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Thematic Unit of Study
Mary Lynn Hartz
Grand Canyon University
EED 364
October 24, 2011

Thematic Unit of Study
The school where I chose to do the Science practicum was Hazleton Elementary/Middle School. Mrs. Christine Molosky teaches 6th grade Science and Social Studies for the past 12 years. Mrs. Molosky is very knowledgeable and has had much experience in teaching both subjects. Mrs. Molosky challenges the students to think independently and to come to know the world through its marvel and its ancestors. The classes in the school are crowded and full of diversity, therefore not only was I able to observe the higher level classes but I was fortunate to observe the lower classes which consisted of Learning Support and ESL students. The science class was very enlightening and attention-grabbing to say the least because Mrs. Molosky had to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the different levels.
Every 2-3 weeks the teacher replaces one subject with the other depending on the depth of the information within the chapter and the rate at which the students grasp the material. At this time Mrs. Molosky was teaching a unit in Science called “The Solar System and Beyond”. During my observing of this unit of instruction, I was able to compile the information needed to respond to the questions within the module. The following is the information:
Were other content areas such as reading, writing, math and technology integrated into the science lesson by the teacher? Yes, the teacher did integrate the content area of Reading by using compare and contrast, sequence, categorizing and classifying information, and drawing conclusions. The subject area of Math was applied through teaching how to calculate the distance in astronomical units in the Solar System. Astronomical units are the standard unit for distance…...

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