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Web Resources for Integrated Thematic Teaching

Definitions

Integrated curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching, thematic teaching, synergistic teaching.... When attempting to define integrated curriculum, it is also necessary to look at related terms. Several definitions are offered here. As this paper is narrowed to K-12 integrated curriculum, definitions from vocational and higher education are not included, although there is a growing interest in both of those areas in the interdisciplinary, integrated curriculum. The reader interested in specifics about interdisciplinary work in those fields is invited to consult the General References at the end of this report.

What is a Cross - Curricular Thematic Reading Instruction
Using reading as a focus, this site shows how reading can be developed in more effective ways by taking a thematic approach. It gives you background, definitions, examples from reading programs, planning hints and examples of feedback from students on the thematic approach.
MaryEllen Vogt explains what cross-curricular thematic units are, how they are developed, advantages and useful ideas for asseessment and getting started.

STEAM | Interdisciplinary Curriculum education

I wanted to share with you about a STEAM day school festival that I participated in 2016 and this past Spring with my recycled music group, Trashtronauts (www.soundslikegarbage.org).
Starting the day-long festival, my group went to three classes of 1st graders to present about recycled instruments and instrument building, using powerpoints, videos and readymade instruments to engage the kids with principals of recycling, where garbage goes, and creative reuse of garbage with the video about Landfill Harmonic Orchestra from Paraguay.
We used only recycled, household materials in our presentations, and we instructed all 90 1st graders on how to make their own drum or shaker. For the afternoon outdoor STEAM festival (classes ended early), we were one of the 20 presenters setup to engage the kids as they freely traveled between booths. Most of the kids we saw during the morning were running around shaking and banging their instruments, and many of them came to play along with us as we presented song cycles that we compose for our trash ensemble. Here is a URL of the a Article written about the event:
Derek Jones
Florida Folklife Program Assistant - Tallahassee, FL derek.jones@dos.myflorida.com


Center for Integrated Curricula

Marion Brady's A Seamless Curriculum
A curriculum that respects the integrated nature of knowledge will permit a quantum leap in student performance. If, however, you think having different fields of study interlock and reinforce each other is a good idea, and are interested in several hundred activities that do that, plus push kids to use every known thought process, plus engage at least some lousy students and challenge your best, plus move steadily from simple to ever-more-complex ideas, plus give you lots of latitude for exercising your creativity.

A Seamless, Supradisciplinary Curriculum

Supradiscipline Start off in the right direction. Just about everything that's wrong with the traditional curriculum stems directly or indirectly from the awkward, artificial, arbitrary way the disciplines take reality apart to facilitate specialized study. Offer an alternative way to segment reality—the "supradiscipline" implicit in our ordinary, non-school approach. This supradiscipline has five components. Dealing with reality, we note (a) time frame, (b) setting, (c) participant actors, (d) physical action, and (e) the states of mind that "explain" the action. When? Where? Who? What? Why?
These five "mega-concepts," with their supporting conceptual substructures, encompass, organize, and integrate all present knowledge. All future knowledge will be a product of the exploration of relationships between them. The instructional challenge is to make our implicit supradiscipline explicit, elaborate it until it encompasses and organizes everything known, and make it our major tool for understanding reality and coping with life.

Geometry through Art Grade: Kindergarten - 9
Synopsis: Is geometry beautiful? Students are encouraged to explore their artistic side as they work with geometric shapes and figures. Hands-on activities, worksheets, and vocabulary definitions are provided.

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