Tired of Common Core Standards dictating what you teach, when you teach certain topics, and in what manner you must present the information? Then give your brain a break and your kids a trip into the FUN world of SPARK! themed units.
Here’s an example: Suppose your weekly theme is rainbows. The books you read will naturally be about rainbows. But go further into the theme: Arrange your math manipulatives in rainbow order. Investigate the science and math of a prism. Add rainbow stars to your rewards chart. Hang student-created rainbows from the ceiling. And naturally, you would wear a rainbow of clothing throughout the week and ask your students to do the same.
Here are the advantages to you and your students for using a themed unit:
Weekly thematic units can be interesting and fun to develop. Create your list of topics with your students and then pick one each week or month as your curriculum focus. Watch as their interest spirals throughout the week, the month, and the year!
Author: Renee Heiss