In my district, we have aligned our Science and Social Studies content with our ELA curriculum so that if the Science teacher is teaching matter, then the ELA teacher is reading a book that supports the content. For example, in fifth grade, the students just covered matter in Science class and read The Templeton Twins Have An Idea in ELA.... So, in PE, to support the curriculum, our teachers had the students act as solids, liquids, and gases (moving from being tightly packed particles to loosley packed particles) and then the students (in PE class) wrote an essay to describe their activity using evidence from science and ELA to support their writing.
Next, they will be covering Native Americans. So, the PE teachers have done some research on Native American dancing. They will be teaching a Native American dance to the students to support the curriculum.
This takes a lot of planning and collaboration, but the work is worth the reward of seeing the students making meaningful connections! :)
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