Danica Chu
16321 Fox Valley Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
March 5, 2012

Parent Teacher Association
Oceanside High School
1 Pirates Cove Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Dear PTA:

I am writing to you in regards to our integrated thematic unit that my colleagues and I have created. We are very excited to share with you what we are passionate about and how we can get your students excited about as well. Our integrated thematic unit is about the negative impact that humans have on the environment and how we, as a school, can positively affect the environment.
The reason why we chose the environment as our unit is because we want our students to know that they can change the way they live and how they affect the environment. We want to have students analyze the way they live and understand how the environment works and how it provides the things we need in order for us to live. We want them to realize that the environment we live in is important and that they need to learn how to take better care of it.
The students will be involved in this eight day unit during four different periods/ subjects: Math, Biology, Social Science and Physical Education. My colleagues and I sat together and developed the unit so that it is well integrated. This means that the content  learned in one class can easily be applied to another class. During the unit, the students will also be involved in two different service learning projects.
By allowing students to participate in caring for the environment through two service projects: recycling and planting a community garden, we hope that students will learn responsibility and how much hard work it is to take care of the environment that they are living in. They will be mostly working in groups with theses two projects to prepare and plan for these two projects. We ask your help in supporting our cause and our students in completing these projects. We ask for your help to start spreading the word about the school wide recycling and making the community aware that there will be a community garden with plants and vegetables that parents and students can take home and use.
After the unit is completed we will perform an assessment that will cover all four content areas and serve as a reflections as well. Students will have the option of completing a poster, writing a journal, or creating a video. Through this assessment, the teachers will know what the students have gained from the unit and how they will use this knowledge to have a positive impact on the environment. Overall, this unit will help students realize how their actions affect the environment. It will give them the ability to evaluate data and describe the cause and effect of these changes to the local environment and the body.  Lastly, students will learn how they can make a difference.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with this coming semester!!


Danica Chu       Holly Morgan       Jessica Sandoval       Matthew Tierney 

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