Apr 22

Teacher Talk: Integrating Content Areas

At Cloverleaf, the teachers pride themselves on creating effective, in-depth lesson plans that are both student-driven and standards based. In order to create an environment where each individual student can access such a high standard of education, teachers meet months in advance and spend weeks preparing plans for the lessons they will teach. They work collectively, collaboratively, and across many curricular areas while also incorporating student interests, gifts, and unique learning styles.

One way we accomplish this at Cloverleaf is through integrating various content areas into our unit plans. Before we start writing our weekly plans and pacing guides, we begin brainstorming ways to weave together the content of individual classes. By doing so, the learning process becomes much more authentic and  meaningful.  Students are better prepared for future career demands and interacting with content outside the classroom. So, while teachers follow the Common Core Standards, they are also questioning how math and science integrate in the real world or how reading and writing correlate with becoming an active citizen in a democratic community.

As many know, teachers are masters at utilizing various resources. This is especially true when it comes to visually organizing a cross-curricular unit plan. We choose our planning templates strategically, looking for ways to best incorporate best practices such as: depth of knowledge, multiple student learning styles, the learning process, differentiation, technology integration, and community involvement. Below are visual examples taken from Cloverleaf teachers, which represent different stages of our complex lesson planning process.

Multiple Learning Modalities Unit Planner

Unit Plan for Integrating Depth of Learning

Unit Plan for Integrating Depth of Learning

 

Integrating Academic Content Areas

Colonization Unit Title Page

See Page 2 of Colonization Unit to see cross curricular connections

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Colonization Unit Cross Curricular Connections

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See Page 2 of Colonization Unit to see cross curricular connections

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See Page 2 of Colonization Unit to see cross curricular connections

Colonization Unit Plan 2_Page_5

See Page 2 of Colonization Unit to see cross curricular connections

 

 

 

 

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Apr 15

The Top 10 Things To Know About Cloverleaf Middle School!

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Apr 02

Spring Break: 15 Kid Activities to Do in Atlanta!

Wondering what to do to keep your kids busy during their week off? Here are 15 high-interest and FUN activities for your kids to do next week!Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 5.32.33 PM

1. Zoo Atlanta: The all new Amphibian and Reptile Experience is opening April 2! (www.zooatlanta.org)
Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience
This all-new experience features more than 70 species in state-of-the-art habitats representing some of Earth’s most iconic wild places. The complex includes more than 60,000 gallons of water; more than 9,700 square feet of hand-crafted rockwork; all-digital animal ID signage; interactive game kiosks; and more!

2. The High Museum of Art: Studio Spring Break (www.high.org)IMG_0295
The High Museum will have their studio space open for kids from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Explore the special exhibition Imagining New Worlds, which will take you across the globe with works by internationally-renowned, Cuban-born Surrealist Wifredo Lam and contemporary artists José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou. Create a diorama reflecting your own imagination and make African masks inspired by those in Wifredo Lam’s and Fahamu Pecou’s works.

3. Home Depot Kids Workshop (workshops.homedepot.com)
Visit your local Home Depot on Saturday, April 4 to make a chalkboard planter stand. Workshop is from 9-12am.

4. Circus Arts Institute (circusartsinstitute.com)

The Circus Arts Fitness for Kids class is all about fun and fitness. Highly-experienced circus professionals will teach kids circus tricks in a safe, supportive environment. This program is designed for ages five and up, and parents are welcome to join their children. Check it out on Wednesday from 3:15PM – 4:15 PM or  4:30 PM-5:30 PM.

5. Sensory-Friendly Movies at Studio Movie Grill (https://www.studiomoviegrill.com)
Studio Movie Grill sponsors a private screening of a family friendly movie every month. Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6. Saturday, April 4, they will be showing HOME.

6. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Early Hours’ events for special needs children and their families (http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/)
To benefit families with children on the autism spectrum, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is hosting Explore The Museum: Early Hours.The Museum: Early Hours allows these families to be admitted to the Museum one hour prior to the general public. This event is happening April 4, 2015 at 9 AM.

7. Atlanta BeltLine- Eastside Trail (http://beltline.org/trails/eastside-trail/)
This part of the BeltLine has everything you need to keep your kids busy for an afternoon. The Eastside Trail runs from the tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Ride bikes along this wide, flat trail. Stop to play at Old Fourth Ward Skate Park and playground. The Historic Fourth Ward Park Playground and Splashpad is just a short stroll off the trail as well. When you need a break, visit King of Pop’s in Inman Park or Jake’s Ice Creams & Sorbets on Irwin Street.

8. Young Chefs Academy in Sandy Springs (www.youngchefsacademy.com)
Check out the Young Chefs Academy’s classes for Junior Chefs (ages 7-10). Classes offered on Thursday’s from 4:00-5:30 and Saturday’s from 10:00-11:30. Next week they’ll be making breakfast pizza and green eggs and ham!

9. Braves Opening Day 2015 at Turner Field (www.braves.com)
Friday night watch the Braves take on the Mets as they begin one of their last season’s at Turner Field. A Fireworks show will follow the game on Friday.
10. Volunteer Together (www.redtri.com)20150130_134515(0) (1)
The following organizations welcome kids and their parents to participate in various volunteer projects:The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Fur Kids, Piedmont Park Clean and Green, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

11. Kids Spring Break Dance Camp at Dance 411 Studios (www.dance411studios.com)

Camps are for ages 5 to 13 and last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children will learn ballet, hip-hop and jazz and specialty classes, such as break dancing. At the end of the week, children will put on a join a performance where they will showcase all they’ve learned throughout the week.

12. Atlanta: Camp H2O at The Georgia Aquarium (http://www.georgiaaquarium.org)
Camp H2O is a day camp experience for children 5-11 years of age, offered during spring break. Each daIMG_0051y of the week campers will discover, through hands-on activities, interviews and behind the scene experiences, what it’s like to work at the Aquarium.

13. Atlanta: EnviroVentures Spring Break Camp at Piedmont Park (piedmontpark.org)
EnviroVentures Camps at Piedmont Park feature outdoor sports and recreation, organic gardening, exploration of the park’s wetlands and wildlife areas, Wheels Fridays, arts and crafts, park stewardship, special programs and much much more!

14.Spring Break Camps at The Alliance Theatre (alliancetheatre.org)
The Alliance Theatre offers various Spring Break camps for kids in different grades.

Grades K – 1: Creative Drama Camp
Grades 2 – 12: Musical Theatre Camp
Grades 6 – 8: Performing Arts Camp
High School and College Students: Teaching Assistant Program

15. Zoo Atlanta: Spring Safari Day Camp (zooatlanta.org)
Spring Safari Day Camp at Zoo Atlanta offers daily camps that bring out the animal in us all through hands-on learning, nature discovery and wildlife appreciation. The theme will be “Helpful Habitats.”

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