Aligning Objectives to Standards

  Assessment Description

Instruction planning requires well-written learning objectives. A learning objective must be specific to the content being presented, measurable, and attainable by students within the restrictions of the class. Clear learning objectives keep the instruction focused and help the students understand the learning expectations. Learning objectives must also be aligned to academic standards. Accurate alignment will guide instructional planning and enhance student academic success.

Aligning learning objectives to state standards is an important part in developing a unit of study. Units of study can last for several days, weeks, or longer.

Use the “STEM Unit Plan” template to create a 5-day STEM unit plan. Your unit plan will focus on your content area, including cross-disciplinary content from all STEM subjects.

Select a concept within your content area on which to focus and create an appropriate and descriptive title for your unit. Complete the first five rows of the “STEM Unit Plan” template.

P.S: Science is my content area.

GCU College of Education








STEM Unit Plan

Title of Unit and Brief Summary: Create a title for each lesson and 1-2 sentences summarizing the lesson, identifying the central focus based on the content and skills you are teaching.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Title of Lesson and Brief Rationale

Create a title for each lesson and 1-2 sentences describing the rationale of the lesson and how it will integrate multiple STEM content areas

State-Specific Standards

List specific grade-level state standards that teach and assess multiple science content areas.

Next Generation Science Standard

Identify which Next Generation Science Standards align with state standards.

Learning Objectives

Based on state standards and NGSS, what will be the purpose and focus of the activity? Describe the learning content to be covered.

Unit Resources (including technology) that would be included in the unit.          
APA Citations

(include APA citation for each above Unit Resource)

Resources Rationale

Describe the purpose of the resource and its value in the lesson.

Knowledge and Skills

Specific knowledge and skills students demonstrate based on the day’s activities.

Academic Language and Vocabulary

Content-specific vocabulary included in the lesson.

Summary of Activities for the Lesson

Observable student learning activities and how they are aligned to state standards.

Formative Assessments

Assessments used to monitor student progress and modify instruction.









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