Kites, A Thematic Unit
When I asked a class of third and fourth graders what topics they would choose if they could study anything they wanted, Kites was one of their top choices. Kites is an integrated (cross curricular) language arts, math, social studies, science, and art unit focused on exploring the history and uses of kites.
Whether you use Kites as a 1-5 day unit for a substitute (complete detailed substitute lesson plans are included) or you choose to spice up a week with a little something special, your students will have plenty of practice using many of the reading, research, writing, problem solving, and thinking skills you’ve been working on throughout the year. I hope you’ll find it interesting and exciting!
Thematic Unit Materials include:
*Overview and Lesson Plan Suggestion
*Detailed Substitute Lesson Plans for 5 full days
*Student Reading Material: 6 Nonfiction articles and 2 myths
*Writing Project—Students will write a direction sheet showing and telling how to build a kite from a kit
*Math Activities (5)
*Science Activities (5)
*Posters that support the unit
I hope you and your students will find these materials exciting and educational and that they will provide you with an example of thematic teaching in the upper grades. It’s a really effective, efficient, and fun way to provide instruction for a wide variety of students.
Other Thematic Units for this grade level:
Cave Paintings and Petroglyphs