How do you teach?
I’m not asking about your teaching style…but how do you teach Language Arts, Science, Math, or Social Studies.
Do you use themes to tie everything together? Or do you teach each subject individually and thread it all together?
I’ve always loved thematic units…and I typically base mine around a specific Science or Social Studies theme. For example, this week we are learning all about plants. For a read aloud I might read Jack and the Beanstalk and with it, talk about text features such as fairy tales or cause and effect. In math we are practicing addition with seeds. Our social studies time is an opportunity to discuss taking care of our Earth and community. Thematic teaching is the best way to tie together all our learning. And don’t even get me started on the benefit to our second language learners!
Today, I had a great conversation with another teacher about thematic teaching. Currently, she’s teaching a GREAT unit on birds. Her stuff is rigorous, engaging, and FUN! She has her students on bird watch duty, marking their observations, reading non-fiction leveled readers about bird attributes, and painting birds at art. Best of all, her kids LOVE it! We talked about how thematic teaching engages all learners at various levels.
Like I mentioned, we are working on plants this week in my classroom…so I created a plant packet that covers Science, Math, and ELA.
Here are a couple of pics!
The full packet includes:
-short vowel activity
-find the missing number
-I have. Who has.
If you head of to my Facebook page HERE, you’ll find a copy of the I have…Who has…game for free!
Tell me…how do you teach? Do you teach thematically? How often do you change topics? What topics do you cover and which are your favorite to teach?
I bet you’re wondering…What does any of this have to do with Beyoncé?
Here’s the story. One of my kinder darlings says to me…
With a quote like that you know I had to link up with
A Turn to Learn and her wonderful What did they say?