Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Sal Vascellaro

Abstract

Many preschool classroom have unit blocks. Unfortunately, not as many early primary classrooms incorporate blocks into their programs. This paper discusses the power of using unit blocks in a Kindergarten and first grade. The first three sections of the thesis focus on the importance of a unit block curriculum in early primary classrooms by discussing the developmentally-appropriate ways blocks invite problem solving and mathematical and scientific thinking. The final section is a teacher’s manual designed as a guidebook to support teachers who are starting a block program in their Kindergarten and first grade classroom. In this manual, critical components of a block program, such as setting up a block center, creating pick-up routines, and connecting blocks to a social studies curriculum are discussed. Overall, this paper and manual demonstrate that blocks are an invaluable tool that integrates learning in numerous ways.

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