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Ch 1: Integrated Curriculum Resources

About This Chapter

With these short, engaging lessons, you will have the opportunity to review different activities that you may use to teach students differences between facts and opinions, relationships between causes and effects, art and some basic research skills.

Integrated Curriculum Resources- Chapter Summary

These lessons have been compiled to help teachers discover new ways to improve student participation while teaching skills used to interpret research and art. Some things discussed in this chapter include:

  • Templates for anecdotal notes
  • Activities used to improve listening skills
  • Games used to improve 3rd-5th graders' knowledge of facts and opinions
  • Cause-and-effect activities for grades two through eight
  • Prompts for art journals
  • Different research topics for elementary students

These lessons have been put together by our expert instructors and are mobile device compatible to provide teachers like you with an effective and versatile way to review these topics. If you have any questions, be sure to ask our instructors for assistance with the 'teacher' tabs of the lessons.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: These lessons were designed to help teachers become more aware of effective and interactive ways to teach the basic understanding of research.
  • Boosts student participation: Implementing some of the activities covered in this chapter will help you increase the participation of your students in the classroom.
  • Improves student engagement: When asked to participate in these activities, students will become more engaged in what they are studying and thus learn it more effectively.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Make anecdotal notes
  • Attend to body language
  • Teach students to differentiate between facts and opinions
  • Instruct students on the nature of cause and effect
  • Guide students as they keep art journals and research topics

46 Lessons in Chapter 1: Integrated Curriculum Resources
Brain-Based Learning Activities

1. Brain-Based Learning Activities

Did you know that you can change the way your students learn, and engage their emotions, by using brain-based learning techniques? In this lesson, you will learn more about classroom activities which follow brain-based learning methods.

Anecdotal Notes Template

2. Anecdotal Notes Template

Taking anecdotal notes is an important step in monitoring student progress in many subject areas. This lesson describes using anecdotal notes as a tool and provides a sample template for you to use with students.

Literacy Strategies for Science

3. Literacy Strategies for Science

As a science teacher, you might be wondering how to boost your students' literacy while you teach the content of your course. This lesson will give you some concrete literacy strategies to use in science class.

First Grade Teaching Strategies

4. First Grade Teaching Strategies

First graders can be great fun to teach, but they can also be challenging! First grade is the introduction to structured academics for many students, and normal variations in literacy development make it tricky to find strategies that work for all learners. This lesson provides some ideas about how to teach first graders well.

Depth of Knowledge Sample Questions

5. Depth of Knowledge Sample Questions

Asking students questions on varying levels is an important part of your school day. Use this lesson to ask questions using the depth of knowledge model. Samples for each group included.

Depth of Knowledge Activities

6. Depth of Knowledge Activities

Trying to get your students to think a little more deeply about content? This lesson provides some sample activities that encourage students to use their higher-order thinking skills as defined by Webb's Depth of Knowledge.

Growth Mindset Activities

7. Growth Mindset Activities

A growth mindset is a useful way of improving student success and confidence. Help students develop and learn about what it means to have a growth mindset with a few of these activities.

Classroom Supplies for Teachers

8. Classroom Supplies for Teachers

Having a classroom that runs smoothly is important to successful teaching. Sometimes, a small modification in your available supplies can make all the difference! This lesson gives you some ideas for thinking through your classroom supplies.

Teacher Appreciation Activities

9. Teacher Appreciation Activities

Showing teachers how much they are appreciated is an important part of building community at your school! The activities in this lesson will help you appreciate your colleagues and yourself.

Adult Learning Games

10. Adult Learning Games

Learning games have the potential to benefit adult learners just as much as they benefit kids. In this lesson we will discuss some of the types of adult learning games that can be helpful, and provide some examples.

Questions for Teachers to Ask Parents

11. Questions for Teachers to Ask Parents

As teachers, we are often encouraged to communicate with families, but sometimes it is difficult to know exactly what to talk about. The questions in this lesson will guide your communication with parents in a way that supports your practice.

Using Guest Speakers in the Classroom

12. Using Guest Speakers in the Classroom

Can lessons be exciting, interactive, and productive in helping students retain information? Of course they can. This lesson will discuss how guest speakers can be added to a lesson to make learning fun.

Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas

13. Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf is quickly becoming a holiday tradition. This article provides a few ideas on how to integrate the book, the whimsical toy, and a bit of holiday magic into your classroom.

Constructivist Learning Activities

14. Constructivist Learning Activities

Constructivist learning is active, involves real-life problem-solving, reflection, and student investment in learning. In this lesson, we'll provide some guidance for developing constructivist learning activities, and give some examples.

Outdoor Learning Activities

15. Outdoor Learning Activities

Young students don't have to stay indoors to learn. Taking the classroom outside can provide great opportunities for learning activities. Try a few of these engaging outdoor activities for yourself.

Experiential Learning Activities for Adults

16. Experiential Learning Activities for Adults

Experiential learning is a great way to gain a practical skill. It has proved to be far more effective than theoretical learning, especially for adults. So why not try some of these experiential learning activities for yourself?

Experiential Learning Activities for Students

17. Experiential Learning Activities for Students

Experiential learning focuses on hands-on activities and reflection. Here are some activities, that can be applied to many different subjects, for including experiential learning philosophies in your classroom.

Essential Questions for Kindergarten

18. Essential Questions for Kindergarten

Essential questions can be helpful for focusing in on what's really important in your classroom. Check out these possible essential questions you can use for your kindergarten class.

Data Collection Tools for Teachers

19. Data Collection Tools for Teachers

Interested in knowing more about what your students know? Have an administrator that always wants more data? This article will give you a few ideas about how to collect various forms of data from students.

Every Student Succeeds Act: Summary, Pros & Cons

20. Every Student Succeeds Act: Summary, Pros & Cons

This lesson provides you with a summary of the most relevant aspects of each section under the 'Every Student Succeeds Act' (ESSA), a new law replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In addition, you will find highlights about the possible advantages and disadvantages of the new law as it takes effect.

Peer Tutoring: Definition, Pros & Cons

21. Peer Tutoring: Definition, Pros & Cons

Are you considering using peer tutors in your classroom? This lesson will help you understand what peer tutoring is. We will also discuss the different models of peer tutoring, as well as the possible implications, both good and bad.

Teaching Peer Tutoring: Strategies & Techniques

22. Teaching Peer Tutoring: Strategies & Techniques

Teachers need to find new ways to engage their students in the learning process, while helping them strengthen their academic skills. Peer tutoring is a technique that has been proven to work well with a variety of learners in different classrooms.

Classwide Peer Tutoring: Definition & Examples

23. Classwide Peer Tutoring: Definition & Examples

Are you considering using Classwide Peer Tutoring (CWPT) in your classroom? This lesson will explain exactly what CWPT is, as well as examples of how to implement it in the classroom.

Peer Tutoring in Reading

24. Peer Tutoring in Reading

In this lesson, we will look at peer tutoring in reading, including some of the benefits and some basic strategies for implementing a peer tutoring program in a reading class.

Reciprocal Peer Tutoring: Definition & Effects

25. Reciprocal Peer Tutoring: Definition & Effects

Are you considering using Reciprocal Peer Tutoring (RPT) in your classroom? This lesson will discuss what Reciprocal Peer Tutoring is, as well as the classroom effects and how to implement it.

Reciprocal Peer Tutoring in Math

26. Reciprocal Peer Tutoring in Math

Reciprocal peer tutoring (RPT) is a collaborative learning environment where students tutor or teach their fellow students. In this lesson, you'll learn about RPT as it applies to math instruction.

Activities to Challenge Gifted Students

27. Activities to Challenge Gifted Students

Gifted learners sometimes require extra thought on the part of teachers. This lesson offers you some specific activities you can use to challenge your gifted elementary and middle school students and keep them engaged in the learning process.

How to Challenge Gifted Students in the Classroom

28. How to Challenge Gifted Students in the Classroom

Working with gifted students can be rewarding, but it is not necessarily easy. This lesson gives you some ideas for how you can keep your gifted students challenged in any classroom.

Instructional Strategies for Teaching Problem Solving

29. Instructional Strategies for Teaching Problem Solving

Are you looking for strategies designed to teach problem solving and boost student achievement? This lesson offers effective and versatile ideas for teaching problem solving that may be used in almost any K-12 context. Specific examples are provided.

Direct Instruction vs. Indirect Instruction

30. Direct Instruction vs. Indirect Instruction

What is direct instruction? What about indirect instruction? When do each of these styles of teaching come in handy? If you are curious about these questions, take a look at the following lesson to get the scoop.

Deductive Reasoning Activities for High School

31. Deductive Reasoning Activities for High School

Deductive reasoning is not a skill high school students always get excited to practice. However, if you apply a little creativity you can get your students to practice their deductive reasoning in challenging activities.

Inductive Reasoning Activities & Games

32. Inductive Reasoning Activities & Games

Teaching inductive reasoning to students is not always easy. Students may resist it, while teachers with heavy workloads may not want to take the time for it. However, inductive reasoning can be taught in all subjects with a variety of fun, easy activities.

Using Bells in the Classroom

33. Using Bells in the Classroom

This lesson will discuss how and why a teacher might choose to use a bell in the classroom. It can be useful for attention-getting, cueing transitions, and settling students in the classroom, all while lessening the effort required from the teacher.

Closing Strategies In The Classroom

34. Closing Strategies In The Classroom

If you are curious about closing strategies in the classroom, check out the lesson. We will examine closing strategies and look at three solid examples of how to implement them.

Instructional Strategies for Whole Group Discussion

35. Instructional Strategies for Whole Group Discussion

In this lesson, we will discuss some instructional strategies for hosting a classroom discussion that involves the whole group rather than a few outspoken students. These discussions should be productive and substantive, using one of several lesson plan strategies.

Substitute Teaching Tips for Elementary School

36. Substitute Teaching Tips for Elementary School

In this lesson, we will talk about some tips for substitute teaching in the elementary classroom. We will cover materials and activities as well as instructional methods to assist elementary substitutes.

Active Learning Strategies for Adults

37. Active Learning Strategies for Adults

In this lesson, we will look at some characteristics of adult learners and the strategies recommended for providing adult students with an active learning approach.

Focus Games for Adults

38. Focus Games for Adults

Are you working to expand your attention span or that of adult learners with whom you work? This lesson offers a series of different games that will help adults learn to focus better and monitor their own capacity for concentration.

Spatial Reasoning Games for the Classroom

39. Spatial Reasoning Games for the Classroom

As students develop their spatial reasoning skills, they are better able to navigate the world. Use these activities to engage your students in fun spatial reasoning games and activities.

Authentic Assessment: Tools & Strategies

40. Authentic Assessment: Tools & Strategies

Traditional assessments provide good data, however the need for authentic assessment is more urgent in the 21st Century. Authentic assessment tools and strategies allow students to apply learning to real-world situations and help teachers track progress over time.

Movement Activities for the Classroom

41. Movement Activities for the Classroom

Help your students stay motivated and engaged by creating opportunities for them to get up and moving during the school day. These suggestions will help your students exercise, stretch, and have fun!

Jeopardy Games for the Classroom: Rules & Template

42. Jeopardy Games for the Classroom: Rules & Template

Are you looking for a great review game that covers many important facts about a certain topic? Look no further! Jeopardy is a fun, engaging game format to help students review necessary information before a test or quiz.

Teaching with Movies in the Classroom

43. Teaching with Movies in the Classroom

With today's classroom technology, it is relatively simple to bring in a film to your classroom activity. This lesson will give you some effective ideas for Language Arts and across the curriculum.

Movie Activities for the Classroom

44. Movie Activities for the Classroom

Incorporating movies into your instruction is not simply a free-for-all! This lesson offers activities that appeal to a variety of learning styles while helping you make movies fit in the context of your overall curriculum and instruction.

Toy Story Lesson Plan

45. Toy Story Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will aid your students in learning about the movie Toy Story. They will also participate in four fun activities that will increase their comprehension of the relationships between the characters.

The Truman Show Lesson Plan

46. The Truman Show Lesson Plan

This lesson plan based on the movie 'The Truman Show' focuses on satire. Geared for your 11th- or 12th-grade students, you will work together to ultimately define, analyze, and create satirical scenes.

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