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.
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