ERIC Number: ED220315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Play Area Design and Use - USMES Teacher Resource Book. Third Edition. Trial Edition.
Promoting changes to improve the design or use of a school's play area is the challenge of this Unified Sciences and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) unit. The challenge is general enough to apply to many problem-solving situations in mathematics, science, social science, and language arts at any elementary school level (grades 1-8). The Teacher Resource Book for the unit is divided into five sections. Section I describes the USMES approach to student-initiated investigations of real problems, including a discussion of the nature of USMES "challenges." Section II provides an overview of possible student activities with comments on prerequisite skills, instructional strategies, suggestions when using the unit with primary grades, a flow chart illustrating how investigations evolve from students' discussions of play area design and use problems, and a hypothetical account of intermediate-level class activities. Section III provides documented events of actual class activities from kindergarten and grades 5 and 4/6. Section IV includes lists of "How To" cards and background papers, bibliography of non-USMES materials, and a glossary. Section V consists of charts identifying skills, concepts, processes, and areas of study learned as students become involved with the activities. (JN)
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Playground Activities, Playgrounds, Problem Solving, Process Education, Resource Materials, School Safety, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Unified Studies Curriculum
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools, Newton, MA.; Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.