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6200 Thematic Unit
Transcript of 6200 Thematic Unit
Students bring their favorite rock to class
Teacher reads, “If Rocks Could Sing.”
“Show Me a Rock” is put on the overhead and read slowly aloud as students show their rock(s) when characteristics apply
Students examine their rocks, records observations (i.e., texture, color, length) and then pair and share to compare the differences in data
Students learn that the Earth (and it's people!) follow a calendar.
The class previews the vocabulary (days of the week, months of the year) and the calendar grid
Students are introduced and sing along to the "Days of the Week" & "Calendar Polka" song
Paper cutouts of the vocabulary are passed out
Students work with the teacher to accurately place the cutouts on the word wall
A life size calendar grid is placed on the floor
Teacher plays “Simon Says” with students on the life size calendar
Intro to Theme
The theme for my unit is Earth :) Kindergarteners are curious little explorers, therefore, I thought this theme was appropriate as it provides me with the opportunity to create an engaging, fun, hands-on and diverse unit. In addition, the theme is easily relatable to many content areas.
6200 Thematic Unit of Study
Earth Explorers :)
Students shut their eyes and are asked, “what do you think of when I say the word Earth?” Discuss ideas.
Students are shown a physical feature globe
Teacher reviews the globe and explains the different colors and features
Class is shown pictures of different landscapes
Realia representing each feature is passed around
Pictures are placed on the board for reference when building the word bank of characteristics
BrainPOP Jr. - www.brainpopjr.com
Provides educational content (e.g., short animated movies, leveled quizzes, activities, recommended grade-appropriate reading, writing and discussion prompts) for K-3 students. Interactive features across six subjects: science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.
National Geographic Kids - kids.nationalgeographic.com
Site excites kids about the planet through games, videos, contests, photos, quizzes, and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations.
ReadWriteThink - www.readwritethink.org
Site provides educators and students access to practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. Specifically, hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators using current research.
Youtube/Teachers - www.youtube.com/Teachers
Site created to help teachers leverage video to educate, engage and inspire their students.
Teacher’s Guide to teaching science to kindergarteners. Full of observing materials, grade level materials and additional resources and ideas for the classroom.
Have a great summer and good luck in life and teaching :)