ERIC Number: ED359531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Collaborative Strategies That Integrate the Language Arts for Cross-Age Learning.
Spiegel, Lisa A.; Richardson, Maurine V.
The use of peers has long been beneficial to students: especially useful are cross-age projects, where students in the elementary and secondary grades engage in a common unit featuring projects separate to each grade and whole group activities. Cross-age projects are workable with careful planning in advance among teacher and administrators. Finding an expendable, yet educationally sound, topic for cross-age grouping in the language arts classroom is perhaps the more difficult task. The topic itself should be chosen first with the elementary student in mind. Topics and their accompanying activities must be selected with care and specifically tailored to each grade level. One successful topic centered around Beatrix Potter and her classic tales featuring Peter Rabbit and other characters. A cross-age unit was designed to last 16 days, with 4 of those days combining both grades--first and eighth or seventh and second). Activities within the unit incorporated the language arts skills normally taught. For cross-age projects, students should be graded upon participation and the quality of the activities completed. Although time-consuming and sometimes difficult to plan, cross-age projects more than make up for their troubles to teachers in student enjoyment, empowerment, and achievement. (Four figures that illustrate the unit in full and describe a collaborative research paper activity, a list of activities for a "Peter Rabbit Day," and a list of questions for a book review/response activity are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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