Teachers are asked every day to teach a variety of subjects to their students, but it is often challenging to find enough time in the day to teach every subject. Often, social studies is the subject that gets left out of the curriculum. The purpose of this project was to examine the research behind thematic units and determine their role as a strategy to teaching social studies in the intermediate grades classroom. I researched thematic units including how to create them and their benefits and challenges. Using the research, I then made a resource for teachers to create their own thematic unit. This resource includes the steps to use to create a unit and how to find quality children’s literature to use in the unit. It also includes how to plan the unit and examine the standards then brainstorm ideas for lessons in the unit. Titles of children’s literature that relate to the thematic unit are included. The resource also includes a sample social studies thematic unit that teachers can use as a guide to create their own units.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Frantz, Noelle, "Using Integrated Thematic Units to Teach Social Studies in the Intermediate Grades Classroom" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 705.