The following web sites, organized according to the 3 stages of backward design, contain resources supporting UbD.STAGE 1STAGE 2STAGE 3wwwTHE UNDERSTANDING by DESIGN EXCHANGE
Features electronic versions of the UbD “ design templates” for on-line curriculum design, a searchable database of UbD units and assessments, links to State standards, capacity for on-line peer review against the UbD design standards, curriculum mapping software, on-line tutorials and self tests. (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Department)
http://www.ubdexchange.orgMid-Continent Regional Education Laboratory (McREL)
A searchable database of 225 content standards and 3,968 benchmarks in 14 subject areas.
http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarksThe Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Links to all state education departments from which each states content standards are accessible.
http://www.ccsso.org/seamenu.htmlBritish National Curriculum
Content standards for all disciplines.
STAGE 1 – UNDERSTANDINGS -----------------------------------------------
The Mathematics Curriculum Framework presents Essential Understandings and Essential Knowledge and Skills related to the Virginia Standards of Learning. NOTE: Not all of the understandings are stated in UbD form (i.e., as full-sentence generalizations around big ideas). However, many of the stated understandings could be re-worded to fit UbD. (Virginia Dept. of Ed.)
Atlas of Scientific Literacy (AAAS Project 2061)
Presents “big ideas” in science according to conceptual strands (e.g., force, motion). The ideas are organized as K-12 concept maps to illustrate the developmental progression of understanding of important ideas in science. The maps also show links to related concepts. Sample maps are accessible on the web site along with ordering information for the entire Atlas.
The Social Studies Curriculum Framework presents Understandings, Essential Questions and Essential Skills related to the Virginia Standards of Learning in History and Social Science.
http://vastudies.pwnet.org/sol/c_framework.htmTexas Social Studies Center
Sample units (K-12) based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Social Studies. The sample units are constructed using the Understanding by Design framework and are downloadable in PDF file format. To access – click on “Tool Kit” for respective grade levels, then click on “Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment,” then click on “Exemplary Curriculum Units with Performance tasks and Rubrics.” Each file set includes a tutorial and directions for creating a UbD unit.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/resources/ssced/toolkits/html/toc_ubd.htmNew York Department of Education
The Core Curriculum Guide presents key concepts, understandings, and essential questions in Social Studies.
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssrg.htmlThe Peace Corps
Curriculum materials built using the UbD framework.
www.peacecorps.gov/wws/guides/insightsFrom Now On
Examples of various types of essential questions (e.g., divergent, clarifying, strategic) and a helpful tutorial.
http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit.htmlThe Coalition of Essential Schools
Describes the use of essential questions as a means of organizing curriculum development, with examples of overarching essential questions.
Presents literary themes and essential questions in English/Language Arts. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Language Arts.”
Presents essential questions in Mathematics. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Themes for Mathematics” and “High School – Pre-Calculus.”
An extensive collection of essential questions (called Focus Question in this document) based on the Michigan science standards and benchmarks.
http://www.miclimbscience.org/NEW! State of Connecticut recently released state science standards. They are framed using Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings.Paumperaug, CT Region 15 – High School Science Courses
Presents essential questions in high school science courses. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Science” then click on course titles.
http://www.region15.org/teaching_learning.shtmlBiology – AP
Offers essential questions for the following course topics – Chemistry of Life, Cells, Cellular energetics, Heredity and Evolution, Molecular genetics, Evolution, Diversity of organisms. Structure and Function of plants and animals, Ecology
A course map containing essential questions for various unit topics.
Presents essential questions in Social Studies. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Social Studies” then click on specific titles.
Presents essential questions in Computer Design, Graphic Communication and Manufacturing. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Technology Education” then click on course titles.
Presents essential questions in World Languages. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “World Languages” then click on course titles.
http://www.region15.org/teaching_learning.shtmlNew York State Department of Education
Assessment ideas, scoring guides (rubrics) and samples of student work illustrating various performance indicators based on the NewYork State Content Standards.
• The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
• English As A Second Language
• Languages Other Than English
• English Language Arts
• Health, Physical Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences
• MST – Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
• Social Studies
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/ls.htmlConnecticut Department of Education
Sample assessment tasks, scoring rubrics, and student work samples in mathematics, music, science, social studies, and visual arts.
http://www.ctcurriculum.orgPractical Classroom Assessment Tools
http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise/cl1/Southern Maine Partnership
A searchable database of performance tasks and student samples in various subject areas/grade levels.
http://www.elm.maine.edu/assessments/index.stmLincoln Intermediate Unit, PA
A collection of classroom performance assessment tasks and units in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies at various grade levels.
http://www.lincnet-liu.k12.pa.us/tasks/dis/pennsylvania_standards_title.htmChicago Public Schools
Ideas for performance assessment tasks.
Performance assessments in Geography, grades 5-8.
A collection of performance assessment tasks in mathematics, science and language arts available through subscription.
http://www.exemplars.comBalanced Assessment Project
A library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks and scoring guides for K-12.
PALS - PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT LINKS IN SCIENCE
An extensive collection of performance assessment tasks and scoring guides in science, accessible via a searchable database.
A comprehensive collection of classroom performance assessment tasks and scoring rubrics based on the Michigan science standards and benchmarks.
Performance assessment tasks for grades 5, 8, and 11.
The following sites contain examples of scoring rubrics in various subjects and product/performance areas.Collection of rubrics in various subject areas.
http://www.qcsd.org/21307386221332/site/default.aspBritish National Curriculum
Developmental scoring rubrics in various content areas.
an excellent rubric generator; includes many examples http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.phpThe Rubricator
a commercial site featuring a rubric generator and sample rubrics http://rubrics.com/Standards.html
STAGE 2 – SUBJECT SPECIFIC RUBRICS -----------------------------------------------------
The following sites provide rubrics for specific subject areas.Reading
http://www.escweb.net/tx_bm/reading/Rubrics.aspxReading and Writing
http://www.middleweb.com/ReadWrkshp/RWdownloads.htmlSix Trait Writing Rubric – Northwest Regional Lab
Several versions of mathematics rubrics are accessible from the Home page. Click on “Resources,” then “Rubrics” to access several excellent examples.
Sample rubrics and suggestions for use in science.
http://www.escweb.net/tx_bm/social//Rubric.aspxWorld Language Rubrics
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
http://www.sil.org/lingualinks/LANGUAGELEARNING/OtherResources/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines/contents.htmA collection of analytic and holistic rubrics for speaking and writing in World Languages for Levels 1-5. The site includes conversion tables for translating rubric scores to percentages for grading. (Fairfax County, VA Public Schools)
The 6-trait writing rubric is provided as a downloadable PDF file. Suggestions for use and a scoring tutorial are included.
The following sites contain extensive collections of lesson plans and instructional resources in various subjects and grade levels.The Educators Reference Desk
http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/index.shtmlMid-Continent Regional Education Laboratory (McREL)
http://www.teachnet.com/Marco Polo – Internet related lessons
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/Teams Distance Learning
http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/places/lessons.htmlColumbia Education Center's Mini Lessons
http://youth.net/cec/cec.htmlKathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/Blue Web’N – Knowledge Network Explorer
Offers a gateway to an extensive collection of education sites.
A juried list of examples of effective web quests for various subjects and levels.
WEB QUEST Generator
Practical suggestions for setting up I-Search projects.
An excellent collection of graphic organizers for use in various subject areas. Click on “Curriculum” link, then “Graphic Organizers.”
The following sites provide lesson plans and instructional resources for specific subjects.ARTS – VISUAL & PERFORMING---------------------------------------------------------
Art’s Edge – Kennedy Center
http://www.escweb.net/tx_bm/reading/Graphicorganizer.aspxLiteratureLesson plans, elementary through high school.
http://www.literacymatters.com/lessonplans.htmlChildren’s Literature Web Guide
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.htmlOutta Ray’s Head
Presents a collection of lesson plans and links for the secondary level.
Lesson plans and instructional resources related to the 6 Trait Writing rubric.
http://www.asd5.org/asd/6trait/Links to many lesson plan sites for a variety of math topics and grade levels.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/math.htmlVirtual Manipulatives for Mathematical Concepts
http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/vlibrary.htmlPHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH EDUCATION--------------------------------------
Lesson plans, instructional resources, and links.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/health.htmlA wide variety of lesson plans, instructional resources, and links.
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/it/projects/Museums/Teacher_Guide/ Science/home.html (elementary)Biology/Life Sciences
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/physci.htmlLinks to many sites and resources in physical science.
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/Links to many sites and resources for astronomy.
Reviews of instructional science sites.
http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/science/Lesson plans, elementary through high school.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.aspLibrary of Congress – lesson plans and primary source documents
http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/index.htmlOffers links to a wide variety of instructional resources for many topics.
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/resources/resources.htmlUbD units and instructional resources
A searchable database of lesson plans, elementary through high school.
Lesson plans and instructional resources.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/ushis.html (US History)
Lesson plans and instructional resources in History, Social Studies, Literature, Arts and Foreign Language.
Last Modified on December 17, 2001