A Model Unit for Grade 9: Life – Canada, the World, the Universe?

Diversity and Pluralism, Democracy & Governance, Reproduction, Exploring the Universe
by Jennifer Katz

Grade: for grade 9
SKU: 978-1-55379-419-6 Categories: ,


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The model unit Life – Canada, the World, the Universe? integrates major themes based on Canadian curricula for the first term of the grade 9 school year. The unit is designed for all learners and includes:

  • Diversity and Pluralism in Canada, a social studies topic
  • Democracy and Governance in Canada, a social studies topic
  • Reproduction, a science topic
  • Exporing the Universe, a science topic
  • Patterns & Relations, a mathematics topic
  • Number, a mathematics topic
  • Probability & Statistics, a mathematics topic

Other disciplines integrated into the unit are physical education and health, language arts, and fine arts.

Throughout, teachers will find differentiated activities based on multiple intelligences to inspire diverse students and accommodate their individual learning styles. The unit includes:

  • Activity cards in colour for multiple intelligences work centres
  • Planners that outline the essential understandings, essential questions, and final inquiry projects for the unit
  • Rubrics, based on Bloom’s taxonomy, that show a progression of conceptual thinking from rote, basic understanding to synthesized, higher-order analysis

Teachers can use this model unit as a template for planning subsequent thematic units for the rest of the school year.

A Model Unit is one book in the series Tools for Instruction and Reading Assessment. The series consists of twenty-four books that are companion pieces to Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning by Dr. Katz.

A Model Unit for Grade 9: Life – Canada, the World, the Universe? is available as an ebook in .pdf format. Select a format using the “choose an option” drop-down menu to the left and checkout as usual. You will be sent an email with instructions to download the file.

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