Curriculum Unit Plan

ASSIGNMENT: FINAL PROJECT

Criteria:

*Use Microsoft Word Documents

*Use APA format-refer to Announcement Writing Skills and APA Format

*Page length-8 to 9 pages, not including Title and Reference pages

Create a one-week Professional Curriculum Plan that includes the following components:

  1. Title Page
  2. Introduction-succinct introduction to unit plan that describes the contents of the plan and the organization of the contents.
  3. Professional Curriculum Plan

a.      Developmental Age (1 to 2 paragraphs)-Describe the developmental age/level of the children for whom the unit plan is designed (infant and toddler, Preschool or Primary Grades, etc.)

b.      Classroom Management (2 to 3 paragraphs)-Explain your philosophy of classroom management using examples from our text.

Example:  My classroom management system is a reflection of the Montessori Method.  The classroom environment would be orderly and calm…………

c.      Theoretical Alignment (2-3 paragraphs)-Describe the theoretical alignment of your unit using specific examples.

Examples:  Does it align with Piaget, Vygotsky, another?

d.      Curriculum Approach (2 to 3 paragraphs)-Describe which approach to curriculum you most closely adhere to using specific examples.

Approach examples:  Montessori, Creative Curriculum, or another model?

e.      DAP (2 to 3 paragraphs)-Explain how your classroom setting will foster developmentally appropriate practices using specific examples.

*Refer to Text-The five elements characterize a developmentally appropriate curriculum

1.      Supports the creation of a caring community where all are safe, valued and respected

2.      Balances adult-guided and child-initiated learning opportunities through planning

3.      Includes clear goals, prioritizes integrated learning, and provides a useful framework for planning daily activities

4.      Uses multiple ongoing assessment strategies that are goal oriented, systematic and purposeful

5.      Builds reciprocal, open, and supportive relationships with families

  1. Connection to Family Plan-one page letter including the following:

a.      An overview of the unit

b.      The purpose of the unit

c.      The objectives for the unit

d.      The recommendations for home support

e.      An overview of the assessments

  1. Content and Development Domain Plans and Assessments

a.      Content Lesson Plan and Assessment-Develop one lesson plan with an assessment that addresses one content area (language arts, math, science, social studies, etc.)

Lesson Plan Template (provided in Instructor Guidance):

Goal

Objective

Standards Included

Materials

Introduction

Lesson Development

Differentiation

Practice/Checking for Understanding (Assessment)

Closing

b.      Developmental Domain Lesson Plan and Assessment-Develop one lesson plan with an assessment that addresses one or more of the developmental domains (cognitive, affective, and/or psychomotor)

Lesson Plan Template:

Goal

Objective

Standards Included

Materials

Introduction

Lesson Development

Differentiation

Practice/Checking for Understanding (Assessment)

Closing

  1. Free Play/Center Plan

a.      Center Overview (2 paragraphs)-for the center plan that describes the importance of play.

b.      Centers Plan-completed version of the Centers Plan Template

c.      Center Layout-Using software of your choice, create a classroom layout center(s)

  1. Conclusion-Write a succinct conclusion to the unit plan that describes the contents of the plan and major points from the contents of the plan.
  2. Reference Page-5 scholarly resources in addition to text (at least two of the sources must come from the Ashford Library)
  3. Media Version-include a link to your media version in the document that you submit (Weebly.com, Google Sites.com, NewHive.com, Wix.com, LucidPress.com, PowerPoint)

The focus of the final project is to develop a one-week unit plan. You will create a curriculum plan as a document using Microsoft Word and a media version. The media version can be a website (e.g., usingWeebly.comGoogleSites.comNewHive.comWix.com or LucidPress.com) or an alternative format (e.g., PowerPoint), which must be approved in advance by the instructor The curriculum plan demonstrates your mastery of the four course learning outcomes and the media version demonstrates your ability to use technology to communicate your mastery to a wider audience. The curriculum plan you create will span one week of instruction and include several components, which are described in the instructions below. Additionally, review the Instructor Guidance for Week Five for additional assistance beyond the instructions provided here with the assignment. Be sure also to review the Grading Rubric associated with this final project to understand how you will be evaluated. It is recommended you use headings throughout your writing to organize sections. Sections are indicated below in italics and bold font and are followed by the instructions for that section.

Instructions

Professional Curriculum Plan

  • Developmental Age (1 point): In one to two paragraphs, describe the developmental age/level of the children for whom the unit plan is designed. 
  • Classroom Management (1 point): In two to three paragraphs, explain your philosophy of classroom management using examples from Jaruszewicz (2013) for support. 
  • Theoretical Alignment (1 point): In two to three paragraphs, describe the theoretical alignment of your unit using specific examples (e.g., Does it align to Piaget, Vygotsky, or another theorist?).
  • Curriculum Approach (1 point): In two to three paragraphs, describe which approach to curriculum you most closely adhere to using specific examples (e.g., Do you adhere to a Montessori, Creative Curriculum, or other model?).
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAPs) (1 point): In two to three paragraphs, explain how your classroom setting will foster developmentally appropriate practices using specific examples.

Connection to Family Plan 

  • Parent Letter (3 points): In one page, write a letter to parents that includes the following components:
    • An overview of the unit.
    • The purpose of the unit.
    • The objectives of the unit.
    • The recommendations for home support.
    • An overview of the assessments.

Content and Developmental Domain Plans and Assessments

  • Content Lesson Plan and Assessment (4 points): Develop one lesson plan with an assessment that addresses one content area (i.e., language arts, math, science, social studies, or diversity and character). It is required that you use the Lesson Plan Template to complete this portion of your assignment.  It is suggested that you utilize the Early Childhood and Child Development: Lesson Plan Handbook as a guide for how to more effectively  plan this lesson.
  • Developmental Domain Lesson Plan and Assessment (4 points): Develop one lesson plan with an assessment that addresses one or more of the developmental domains (i.e., cognitive, affective, and/or psychomotor). It is required that you use the Lesson Plan Template to complete this portion of your assignment .  It is suggested that you utilize the Early Childhood and Child Development: Lesson Plan Handbook as a guide for how to more effectively  plan this lesson.

Free Play/Center Plan 

  • Center Overview (1 point): In two paragraphs, write an overview for the center plan that describes the importance of play.
  • Centers Plan (2 points): Include a completed version of the Centers Plan Template
  • Center Layout (2 points): Using the software of your choice, create a classroom layout of the center(s).

Other Instructions

  • Introduction (.25 points): Write a succinct introduction to the unit plan that describes the contents of the plan and the organization of the contents of the plan. 
  • Conclusion (0.25 points): Write a succinct conclusion to the unit plan that describes the contents of the plan and major points from the contents of the plan.
  • Media Version (1.5 points): Include a link to your media version in the document you submit that contains the components described above. The media version can be a website (e.g., using Weebly.com, Google Sites.com, NewHive.com, Wix.com or LucidPress.com) or an alternative format (e.g., PowerPoint), which must be approved in advance by the instructor. 
  • APA Formatting (0.25 points): Use APA formatting, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, consistently throughout the assignment, which includes the title page, references list, and all content in the document and media version.
  • Syntax and Mechanics (0.25 points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. 
  • Source Requirement (0.5 points): References five scholarly sources in addition to Jaruszewicz (2013) to provide compelling evidence to support ideas, examples, and so forth. At least two of the sources must come from the Ashford University Library. All sources on the references slide need to be formatted and cited correctly within the body of the presentation, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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