The use of webbing in program planning is popular with early childhood professionals. A web can be thought of as a graphic overall picture of what might be included in a theme or unit approach to instruction. To create a plan, the staff chooses an idea, brainstorms hands-on activities and materials to use, and puts them on a tentative web. This serves as a road map for what students will learn that week. The object of creating a web is for the teacher to define and refine the web-based on the interests and needs of their current group of children.
Over the next few weeks, you will create a thematic unit for a toddler, three-year-old, or preschool classroom. Be sure to all of the following components when creating the first part of your thematic unit.
1. Select a theme or unit topic for a toddler, three-year-old, or preschool classroom based on children’s interests.
2. Title Page
Create a title page for your thematic unit that includes your name, course, date, theme topic, ages of children, and decorative graphics that align with your selected theme unit
3. Instructional Goals
Describe for each of the concepts, ideas, factual data, vocabulary, attitudes, and skills within the thematic unit
Remember that a thematic unit might be covered over the course of several days or weeks so this should be an extremely in-depth list
4. Resources and Materials
Include a list of any resources, materials, and/or supplies that will be needed for this thematic unit,
1. This list should contain a minimum of 5 teacher-made or commercially available materials and/or supplies that relate to the theme
a. Include how many of each are needed, where they will be available to children, and how they will be used by children and/or the teacher
2. This list should contain a minimum of 5 audiovisuals, community resources, field trips, speakers, etc. that relate to the theme
3. This list should contain a minimum of 12 developmentally appropriate children’s books that relate to the theme
4. This list should contain a minimum of 8 activity aids such as finger plays, interactive songs, poems, storytelling ideas, recipes, and/or chart ideas that relate to the theme
5. Curriculum Web
Create a curriculum web for your thematic unit (utilize the information from parts 3 and 4 from this assignment along with additional ideas)
Include small and large group activity ideas for math, science, social studies, reading, writing, creative expression, art, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
1. In the next few weeks, you will be designing multiple written lesson plans based on the activity ideas you included on your curriculum web so make sure you are really taking your time to plan so that you are prepared to write your activity plan next week.
Microsoft Word – use the shapes tool and text boxes to create a digital web to upload to the assignment link OR
Create a handmade web, scan to computer and save, and then upload to the assignment link.
Put your name, course and section number, and date at the top left of the document.
Make sure to use the title listed above as the title of your paper centered at the top of the page just under your name, course and section number, and date.
Use Microsoft Word or another approved software program.
Using Microsoft Word (or another word processing program with your file saved as a “Rich Text” file), save the document with a file name that includes the assignment title, your last name, and first initial (i.e. DunnM.CurriculumWeb).
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