S: Fiesta Thematic Unit
FC: Fiesta Thematic Unit Kindergarten Danielle Gray Jennifer Steele
1: Rationale This unit of Fiesta is important to students’ lives because it teaches cultural relevance for a city that the students live in. It is a celebration significant enough to result in a school holiday in San Antonio, Texas. Through this unit, the students will explore many cultures, history, food, and music. Prior to teaching the unit the students will need to know the city, and state that we live in; as well as a small amount of history about the city of San Antonio. Throughout the year, the Kindergarten grade has been learning about their community, where they live and how it directly affects them. This scope and sequence design has provided students with a foundational understanding of the community, which will support them in understanding the big ideas of the Fiesta Thematic Unit.
3: Big Ideas & Essential Questions Big Ideas The students will be able to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences among people around the world. In addition, the students will be able to incorporate skills from many content areas to enrich their knowledge and awareness of the society around them. Essential Questions What is Fiesta? Why is Fiesta Celebrated? How did Fiesta start?
4: Week 1
5: Week 2
6: Top 5 Activities Battle of Flowers PowerPoint Q & A Activity Through participation in pre-assesment game, students are given a foundation to begin their discovery of how Fiesta began, and why it is unique to San Antonio as they pursue the essential question-“How did Fiesta start?” Fiesta Word Wall Process of developing word wall incorporates the use of various content area skills. Through the exploration of words, students will discover answers to all essential questions. Ballet Folklorico First hand experience learning and analyzing two styles of dance will uncover similarities and differences between the two cultures. Parade Carnival As a final lesson, the combination of these two activities put into practice knowledge they have gained throughout the unit. It is a true assessment of whether or not students have fully answered all essential questions.
7: Unit Activity Grid
8: Plan for Implementing the Unit This unit is designed to continuously build on students’ learning. Activities used in this lesson are planned and incorporated in that way. Learning activities would be managed by collecting the students’ products from the activities in a portfolio specifically for the thematic unit. This allows the teacher to keep track of each student’s learning as well as their participation in each activity. A management system would be developed on the learning center board, complete with directions for each activity; and the teacher would introduce it to the children when the center is set up in the classroom. During the introduction the teacher should go over each activity in the center, and talk about all of the different things you can do with it. This way, students will already be familiar with, and have a general understanding of how to use the center and how to complete each activity. As students complete work, it would be turned in to designated folders. To manage learning in the center, and ensure that the learning center is accessible to all students, guidelines would be set in place- allowing a maximum of 4 students at a time to rotate through the center. A field trip will be planned in the middle of the unit to an event that explores how children lived during a past time period. The teacher should help children complete activities on an individual, as-needed basis, through scaffolding, differentiated learning materials, a variety of manipulatives, and cooperative learning experiences.
9: Unit Bibliography Dance of the Eggshells: Baile De Los Cascarones The Alamo from A to Z Shake the Maracas!: Row, Row, Row Your Boat Count! Fiesta! M is for Music Fiesta Fiasco In the Supermarket ABC San Antonio: An Alphabet Guidebook to the Fiesta City ABC in San Antonio Fiesta From A to Z Fiesta Babies
10: Danielle Fiesta Concentration TSW explore the similarities and differences of music, clothing, and food in the culture surrounding Fiesta while playing the game of concentration. The students will complete a score chart on who wins the game.
11: Jennifer Fiesta Celebration Day TSW demonstrate knowledge of Fiesta by successfully preparing for, and hosting, a parade and carnival for the school. There will be a Comprehensive checklist for successful planning, implementation and participation of activities on Fiesta Celebration Day.
12: Fiesta Center 1 Danielle TSW be able to follow directions and complete a coloring page. TSW create a healthy plate of food from food options at Fiesta. TSW be able to complete a response sheet using a picture dictionary to complete the task. TSW be able to share items equally for a party hosted by Rositas. TSW be able to create a paper plate maraca using the provided materials. Management Plan The center will be contained in a expanding fild folder. Each activity will have the name of the activity on the front of its own pocket folder with brads, the sheets along with the instructions will be in the folder for the students to work on. The folder will have sheet protectors with the different level of activity in it. The students will have all activities explained to them and then they will be able to chose which level they would like to attempt. All materials except writing utencils will be provided in the file folder. The back pocket of the file folder will be labeled finished for the students to be able to place their finished pieces of work in so I may look at them upon return to the classroom.
13: Fiesta Center 2 Jennifer Learning Objectives TSW use resources given to find special cultural characteristics of Fiesta. TSW use the materials in the center to create paper Fiesta flowers. TSW identify math in everyday situations, and use numbers to tell how many objects are in a set. TSW use technology to find important information, and answer questions. TSW use a copy of a Fiesta calendar to plan and create own Fiesta events calendar. TSW use instruments in the classroom to play and create music for Fiesta. Management Plan I have developed a management system on my learning center board, complete with directions for each activity; and I will introduce it to the children when I put the center in the classroom. During the introduction I will go over each activity in the center, and talk about all of the different things you can do with it. This way, students will be familiar with, and already have a general understanding of how to use the center and how to complete each activity. To manage the learning in the center, I will allow 4 students at a time to rotate
14: “ There are so many layers that are built into the development of a thematic unit. Creative thinking is essential to a successful product.” ~ Danielle
15: “I have always known that integrating contents during lessons was a great approach to teaching. However, since developing this thematic unit, I have come to believe that integration throughout content areas when teaching is a necessary approach.” ~ Jennifer