For this the teachers were trained in Understanding By Design (UbD), a framework for improving student achievement, created by Grant Wiggins. UbD is a curriculum and unit writing format that has the teacher work backwards and identify the goals and assessments of the unit before the daily lesson plans are written.
What our teachers did was weave the arts into these plans creating arts-infused, standards-driven, authentic units.
Museum Educators Noreen Scott-Garrity and Lynda Hitchman also helped the teachers incorporate music, theater, dance, and visual arts. The outcome is 66 well developed units complete with a variety of activities for every learner. The units represent all four of the content areas and span from grades kindergarten to four. Feel free to download and use any of the units we have available on this website.