Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Writing Across the Curriculum

Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to be part of a Writing Wednesday link-up hosted by Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns.  This post is focused on Writing Across the Curriculum.  I have had the privilege of teaching a variety of grades.  With grades 4 through 6, I often culminate a math unit with a writing activity.  Students are asked to think about Math in their daily life and focus on an activity called "If Math Were....".  I ask them, "If Math were anything, what would it be?"

I have received numerous responses.  Here are some examples, "Math would be pizza, popcorn, hockey, a tiger, an arena, lasagna, a cake....  Students often surprise me with their responses. Sometimes the responses are about people, food, sports or even animals.  At the end of the year, I ask students to think about Math and to generate a written text incorporating math language they've learned.

Our provincial curriculum is made up of 5 strands:  Number Sense & Numeration, Data Management & Probability, Patterning & Algebra, Measurement and Geometry & Spatial Sense.  Students are asked to choose 3 of those 5 strands to write about their "If Math Were...."

Students are asked to generate a list of things math could be then we break them up into categories.  This activity could also be very cross-curricular.  For example, when teaching grade 4, one of the units in Science is on Habitats.  So, the class was asked to generate a writing piece based on animals so that it could tie in with our Science unit.  Graphic organizers are included to assist students in writing a powerful introduction, three paragraphs and then a clear ending.  The three middle paragraphs focus on the three strands they have chosen.

Final written pieces are placed in a class book with a cover.  The class book then goes in the library for students to read.  An extension of this activity is to have students create a 3 dimensional model of what they have chosen to write about.  Various mediums may be used.  

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  1. I love how cross curricular this idea is and how it helps kids see the connections between math and other things that they are studying. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Thanks for your feedback Jenny. Glad you liked the post.