by: Kath Murdoch
Eleanor Curtain Publishing, ISBN:
/ 1997 / 136pg / Paperback
Grade Level: All
This is an immensely helpful book. It puts the case for an integrated curriculum and also for using inquiry as a framework of learning. However the emphasis is on a wide range of very practical strategies to support teacher's plans and teaching of integrated units of work. Strategies suggested are structured to support the various stages of implementation of a unit of work. These stages come under the headings of Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Going Further, Making Conclusions, Taking Action and Sharing. The final chapter, Putting It Altogether contains two sample integrated units of work; Night and Day for grades 1 & 2 and Water, Water Everywhere for grades 4 – 6. These sample units show how strategies from each stage can work together to enhance planning. The book also shows how the strategies suggested can be adapted for different age levels and topics and how these ideas will help in the development of flexible learners. The book is written in very readable, accessible language.
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