Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Carolyn Pavlik

Second Advisor

Laura Ballard

Third Advisor

Debra Norton


This project encompassed the development and implementation of a unit plan that proved beneficial for first grade students in learning and practicing their sight words. Sight words are words that students are expected to read and write by the end of the school year. Every student learns differently, and using movement to enhance students’ learning can give kinesthetic learners a chance to grow. There were four lessons in the unit plan that incorporated different modes of learning, including movement and technology, and correlated to the first grade curriculum. By the end of the four lessons, the students collaboratively created a learning tool through an iPad app called Educreation that they used to practice reading and write their sight words. Students who struggled with certain sight words used this tool to help them practice during the project. This tool can also be used throughout the school year. It is a great way to get students to learn how their bodies move and how to express themselves, while learning the first grade curriculum. It can also be modified by other educators for use in different elementary grade levels.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

Vander Meer Honors Thesis Defense.pdf (5520 kB)
Defense Presentation