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Ch 7: 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

27 Lessons in Chapter 7: Integrated Curriculum Resources
Helping Traumatized Children in the Classroom

1. Helping Traumatized Children in the Classroom

When children have experienced traumatic events, it can be difficult to know how to relate to them properly. This lesson will give you some ideas about your role as a teacher in helping traumatized children in the classroom.

Brain-Based Learning Activities

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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.

Cultural Competence Activities for Teachers

20. Cultural Competence Activities for Teachers

Becoming a culturally competent educator is important, but it is not a simple task. This lesson provides some ideas for activities you can do alone or with colleagues to increase cultural competence.

Data Collection Tools for Teachers

21. 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.

High School Classroom Decorating Ideas

22. High School Classroom Decorating Ideas

Lesson structure isn't the only thing that affects the way students work in a classroom. Aesthetics are really important too. Check out these ideas for ways to decorate a high school classroom.

Every Student Succeeds Act: Summary, Pros & Cons

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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.

Reciprocal Peer Tutoring: Definition & Effects

27. 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.

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