Unit and Lesson Planning
What do you want your students to know and be able to do by the end of a unit of instruction, class, program of study…? How do you identify learning goals? Do the activities you assign actually help students meet those goals?
Watch this video lecture (2:46 minutes)
The three main areas of the unit plan:
Identified Desired Results
To what extent are the targeted enduring understanding transferable, specific enough to guide teaching and assessment and framed by provocative essential question?
To what extent do the assessments provide valid and reliable measures of the targeted understanding, opportunities for students to exhibit their understanding through authentic performance assessments, sufficient and varied information to support inferences about each student’s understanding?
Planning Learning Experiences and Instruction
To what extent do the brainstormed sequence of the main activities in the unit include instructional materials and resources for the selected content, the instructional strategies to engage, motivate, and support students, and the activities that students will perform to become more skilled and knowledgeable about the enduring understandings and specific content.
The Backward Design Template
Backward Design Template with Descriptions (click link for template with descriptions).
Granite State College, School of Education UbD Template for Math Unit Development – This is the template you will use to plan your math unit. Save it as a MS Word Document before submitting.
Next Steps: Teacher Designed Module on UbD and Teaching Mathematics
Go to and work through this online module
- Understanding By Design For Math Instruction. This is an online module that Dr. Gail Poitrast and I (Paula Lombardi M.Ed) developed to support our students in the School of Education math content area courses.
- Review Math Ubd units from Trinity University and see how students have applied this backward planning process to units of K-12 math instruction.
UbD graphic is from: Don Glass, P. (n.d). Curriculum Design for Inclusive Arts Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from OER Commons:
Other graphics are from Pixabay- public domain