
Today, we include other skill sets beside decoding words and comprehending their meaning under the rubric of literacy. At Spigot Science, we include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and thinking about science under the science literacy umbrella. Today's students need to be able to use all these skills to fully understand science topics.
The big question is how do we help them develop these skills? This is where you can help. Share your best tip for developing science literacy skills in the comments below.