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9-12 Grade Exemplar SEEd Units


Jordan School District

High School Science Exemplar Unit Project Why

Exemplar Unit Development?

  • Teachers requesting common unpacking of the new SEEd standards including proficiency scales.
  • Teachers asking for model lessons and assessments. 
  • New RISE, ACT Aspire and ACT assessments include all content areas driving the need for content specific common assessments for use during PLCs ultimately driving instructional shifts. 
  • District goal of supporting strong school based PLC’s with a foundation of common resources.
  • Goal of establishing and supporting a strong district and ultimately interdistrict wide PLC’s with a foundation of common resources. 

Structure of the Units

  • Standards were grouped into units in an effort to scaffold and provide a smooth flow and transition of all 3 dimensions of the standards with an overall unit proficiency scale.
  • Most of the learning activities include a teacher resource page and a student page. (Teacher resources will continue to be developed and revised based on teacher feedback.)
  • Each Unit is structured around an anchoring phenomenon and driving question that is referred back to throughout the unit as students build more understanding and skills. 
  • Units were scaffolded with the use of learning goals ensuring standard alignment and allowing teachers to incrementally formatively assess student learning and skills.
  • The units follow the 5E model with a focus on at least one Explore and Explain learning opportunity for each of the learning goals, an Elaboration component at the end of each unit pulling skills and content together prior to the Evaluation or summative assessment. (Formative assessment opportunities occur throughout the unit for each learning goal or piece of each learning goal.)

Use of the Units

    • Investigations and lessons were provided for each learning goal. Teachers who choose to use the units are encouraged to use them with as much fidelity as possible, understanding activities may be altered slightly to meet individual teacher and student needs. 
    • Unit descriptions and proposed pacing guides are included for each unit in physics and chemistry with Biology and Earth Science coming soon.
    • Alternative activities that align to each learning goal can definitely be used and sharing is encouraged. Alternative activities if aligned to the learning goals should not affect student performance on the summative assessment. 
    • District Wide PLC’s for each content area will be held, via zoom, on singleton Friday’s during PLC time to prepare for lessons, share tips and tricks of set up and classroom management and analyze summative assessment data. 
  • District Wide PLC Dates 2021/2022 School Year:

Sept.10, Oct.8, Nov.12, Dec. 10, Jan. 21, Feb.11, Mar. 4, Apr. 1

  • (While revisions have been made throughout the creation process as writing team members used the lessons, continued revisions will be made based on more teacher use and feedback.)
  • Summative Assessments will be accessible to teachers by completing the google form. Once the form is completed teachers will be added to the shared assessment drive in an effort to protect the contents and validity of the summative assessments. 

Disclaimer and Continued Work

  • All units and assessments are considered to be DRAFT form with the intention of revising them throughout the year based on teacher feedback during district wide PLC’s. 
  • Writing team members will continue to make changes as identified and alternative options will be added as teachers share them. Emails will be sent out when significant changes are made ensuring all users have updated materials. 
  • Proficiency scales for each learning goal will be created as part of the continued district wide PLC work.
  • Continued professional development opportunities will be provided throughout the year with an emphasis on assessment and lesson alignment.  
    • The first professional development day for each content will be held during the week of October 11th. Content specific dates will be added to JPLS shortly and an email will be sent to teachers. 
  • Teachers from other districts are welcome to participate in our professional development and PLC work. Please email Jane Harward for more information and permissions at
  • The ultimate goal of this work is to create strong and sustainable PLC’s at all levels while continuing the work of creating and providing valuable teacher resources.