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Learning Exercise

Material: The Paper Project
Submitted by: Nancy J. Pelaez on Jul 27, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jul 27, 2005
Title: Theme-based cross-curriculum learning
Description: K8 classrooms often design experiential instruction with a unifying theme to help children see connections among the various topics they master. This task for administrators or K8 teachers emphasizes the need to associate experiential learning with the expected student outcomes.
Time Required one 60 minute class session following a week independent preparation.
Topics: cross-referenced academic standards, theme-based learning, essential questions, curriculum development
Course: Teaching Methods; Curriculum Development; Leadership
Prerequisites Skills: Basic understanding of pedagogical theory and knowledge of standards-based instruction
Learning Objectives: (1) To benchmark theme-based instruction to relevant academic standards; (2) To provide public leadership and advocacy on behalf of the movement to raise academic standards and improve student performance through experiential theme-based instruction.
Technical Notes: 3D glasses are required to access some parts of the Paper Project - so havd the users follow the instructions provided on The Paper Project web site to make 3D glasses.
Text of Learning Exercise: Review the Peer Reviews and Member Comments about The Paper Project on MERLOT. Then navigate the site. Take notes about expected student outcomes from integrated theme-based learning from the paper project. Identify the taget grade level you would teach and use the Align to Achieve - Academic Standards e-Library to find the standards you would help students meet by using Paper Project resources. Identify expected outcomes that you, as a teacher, value in addition to the published standards that are relevant to your region and the target grade level.
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