Understanding by Design
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The following units for K-12 were designed and created by teachers in the charters authorized by Saginaw Valley State University. These units were designed and developed by teachers trained in a modified version of Understanding by Design (UbD). UbD is a backward design approach to unit design. These units show the integrity and depth of planning required in Understanding by Design.
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"From Common Core to Curriculum- 5 Big Ideas" by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
This video shares Grant Wiggins's explanation by Understanding by Design.
This video shares Grant Wiggins's explanation by Understanding by Design. "The textbook is NOT the course."
These detailed unit plans, featured in the Intel Education Idea Showcase, will give you a complete project ready to implement as-is or adapt for your classroom. They all include project-based learning activities to engage students in developing 21st century thinking skills and making real-world connections. They are based on essential questions, content questions, and unit questions. They are aligned to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Access: Intel Teach Units
The Understanding by Design® framework (UbD™ framework) offers a plan-ning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum “backward” from those ends.
Jay McTighe and David Reese connect UbD with Project-Based Learning.
Trinity University shares their collection of units designed using UbD.
Understanding by Design Framework by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
A PowerPoint that should prove helpful to you as you pursue your own units of study.