Unit Planning Work

Here are the requirements for the Unit Planning work:

Phase 1: Establish unit content and standards

The first step in the process is to look over the New York State Science standards for your grade level. Then, you should look over the science content for your grade level and then decide on a unit you want to plan. Think about a unit as about 3-5 weeks of instructional time. Also, I strongly suggest that you select a topic that you find yourself afraid of teaching, since you are going to get lots of feedback on your work.

Phase 2: Design Essential Questions and Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings

The second step is this process is to design 3 Essential Questions and 3 Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings for this unit. Remember these characteristics of Essential Questions and Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings:

a. They should be fundamental to what the unit is about.

b. They should be engaging and even inspiring.

c. They should be in language that your students will understand

You should post these to your group pages by the end of the day on Sunday, October 7th. Then, you should look over the Essential Questions and Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings of all the groups and leave feedback/suggestions for improvement. By the end of the day Tuesday, October 9th, revise your Essential Questions and Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings based on this feedback, and leave a comment that explains how you incorporated the feedback you received.

Phase 3: Create Possible Performance Tasks

The third step of the process is to design at least 3 possible Performance Tasks that will allow you to determine whether your students have engaged deeply with the Essential Questions and are proficient with the Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings. 

This work is due to your Unit Planning pages by Tuesday, October 9th by the end of the day.



ACEI Standards

Pace University Unit Planning Template. Be sure to use this one for your unit plans.

McTighe and Wiggins, Understanding by Design (pdf). Focus on the chapters 5 (Essential Questions), 6 (Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings) and 7 (Performance Tasks).

McTighe, Designing Authentic and Engaging Performance Tasks (pdf). This has tons of information about how to design great performance tasks.