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Savanna Safari Mural

Turn a corner of your classroom into an African savanna!  Step-by-step directions show you how to make a beautiful background for a classroom center or mini museum.  Get a Sample Mural Savanna Safari or learn more. I hope you are all … Continue reading

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Christmas Stockings

Here’s a simple, fun, and educational  activity for your kiddos.  Students learn some of the common design elements of the Pennsylvania Dutch style, and use the information to create a cut-and-paste Christmas stocking.  Directions, tracers, and background information are all … Continue reading

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Land Regions of a State: Interest Groups

I am sharing some units and projects which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be working with), I tend to think … Continue reading

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Egypt: Lesson Accommodations

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Bird Nest Baskets

These sweet little baskets are sturdy, simple, and easy to make, and they are strong enough to hold a couple of chicken eggs, and plenty of jelly beans or small chocolate eggs. There are three different sets of directions included, … Continue reading

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Workshop Style Teaching–From Jenn’s Point of View

Jenn is a middle school language arts and social studies teacher.  By definition she is integrating instruction. She describes these twin focuses as content goals (social studies outcomes), and process goals (language arts skills).  Here is a little excerpt from … Continue reading

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Planning a Thematic Unit

Planning an individual thematic unit is not much different from regular lesson planning, and because of the work you’ve already completed in selecting and organizing the themes, and listing the resources you have available, you can just start filling in … Continue reading

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Putting it All Together–Aligning Your Curricula

You know what language arts skills you’re going to teach. You know what genre studies you want to use to help teach these skills. You know what materials you already have to support teaching these skills. Now you may like … Continue reading

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Putting it All Together–Genre Studies

Now that you have listed the Language Arts Standards for the year, you are ready to pull together all the materials you currently have that will support your language arts instruction.  This is a key part of planning for integration, … Continue reading

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