Unit Bundles – K-12

Jun 22, 2017

On this webpage, you find what we call AST Unit Starter Bundles. As the name suggests, these materials should give you ideas for your own unit. Teachers from the PASTL and CASTL projects wrote these unit starters for you, so you can benefit from their thinking, expertise, and creativity, and thus get a head-start on your own unit. We encourage you to examine the materials with gratitude and without judgment, take what seems appropriate for the big science ideas you are going to teach, and adapt materials and develop your own unit so it fits your context and your students’ experiences and interests. Here are a few points to consider:

  • K to 12 science teachers went the extra mile and spent the time to put their curriculum material in a form that helps you get started.
  • You will find specific sections in each bundle. These are important when planning the flow of a phenomenon-based unit.
  • These unit starters are works-in-progress. We are constantly making improvements and adaptations in support of our students’ understanding of the science.
  • If you share a unit based on these unit bundles, please acknowledge its origin [adapted from: our website address]
  • If you have adaptations of a unit that worked well in your classroom, and you want to share these ideas, please contact us. We will give you feedback if, how, and where these materials may fit on the website. Please do not feel disappointed if we cannot incorporate your ideas, based on space, organization, and our expertise of what is useful for the greater AST science teacher community.

The teachers who developed these unit starters had ongoing professional development in AST, foremost through the PASTL project (Partnership for Ambitious Science Teacher Leaders—centered in the state of Washington).

We encourage you to write your own AST unit starters, using this template.

High School Unit Bundles

Algae as Biofuel
Biology: Photosynthesis & Metabolism
High School 9 – 12
Corin Malone
Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn School District
Orca Survival and their Ecosystems
Grade 9/10
Scott Conlan, Laura Schmidt
Sedro-Woolley High School, Sedro-Woolley School District
Biology: Cell Division and Skin Cancer
High School 9 – 12
Corin Malone
Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn School District
Materials adapted from “Not An Old Person’s Disease” by National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science* and “A Case of Skin Cancer” by Science Take-Out**
HS Waves and Light
Grade 9
Philip Mackey-Moseley, Secondary TOSA
North Kitsap School District

Middle School Unit Bundles

Gen Sci Weather and Heat Transfer
Grade 7
Lexi MacNevin
Lynden Middle School, Lynden School District, WA
Earthquakes & Plate Tectonics
Grade 7 or 8
Brittney Lindsay
Lakota Junior High, Federal Way Public Schools, WA
MS Fields_Forces-Wave_Generator
Middle School Integrated Science: 7th Grade
MaryEllen Olafson & Kerry Hanson
Kirkland MS & Evergreen MS, Lake Washington School District
MS Bread Rising Unit Bundle
Middle School Life Science
Ann Morris, Anna Kramer, Ramona Grove, Anne Green, & Christina Oberloh
Brighton School, Cascade Middle School (Highline Public Schools)
MS Mission to Mars
Ann Morris
Brighton School
Adapted from the Teaching Channel/Boeing Partnership Brighton School
MS Cycling of Matter and Energy in Plants
6th Grade
Kerry Hanson & MaryEllen Olafson
Evergreen MS and Kirkland MS, Lake Washington School District
MS Solar Eclipse and Salmon Fish Farm Collapse
Middle School
Keri Hanson, Josh Simondet, Alan Semrau
Evergreen Middle School, Lake Washington School District & Ford Middle School, Franklin Pierce School District
MS Orca and their Ecosystems
Grade 6
Leslie Hargraves & Amy Scott
Federal Way Public Schools

Elementary School Unit Bundles

Elementary Chemistry-Muffins Rise-Vroom final
Elementary Grade 5
Elizabeth Vroom & Christie Barchenger
Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island School District 303


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