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Subject: How do you make a Unit?
Date Posted: 6/4/2010 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2008
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Sorry everyone! I have another question

I need to make a Unit on Rhyming Words...but i'm not really sure what a unit is. I've only been asked to do lesson plans this far, can anyone help explain what a unit is? Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:05 AM ET
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A unit would be a series of lessons on a particular subject or theme; the size of the unit is up to you.  Do you want to spend one week or several weeks on this skill?  Your unit should include your objectives and expected outcomes.  It should state the standards you will be addressing and, if applicable, where you will using cross-curricular standards.  Can you include Science, Social Studies or Math vocabulary?  Will you be using rhymes relating to other subjects?  List any specific vocabulary you want to introduce.   What supplies will you need?  How are you going to differentiate instruction for students with special needs or your gifted students?  You need to include opportunities for guided practice and for independent practice.  Decide what your assessments will look like. I know there are other things you should include, but this is just a quick, off-the-cuff reply.

When all is said and done, you want to have a finished product that will allow you to grab and go for whatever period of time you want to cover the skill.  They require a lot of work to begin with, but once you've finished, you should be able to pull it down off the shelf and start teaching the skill without further additional planning.  Of course, you will always be tweaking, adjusting, doing some adding/subtracting of activities along the way as you see what students enjoy and what works for any particular group, but the foundation will be there.

Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:21 PM ET
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Do you know where i can find a Unit Temeplate/Guide sample? I do want to focus on Rhyming/Fairy Tales for a one week lesson plan unit

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 8:24 AM ET
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Here are a few that might help you get started.  T

http://www.scribd.com/doc/4312960/Unit-Design-Template

http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/curriculum/MISmart/heat/heat.html

http://www.globalclassroom.org/unittemp.html