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.

Download a PDF handout below that provides a visual representation of the steps to unit plan development. Further examples and useful templates can be accessed under the Examples and Templates tabs on the left side of this screen. Coming in the future is a video outlining the unit planning process.

PowerPoint Presentation: Standards Based Planning and Instruction, Unit Planning
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