Ch. 18 Understanding by Design

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)

[MSU Graduate School]. (Aug. 26,2013). What is Backward Design?.[Video File]. Retrieved from

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.

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Next Steps:  Teacher Designed Module on UbD and Teaching Mathematics

Go to and work through this online module


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