Have you ever tried teaching social studies and tie it with your mathematics lesson? Or science with math? Or reading and math? It must be fun to shift from any subject to math, a "going away" from the traditional way of teaching mathematics. Any input or sharing is very much appreciated.
Merly I teach social studies science and writing in 4th and I love the different subjects and intergrate when I can. Of course the science is in the measurement area of math and social studies I use data graphs but I would love to explore more. I do measurement again in social studies with scale for mapping and topographical maps deal with elevation again measurement. I tell my students I can find math in everything even language arts reading has a mathematical theme to it.
I enjoy integrating math with all of the subject areas because it is a good way to teach graphs, measurement, problem solving, temperature, differences in elevation of land areas, perimeter, place value, time change, and infinite number of skills and objectives. Add some literature and this will integrate your AR books, earn your kids points, plus gain a better understanding of the objective being taught.
The more we integrate other content areas in our math classes the less likely we are to hear "when are we ever going to use this". Staying in contact with other teachers in our school and finding out what they are teaching can give us ideas on integrating their current topics into our math classes.