Introduction to Thematic Units
What is a Thematic Unit?
- Workshop outline for a good workshop - http://www.gj.net/~plewis/Thematicunit.html
- Workshop resources - http://midgefrazel.net/themes.html
- Nice Intro - http://connect.barry.edu/ect653/thematic/main.htm
- 10 reasons to use thematic units - http://users.erols.com/allnutt/tenreasons.html
- Teaching Thematically article - http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/miscpubs/cal/contentesl/c-esl13.htm
- Takes you through thematic unit process using rainforest example - http://www.compstrategies.com/resources/rainforestunit.html
- Brief introduction to interdisciplinary teaching and units - http://webinstituteforteachers.org/99/mentors/Jones/ida1/index2.html
- K-12 examples - http://www.naschools.net/teachers/index.htm
- k-2 examples - http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/technology/training/tools/elem/k-2.htm
- 3-5 examples - http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/technology/training/tools/elem/3-5.htm
- K-5 examples - http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/projects/theme/
- all grades - http://www.in2edu.com/edulinks/themes_integrated%20units_issues%20themes_thematic%20units.htm
- Newspaper Thematic Units - http://nieonline.com/detroit/catalogue.cfm?page=newsthemes
- Middle school units - http://www.gnofn.org/~sches/page5.html
Planning a Thematic Unit
- Good Descriptive plan - http://connect.barry.edu/ect653/thematic/main.htm#planning
- Adding Technology to Thematic Units - http://www.ed.sc.edu/caw/toolboxtheme.html
- Example of basic plan from Michigan schools - http://www.muskegon-isd.k12.mi.us/language/mi_standards/unitplan.htm
- Checklist example - http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/graphics/vogtsamp.html
- Rubric examples - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/actbank/trubrics.htm
- Scroll to bottom of web page for rubric - http://www.techtrekers.com/Thematic.htm
- Evaluating resources for validity - http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm
Web Sites to Help
Thematic Unit Web Sites
- Thematic Units for Primary Grades - http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Unitlink.htm
- Thematic units Online - http://connections.smsd.org/specialeducation/thematic.htm
- Early Childhood Thematic Units - http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/sbcss/specialeducation/ecthematic/
- Theme Pages (not whole units but good for planning) - http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/themes/
- Thematic units for K-12 (most for younger grades) - http://www.naschools.net/teachers/
- A few units PreK-6 - http://www.riverdeep.net/edconnect/tools/thematic_units.jhtml
- Lessons and themes for K-12 - http://lessonplanz.com/Lesson_Plans/Thematic_Units/
- Themes, activities and lessons - http://www.in2edu.com/edulinks/themes_integrated%20units.htm
- Three specific units - http://www.innovativeclassroom.com/Thematic_Units/
- General Theme units - http://teachers.teach-nology.com/themes/
- Units from ALFY search - http://alfy.lycos.com/Teachers/teach/Thematic_Units/index.asp
- Lesson Plan search themed units - http://www.lessonplansearch.com/Thematic_Units/
- EdHelper thematic units - http://www.edhelper.com/cat298.htm
- Home Schooling Network thematic units - http://www.homeschoollearning.com/themes/
- school Kindergarten page with units - http://www.thekcrew.net/units.html
- List of Thematic Unit pages (mainly K-6) - http://k-6educators.about.com/cs/lessonplansthe/
- Start with the Arts Thematic Units - http://www.vsarts.org/programs/swta/themeunits.html
- Examples from Michigan Schools - http://www.muskegon-isd.k12.mi.us/language/mi_standards/lasearch.htm
- First grade units - http://www.tesseract.pvt.k12.mn.us/first_I/2000-2001/themes/thematic_units.htm
- Lesson plan activities for librarians includes some units - http://www.libraries.phila.k12.pa.us/lion/lessons.html
General Topic web Sites
A Thematic Unit - PowerPoint presentation with good rules to remember.
The Collaborative Thematic
School - A listing of good theory and practice articles including designing
thematic units and cross-curriculum plans. The article on "Integrated
Curriculum" is a very good first read for background.
Units Bookmarks - Very useful site by Pam Lewis (5th Grade teachers). Good
place to start if unsure how to approach the idea of thematic units.
Creating Thematic Units
on the Web - VERY GOOD BEGINNING SITE by Alice Allnutt.
Into Thematic Units - Notes for a class. has some nice links.
NCTE Teaching Ideas: Thematic
Units - A reprint detailing one teacher's method of using thematic units
and ideas in the classroom.
- A basic presentation on creating thematic units.