Parallel Curriculum Units for Grades K–5
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Parallel Curriculum Units for Grades K–5



© 2011 | 280 pages | Corwin

"This book is comprehensive, rich, and engaging. Quality teaching follows quality planning, and this is the resource you need for cutting-edge curriculum design."
—Lynn Erickson, Curriculum Consultant
Mill Creek, WA

"I am delighted to incorporate this book into my graduate courses as I train teachers to design instruction that guides students through rigorous and authentic learning."
—Thomas P. Hébert, Professor
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

A powerful model for linking student learning to the world

How would classrooms be different if curriculum could be qualitatively differentiated so that learners not only accumulate information, but also experience the power of knowledge? The empirically based Parallel Curriculum Model shows teachers how to create a meaningful, emotive, and engaging curriculum that helps children apply what they learn to their lives. Each chapter offers specific unit and lesson plans created by master elementary teachers that can be put into practice immediately. Included are field-tested and standards-based strategies that:

  • Focus on parallel themes in literacy, science, mathematics, and social studies
  • Help students deepen knowledge, think metaphorically, solve problems, and identify with subject matter
  • Challenge all learners according to their interests and abilities
  • Create authentic, joyful, and active student involvement

All students should have the opportunity to benefit from multifaceted learning experiences, and this inspiring book gives educators the methods to make it happen. The text is rich with vignettes, visuals, samples, reproducibles, and assessment tools. The possibilities are unlimited!

 
About the Editor
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction: A Brief History of the Parallel Curriculum Model (PCM)
 
1. Plants Alive, by Christy D. McGee
 
2. Point of View Under Transition: Using the Work of Chris Van Allsburg, by Laurie Boen
 
3. Experience Poetry (Grades 2-5), by Leighann Pennington
 
4. Getting to the Heart of Mathematical Numbers and Operations (Grades 2-5), by Linda H. Eilers
 
5. Preserving Our Identity: Learning About the History of Our State (Intermediate), by Jennifer Beasley
 
6. Conundrums in Criminalistics: Clues, Culprits, and Conclusions (Grades 4-5), by Lisa DaVia Rubenstein
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Plants Alive


"The authors have contributed a series of exemplary instructional units that should inspire teachers to design meaningful curriculum that involves students in qualitatively differentiated learning experiences. I am delighted to incorporate this book into my graduate courses as I train teachers to design instruction that engages students in rigorous and authentic learning."

Thomas P. Hébert, Professor
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

"This book is comprehensive, rich and engaging. It addresses the conceptual level of understanding in addition to the factual, procedural and personal areas of development. Quality teaching follows from quality planning and this is the resource you need for cutting-edge curriculum design."

Lynn Erickson, Curriculum Consultant
Author, Mill Creek, WA
Key features
  • Shows teachers and curriculum specialist how to apply The Parallel Curriculum Model in the K-5 classroom.
  • Offers 5-7 specific unit and lesson plans created by real, master elementary teachers so educators can immediately utilize the model in the classroom environment.
  • Focuses on the essential concepts, standards, principles, and skills for elementary classrooms in literacy, science, mathematics, and social studies
  • Illustrates how The Parallel Curriculum Model can be designed to focus on multiple aspects of content
  • Incorporates formative assessments that meet the needs of individual students and their differences
  • Creates authentic, joyful, and active involvement for students.

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