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This is a page to talk about themes we can tie into all four of the bilingual subjects.
The Solar System
The first one that seems to have the most common ground is the solar system. It would be a good idea to collaborate and teach about the solar system in Physics, Geography, History, Maths, Biology and English.
It is important not to go over the exact same things in each subject but to have something familiar so the students are not overwhelmed (agobiado) with too much material.
There needs to be a common theme and maybe some repeated facts but we want the students to learn different things about each theme. So, for the Solar System, in Biology the course can focus on climate and why the weather does the things it does, Phyics on the movement of planets and the seasons, geography in the names of planets and the characteristics of the four seasons we see on Earth, mathematics can teach about the size of planets and the distance between them and English... well I´m not sure how to relate the Solar System to English but we will figure it out. Listed below are some resources I´ve found. Also, in each subject we have already created excercises related to the solar system and you can find them under each subject link in the wikispace.
The Solar System for Kids
- (Press ctrl and then click on the link to go to the page) This page has basic explanations of the Solar System so that young children can understand. Names of planets, characteristics, mathematical measurements, the role of the sun and stars and much more are explained here.
Climate and the Universe (Biology)
This page is also in Spanish and does a great job of tying Biology and the Solar System together
Theme 2 - The Earth's water
Water is possibly the most common element found on our planet. Our own bodies are even mostly made up of it. It is a great subject to tie all four bilingual subjects together. Biology is directly related to water since it provides us with life. History and Geography have relationships with water as well. For example, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean and water makes up many geographical features such as rivers, lakes and seas. Physics studies how oxygen and hydrogen make up water and the different states it has: solid, liquid and gas. Finally, there are infinite stories and poems about water written in every language and we can find plenty written in English. The first one that comes to mind is, ¨
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
¨ from the Rime of the Mariner by Samuel Coleridge where tha sailors run out of water on the ship but are surrounded by it in the ocean; or the
by Homer, when Odysseus sails the Mediterranean and finds himself in many crazy adventures. The excercises about water can be found under each subject.
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