It doesn’t matter what skill you are trying to learn, cooking, sewing, building model airplanes, etc…the best way to learn a skill is by practice. The same is true with science or math process skills, students learn by doing.The more practice a student has with using science and/or math tools, the more accomplished the student will be. The bottom like is that we learn by practice–practice–and more practice.

Math is an inseparable part of science. Measuring is a good example of the integration between math and science. One of the primary science process skills is taking measurements and analyzing them. For example, determining the average wingspan of a collection of butterflies is achieved by measuring the wingspan of each butterfly and averaging the measurements.

A fun way to demonstrate this process is to used paper butterflies that students make. This is a way to link science and math

to art. Butterflies are symmetrical, meaning that one side matches the other. Instructions for making paper butterflies that can be used in an averaging activity are found here