Reflecting on Your Practice
- What themes in your curriculum lend themselves to interdisciplinary teaching and learning?
- What is your process for integrating lessons?
- What strategies do you use during social studies lessons to reinforce literacy skills?
- Think of a topic that might lend itself to learning centers. How many centers would you use, and what purpose would each center serve?
- What types of learning styles exist in your classroom? What theories, strategies, student activities, and student products do you use to address different learning styles?
Taking It Back to Your Classroom
- Plan a thematic study of holidays, observances, or celebrations. Set up learning centers related to the theme and integrate the theme with other subjects. Have students develop products that can be displayed in your school. Discuss in advance what the final products should include.
- Post a large world map in your classroom. Choose several cultures and have students locate their country of origin on the map. Then have them compare the climate, resources, architecture, foods, and traditions of the cultures. Ask students to draw things that illustrate defining characteristics of each culture or country, and place them on the map.
- Read three different versions of the Cinderella story from three different cultures. Ask students what each version teaches about the people of that culture. Then have students identify any similarities and differences in the stories and record their observations in a Venn diagram.
NOTE: In developing any integrated curriculum unit, it is important to use state or local curriculum frameworks as a guide for identifying the specific standards addressed by each of the disciplines represented in the unit. Using the standards as a guide may also help you to incorporate additional content that had not originally occurred to you, when you initiated work on the unit.
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