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Integrated Curriculum Unit

This is where it all comes together, curriculum theory, educational philosophy, standards, and of course the students. When a skilled teacher plans a unit for a diverse group of children, all of these things and more are considered, providing the foundation for instruction. The best lessons that an effective educator teaches often brings together elements from several disciplines, allows for some student choice, matches student need, and is inherently interesting to the children. This writer has observed that in many elementary classrooms, lessons too often allow for little student choice, frequently target very narrow objectives, are not designed to encourage student enthusiasm, and rarely promote the exploration of life-long hobbies and sports. The Great Outdoors: A WebQuest About Camping has been designed as a model for intermediate elementary educators seeking to improve on this record. It illustrates one way of integrating technology into the curriculum, individualizing instruction, and weaving together several curricular areas into one cohesive unit while still embracing current educational standards. The WebQuest format was chosen for several reasons, perhaps most important among which is that it can create a very effective and motivating learning environment. Bernie Dodge, one of the creators of the format defines WebQuests as follows:

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation (Dodge, 2000).

This writer hopes teachers find The Great Outdoors: A WebQuest About Camping helpful in supporting the success of their students ... and fun to do too! The URL for its start page is:

Note: except for the copyright lesson, all online lessons linked from this page have no return link. Please use your web browser's back button to return to this page.

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Other Sample Units and Lessons:

The International Author's Tea WebQuest was written as a collaborative effort for children in the upper elementary grades. Students work in cooperative groups to research a children's author and create a multimedia biography of that author.

Reading the Genres is an integrated online unit designed for intermediate elementary students that is similar in format to a WebQuest. Its purpose is to help children explore several genres that they may not have been exposed to before.

Designed for intermediate multiage students, the integrated thematic unit, Moving Into The Country is based on the historical period of the Oregon Trail in the Pacific Northwest. It includes learning activities spanning the disciplines of history, geography, math, reading, and writing while integrating the use of technology.

Following the ASSURE lesson planning model, this author has created a lesson on copyright issues for intermediate multiage students. It is titled Copyright and makes use of a PowerPoint presentation also created by this author.

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All sources used in creating this website are cited on the Bibliography and Sources webpage. The sources used to create The Great Outdoors: A WebQuest About Camping, International Author's Tea, Reading the Genres, and Moving Into The Country are listed on their own Credits and Resources webpages. Also note that in-text citations used above are linked directly to the appropriate portion of the Bibliography and Sources webpage.

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