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Interdisciplinary approach in education; Science--Study and teaching (Primary);


This instructional development project integrated the language arts and the science areas. The science content was ponds and water from the second grade curriculum. A rich learning environment was provided through a literature base, representing the different genres and related expressive activity. The unit was presented through teacher-directed activity and learning centers that offered many options from which children could select experiences.

The goals of the program were 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. The unit was presented to children in grade 2. As the children became involved in the content and processes of the unit provided by a print-rich environment with many options for learning activity, they generated much enthusiasm and assumed responsibility for directing their energies toward the learning tasks.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jeanne McLain Harms


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