UNIT OF STUDY
The planning process for units of study described in this manual can be used to develop any unit of study,regardless of grade level, content area, or level of integration. The key to this process is first to identify whatstudents are to know and be able to do at the end of the unit. The next major step is to plan for the demonstrationof student learning, and finally, for the delivery of instruction.
Mr. Jones’ fifth grade class is ready to study decimals. As he begins thinking and planning, he realizes this would be a good time to also address the social studies economics content identified in the
and core content. Perhaps he also could address the consumerism content from health. This would provide a strong real-world connection for teaching decimals.The seventh grade Explorer Team wants to do an interdiscipli nary unit with their students. The science teacher is concerned about losing the class time since science assessment scores are low. The language arts teacher reminds the team that she still needs portfolio pieces. The social studies teacher comments that a writing portfolio piece could be developed as part of the instructional/assessment activities of the unit. The team starts discussing the science content that students still need, looking for connections and brainstorming possible themes for a unit of study.The students in Ms. Smith’s primary class are ready to study weather. She has decided to plan a unit around the idea of “Change Over Time” hoping to be able to address content from several areas with this theme. Students could investigate and describe happenings in weather patterns that illustrate change over time. Then, a connection could be made between patterns in weather and patterns in the arts and humanitities (e.g.,muscial patterns). Knowing that she needs to emphasize communication skills, Ms.Smith starts looking at the language arts content in the
to see if there is a connection to this theme.Ms. Ritz, a high school math teacher, is planning to start a unit on equations soon. She checks the core content and
Program of Studies
and notices there are several bullets that deal with equations. She begins to think about a way to get students interested in studying equations.