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Step 3: Design a year-long plan

In step 3, you will pull all your ideas together to design a year-long plan that will guide your unit planning process. You will now re-order the content listed on your Broad learning goals chart to reflect the chronological order (by week) that makes the most sense in each subject matter, keeping in mind the overall theme, concept, Big Idea or central question that will organize your curriculum.

At the elementary level, you might plan each subject area separately for one grading period, or you could develop your plans to build in cross-subject matter connections. For instance, if you were working with the third-grade example of the Broad learning goals chart, you might decide to organize your teaching of all four subject matters over several weeks around the science content of matter and energy, and waves and vibrations.

  • By designing a thematic unit around the theme of Space Exploration, you could follow current events regarding NASA's latest projects in space.
  • Your literacy word study and choice of narrative and informational texts could fit with the space exploration theme.
  • Students could learn to use graphs to make sense of scientific data.
  • In social studies, the class could explore how the Federal Government established and is involved in NASA's activities and engage in debate about the next priorities for the space program.

Elementary: Design a year-long plan

[3rd-grade example]

Grading period:

Overarching theme/concept/Big Idea/central question:

Key skill areas:

 
Literacy
Math
Science
Social studies
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At the secondary level, you would develop a week-by-week plan for each course you are teaching, planning the content around a theme, concept, Big Idea or central question.

Secondary: Design a year-long plan

Course:

Grading period:

Overarching theme/concept/Big Idea/central question:

Key skill areas:

Week 1  
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Week 4  
Week 5  
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Week 9  
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