Math and Science: A Symbiotic Relationship
Consider the following list of activities that you might find as part of the science curriculum in many schools around the country:
We can make two important observations about these activities. First, with the exception of the model of the solar system activity, all of the topics are drawn from the life sciences. There is a conspicuous absence of physical sciences – chemistry and physics. Second, there is little use of math in conducting the activities. This is not necessarily the case for all classroom science projects and activities, but nonetheless is typically the case. What a shame. Science is the perfect vehicle to add application and purpose to math. These two subjects can and should be mutually reinforcing for students.
Math and Science Working Together
We lose a tremendous tool for teaching math concepts and skills when we do not directly and purposefully relate the math and science curriculum. This is particularly true if we have the opportunity to present a 100% hands-on, experiential science curriculum like LabLearner. Students in a lab collect data all the time. Some of the data are descriptive (colors, smells, sounds, etc.). These types of data are extremely useful in regard to the language arts curriculum because science uses an abundance of highly descriptive words to describe and record observations.
Subscribe to our newsletter