Unit Planning


Unit Planning is the first of the three layers of planning that are needed to lay the groundwork for high quality instruction. This first layer includes the scope and sequence of thematic units. Examples provided here are taken from concepts within the science and social studies standards. Science and social studies standards are rich with topics that have the potential to spark special interests, hobbies, and functional applications, and promote social and collaborative opportunities and skills rooted in many professions. Science and social studies topics meld well as themes that can then be used to engage students in activities in other content areas, such as literacy and mathematics.

Introduction to Unit Planning

Unit planning and design is an essential step in planning for instruction in any classroom. Units of study bring together standards across subject areas into meaningful clusters that merge academic learning and real life applications. Teachers can plan for an academic year by organizing units of study into a month-by-month plan for scope and sequence. All standards within the grade level or grade band should be accounted for at the completion of this layer of planning.

Step-by-Step Directions for Unit Planning
At the unit planning stage the focus is on selection and organization of standards (general or extended) and resources for the unit. A step-by-step guide is provided to show the steps within the unit planning process.

Step By Step Unit Planning Directions
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Ohio's K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards

Ohio's K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards are broken down by grade bands (kindergarten-grade 3, grades 3-5, middle grades and high school) and provide a continuum of development in five competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision-Making. The social and emotional learning standards are for all students, kindergarten through grade 12, with the understanding that each child develops at his or her own rate. The standards represent a continuum of development and a child may excel in one competency and struggle in another.

View Ohio's K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards