About This Chapter
Cross-Curricular & Content-Specific Instruction - Chapter Summary
Language arts and social studies both require strong reading, writing and comprehension skills, while math and science share problem-solving and inquiry. In these lessons, you will gain new perspectives on how to apply teaching methodologies within and across content areas. The lessons include will help you with the following:
- Identifying cross-curricular connections
- Applying P.A.R., KWL and GIST across content areas
- Teaching math using a problem-centered approach
- Applying guided inquiry to science instruction
Each of our lessons is followed by a short quiz that helps to reinforce your retention of the material, and the chapter test helps you to measure your progress as you work. Since these lessons were written by teachers, they address the kinds of challenges you face in the classroom, especially that of integrating material across curricular lines. Our subject matter experts give you an additional resource, so you never have to go very far to find whatever help you need.
How It Helps
- Connects coursework to the real world: You will be able to help your students understand the real-world applications of math and science problems.
- Improves skills across subject areas: By incorporating reading comprehension strategies across content areas, you will help your student perform better in such classes as history, science and more.
- Fosters scientific thinking: You will be able to show your students how to apply scientific inquiry to questions they may encounter in other classes or life outside school.
At the end of this chapter, teachers will be able to:
- Visualize how different disciplines are connected
- Teach real-world applications of math through a problem-based approach
- Integrate language arts strategies into other content areas
- Incorporate KWL, P.A.R and other techniques across the curriculum
1. Interdisciplinary Connections in Mid-Level Curriculum & Instruction
This lesson teaches steps to develop interdisciplinary middle school curriculum and instruction. You'll learn rationale for making connections, how content and resources contribute to understanding and strategies to facilitate integration of knowledge.
2. Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing Across Content Areas
Students are required to read and write in most subject areas. How can teachers support this? This lesson discusses strategies that promote writing and reading comprehension in all content areas.
3. Instructional Strategies for Problem-Centered Mathematics
Problem-centered math teaches students to think analytically about math problems. This lesson describes what a math-centered classroom looks like, and explains how teachers can support student learning.
4. Providing an Inquiry-Based Science Environment
What is an inquiry-based science environment? Learn why it is valuable, how such an environment can be provided, and some of the challenges, especially for English language learners and students with exceptionalities, in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the Effective Instructional Strategies for Teachers course
- Basic Principles of Instruction
- Instructional Planning
- Teacher-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement
- Tools & Techniques for the Classroom
- Instructional Strategies for Language Skills
- Integrated Learning in the Classroom
- Technology for the Classroom
- Learning Environments