Carol Sue Harless
Stone Mountain, GA
Involving Science Teachers
Someone asked how to get the Science teachers involved. I implemented a project at the high level two years ago with a Science teacher. The students were working on a unit about space. She and I met, and I gave her a list of novels that related to her topic. We chose two novels -- science fiction -- and the students each chose which of the two they wanted to read.
We had the students develop a web page about the novel; students designed a timeline and a character development chart. It was taking the students beyond the textbook, and they were hooked.
The students in each group asked if they could read the book from the other group, as they liked it so much. The students designed a vocabulary section on their site, added music, graphics and a summary of the book and how it related to their lessons in class.
Next semester, we are doing another science project with the students on forensic science. Once again, I will provide the teacher with a list of novels relating to forensics, and then she will choose which ones are best for her class. The students will be visiting a lab in our area, and we will invite a forensic scientist here as well. So, Science can incorporate novels into the curriculum.
For Math, it does take a bit more creativity, but here is where a Math teacher and another content area teacher can collaborate. The forensic science chapter and reading can include math as well. All it takes is creativity and the willingness to work together.
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