Thematic Unit Web Sites

Professionally designed thematic units for secondary students. The Supreme Court, and cells and tissues are two of the many topics you will find on this site.

Designed by a teacher for teachers, this free site provides sample thematic lessons divided by course. A variety of grade levels and courses is represented.
Designed for all grade levels and learning capabilities, this Web site is packed with ready-to-use thematic units. You can also modify the units to meet your needs.

Ancient Egypt, nutrition, oceans, and weather are just a few of the thematic units available here for the middle grades. These activities can be easily adapted for students with a variety of capabilities.

These alphabetically listed, these thematic units cover a variety of topics and can serve as a foundation for developing your own units. Designed by teachers and used in real classrooms, they can also be used right off the Internet!
Geared primarily for elementary and intermediate students, these thematic units will help you organize and prioritize!
This Web site includes early-childhood thematic units for holidays, animals, and community, as well as bulletin boards for idea exchanges.
Classroom Connections

Those are just a few Web sites that may help you design your own thematic units. By using one of the examples, you can adjust any thematic unit to fit your specific needs and grade level. Here are a few ideas to help you make thematic units successful:

  • Design units in cross-curriculum teams. Remember that all units do not have to be thematic. For maximum student success, be selective. Pick the units that have the potential to address the greatest number of subject areas.
  • Follow your local/state/national standards and stay on track!
  • Watch the time! You should limit the amount of time you spend on any given unit. Three hours is about the maximum amount of time you should spend. If you would normally spend two hours on a science topic and one hour on a math topic, you can combine the time for a single unit that addresses both areas.
  • For each curriculum area, develop consistent and appropriate expectations for your thematic unit.
  • Support your colleagues when the possibility of integrating with your subject area exists.