Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Science--Study and teaching (Primary); Interdisciplinary approach in education;
This instructional development project integrates the language arts and the science areas. The science content is small creatures, specifically, spiders and crickets, from the first grade curriculum. A rich learning environment is provided through a literature base, representing the different genres and related expressive activity. The unit is presented through teacher-directed activities and learning centers that off er many options from which children could select experiences.
The goals of the program are to give children more control over their learning and to extend children's thinking-language abilities by capitalizing on the common processes of the language arts and science areas and offering many opportunities to engage in the language processes within the functions of language. As children become involved in the content and processes of the unit provided by a print-rich environment with many options for learning activity, they can assume responsibility for directing their energies toward the learning tasks.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Jeanne McLain Harms
©2000 Pamela S. Olsen
Olsen, Pamela S., "Integrated science unit : small creatures : spiders and crickets" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 1287.