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Resources for Writing Thematic Units

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Resources for Writing Thematic Units

  1. 1. Writing Thematic Units: Some Tips and Tricks Integrating State Science and History Content Standards Across the Curriculum for CAPA and CST/CMA students Gaylene Roberts Jolene Berg
  2. 3. <ul><li>Unit Plans will help us: </li></ul><ul><li>Have a wealth of resources in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Have a place to gather ideas and keep them organized </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to access other teachers’ ideas </li></ul>FOR EXAMPLE…..
  3. 6. What Every Teacher Should Have <ul><li>IEP Development and Curriculum TOOL BOX </li></ul><ul><li>Blank Unit Planning Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Resources in your classroom </li></ul>
  4. 10. Gather your resources… <ul><li>Check your classroom and pull books, dvds, teacher guides, Powerpoints, SmartBoard presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Gather/borrow grade level textbooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your colleagues at similar grade levels, similar students, or experience with unit planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out GW School Supply and see what Thematic Unit plans they have available, as well as other subject materials Check online with GW School supplies. They often have things online that they don’t have in the stores. </li></ul><ul><li>California (lots of videos and other materials i.e. Bill Nye the Science Guy) To get your password call John Lenko @ 636-4759 </li></ul><ul><li>Check the Teacher Created Materials website </li></ul><ul><li>Use your favorite search engine… Google, Bing, Yahoo… and run searches for materials using a variety of phrases. </li></ul>
  5. 11. <ul><li>Want music? Check out I-Tunes, Zune, or other music sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to, Barnes and Noble, Borders , and put your theme in the search box. You will find fiction and non-fiction books to check out. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out Oriental, Boreal Science, the History Channel,, A &E, Discovery Education, NASA Education </li></ul><ul><li>Great education websites: Edhelper, Enchanted Learning, Proteacher, CORE , Everydayteaching </li></ul>Gather your resources continued…
  6. 12. RESOURCES FREE Resources: California Streaming :  get a name and password from  John Lenko @ 636-4759   (
  7. 13. RESOURCES FREE Resources: Core Knowledge :  search for thematic units and lessons (
  8. 14. RESOURCES FREE Resources: DISCOVERY EDUCATION Classroom Resources :  search for thematic units and lessons (
  9. 15. RESOURCES FREE Resources: Read Write Think :  search for thematic units and lessons ( )
  10. 16. KCSOS Materials Lab  :  Materials you can use, borrow, and make/take ( ) RESOURCES
  11. 17. FREE Resources;   WEB TOOLBOX :  Search for thematic unit materials ( RESOURCES
  12. 18. FREE Resources; POWERPOINTS Pete's PowerPoint Station  :  Search for thematic unit PowerPoints  ( RESOURCES
  13. 19. FREE Resources; POWERPOINTS Jefferson County Schools TN  :  Search for thematic unit PowerPoints  ( RESOURCES
  14. 20. FREE Resources; Mrs Berg’s Class Website  :  Search for thematic unit links  ( RESOURCES
  15. 21. Paid or subscription sites <ul><li>Edhelper – ( ) Gather resources and use your own to create activities </li></ul><ul><li>Enchanted Learning – ( Resources by subject </li></ul><ul><li>Reading A-Z - </li></ul><ul><li>( ) leveled reading materials, can search by subject, projectable materials </li></ul>
  16. 22. Edhelper
  17. 23. Enchanted Learning
  18. 24. Reading A-Z
  19. 25. Putting it all together…..
  20. 31. A Modern Version of Madeline Hunter’s Lesson Plan Template: <ul><li>Objectives : What the students should be able to do, understand, and care about as a result of the teaching? Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives may be used. </li></ul><ul><li>Standards : What standards of performance are to be expected? When will pupils will be held accountable for what is expected? The students should be informed about the standards of performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials : List the materials needed for this lesson. </li></ul>
  21. 32. <ul><li>Anticipatory Set: This part of the lesson is to “grab” the students’ attention or relate the experiences of the students to the objectives of the lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>This part of the lesson: </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses the student attention on the lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Creates an organizing framework for the ideas, principles, or information that is to follow </li></ul><ul><li>3. Extends the understanding and application of abstract ideas through the use of an example or an analogy; or may be used when a different activity </li></ul><ul><li>or new concept is being introduced. </li></ul>
  22. 33. <ul><li>Teaching: </li></ul><ul><li>Input </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher provides the information needed for students to gain the knowledge or skill through lecture, film, tape, video, pictures, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher uses the materials to show students’ examples of what is expected as an end product of their work. </li></ul><ul><li>Checking for Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>It is important for students to understand what is to be learned before they practice it. </li></ul>
  23. 34. Questioning Strategies This section enables teachers to ask the right questions to probe for higher levels of thinking. Again, teachers may find the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives a valuable tool in questioning strategies. Guided Practice : This part of the lesson allows students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson by working through an activity or exercise under the teacher’s supervision. This is the time for the teacher to move around the room and determine the level of mastery and to provide individual remediation, if necessary.
  24. 35. Closure : These are statements by a teacher that are designed to bring a lesson or presentation to an appropriate conclusion. Closure is the act of reviewing and clarifying the key points of a lesson. It is used to: 1. Cue students to the fact that they are at the end of the lesson. 2. Help organize student learning. 3. Help students form a clearer picture of what the lesson is all about. Independent Practice : This section is for reinforcement practice. This may include homework, group work, or individual work in class. It may also be used for projects or as a way for students to apply what they have learned.
  25. 40. If you need assistance contact: Gaylene Roberts [email_address] Jolene Berg [email_address] Copy of this PowerPoint -