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Hi, Debbie,

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List and discuss strategies teachers should use when integrating content curriculum in physical education. Explain one strategy or activity that can be used to integrate Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies into physical education (there should be four separate strategies/activities). Any input would be much appreciated!

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Mary, I am sure you know that your Professor is talking about an integrated curriculum. To review, this is when there is a particular theme and you develop lessons in all subject areas pertaining to it.

For first grade, let's say your theme is Thanksgiving. The teacher may start with a particular book about Thanksgiving (Language Arts). A good one that I know for First Grade is Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin. Do you know it? This is a picture book about a "Grandmother who certainly didn't want to ask Mr. Whiskers for Thanksgiving dinner! She was very angry when Maggie asked him. She was even more angry when SOMEONE stole her favorite, secret recipe for cranberry bread! Was Mr. Whiskers the thief?" For the Language Arts part of the lesson, if I were the teacher I would go over difficult vocabulary, ask an open ended question such as How and why Thanksgiving is celebrated? Why is the Grandmother acting so uncharitable? Maybe have the class make pictures and write about what they are grateful for. You might have other ideas, but this is what I would do.

For the social studies component, I would go over the history of Thanksgiving. You might have to introduce another book such as Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern. Do you know this one? It is about "The Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving which lasted three whole days. The author's simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we ...

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