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Fall 2018 TLC: Connecting Key Ideas Across Content Areas - Activity 2 Sample Integrated Lessons/Units

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element B: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.

Creating Meaningful Integrated Curriculum

Review any of the following based on interest, but please keep in mind that many of these samples are highly developed detailed units and lessons. These samples are provided to give you an overarching picture of an integrated curriculum. We are not presenting these with the idea that you will choose one to implement, but more as examples of what teaching an integrated curriculum might entail.

Resources

This is a unit plan from the National Council for Teachers of English and the National Council for Geographic Education that integrates many content areas. 

This is an example of an integrated unit plan for grades K-1. 

This middle school lesson plan from Concept to Classroom connects many different content areas in a lesson about currency.  

This webpage houses sample unit plans for all ages.  "All Curriculum Units are a result of Dr. T. Roger Taylor's 5-day Curriculum Writing Institute Differentiating the Curriculum: Using an Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Approach"

This web page houses fully developed Project Based High School unit plans.  

This web page on iearn.org houses unit plans for all grade levels.  

This web page houses projects designed by BIE (Buck Institute for Education).  All of the units are project-based and there are projects for many different grade levels and content areas.  

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for kindergarten about who we are as individuals, family members, and community.

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for 1st grade about sharing the planet.

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for 3rd grade with a topic of how we organize ourselves.

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for 4th grade about Culture.

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for 5th grade with a theme about how the world and environments works. 

Example of a transdisciplinary inquiry unit of study for 6th grade with a theme of how we express ourselves.