Sunday, March 27, 2011

Using Themes to Teach

I know some of you might hesitate to purchase thematic units because you think you do not have time to work a theme into your curriculum. There are all kinds of ways to use a theme or unit to teach all of the standards you need to teach though. If you have not checked out Deanna's Dinosaur Math and Literacy Fun Unit and Zoo Math and Literacy Fun Unit then you should do so. These two units offer several activities to use when teaching adjectives (using bubble maps), how-to writing (alligator pie), writing to inform (animal and dinosaur facts), writing to explain (comparing how two animals or dinosaurs are the same or different), and inferencing (what's inside the egg activity).






When planning lessons, remember to think outside of the box. There is always a way to connect what you need to teach to a theme or unit. Kids learn better when they can make connections and when the learning is linked to something fun. Connecting what you are teaching to a theme or something the kids are interested in, helps them make stronger connections, and learn more faster.

5 comments:

Mrs. Hicks@hicks-thealphabetgarden.blogspot said...

I agree, April, those connections are so important. It makes teaching so much more fun for me so I know it has to make learning more fun for the children. I am looking forward to using several of your ideas from your Insects post when we begin our Eric Carle unit this week. :) Thanks for all of your ideas and support!

Julie

Suzan said...

Well put.

Rorey Risdon said...

I love teaching with thematic units. It expands and challenges you to be creative and find ways to fit what you do everyday into a theme. Theme teaching also helps students gain a greater understanding of a topic and how it can relate to various subjects. Thank you for this post!

Mrs. Pearce said...

My KG teaching team plans together weekly. We pool all of our resources to create theme units. Six brains are better than one and the creativity seems to flow when we work together. We try to integrate every subject (or at least LA/Writing and Social Studies/Science)regularly. We find that there seems to be more fluid instruction when concepts are interelated across the curriculum. Thanks for posting the ideas! I can't wait to share them with my team.

Kristin Young said...

I am with you. I LOVE themes!! In fact, we dedicate the whole end of the year to thematic units. We call it May Days {ok...not so creative} and spiral back over so much content using themes. It's my favorite part of the year! :) Thanks for sharing.

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