Big Ideas Essential Questions Process Description
Big ideas are broad and universal; they apply to multiple situations and products simultaneously.
Essential questions address learning goals and frame the Big Idea. Good essential questions elicit an elaborate response:
They are open ended and engaging
They expose the heart of a topic
They are designed to reveal content, which leads to understanding
They do not involve direct instruction
They direct focus on what learners need and want to know, not compulsory coverage
They represent authentic experience(s) by revealing personal experiences, knowledge and interests
Math - Fractions.
Big Idea: Distribution
Does accuracy matter?
When is close good enough?
How much is almost?
When is enough, enough?
History/ Affective Learning/Social Emotional Component - American Revolution
Topic: The American Revolutionary War brought great hardship on families. There were problems financing the war,
inflation and terrible loss of life; families lost fathers, mothers and children. Laws against hoarding goods and profiteering
Big Idea: Victory
What does victory look like?
How does failure and victory compare
How might greed help an economy?
Learning Activities, Tasks, and assessments etc need to be aligned around learning goals.