BySarah Schuhl, Timothy D. Kanold, Jennifer Deinhart, Nathan D. Lang-Raad, Matthew R. Larson, and Nanci N. Smith
This book is part of the Every Student Can Learn Mathematics series. In Mathematics Unit Planning in a PLC at Work®, authors Sarah Schuhl, Timothy D. Kanold, Jennifer Deinhart, Nathan D. Lang-Raad, Matthew R. Larson, and Nanci N. Smith provide mathematics teachers of prekindergarten through second grade with a framework for collectively planning a unit of study. This book helps teams identify what students need to know by the end of each unit and how to build student self-efficacy. The authors advocate using the Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work process for increasing mathematics achievement, and as teams answer the four critical questions of a PLC, they provide students with a more equitable learning experience. The authors share tools and protocols for effectively performing collaborative tasks, such as unwrapping standards, generating unit calendars, determining academic vocabulary and rigorous lessons, using and sharing self-reflections, and designing foundational addition and subtraction units. Teachers will receive practical insight into collaborative planning as well as inspiring detailed models of this work in action.
Mathematics Unit Planning in a PLC at Work for the PK–2 grade band is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of chapters 1–2 and addresses how teachers build a shared understanding of the content students need to know in each grade level by using the seven planning elements. Chapter 1 identifies the mathematics concepts and skills students need to know in PK–grade 2. Chapter 2 provides templates for unit planning and describes how teams can successfully incorporate each unit-planning element in their unit designs. Part 2 contains chapters 3–6 and details how teams can use the protocols in Part 1 by examining four model units related to the foundations of addition and subtraction, one for each grade level. Chapter 3 outlines how a PK team can plan a counting and cardinality unit. Chapter 4 looks at how a kindergarten team can plan an effective unit using the essential standards related to addition and subtraction to 10. Chapter 5 focuses on an example of a first-grade team planning a unit related to addition and subtraction to 20. Chapter 6 examines how a second-grade team can develop a multidigit addition and subtraction unit. The appendix contains two parts: (1) Appendix A shows readers how to create a proficiency map and (2) Appendix B provides a checklist and questions for mathematics unit planning.
Co-published with Solution Tree Press