Combining History and Science and Math

Oct 2014
California, USA
This year for homeschool we are doing a unit on Vikings (just cause my kids are interested in that) and then doing Ancient history through the Roman Empire.

I'm also trying to cover the 6th grade Science TEKS for my 6th grader who will be attending public school in 7th grade. I also have a 2nd grader who I will include as much as possible in this.

I would love to overlap history and other subjects (especially science) as much as possible, just because...kill two birds with one stone. I'd also love ideas for math projects/problems related to history.

Here's the science topics I need to cover...

MATTER (Elements and compounds, periodic table, metals/nonmetals/metalloids, density)
ROCK CYCLE (metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary rock)
BIOLOGY (Cells, Taxonomic classifications, Organisms and their Environments)
SPACE (organization of our solar system, the role of gravity, and space exploration)

I'm thinking I can cover a lot of "force and motion" with the Vikings (looking at the science of Viking ship design, weapons and how they were used, etc).

Ecosystems and Organisms and their Environments I think I can handle by looking at the different flora and fauna in the different civilizations we studies...and comparing them and looking into why different animals are suited to different places.

I found a GREAT multi-part unit study on the Science of Egypt, and it had a lot that relates to elements and compounds, metals, etc.) So I think I'll cover that when we're doing Egypt. (Side note...if you're interested in that resource, you can find it on Teachers Pay Teachers by searching under "Science of Egypt." It's by Dr. Dave's Science. He's talked about doing one for Rome too but probably won't be done with it before we've covered that...doh.).

I'm going to review the planets when covering the Greek Gods.

I'm thinking that while Rome would be a great time to also study Layers of the Earth and Rock Cycle, because...Pompeii.

I can't really think of a way to relate the study of cells and taxonomy with history...would love ideas. Of course, I don't have to relate EVERYTHING we learn in Science to history.

I haven't really thought about Math ideas yet...I just got the materials I'll be using for math and haven't been able to look over them yet.

Any ideas, especially project or experiment ideas, for combining history and math or science? Know of any good books that might be helpful, or youtube videos or anything like that?
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Aug 2016
My niece has put together a program for elementary students which combines history, economics and science/biology. I think its going to be implemented this year in the local school system. It is an ongoing project where a class determines how, if they came here as colonists, they would survive. How many homes, how much food and how to grow it how they would govern themselves and so forth.

At first, I thought that seemed a bit much, but in Virginia, students begin studying history in kindergarten and first grade.
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