Writing in Science can help students examine their knowledge and understanding of basic science concepts and ideas. It can furnish students an opportunity to use and develop an understanding of content-specific vocabulary. Teachers can use the writing as formative assessment to judge whether or not students are comprehending the vital information in the discipline. Science Journals and Learning Logs are great oppotunities to connect Science and Writing.
Websites on Writing in Science:
Better Writing in Science Poster - PDF
Using Writing in Science Class
How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals
Build a RAFTS Writing Prompt for Science Class
Journals and Logs: Science, Conversation, and Writing