Project PLACE Units

These units were developed for Project PLACE (Project-approach to Literacy and Civic Engagement), an initiative at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. They are project-based units designed for second-grade students. Support for the development of the materials was provided by the Spencer Foundation and support for their testing was provided by the Spencer Foundation and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The materials have been modified somewhat from the versions tested to be more useful for educators in a wider range of contexts. We recommend that you teach the units/projects in the order in which they appear below. Please note that materials are copyrighted

For additional articles related to the development and implementation of these units and pedagogy like it, please see the Project PLACE Papers tab. 

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Economics Unit
Geography Unit
History Unit
Civics and Government Unit

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University of Michigan

Early Literacy Research, Policy, & Practice

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