Reflection: Standards Alignment Water Uses - Unexpected - Section 4: Explore


Sometimes students in my classroom express initial confusion over the integration of subjects. For example, if we discuss scientific content in a math lesson (examples:  Counting Clams or Swimming Swamp Monkeys) they might ask me, “Shouldn’t we be using our science journals instead of our math journals?” 

This is how I try to explain the combination of academic subjects that some students and adults have been taught to think are mutually exclusive. All subjects are integrated. Some are more logically connected than others (science and math as opposed to art and geography, perhaps) but everything is connected. 

As far as what subject we working on officially, which helps administrators check lesson plans and students make notebook choices, I ask myself and the children, “What is the core idea in this lesson?”  In the Counting Clams lesson, the core idea is working on multiplication with larger numbers.  In Swimming Swamp Monkeys, the core idea is using open number lines to sole simple multiplication word problems.

This lesson uses science and social studies content as the vehicle for student practice with estimation and pictographs.

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Water Uses - Unexpected

Unit 10: Water
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT round to the closest ten or hundred, estimate, and subtract with regrouping to make a pictograph about some water uses that we don't ordinarily think about.

Big Idea: This lesson continues to develop students' understanding of graphing , subttraciton, place value estimation and rounding while giving them an introduction to the myriad of "unseen" water uses.

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Science, water conservation, water cycle, water
  60 minutes
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