PEER is an innovative, student-centered physics curriculum that is designed to engage students in scientific reasoning and follows a guided scientific model-building approach. PEER is based on design principles drawn from sociocultural and cognitive research that allow classrooms to become inclusive learning environments where students develop, share, critique, argue and revise evidence-based ideas.

Peer Curricular Resources

PEER provides robust student and teacher resources for engaging students in making claims from evidence and developing core concepts in a laboratory-classroom learning environment.

Printing Information: PEER offers three print options for the student and teacher guides: soft cover, spiral bound, and hardcover. Pricing information available upon request.

Scope of the PEER Curriculum

PEER is designed for flexibility in the chapter sequencing.  Districts can choose from a variety of sequence map options to align with their priorities.  All suggested sequence maps are based on physics education research and are designed to spiral essential physics concepts, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices.

PEER mathematical modeling activities are designed to be supplemental and may be included depending upon student population and course goals.

PEER Learning Cycle

Sequencing of the PEER Curriculum

Consultation is available for partnering districts to determine scope and sequence specific to population and district objectives.

Click the chapter icons below to access detailed maps with activity synopses and progression of key ideas.

C: Charge
M: Magnetism
F: Force
G: Gravitation
W: Waves

PEER and the Next Generation Science Standards

By design, PEER students collect evidence and induce principles through scientific modeling and argumentation. PEER is authentically and cohesively aligned with the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards(1) and the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education(2).

  1. NGSS Lead States. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states. National Academies Press.
  2. National Research Council. (2012). A framework for K-12 science education: Practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas. National Academies Press.

Teacher’s Guide

PEER Teacher’s Guides are designed to help teachers value the sense making process rather than solely correct answers. They include suggestions for facilitating the activities, common student preconceptions, extensions, and assessment opportunities.

Materials and Equipment: We provide a comprehensive materials list for implementing the curriculum along with vendor suggestions, consultations, and recommended purchase options.

Web-Based Resources

PEER resources extend beyond the student materials and teacher’s guides for each chapter.  Partnering teachers have access to a robust set of resources that are provided online so that they may be updated and enhanced throughout the school year.  These resources include assessment tools in the form of three dimensional performance assessments, engineering design challenges, and traditional assessment banks, extensions, and support resources such as slow motion videos and supplemental readings.

Printing Information: PEER offers three print options for the student and teacher guides: soft cover, spiral bound, and hard cover. Pricing information available upon request.