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Tool: Unit planning across content areas

Once you have decided on an overall topic or theme for your unit, you may decide that working across content areas will allow for a fuller exploration of your topic and provide an authentic context for learning knowledge, skills and strategies associated with more than one subject. Some teachers also find that it is an efficient way to address a range of content expectations.

This unit plan will contain two parts: (1) a unit overview of expectations and resources; and (2) a weekly overview of learning objectives and activities. The unit plan will provide a guide for:

  • what you want students to learn (knowledge, skills and dispositions), based on state and local curriculum documents and what you already know about your students as learners
  • how you will allocate time to various resources and activities
  • when/how you will assess and evaluate student progress
  • when/how you will make connections to other subjects

1) A Unit Overview includes a sketch of the Big Ideas and overall learning goals in the specific content areas included in the unit. This form can be adapted to include two or more content areas you want to include.

Unit overview for cross-content area plan

Subject/Course:

 

Unit topic/theme/big idea/central question:
 
Literacy
Math
Science
Social studies

Student learning goals (Content Expectations)

 

       

Assessment(s)

 

       

Resources

 

       

Notes

 

       

2) A Weekly Overview includes weekly learning objectives and the activities that will promote student learning.

Learning objectives:

  • focus on students (not the teacher)
  • describe the learning outcome desired
  • are clear and understandable
  • are observable (through actions or written work)

Weekly overview for cross-content area plan

Week #

Learning objectives

Activities

 

Literacy

Math

Science

Social studies

 
 

Literacy

Math

Science

Social studies

 
 

Literacy

Math

Science

Social studies

 

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