Download our instructional unit curriculum plan here: Science 6B unit plan.pdf
Creating a complete unit plan ahead of time was a difficult task for us, and by the start of our course we only truly had our essential understandings and knowledge objectives laid out. We also had an idea of some performance tasks we would use, such as the maintenance of a lab journal and original experimental designs. Most tasks, assessments and activities, however, were conceived along the way as the course went on.
Though it would have been ideal to have the unit plan thoroughly fleshed out ahead of time, our efforts still fit with the idea of "planning backwards." We began with a vision of the understandings with which we wanted our students to leave the course, and some of the specific knowledge that went into these understandings. Only then did we choose assessments that would best prove understanding and activities that would best convey knowledge, constantly tailoring our plan according to our own developing understanding of our students.