Lesson 14:

Judy teaches literacy through themes

Judy decides to use the theme of Farm Animals to teach literacy for a week. She presents all oral language, reading, and writing activities under the Farm Animals theme. For example, for oral language the children sing the song “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” For reading, the children read Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a story featuring farm animals. For writing, the children write about their favorite farm animal from the class field trip to the farm. Each day Judy presents a different book, different song, and different writing topic all related to the Farm Animals theme.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

Although all literacy activities are linked under a common subject, farm animals, there is no other commonality between the oral language, reading, and writing activities, since the teacher uses a different story, song, or writing topic for each lesson. Learning to read and write can take a long time with this method because there are only general connections, if any, between the oral language, reading, and writing components.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Make direct connections between the oral language, reading, and writing components for more organized learning.
  • Use themes effectively during instruction.

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To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.