Unit Archive

A bookshelf for units we no longer teach in our schools, but which may still be useful to teachers using our curriculum.

Here at Match Fishtank, we are constantly developing, testing, and refining our curriculum. As part of this process we sometimes create new units that we think better address specific standards or cover new topics or texts. Whenever we replace a unit we will make the old unit available here in our archive for teachers that may want to continue teaching the texts or topic it covers. We hope you will take the time to review our newer units by visiting the course page for your grade level and subject.

2nd Grade English Language Arts

Properties of Matter

Students engage in multiple scientific practices and explore the properties of matter through hands-on, teacher-created labs and activities as they begin to critically analyze the world around them.

14 Lessons

I Survived

Students build their reading and writing skills and examine what it means to be courageous and resilient in a time of crisis through reading I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005.

30 Lessons

3rd Grade English Language Arts

Mildred Taylor and Langston Hughes

Students explore the concepts of friendship, courage, and how racist behaviors can influence an entire community by reading two core texts by Mildred Taylor and a collection of poems by Langston Hughes.

23 Lessons

Forces and Motion

Students learn about the relationship between force and motion and the meaning of gravity, friction, magnetism, potential and kinetic energy while participating in teacher-created labs and activities.

17 Lessons


Students explore machines and how simple and complex machines can allow us do work with less force or effort, through a selection of non-fiction texts and hands-on engineering projects.

15 Lessons


Students explore the world of poetry by reading, discussing and writing about a selection of carefully chosen poems, realizing that poetry can inspire, motivate, and help them see things in a new way.

13 Lessons

4th Grade English Language Arts

Life Sciences: Structures of Plants and Animals

Students explore the internal and external structures of plants and animals that support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction, evaluating how body systems help animals (including humans) survive.

26 Lessons

The Earth and its Changes

Students examine the different factors that influence change—physical, geographical, societal, and political—, what causes these changes, and ways to reduce the risks associated with the changing earth.

24 Lessons

5th Grade English Language Arts

Life Science: Ecosystems

Students read a selection of informational texts in order to explore the interconnectivity among organisms and energy within an ecosystem, and develop models to represent energy transfer.

23 Lessons

6th Grade English

Declaring Identity: Being Jazz

Students explore the topic of "coming of age" through the memoir of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen whose story has led to significant social change and the growing acceptance of transgender youth.

28 Lessons


Students are exposed to poetry as an art form full of aesthetic qualities, rhythmic elements and poignant themes, and consider how the genre differs from prose in structure, form, purpose, and language.

17 Lessons

The Lightning Thief & Greek Mythology

In The Lightning Thief and D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, students analyze the purpose of mythology in ancient Greece and explore the theme of hubris. This unit launches the year-long discussion on heroism.

28 Lessons

7th Grade English

American Poetry

Through an analysis of figurative language, imagery and historical context, students will explore questions of race, immigration, poverty and self-realization in a plethora of American poetry.

18 Lessons

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Students grapple with themes of race, culture and class in the immigrant experience. Through deep analysis of texts, seventh graders explore a variety of perspectives as they wrestle with the authenticity of the American Dream.

24 Lessons

Short Stories: The American Dreamers

Through a series of short stories and articles on the experiences of Muslims, the Scots-Irish, Central Americans and more, students examine the obstacles immigrants face in adjusting to a new culture.

14 Lessons

When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir

Students read Esmeralda Santiago's memoir about her childhood in Puerto Rico and her subsequent move to New York, exploring themes of cultural identity, social mobility and the American Dream.

30 Lessons

Death of a Salesman

Students read Arthur Miller's classic play Death of a Salesman, which offers a scathing critique of the American Dream and of the competitive, materialistic American culture of the 1940s.

15 Lessons

8th Grade English

Twelve Angry Men

Students grapple with the prejudice and flaws in the American justice system by reading the play Twelve Angry Men, and analyze how objective facts can be colored by personal attitudes and experiences.

12 Lessons

The Warmth of Other Suns

Students continue to examine the Great Migration, the massive relocation that cause more than six million African-Americans to move out of the South between 1915 and 1970, in The Warmth of Other Suns.

8 Lessons


Students read August Wilson's play Fences, in which Troy Maxson paves the way for his children to have opportunities under conditions he was never free to experience as an African American migrant from the South.

18 Lessons

Making Change: Speeches, Essays, and Articles

Students explore human nature through the stories of teenagers challenging the status quo and making real change in the world.

11 Lessons