Developing Interdisciplinary Units: Strategies and Examples


Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education, College of Education, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606.


The authors use a common theme of SHARKS to illustrate the process of developing an interdisciplinary unit for middle school instruction. A model is presented for teams to use in developing integrated curriculum. Focusing on a central theme or topic, a web of disciplines and key concepts is developed. As activities evolve, a concept map is created to illustrate the relationships and integration of ideas and activities.