UBD or Understanding By Design is a new way of teaching that's basically a backwards design. You come up with the assessment first and then create your teaching sequence geared toward the assessment. (Kinda like teaching to the test.) The units are designed to teach the most important topics at the beginning of the school year and these topics are usually taught longer due to the complexity. You basically want to dig really deep into the minds of your students so they REALLY master the skill. The phrase I have heard that's best used to describe this teaching method is:
"Teach a mile deep and an inch wide"
"Teaching an inch deep and a mile wide"In my opinion, the old way of teaching (spiraled) teaches students a mile wide because we are teaching a million different topics (a mile long) every other day (ok, I know...I'm exaggerating!) But really, how much of this information taught really sinks in?? I believe that the UBD units help students to have more time learning a topic instead of bouncing around all year long.
The new school that I moved to does not use the UBD's but I do miss using them. It makes total sense to teach deeply instead of just skimming the surface like the spiraled units of the past. I'm hoping that my county will adopt the UBD model soon because this spiraling of units is driving me crazy. LOL! END RANT! :-)
Here are the links to the ELA and Math units that we created:
These should be ELA units 3-8. We didn't do unit 1-2 at the beginning of the school year. We started our UBD's on unit 3.
Unit 3: Characters
Unit 4: Nonfiction
Unit 5: Fix-Up Strategies
Unit 6: Reading Across Genres
Unit 7: Thinking Deeply About Characters
Unit 8: Reading Science Topics
Unit 1: Numbers and Place Value
Unit 2: Addition/Subtraction Word Problems
Unit 3: Fact Fluency-Unknowns-Adding 3 Numbers
Unit 4: Comparing-Adding 2-Digit Numbers-10 More/10 Less
Unit 5: True/False and Unknowns
Unit 6: Data and Graphing
Unit 7: Geometry
Unit 8: Fractions
I hope these units will help you plan your next UBD or lesson plan. The units are not completed to perfection so please feel free to overlook any mistakes...they were created with limited time during the school year. Each unit takes 1-2 hours to complete. I know you can imagine trying to squeeze these units into the regular planning time that teachers are given. I was fortunate to work with an awesome team of first grade teachers that were dedicated to creating these units with me.
Have a wonderful week!!