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The booklet accompanies my presentation at the AMLE Workshop, February 8, 2016.

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Cross-Curricular Lessons

AMLE Workshop 2016

Meghan Bonner

J. Michael Lunsford Middle School

Loudoun County Public Schools


Session Overview/Contents


Cross-Curricular Work


      * research


      * considerations


      * ideas/suggestions



Work Time Together

Isn't it nice when everything fits in its spot, nicely, evenly?

Terms Used



Gray areas - skills we want/semi-expect our students to have that aren't necessarily taught or part of a specific curriculum (so, we assume they know or have it; often end up asking, "shouldn't they have learned that in such-and-such class/grade?!")


Intangibles - outcomes, considerations, other skills not intended or planned but likely


Compartmentalization - subjects taught in isolation


Desegregation - process of overlapping skills/content (in other words, cross-curricular lessons or integrated learning)


Dark side - assessment. Not going there today :)

Additionally, school structure - I'm not an expert nor am I powerful; there are some things that can't be changed easily regarding school structure, so we have to get creative

Let's see a little more about "transdisciplinary" work.

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Collaboration Considerations


Brainstorm spaces like Padlet and RealTime Whiteboard allow users to contribute simultaneously (like using Google Docs)












Collaboration Template


Included in Google Folder of presentation documents



Template includes suggestions for you to consider as you plan

        * scope/scale of lesson (one day/lesson, unit, course)

        * level of implementation (individual, partner, team, grade level, schoolwide)

        * standards/curriculum alignment

        * outcomes

        * assignments/responsibilites of those involved

        * materials

Ideas for collaboration



     government type and structure                   legislation

     politics, elections, voting                           leaders

     documents, ideas/theories                          propaganda

     geography, resources                                  boundaries, war



     cells                                                            genetics

     processes/cycles                                         weather, biomes, landforms

     terminology                                                animals and habitats

     contributors to the field                              migration




      terminology                                              shapes and structures

      word problems                                         mathematicians




      literature, authors                                      setting

      slang and idiom                                         language structures, grammar



      music genre, terms                                    musicians, composers

      artists                                                         art forms, styles



      architecture                                               engineering



Physical Education

     Olympics, athletes                                     medicine, practices

     health facilities