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Cross curricular science ideas

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geojo

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Cross curricular science ideas
« on: May 18, 2009, 07:32:21 PM »
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Is anyone out there from a Specialist Science College? I really need ideas on project that link Geography and Science? We can get funding but need ideas (which is where I am struggling!) Thought of Carbon emissions around Chester - could be linked to GIS? We do footprints in year 7 which would be good although can't think of any good 'projects'? Also could be of a water theme as this is our cross curricular topic this year? Any suggestions...please!!

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Re: Cross curricular science ideas
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 07:48:32 PM »
I'm not from science college but what about linking pollution to poverty/income levels and identifying ideas of social injustice? possibly links with car ownership and questions about who suffers the most. Haven't quite thought this one out but thought it may help spark off someone else's ideas- sorry.

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 08:14:18 PM »

Hi Geojo,
I work at a Specialsit Hums with Geog lead that has also got Specialist Science status. We have queite a few joint projects such as:
Assessing some work in Ks3 jointly like Environmental issues, rock cycle etc
The proposed teaching of AS/a2 env science usind teachers from both depts
Specialist weeks that incorporate team teaching of topics such as renewable energy/climate change, we've had a power week, a underground week for example with many cross-year and cross-curicular actvities.
I'll speak to my colleagues who work on this and email back in a few days
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Re: Cross curricular science ideas
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 08:26:59 PM »
Look at the How Science Works side of it. Hypothesis testing and whathaveyou is an obvious common ground, as is conclusions and evaluations and reliability and fair tests and all the rest of it.

Anything that you do which goes down the HSW route to reinforce methodology is excellent for both imo.

Volcanoes? Rock Cycle (oh, scientists *love* teaching that...)? Something on Galapagos - especially this year? Scad loads. Scientists should be our best friends really!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009, 09:01:50 PM »
Have a look at www.opalexplorenature.org The open air lab (opal) website has some excellent ideas and projects for science and geog.
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Re: Cross curricular science ideas
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 09:19:58 PM »
can you do some joint fieldwork?
We do a joint science/geog day with yr7 or 8 (it hops around it seems)
Go to a local country park, map reading to get between sites, surveying, pond dipping, quadrats (hydrosere succession), footpath erosion and ecosystem management.
Not anything particularly fancy or new but the students really enjoy it

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009, 10:17:48 PM »
We are a sports and science college and did a cross curricular day last year when BP (ironically) came in...focus was climate change and they ran it all.

I also spent some time on a boat last summer (i still miss her!) with Science teachers and discussed various ideas for linking the two subjects. The main focus on the trip was recording the abundance of various marine life in the waters of the Outer Hebrides. We worked with scientists to record cetacean abundance along transects and record acoustic behaviours. We then did some curriculum planning. The Geographers focused upon the culture and traditions of the various island ports we visited and the sustainability of fish farms. The Science teachers focused upon the adaptation of whales, dolphins, porpoise, basking sharks and other sea life. They also focused upon pollution- boat traffic, litter etc. and research methodology, collection of data.

Earthwatch do some great projects for Science and Geography teachers to various places. I also have some cool acoustic sound files of various sealife, some interesting sounds! Email me if you would like the resources and are interested :)
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Re: Cross curricular science ideas
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2009, 10:46:54 PM »
We are a Technology College, and the Science and Technology Depts recently ran a day for Yr7 looking at where on the school site to locate a wind turbine...  As far as I am concerned, what they did was pretty much all Geography - but worth looking into something like that?

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Re: Cross curricular science ideas
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 06:17:35 PM »
wow - thanks for all of your ideas so far - gives me alot to think about! Jo