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Thematic Units in the Elementary Classroom

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Victoria Hayden

on 23 October 2013

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Thematic Units in the Elementary Classroom
Why are Thematic Units

“[Students] are involved in authentic and meaningful learning activities, not simply reading chapters in content-area textbooks in order to answer the questions at the end of the chapter” Tompkins (420)
Gives the teacher an opportunity to directly cater to each students’ learning styles without having to alter the entire unit.
Thematic Units
Why thematic units are beneficial in the classroom
How to develop and follow through with a thematic unit
Some elements and resources that may be involved in a thematic unit.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”.
How can we see this applied in a thematic unit?
"John, Paul, George, and Ben" by Lane Smith
How to develop and plan for Thematic Unit
Tompkins describes the 9 Steps of Developing a Thematic Unit
"Identify the standards
Collect a text set
Coordinate content-area textbook readings
Locate technology resources
Identify words for the word wall
Consider how to use learning logs
Plan for differentiation
Brainstorm possible projects
Plan for assessment”
"Thematic instruction is the organization of curriculum around macro themes. Thematic instruction integrates basic disciplines like reading, math, and science with the exploration of broad subjects." -Ashley Adkins (Former Liberty University Student).
You may be wondering.....
What in the world is a thematic unit?
What are some resources helpful for developing a thematic Unit?

Find out what other teachers are doing! ... Collaborate!
Allow students to display their best work from the unit.

When the unit is over, the student can take home and share with family, friends, and review for themselves.
Iowa State University. (1997). Bringing the Standards Into the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide. 16. Retrieved from http://startalk.wikispaces.com/file/view/Thematic+Units+and+Standards.pdf

Smialek, D. M. (2013). How Do Children Learn? Retrieved from http://www.maryannsmialek.com/resources/articles/how_learn.html

Tompkins, G. E. (2013). Language Arts: Patterns of Practice. Boston: Pearson.

Tompkins, G. E. (2014). Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach. Boston: Pearson.
Keep your eyes on the end result. Continue to pour these lasting ingredients into your students. These years have such an impact on who they will grow to be.
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