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 three main components: a mini lesson, practice activities, and a quiz. As students work through a skill unit, Classworks will bookmark which lesson or activity they were last working on and bring them back to that lesson or activity the next time they log in. If they completed that lesson or activity, it will automatically move them forward to the next lesson or activity in their progression or assignment.
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.
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 set at 70%. Students exiting before completing an activity will return to the beginning of that activity the next time they log in.
Projects (not available for all units)
The five-component framework for an instructional unit does include some variations. These are:
Kindergarten Units contain only practice activities.
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.
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.