Designing for Learning Units

The following units 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.

The year they were developed is indicated.

 

Kindergarten
1.  Math Patterns (98kB)  2009-10
     by Renee Scott, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

2.  Geometry (129kB)  2010-11
     by Renee Scott, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

First Grade
1.  Working with Money (261kB)  2009-10 
     by Lois Connelly, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

2.  Geometry (331kB) 2010-11
     by Lois Connelly, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

3.  Addition, Subtraction, and Data (174kB)  2011-12
     by Katy Thomson, Cesar Chavez Academy

4.  A Mexican Birthday Party (Spanich) (115kB) 2012-13
     by Gretchen Marshall-TothFejel, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

5.  Production/Consumption (101kB) 2012-13
     by Chelsey Dunning, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

Second Grade
1.  Working with Money (106kB)  2009-10 
     by Cheryl Sondey, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

2.  Geometry (100kB)  2010-11
     by Cheryl Sondey, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

3.  Water Everywhere! (328kB) 2010-11
     by Domini Nailer and Krystal Wilson, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

4.  Community: A Change Over Time (124kB)  2011-12
     Cheryl Sondey, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

Third Grade
1.  Characteristics and Functions of Plants (126kB)  2009-10 
     by Candice Welling, Saginaw Preparatory Academy

2.  Earth Systems - Natural Resources and Human Impact (158kB) 2009-2010 
     by Vicki Friend, Creative Learning Academy

3.  Working with Fractions (150kB) 2010-11
     by Troy Bartlett, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

4.  Poetry Comprehension (118kB) 2012-13
     by Margaret Yurcak, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

5.  Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Environmental Impacts on Animals (110kB) 2013-14
     by Melissa Termine, Cesar Chavez Academy Elementary

 

Fourth Grade
1.  Using Fractions (102kB) 2010-11
     by Crystal Phillips, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

2.  Structure and Functions of the United States Government (148kB) 2013-14
     by Molly Cowan, Cesar Chavez Academy Upper Elementary

 

Fifth Grade
1.  Determining Main Idea & Supporting Details (591kB) 2013-14
     by Janet Marie Kuntz, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

Sixth Grade
1.  Operations & Rational Numbers (111kB)  2011-12  
     by Carrie Johnson, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

Seventh Grade
1.  Atmospheric Effects (117kB) 2012-13
     by Sarah Bradley, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

2.  Proportional and Linear Relationships (190kB) 2013-14
     by Patrick Baxter, Jr., Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School

 

Eighth Grade
1.  Creation (266kB)(Social Studies) 2010-11
     by Joel Berger, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

2.  Middle School Research Paper Project: African American Heroes (263kB)  2011-12
     by Gail Grimes, Winans Academy of Performing Arts & Heidi Thornthwait, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

3.  Analyzing Functions (127kB) 2013-14
     by Patrice Baxter, Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School

4.  The Giver (305kB) 2013-14
     by Christina Szukielowicz, Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School

5.  Statistics and Probability (162kB) 2013-14
     by Randa Matyas-Dawood, Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School

 

Ninth Grade
1.  Linear Functions - Algebra 1 (282kB)  2009-10
     by Canise Stewart-Singleton, Detroit Community Schools

 

Tenth Grade
1.  Geometric Relationships (213kB)  2011-12
     by Jacqueline Isaacson, Winans Academy of Performing Arts

2.  The Civil Rights Movement (238kB) 2013-14
     by Jonathan Pete, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

3.  Ecology and Environmental Issues (128kB) 2013-14
     by Christopher Trepanowski, Chandler Park Academy High

 

Tenth/Eleventh Grade
1.  Nomenclature and Formula Stoichiometry (119kB) 2011-12
     by Tammy Hansen, Grattan Academy

 

Eleventh/Twelfth
1.  Thermodynamics (148kB) 2012-13
     by Ghada Amer, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

 

High School
1.  Patterns of Inheritance (813kB) 12-2013
     by Danielle Sciatto, Winans Academy of Performing Arts