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Feldmann, Roseann

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B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

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Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


My goal for this thesis was to create a unit which utilized the holistic approach of instruction so often advocated in my methods classes. I chose to do a unit using balloons as a theme. This unit could be used by almost any elementary grade level teacher, even a beginning teacher. The teacher could chooseto utilize any or all of the unit. With more schools moving towards a whole language or thematic approach to learning, this holistic unit could become a valuable resource. My methods for developing this unit included brainstorming, research and finally writing all my ideas out on paper. Brainstorming on a unit and possible ideas for that unit was the start of the project. I chose balloons because of the high interest level and the variety of activities that I could do. After I had decided on a unit, I researched the subject in professional journals, magazines and books. I wrote to the Balloon Federation. I also visited teacher supply stores to see what had already been done thematically on baLl.oons, Finally, I evaluated what I had found and created a hard copy of a unit on balloons.


Includes bibliographical references.


74 pages




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