Teacher-Designed Project-Based Units at the Middle Level

  • Jennifer Wilhelm
  • Ronald Wilhelm
  • Merryn Cole


This chapter contains three middle-level (grades 6–7) units developed by teachers who participated for 2 years in our professional development: Project-based Instruction Spanning Astronomical and Atomic Spaces (Project SAAS). During this 2-year period, teachers participated as learners with our REAL and CREATES units and then developed their own PBI units specific for their students. The first teacher-designed unit in this chapter was developed for 6th grade students and concerns interactions within an ecosystem. The second and third units were designed for 7th graders; one unit has students exploring gravitational, electrical, and magnetic forces, while the other has students examining what happens to the food they eat. We thank the teachers for sharing their units for our book. The real names of the teacher-authors of each of the units in this chapter are included at the teachers’ request.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Wilhelm
    • 1
  • Ronald Wilhelm
    • 2
  • Merryn Cole
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of STEM EducationUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teaching and LearningUniversity of Nevada Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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