Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
· Choose an appropriate topic for a thematic instructional unit for elementary school students.
· Evaluate books and resources to support the instructional unit.
· Develop worthwhile instructional learning activities based in books.
Thematic Instructional Unit
Choose a topic that is of interest to you and could be used with students in elementary schools. Identify the grade level for the instruction. This could be two adjoining grades, such as grades 1-2, grades 3-4, or grades 4-5.
Write an introduction to the unit which includes the rationale for choosing the topic and desired instructional objectives of the unit.
Develop an instructional unit with three learning activities based in books.
Refer to pages 245 – 246, Figure 17.2 in the textbook. Create a learning activity in each of the three categories: a Writing Activity, an Arts and Crafts Activity, and a Drama, Music or Other Activity. You may adapt activities listed in these examples or develop your own activities that would fit into the categories.
Include an annotated bibliography of books related to your topic. (Each entry should have a short description of the book’s content (approximately 50 to 100 words). Include books used in creating your learning activities, but not all of the books listed in the bibliography need to be used in these activities.
Requirements for the Bibliography
· Three Picture Books
· Three Fiction Books (may be contemporary fiction, historical fiction, or fantasy)
· Three Informational Books (may include biographies)
· Three Picture Poetry Books or One Poetry Anthology
· One Website
The heading includes the student’s name and the date of submission on the upper left side of the first page on the first two lines. The title clearly states the theme of the instructional unit and is centered on the fifth line. The introductory paragraph provides a convincing rationale for selecting the topic and the targeted grade level(s) for the learning activities. A worthwhile learning activity is provided for each of the required categories: a writing activity, an arts and crafts activity, and an activity based in either drama, music, or an area of the student’s choice. Each activity is based in one or more appropriate children’s books. An annotated bibliography based in the theme of the instructional unit includes books from the required genres and formats: 3 picture books, 3 fiction books, 3 informational books, 3 picture poetry books or 1 poetry anthology and 1 website. Each annotation contains between 50 and 100 words.
Final project theme
The basic concept of “Sharing” has appeal, but it is a bit too ambiguous. It also suggests the concept of “Showing Respect for Others.” If students are sharing their toys or treasured possessions, they should be assured that others will be careful and respectful in their use of these items. You might consider expanding your topic to be be more inclusive of the positive behaviors you desire. Perhaps the topic of “Kindness” could achieve your goals better and most likely you can find more books and materials as you develop your instructional unit.
Discussion 7 – Summary of Your Project