I like Discovery Channel's interactive Build Your Own Roller Coaster. There should be some ways of relating this activity to science, math, and engineering. A complement to this activity is the lesson on Amusement Park Physics which covers all types of roller coasters and then lets you construct one from that site as well.
You could even have students write essays explaining their reasoning for building their coasters which would bring in the subject of language arts too.
Read Write Think (www.readwritethink.org) has lots of wonderful resources that also relate to math! Here is one of our favorites!
I have utilized the writing strategy, "copy change" to integrate writing into math. I have students (5th grade) writing Math Pledges, Math Nursery Rhyme Books, etc. to demonstrate their conceptual understanding. In addition, they keep weekly math journals (making 2 entries each week) which begins with their Math Autobiography. Some authors I would recommend for anyone interested in incorporating writing into math would be:
Phyllis and David Whitin
Another good book that ties in writing and math is Literacy + Math = Creative Connections in the Elementary Classroom by Jennifer L. Altieri.
If you are planning to attend the IRA Annual Convention in May in Orlando, Florida, please join us on Tuesday, May 10 at 1:00 pm for our session titled "ReadWriteThink.org Presents: STEM Poetry." Jennifer Altieiri will be presenting, along with a few other fantastic authors.
Hope to see you there,
Executive Editor, ReadWriteThink.org
International Reading Association
Scholastic is offering Study Jams to help elementary school students learn and review math and science information through songs and videos. Students search for a topic in the math or science category. Each Study Jam offers a short tutorial on that topic in the form of a video, slideshow, or song. When there is a song available, Study Jams provides a karaoke format for kids to sing along if they like. This is a great site to motivate young students to improve their math and science skills.
What do you think of Scholastic's resource?