ERIC Number: ED316867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Thematic Literary Unit: Using Literature across the Curriculum in an Elementary Classroom.
Vivian, Diane M.
Insights into Open Education, v22 n7 April 1988
"Think Big" is a thematic literary unit, using literature about elephants in a holistic way and attempting to cross the curriculum into the content areas of science and math. It is a way of expanding the basal reading series and providing appropriate and supportive instruction in a cooperative, more interactive learning environment. To assess what students already knew and to stimulate interest, students were informally given an elephant fact test and brainstormed about elephants. After reading non-fiction books about elephants, the factual information was confirmed and reviewed by use of cloze procedure, semantic mapping, and reviewing the initial brainstorming words and phrases. Students participated in literature groups to discuss and retell fiction stories. Students spent time daily in writing workshops which provided for practice and sharing of their written responses to literature. They made up their own stories about elephants and collected elephant jokes and riddles. Students responded to the books about elephants that they read at home in a variety of ways. Math skills were used to generate new meaning for the concepts of size and weight used in the elephant fiction and non-fiction materials. During science, students compared and researched the size of mammals. Reading, writing, and literature were used as a vehicle through which learning occurred. (Three figures showing the cloze procedure, semantic mapping, and fiction discussion sheets are included. Eleven references are included as well as 13 tradebook references used in the thematic unit.) (MG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.