The superintendent of my district encourages and rewards teachers using Cross Curricular Activities (CCA). CCA’s are any educational activities that span more than one academic discipline in a single lesson. For example, my wife teaches “Science Literacy” in Tenafly Middle School in which students perform scientific experiments then write and publish their results.
Thus, even though I am a language arts and history teacher I will link to various math website for kids like NumberNut.com on my blog. As part of their daily routines, my students will follow the link on my blog to NumberNut, play around with the site’s games, and then write what they learned and/or their impressions of NumberNut in their own blogs.
This CCA simultaneously helps my school’s NCLB math and language arts scores (NJASK in New Jersey): they practice reading, writing, honing math skills, and learning invaluable technology skills. All this is accomplished while they think they are just playing games and chatting about them. Meanwhile, I get praised for having multiple CCA’s.
It is especially useful to utilize this or a similar CCA’s to breath life into your lesson plans when you feel your students need a change of pace.
Thanks to Richard Byrne’s, Aug 18 post to Free Technology for Teachers for the site recommendation!