Integrating Science, History, & ELA in one package...
Now wait... that says "HISTORY". You are correct. However, the Big History Project is a course designed to be used cross-curricularly in Science, World History, and ELA classrooms. I personally experimented with using this curriculum in my 9th grade world history classes last year and my students LOVED it. They also didn't know some days if they where in a science, world history, or English class because the versatility of the content in the course.
It's designed that you can stick to the curriculum by the letter or you can choose bits and pieces that matter to you the most where you are in the content/unit. So one minute you're talking about cave men and the history behind the first people groups and the next you are talking about Neuroscience and how food intake changed our abilities to think and grow... SCIENCE!
The web based curriculum tool has units set up that teachers and students can easily navigate with scholarly articles, videos, and graphic visuals that again are cross curricular and tie multiple layers of content together in one place. The units also have quizzes and performance based task as far as assessments go. I would highly recommend this web based resource for both World History AND Science classrooms. Maybe you could even use them as collaboration links between the two? Endless possibilities. And no, I'm not getting paid to say this. :) It's just good stuff. More can be found by going to the website:
David Balmer serves as an Instructional Technology Facilitator in Wake County, North Carolina. David graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Secondary History Education and recently completed his M.Ed. in Digital Learning & Teaching from North Carolina State University. Additionally, he serves on the board of Safe Schools NC. David is passionate about making sure that all students voices are heard in education in North Carolina.