10 Tips for Making Science Cross-Curricular

  1. Science is the perfect vehicle to teach writing. Science Journals build daily practice and encourage descriptive as well as expository skills, like compare and contrast, process, and cause and effect.

  2. Use the Graphic Organizer Pocket Chart every day. Compare math formulas, events or people in history, story elements or scientific observations. Children build key critical thinking skills when they find and explore relationships in any subject.

  3. Get students in the habit of reading informational text with Radius® Reading Strategy Kits. Color-coded to appeal to visual learners, these kits help students understand the structure of expository text and pick out main ideas and details.

  4. Embed math in a scientific experiment. When math solves a real-world problem, children apply what they know and gain deeper understanding. The Gallon Measurement Set and Step-by-Step Measurement Mat are perfect for classroom experiments.

  5. Make science come to life with biographies of great scientists or true stories about their discoveries. Then, read science fiction and compare how the real stands up to the imaginary.

  6. Once students are comfortable collecting data, encourage civic responsibility by studying an environmental issue in your neighborhood. Have them write to local governments and businesses and see if they can make a positive change in their community.

  7. Get creative with science inquiry! The digestive system is more fun when students travel through it from the perspective of a piece of food. Or, when students have to persuade you to live on one planet over another, you'll see how much they really know about the solar system.

  8. Reinforce scientific themes with colorful theme-based counters. Bright and engaging, they encourage sorting, classifying, patterning and counting skills that can transfer to math, social studies and language arts.

  9. Hide artifacts inside the Write-On/Wipe-Off Tabletop Center, leave clues in the outside pockets and play 20 Questions until students guess the identity of the artifacts. It's never too early to teach inference and investigation skills with clue words like who, what or how.

  10. Let students invent their own games! Have them write their game rules in their Science Journals for a long-lasting keepsake of their scientific creativity.