Cross Curricular

# Cross Curricular

## Cross Curricular

Cross-curricular connect involves establishing patterns of information between different academic subjects.

It offers a creativity of developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills through a study of inter-connected topics and subjects.

A common way of expanding knowledge on a specific subject is to study the history of that topic and apply that learning to other subjects.

Cross-curricular connect allows for more inter-connected lessons that capture your students' imagination.

It also enables them to identify patterns of information between subjects that will help to enforce key knowledge.

Good cross-curricular connect can involve a wide variety of different subjects, but it more usually relies upon connections between only a couple of key subjects.

Making sure the links between lessons are natural and not forced is key to a successful cross-curricular connect strategy.

## Cross Curricular Example 1

Topic: Congruence of Triangles and Art-integrated Learning

Activity: Analysing a Truss Bridge

Have you seen a Truss Bridge?

You may not have heard this name. But, chances are high that you would’ve seen this structure in a movie or a photo. Some lucky students might have seen it in person too.

A Truss is a strong structure that is formed by connected elements. Usually, they are formed using triangular units. But, they can use other shapes as well. As bridges typically need a strong superstructure to bear the load of people and vehicles that go on top of them, Truss bridges are popular across the globe.

Steps:

1. Search online for Truss Bridges and understand their typical structure

2. Locate a Truss Bridge which is formed by connected triangular elements

3. Draw the Truss Bridge in your notebook. Mark different triangles (at least two of them) in different colours

4. Measure and compare the triangles to find out if they are congruent. If yes, in which way? (SSS/SAS etc.,)

5. Bonus points: Are there any other real-life objects where you see congruent triangles being used?

## Cross Curricular Example 2

Topic: Perimeter and Area and Designing

Activity: A cover for the table

Mani’s house had a table that needed a new cover. So, Mani and his father went to the local market to hire the right person to make a designer table cover.

‘Wow, so many shops’, Mani wondered aloud.

‘Yes Mani, I know many of these shop owners and workers personally’, answered his father. ‘They are all talented people and I am very proud to give them business. Tomorrow if you become an entrepreneur and start a business, these people and their families will support you. This is a good cycle. We all should support each other and encourage local economic growth.’

Soon, Mani and his father entered the shop that make custom table covers and started discussing their requirement. Meanwhile, let us play the role of that local vendor and measure a table near us to prepare a suitable cover.

Steps:

1.     Find a nearby rectangular or square-shaped table.

2.     Use a measuring tape or a ruler to measure the length and breadth of the table (if it is rectangular).

3.     Use these measurements and calculate the perimeter and area of the table.

4.     Assume that the cost of the table cover cloth is Rs 2 per square inch and the cost of the tape which is stuck around the sides of the table cover is Rs 3 per inch. Using the calculations, you did earlier, find out the total cost of this job.

5.     Bonus points: Can the perimeter of a rectangular or square-shaped table be a prime number? Why not?

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