Going Online Helps
As a social studies teacher, I’m teaching kids about the history and pioneers of science, technology, engineering, and math, so it made sense to embrace that in my classroom. Using online curriculum from Kids Discover and other resources allows me to make the connection between social studies and STEM at any time, and with great ease. When students select a social studies topic online, they immediately see many articles connected to that topic and related science content.
Recently I had my students reading about ancient Rome. As they were reading online, they found information relating to the Romans’ building techniques. We then had an engaging discussion on their aqueducts and how and why they worked. My favorite moments are when students make connections between social studies and science on their own.
Another example where my students were able to connect STEM and social studies was when we learned about ancient Egypt. One of my students noticed that the early Egyptian society started around the Nile River and made the connection to Mesopotamian society starting around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. We were then able to link the importance of rivers to the development of early civilizations. We then researched and discussed the science behind what how rivers benefit a new civilization.
When it comes to cross-curricular learning, I’m not only teaching my students about historical people and events, I’m showing them how to take what happened in the past and apply their critical thinking skill to analyze why and how these things happened. Learning about the past enables my students to think critically about their present, and their future.
I can show them that learning about Rome, for example, can help us learn about building and engineering today. I can show them that learning about Mesopotamia gives us great insights into how societies form and what people’s lives were like.
Getting students excited about their own learning gives them the drive and power to answer their own questions, to investigate solutions to problems, and to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing world.
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