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:
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 reallife 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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