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Planning thematic units
When one is planning a thematic unit, is it necessary for each activity to fit the theme? I'm involved in planning a summer camp which includes academic tutoring and themed activities. There are three separate themes that last for two weeks each. The first theme is "Who is your hero?" It is an easy fit to plan themed art, writing, music, reading, and guest speakers. Do our field trips have to fit into the theme? Do outdoor play activities have to fit into the theme?
How much does one 'stretch' to make an activity fit? For example, we have several activities planned around the question "Are athletes heroes?" We will then go on a field trip to Centennial Olympic Park, which is an easy theme fit with Olympic history. Our other field trip is to Stars and Strikes for bowling and arcade games. Do we need to call that a 'hero party' or just go have fun and not worry about fitting everything into themes? If we have a good activity in mind that doesn't fit a theme, can we still use it?
- Arts / English Language Arts / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
- Pre K-8