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ERIC Number: ED357321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Designing and Implementing a Jointly-Planned Unit: Expanding Thematic Units beyond the Textbook.
Anderson, Laurel M.
A first-grade teacher included her students in her planning of a unit of study. The teacher explained to the students how she planned a unit and invited the students to volunteer ideas for the topic. The topic chosen was space and aliens. The teacher and students discussed what they already knew about the topic, what they wanted to learn about it, and how they were going to sequence the activities in the unit. The theme was incorporated into specific lessons (numbers, phonics, and reading). The children were quick to bring in books, videos, and posters on space, and as the unit progressed they also brought in reports, rockets and space pictures made at home. The first week was devoted to the planets, the second week focused on the sun, the third week on the moon, and the last week-and-a-half on aliens. The children decided to end the unit with an alien party. Children liked the unit because it was fun and they learned new things. The teacher liked the unit because it removed some pressure from her to think up units, and because she did not have to motivate the students to work since they had been part of the planning. (A list of the things the teacher and students already knew about space and aliens, a list of children's ideas for activities, photographs, and examples of worksheets are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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