Fishtank Unit Launches a mini, on-demand professional learning modules, which provide you with an opportunity to intellectually prepare the content of the unit prior to teaching it. Unit Launches contain videos and short readings, as well as opportunities to respond to guided reflection questions.
Each Fishtank ELA unit in Kindergarten-9th Grade includes a Unit Launch. These are accessible from the unit page.
Each ELA Unit Launch explores the elements of complexity present in the core text(s), the unit Essential Questions which ground the unit goals, the key reading and writing standards, and the unit assessments. Throughout you will be prompted to consider what supports students will need, as well as what additional activities or texts you might layer in to build background knowledge and ensure that students can make meaningful connections to the unit.
Most Fishtank Math units in 3rd-8th Grade include a Unit Launch. These are accessible from the unit page.
Each Math Unit Launch explores select standards from the unit to gain a better understanding of what students will be expected to know and do. You’ll also investigate 1-2 Big Idea, with videos that guide you through the development of the concepts through key Anchor Tasks and Target Tasks selected from lessons. Finally, you'll look at how the unit’s content connects to students’ prior understandings as well as their future work in your grade and beyond.
We view this as an incredibly valuable process that helps teachers think deeply about how they will support their unique group of students as they engage with the concepts and skills of each Fishtank unit.