Using Understanding by Design to Backward-Design a Science Unit (Science Department)

This workshop in alternative forms focuses on how to create a great unit around a ‘big idea’ whist teaching Inquiry skills.

Three tried and alternative unit ideas can be used as a means of illustrating how good unit planning ensures assessment is authentic and inquiry skills are taught while covering the content.

  1. A solar heating challenge: Explores heat transfer and efficiency
  2. Reporting the metal content of an Ore
  3. Where is the energy in my car going?

In this workshop teachers:

  • will conduct the activity
  • map the Science Understandings and Inquiry skills
  • map the teacher standards demonstrated (very useful for your leading teacher application)
  • consider the products that demonstrate learning and opportunity for catering for different learners and including use of appropriate communication technologies.

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