The Bermuda Triangle Thematic Unit

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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135 pages
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When I asked a class of third and fourth graders what topics they would choose if they could study anything they wanted, the Bermuda Triangle was one of their top choices. The Bermuda Triangle is an integrated language arts, math, social studies, science, and art unit focused on examining the claims regarding mysterious forces of this notorious area of ocean. Students research records, including reports, newspaper articles, and letters, about a number of disasters purported to have occurred mysteriously in this region. Since people can easily make fake images, videos, and news reports with the technology available today, it has become increasingly important for us and our students to be able to analyze and evaluate everything we hear and see to determine if it is fact or fiction. This thematic unit focuses students on how to do just that.

Whether you use The Bermuda Triangle 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 with sample worksheets and answers included in the guide
  • A Sort Activity to facilitate differentiation between fact, opinion, and theory
  • Student Reading Material: Reports, Artifacts, and Articles that can be printed out or read on classroom computers
  • A Case Study Interactive Notebook students will use to collect information
  • Math Activities (6)
  • Science Experiments (5)
  • Art Project
  • PE Game
  • Writing Project—Students will write a 3-5 paragraph opinion essay after completing their research
  • Posters that support research and writing instruction

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
Art of the Pennsylvania Dutch

Loch Ness Monster

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Total Pages
135 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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