Integrating Math and Social Studies

Students used math to examine an on-line Cost Comparison map and explore the causes and consequences of food and transportation cost inequities (or differences) between the Canadian North and the rest of Canada. They looked at the cost of food items in various remote communities and how food is transported to those communities. The students then did some analysis on this data, asking two questions: What are the causes for inequities? What data verifies the inequities?

With integrated learning, students can learn and apply skills in a meaningful context. In such contexts, students also have an opportunity to develop their ability to think and reason and to transfer knowledge and skills from one subject area to another.