10 Creative Ways for Cross Curricular Collaboration
Collaboration across the curriculum and departments is very important. It shows students that the skills they are learning each and every day within classroom walls has a benefit beyond their years at school. While cross-curricular collaboration sounds time-consuming for teachers, it can be fun. Making learning fun and relevant will help the lessons within those units stick longer with the students.
Project-based learning has been around for several years. It is a great technique for giving students real-world problems to solve and issues to discuss while teaching interdisciplinary skills. For some creative ideas for projects and lessons, keep reading!
Combining Math and Science
For a great combination between math and science, a weather unit can be perfect. Students could talk with local weather anchors to see how they determine what the weather will be doing over the course of a week. They could look at or Skype with weather anchors from different parts of the country. After lots of weather research, students could be assigned a certain region or state. They must then create a weather report based on statistics, maps, and graphs given to them by the teacher. They could try to predict the weather, then watch those local news channels the following week to see how their own weather predictions worked out.
Saving our environment is vital to the survival of future generations. Students could research several aspects for this project. They could research how to create blueprints for houses as well as green home project ideas. These ideas can be as simple as ways to recycle but also include new technological advances in green energy. Students then could be given a budget and different scenarios with which they must create a home for their client that is based on green energy. They would work through the budget the family has and create the blueprint for the green home.
Combining Science and History
Historical scientific discoveries
Students could look at a provided list of scientific discoveries, whether from a certain time period or just significant discoveries. Students then research why these discoveries were essential and how they were discovered. They could also focus on how our world today would be different without these discoveries.
Looking at natural disasters throughout the world from monsoons to hurricanes to earthquakes and more, students could research what causes these natural disasters as well as how people prepare for these natural disasters before they occur. They could even look at the types of warning signs that something bad is about to happen. Students would also discover how people reacted after a natural disaster to restore life to the way it was and how long it actually takes. Students then would be presented with a natural disaster, and they would have to develop a prevention plan as well as a plan for what would happen after the natural disaster occurred.
Combining Math and History
Building historical monuments
There are so many beautiful monuments throughout the world that students could look at how those monuments were built and why they were built. Students could then work through the process of measuring those monuments by studying angles and materials. They could even go so far as to create their own historical monument that doesn’t already exist to commemorate a person or event. They would have to create the measurements and think about the materials used as well as why they were building that particular monument.
Statistics can be applied in any number of ways, but one that I like in particular is using maps. Students could create maps based on different statistics which would also educate them about the world around them. They could create a map of Europe based on the number of troops enlisted in World War II as opposed to the number of casualties. They could look at a world map and create a map based on population versus the actual size of countries. Students could also research birth versus death rates, numbers of natural disasters, or numbers and types of significant discoveries. There are endless ways to apply statistics.
Combining English and Science
Watch an environmental video
Students could watch a TED talk or YouTube video about an environmental issue. They could then explain what the problem is, why it’s still an issue, and propose a possible solution. They could even analyze news reports about real environmental issues and create a debate or run a campaign for that environmental issue.
Students could take an environmental issue and create a prototype to solve that issue. It could be anything from pollution in the ocean to making recycling easier to nonprofit organizations for saving endangered species. Students then have to develop a persuasive presentation to present to the “sharks”. These could be building administration, other teachers, or business people in the community. Students then present their product to the sharks and must be able to answer questions about it. They try to get the sharks to invest in their prototype.
Combining English and History
Students could read biographies of influential world leaders then research a teacher-provided list of current event topics. Students would then prepare to come to the World Summit as the person they read about and engage in discussion with others about current event issues like war and poverty.
Students could read biographies of previous presidents. They could then run a present-day campaign for that presidential candidate. They will maintain the values of the presidential candidate, but they will have to address modern-day issues. They could create campaign posters or buttons and have a debate. It would end with an election.
There are so many great ways to include different subjects. They show students the relevance of the subjects they are learning. Combining subject materials might also help students discover what they want to do in the future.
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