I am constantly trying to find new ways to integrate different subject areas in my classroom. We have LOTS of activities that integrate math, art and writing, but because it’s that time of year to start studying life cycles, we’ve now incorporated science into the mix! Here’s how we do it:
Our caterpillars arrived last week and my students are completely engaged in learning about their life cycle.
JOB #1 – Math and ART
We use two formats: differentiated color by numbers, and dice games where students make and record their own equations at the bottom of the page.
Some students work on addition and subtraction practice, and others are working on multiplication or triples. We all have the same picture though – this one illustrates the butterfly life cycle.
When they are done, they cut out the pictures and mount them on colored paper, cutting out a round frame. They look so pretty! We have made some for other life cycles, as well as all the other holidays through the school year!
JOB #2: WRITING
Next comes the writing prompts!
We have several differentiated writing prompts to choose from, depending on how much support each student needs.
These activities and bulletin displays were so popular that we created a set for each school holiday and season through the school year! You can see them all below, or click <<HERE>> for a closer look.
You can try a free sample of the writing and math template for BUTTERFLIES by downloading the preview!
Here’s another fun math game that I use for teaching the commutative property in addition and multiplication. It’s so simple and easy to differentiate by changing the dice used. The game is called Magic Squares, and all you need is the template and some dice! Just roll dice to fill in the middle four squares, and then add in all directions. It’s perfect for teaching the commutative property for both addition and subtraction. Click HERE or the image to download the FREE templates!
If you’re having trouble finding what you need for math, literacy or clip art, you can grab this handy Clickable Catalogue for everything available in my TPT store – a big time saver! Tuck it away for when you need it!