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  • 1. THEMATIC PLANNING
    Hans Christian AndersenSchool
    EnglishImmersionProgram
  • 2. Thematic Planning
    Organize curriculum around a theme
    Integrates different developmental and subject areas
    Contributes to child’s growing awareness and understanding
    Provides opportunities for child to learn by doing and have direct experiences with the world
    Helps children understand that learning is connected to life.
  • 3. Children’s Experiences
    Reflect on and recreate experiences through:
    Dramatic play
    Block building
    Discussions
    Art
    Music
    Movement
    Measuring
    Graphing and Mapping
    Children develop skills through:
    Sensing
    Moving
    Thinking
    Problem solving
    Communicating
    Creating
    Working
    Playing with others
  • 4. Appropriate Themes
    Primary Question: Can I give children direct experience of this topic?
    Should reflect children’s interests, abilities and issues of concern
    Should involve concepts and skills at the right level of challenge for the age group
    Topic should be complex and interesting enough to be explored at some depth
    Plan to focus on topic for several weeks to several months
  • 5. Criteria for Theme Selection
    The topic can be taught through direct experience.
    Children can explore it with their senses.
    Concept is developmentally appropriate for young children.
    Concept can be organized to move from:
    Simple to complex
    Concrete to abstract
    Interesting, meaningful, and worth knowing about.
    Helps children acquire understanding and appreciation of themselves, others, and the world in which they live.
  • 6. “Major Understanding” of the Theme
    The important ideas you wish children to acquire
    Brainstorm the purpose and goals
    Gather the resources and materials
    Create a mind map or curriculum web
    Ask the children:
    What do you want to know?
    What would you like to learn?
  • 7. Mind Map
    Family
    Activities
    Books and
    Poems
    Cooking
    Games
    Songs and
    Rhymes
    THEME
    Blocks
    Art Activities
    Field Trips
    Dramatic Play
    Creative
    Movement
  • 8. K-W-L Chart
    Brainstorm!
    K
    What do
    you
    KNOW?
    W
    What do
    you
    WANT
    to
    know?
    L
    What did
    you
    LEARN?
  • 9. Outline for an Integrated Thematic Plan
    Theme: the topic or focus
    Children: age and characteristics
    Rationale: Why?
    Goals: 3-6 broad statements of desired ends
    Attitudes
    Skills
    Abilities
    Experiences
    Major Understandings: 4-6 important ideas you want children to construct
    Resources: Books, articles, etc.
  • 10. Adapt your Teaching Environment to Include ALL Children
    Ask yourself:
    What goals do I have for the activity so that all children are engaged and learning?
    What different ways do I need to present information so that everyone understands and is engaged?
    What kinds of support or encouragement will be needed to engage and ensure learning among all children?
  • 11. Adapt your Teaching Environment to Include ALL Children
    Possibilities:
    Vary your expectations for participation and performance
    Example: If children are listening to a story and are asked to recall events
    some may attend to and repeat back key words
    others may recall the names of characters by pointing to pictures or using signs and gestures
    even others may predict what will happen next using complete sentences in English
  • 12. Teaching Environment
    Present content in multiple formats
    verbal, print, video, or concrete objects
    repeating key words/phrases in children’s home language
    using simple sentences with gestures
    Use physical cues to focus children’s attention
    pointing to the picture in the book
    giving verbal prompts to help children begin a response
    offering language models for children to imitate
    encouraging children to keep thinking and trying
  • 13. Assessment
    How do you document children’s learning?
    How do you know if children understand the big ideas of your unit?
    Documentation
    Observation notes
    Photography or video
    Collection of student work samples
    A class book, newsletter, scrapbook
    Social event where student work is shared
  • 14. How Can you Involve Families?
    Possibilities:
    Share information with families through a newsletter written at an appropriate level
    Have key phrases translated into families’ home languages, and include photographs of children engaged in an activity.
    Provide multiple opportunities for families to be involved
    Families could support their child’s involvement by asking specific questions about the activity and/or the book read to the group.