Integrating instruction across all subject areas provides a lot of structure and support for students who find school-learning difficult. The day is focused on one particular subject which the children are exploring and evaluating through reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, making, analyzing, developing, and investigating. Instruction goes deeper because of this focus.
Say your science based theme is animal life cycles. During the course of your unit your students would be reading about animals, beginning with the stories and articles in your reading series, and expanding to fiction and nonfiction trade books. You could implement a genre study on animal stories. The section in the science text-book on life cycles may be the foundation for your unit but it WON’T be the only thing the students see or read on the subject. As they learn more about animal life cycles, they will write about it, creating real works with information gleaned from textbooks, trade books, photographs, the internet, sound recordings, observations, and videos. Students will begin to express their new learning through objects they create: books, posters, videos, models, artifacts, dramatic presentations, poems—the list is endless. And if you keep in mind current events and things happening NOW in the world regarding animal life cycles, your students can begin to produce items that have real value in the real world today, no matter what their achievement levels are.
All students can produce amazing, worthwhile, and valuable products within a classroom of wildly diverse needs, when given the opportunity to study a subject in-depth, at a receptive and expressive level that is appropriate for them. Inclusion becomes natural, easy, and beautiful!
What are your most challenging inclusion issues? What are some of the successful ways you meet those challenges?
Originally published on June 29, 2012 on another website.