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. 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 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:
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