Hi, Debbie,I need your help and thoughts on this.List and discuss strategies teachers should use when integrating content curriculum in physical education. Explain one strategy or activity that can be used to integrate Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies into physical education (there should be four separate strategies/activities). Any input would be much appreciated! Have a nice day!!Mary, I am sure you know that your Professor is talking about an integrated curriculum. To review, this is when there is a particular theme and you develop lessons in all subject areas pertaining to it.For first grade, lets say your theme is Thanksgiving. The teacher may start with a particular book about Thanksgiving (Language Arts). A good one that I know for First Grade is Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin. Do you know it? This is a picture book about a Grandmother who certainly didnt want to ask Mr. Whiskers for Thanksgiving dinner! She was very angry when Maggie asked him. She was even more angry when SOMEONE stole her favorite, secret recipe for cranberry bread! Was Mr. Whiskers the thief? For the Language Arts part of the lesson, if I were the teacher I would go over difficult vocabulary, ask an open ended question such as How and why Thanksgiving is celebrated? Why is the Grandmother acting so uncharitable? Maybe have the class make pictures and write about what they are grateful for. You might have other ideas, but this is what I would do. For the social studies component, I would go over the history of Thanksgiving. You might have to introduce another book such as Pilgrims First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern. Do you know this one? It is about The Pilgrims first Thanksgiving which lasted three whole days. The authors simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we celebrate today – Thanksgiving. For the development of the lesson, if I were the teacher, Id make a K-W-L chart to show comparison and contrast of Thanksgiving then and now. In case you are unfamiliar, a K-W-L chart means what we Know, What we Want to Know, and What We Learned. Perhaps you might follow through with creating a Pilgrim child and a modern one. The physical representation may help them to compare and contrast better. For the Math component, this might work well for you. There is a game called Roll a Turkey. It goes like this: Roll a Turkey Game. Students need a blank sheet of paper. They work in small groups and take turns rolling a die to make a complete turkey, including a body, a head, a face with a wattle, 2 legs, 2 wings and 4 feathers. The first one to finish drawing his turkey is the winner!Click here to print a pre-drawn dotted head and body. This would be helpful for the students if they roll a 3, 4, 5, or 6 before theyve drawn the turkey head or a body. It gives them a point of reference to draw their own wings, feet, face and feathers. You can get a better idea of this if you look at the website, http://littlegiraffes.com/teaching-ideas/379/thanksgiving-turkey-math-science-social-studies-activities/. Alternatively, you can include the below listed activity as well. Counting Corn BookletHave children make corn counting books by gluing corn kernels on pages that have the numbers 1 through 5 written on them.Bean and Corn PatternsUse several varieties of dried beans and corn (or Indian corn) kernels to create patterns.Or still alternatively, here is a very simple math idea: Favorite Thanksgiving Foods GraphCreate a class graph by letting children select their favorite food, such as turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberries or pumpkin pie.Finally, the phys ed component. You may also want to include music in this component. There is a song, Alburquerque the Turkey(tune of : O My Darlin Clementine)Alburquerque was a turkey,
And hes feathered and hes fine.
And he wobbles and he gobbles,
And Im awfully glad hes mine.Hes the best pet you can get yet,
Better than a dog or cat.
Hes my Alburquerque Turkey
And Im awfully proud of that.And my Alburquerque turkey
Is so cozy in his bed.
Cause for our Thanksgiving dinner
We had Egg Foo Yung instead.The below listed idea may fit with that lesson. It is called Fitness Turkeys.
The preparation for this activity must begin before the designated class day. The teacher must prepare turkeys and laminate them to hang on the wall. The teacher must also prepare feathers (of different colors corresponding to the number of fitness activities) and laminate them, too. Once the fitness turkeys and feathers are created, hang the turkeys on the wall and place the feathers in a bag underneath the cones.Place students into groups of 3 or 4 by a cone. (There are many ways to place students into groups quickly. All of my students have their own numbers and I had papers attached to the cones with numbers on them. The students could find their own cone/group quickly without wasting time). Hanging on the wall in front of the cone is the groups fitness turkey. (You can create/color/laminate a turkey and then place Velcro tape onto the turkey where the feathers would be. Place the other part of the Velcro tape onto the feathers so they can be stuck onto the turkey).Explain to the students that they will be performing fitness related activities in order to finish creating their fitness turkey. Students will receive team challenge cards with numerous activities on them. (The teacher must create these cards using appropriate activities such as: push-ups, curl-ups, jumping jacks, running in place, jump rope, etc.) Each of the activities is written in a different color. There should be a feather of the same color in the bag under the cone. As the GROUP finishes each activity on their team challenge card, they place that color feather on their fitness turkey. When the entire group has completed the team challenge card, their turkey will have all its feathers!Stress that it is important to work as a group/team. Therefore, if a student finishes a particular activity before the rest, ask the students what he/she could do (cheer their group on, do more of the activity with the person finishing up, etc.) Stress to the students not to go on without the rest of the group.I hope you find this helpful, Mary. All you have to do is put the ideas together in a format that the Professor specifies.
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