@I love teaching with using an integrated curriculum approach utilizing STEM. Please join me is discussing different ways you integrate curriculum to keep students engaged in what would otherwise seem like a boring topic.
Fabulous conversation starter @lharting One of my latest favourite integrated units recently was 'Our World of Patterns'.
Our essential question was 'How do patterns make up our world?'
This was a 10 week investigation with grades 3/4 and involved every curriculum area. We had microscopes set up to explore patterns up close in insects wings, Algebra, number patterns, Fibonacci, Sierpinski and Pythagoras got a look in with maths, poetry and spelling patterns were enjoyed during english, designs created for art installations, choreography patterns created for dance, games invented for physical education, patterns that famous artists used in their art, and an exhibition to culminate sharing learning and project creations with peers, younger students, older classes, and parents.
We spent time initially exploring patterns. Making patterns using links on our LMS. We collected patterns that were from the four science; Biological sciences, Chemical sciences, Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences. We collected patterns from around Australia and her neighbouring countries, patterns made by famous artists,, mathematical patterns and word patterns.
Our LMS was used to great effect to discuss, problem solve, learn from videos, share learning, and display work.
Some cool links we used were:
Number Pattern Solver | Activity | Education.com
Activities | Education.com
Patterns Game: Patterns activities
Some ideas we wanted to explore:
That sounds fantastic, Bobby! I am working on a multidisciplinary unit involving the coordinate plane for math. I am making my floor into a coordinated plane using painter tape. Each tile line (my room is tiled) will serve as a number. Students will draw two cards from a bag, I have positive numbers 1-15 and negative numbers 1-15. The first card that a student draws will be the X-axis and the second card will serve at the Y-axis, this will be the coordinate pair. Students will go to their spot on the coordinate plane. Two other students will do the same until three students are standing on the giant coordinate plane. Next, students will determine what triangle is formed and measure the angles. Students that are not actually on the floor’s coordinate plane will plot the same coordinate pairs on paper. Longitude and latitude will be addressed and compared to the coordinate plane. We will discuss and review Prime Meridian, Equator, and the four hemispheres.
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