Integrating Science with Math and ELA

As we design and develop our approaches to education, the consideration of a cross-curricular approach can offer students many beneficial opportunities!

·      Creates a more engaging activity that appeals to more students’ interests.

·      Maximizes use of the limited time in the school day.

·      Promotes career readiness (most careers involve an integration of multiple fields of study).

·      Math and science are so closely linked they can’t be taught well separately.

·      Improves students’ communication skills.

·      Provides continuity between schooling and the rest of their lives.

·      Helps them see how making calculations / doing math is relevant to the real world.

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Here are some simple ways to integrate math and ELA with science:

·      Students can gather and organize scientific data.

·      Students create a poem or wrap about a scientific principle.

·      Incorporate media literacy by showing a video relating to a science phenomenon.

·      Read scientific text and create an argument from the evidence.

·      Deliver a speech or host a class debate on an environmental topic.

·      Explore scientific facts, such as the freezing and boiling points of liquids.

·      Compute and compare the velocities of different sized model cars.

·      Create a chart or graph of rainfall over the course of a month.


Check out these additional resources!

Books by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith:

Science Verse Science Verse– Get students excited about (and remembering) key science concepts with sing-alongs and poetry.  Available at:  https://www.amazon.com/Science-Golden-Awards-Picture-Awards/dp/0670910570

Math Curse – What if math was taking over your daily life?  Follow the journey of a young girl who breaks such a curse.  Available at:  https://www.amazon.com/Math-Curse-Jon-Scieszka/dp/0670861944