Friday, 16 March 2018

Making Connections between Math & Science units in Grade 9 Applied

In my previous posts about this topic, I asked the question "should Math and Science be taught together?" and presented my Experimental Design for how this might look.

Below in an analysis of the connections between the Grade 9 Applied Math Number Sense & Algebra Unit and the 5 units of the Grade 9 Applied Science course:
A - Scientific Investigation and Career Exploration
B - Biology (Ecosystems)
C - Chemistry
D - Earth & Space Science (Astronomy)
E - Physics (Electricity)

Number Sense & Algebra
Solving Problems Involving Proportional Reasoning
A
B
C
D
E
Illustrate equivalent ratios using a variety of tools
C3.1
D2.3
D3.1
Represent, using equivalent ratios and proportions, directly proportional relationships arising from realistic situations
B1.1
B1.2
B2.3
B2.4
B2.5
D2.3
D3.1
Solve for the unknown value in proportion, using a variety of methods
D2.3
D3.1
Make comparisons using unit rates
E1.1
E1.2
E2.7
Solve problems involving ratios, rates, and directly proportional relationships in various contexts using a variety of methods
D2.3
D3.1
E1.1
E1.2
E2.7
Solve problems requiring the expression of percents, fractions, decimals in their equivalent forms
E1.1
E1.2
E2.7

This is just some of the preliminary work anticipated with this type of interdisciplinary model of teaching Math and Science.  Designing units that connect the courses in a logical manner, as well as designing holistic assessments that are comparable to those in the individual Math and Science courses would be a next step.

I would be really excited to try this!  The Math department at my school had made huge gains and this plan was not enacted.  Another avenue I would be curious to explore is teaching a combined Grade 12 University Physics course with the Advanced Functions and the Calculus and Vectors course.  There are many commonalities between these courses.  I have found many students from my Physics course tell me that their vector work is simple because they have so much experience with vectors in my class. The time savings could be used to delve deeper into concepts, spend more time on difficult concepts and apply these to real-life scenarios.

What do you think of this model?  Do you think students would benefit from Math and Science being taught together?  


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