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Lesson Plans


Cirricular Issues: Themes

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ALPHAME (ALPHAME)
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 10:54:06 -0700

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An educational theme connects concepts, facts, methods, experiences,
appreciations, etc. to a framework that allows students to discover the
interconnectedness of a large idea. Man as THINKER is always making
such connections. But an elegant theme is like a huge sorting bin with
many trays to organize and fill. I love the theme Our Place in the
World. I could here sort and add and organize forever. In a second
grade classroom I think of... habitats- Science...Safety or Danger in
our Place-Health... Social Studies through out the theme... and as has
already been mentioned the many stories connected to the
theme-Literature. I envision a room full of art children have produced
with huge paper dolls showing student'd place in their specific social
groups and picture maps with the important ( to the individual student)
geographic and political characteristics of their place. Using their
imaginations they could make similar maps and paper dolls for the people
who created the drawings and parfleche case. A theme should be exciting
to the learner. I find this one very much so. Why? Because it
generates many connections and possibilities. It is personal yet
connects the learner to the larger group and to the past and even to the
future. Wow, what more can one do?

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