Integrated Lesson Instructions
Integrated Curriculum? Integration is a philosophy of teaching in which
content is drawn from several subject areas to focus on a particular
theme or concept. Rather than studying math or social studies in
isolation, for example, a class might study a unit called The Sea, using
math to calculate pressure at certain depths and social studies to
understand why coastal and inland populations have different
livelihoods. Effective interdisciplinary studies include the following
- A topic that lends itself to study from several points of view.
- 25 or essential questions the teacher wants the students to explore.
- An approach and activities to further students understanding more than is possible in a traditional, single-discipline lesson.
Adapted from: McBrien, J. L., & Brandt, R. S. (1997). The language of learning: A guide to education terms. p. 55. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
To understand when to integrate, the following questions can be asked:
I teach the goals and objectives of each particular content area being
considered with this topic? (Define the SCS objectives and the criteria
- Will my efforts to integrate most likely increase student learning and understanding? (Is it relevant)?
- How will what I do affect students’ learning? (Identify the outcomes).
lessons should integrate concepts across content areas, utilize concept
maps focusing on all subject areas in planning integrated instruction,
identify natural integrated skills within areas (such as science process
skills with math skills and communication skills), and use identified
childrens literature that will connect language arts and other content
You are to develop one extensive and complete lesson plan
that would be part of a unit teaching science to children at the
appropriate grade level. The lesson plan will be based on the 5 Es
Learning Cycle, must involve the entire class, and must be developed
using the template provided. You must integrate a minimum of two subject
areas. Use science content as the base and then include other subjects,
such as reading, language arts, math and/or writing.