Using Theme Webs for Curriculum Planning

This module was developed as part of the this module was developed as part of the California Department of Education/Child Development Division School-Age Training Project and revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning, character building and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California and specific language, examples and tips for summer and year-round learning programs.

During this training, participants will learn about the six developmental categories and how to plan thematic curriculum for out-of-school-time programs.

In this training participants will:

  • Learn about the developmental categories.
  • Use theme webbing to plan and organize program activities.

Content Overview:

How Do You Plan?

Participants will reflect on the way they plan for their programs. 

Group Web

Discussion of the six developmental categories: cognitive, language development, social-emotional, ethics, physical, and creative. Practice on the development of a Theme Web around the topic of Oceans.

On Your Own-Small Group Web

Participants work in small groups and crate a theme web on a topic of their choice, being sure to have a minimum of 3 activities in each of the developmental categories.

Training Length: 2 hours