This document describes how each Classworks instructional unit is organized
and defines the purpose of each component. Use this document whenever you
wish to review the components of an instructional unit.
Classworks instructional units have been constructed using research-based
methods and strategies. Within each unit, Classworks incorporates a variety of
activities. Each instructional unit, grades 1-8, has five components: mini lesson,
practice activities, quiz, review activities and a project.
Students begin each new instructional unit by going through a mini lesson. The
purpose of this mini lesson is to introduce or review the skill/objective with the
students. Prior to entering a mini lesson, the student is presented with an
introduction to the skill which sets the stage for what the student is about to
learn. This introduction is available in English and Spanish.
The mini lesson is typically 3-5 screens long and is divided into 3 parts: Learn,
Apply and Review. Time on task is recorded for the mini lesson, but it is not
scored. If students exit before completing a mini lesson, they will return to the
first screen the next time they login.
Mini lessons in each unit contain three elements:
- Learn – delivers the instruction to learn the lesson content.
- Apply – provides practice with feedback.
- Review – reviews the key lesson content.
Students can access directions for each screen by clicking on the robot head.
They can revisit the introduction by selecting the Activity Instructions from the
drop down menu in the top right corner.
When students complete the mini lesson, they work through the practice
activities. Practice activities provide a variety of instructional approaches to
learning. Each practice activity focuses on a single skill, which is presented in
several ways. The student receives differentiated instruction to facilitate
A unit may contain several activities. The practice activities become increasingly
complex as students move through the unit. Time-on-task and scores are
recorded for activities. Default mastery is 70%. Students exiting before
completing an activity will return to the first screen of the same activity the
next time they login.
Once students have successfully completed the practice activities, they take a
short 10-question quiz. This quiz determines student achievement in this
specific skill. It provides immediate feedback to both student and teacher. Time
on task and quiz score are recorded. Default mastery is 70%. Students exiting
before completing the quiz will return to the first question of the quiz the next
time they login.
A review activity is an optional remediation step. Students who cannot
successfully complete the practice activities or the quiz are assigned review
activities using a different instructional approach which may be more
appropriate for them. Both time on task and score are recorded.
When a student passes the quiz, the review activities will automatically be
skipped for the student. However, if a student does not pass the quiz, he/she
will automatically be taken to review activities*. Upon completion, he/she will
be given a second opportunity to take the quiz. If the student fails the quiz a
second time, the student will move on to the next unit/skill. It is up to the
teacher to intervene at this point.
If a unit does not contain a quiz, remedial activities are activated when the
average of all the activities is below mastery.
A project is an optional extension and application of a unit. Students who
master a specific skill can participate in these performance tasks which provide
an opportunity to apply what they just learned. The project lesson plans can be
used in many ways, and require students to employ higher order thinking rather
than simply demonstrate basic recall.
The five-component framework for an instructional unit, does include some
variations. These are:
- Kindergarten Units and contain only practice
- Applied Math and Integrated Reading have their own unit structure.
- Units that contain “Skill Builder” in the unit name do not have mini
lessons, quizzes or projects. They include activities only.
- Some units may not contain review activities.
- High School units have a pretest instead of a mini-lesson. Students may
test out of the unit by passing the pretest with a score at or above the
set mastery level. Instead of a quiz, units typically contain a 10-15 item
post-test. Some units only have practice activities.
Grades 1-8 Structure
High School Structure