The first step in organizing your curriculum for integrating instruction is to know what it is you are to teach. If you have been relying on your textbooks to provide this structure for you, you can still do so, but a little more knowledge will be helpful to you in the long run. Each district usually has its own specific objectives–and that’s the first place to check–but the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, the National Council for the Social Studies Standards (not available online), and Education World are all good places to look. All textbook series come with their own list. (For this example I used the Next Generation Science Standards and the California History Social Studies Standards.)
Start by looking at the science and social studies themes listed for your grade level(s). What you are looking for initially are the major categories in each area. Above you’ll see a sample for fifth grade.
You can download a copy of Science & Social Studies Themes to get started!
This article was originally published in 2010 on another website. It has been updated here.