Category Archives: Unit Study

The No-Prep Mexico / Ancient Civilizations Unit Study

The No-Prep Mexico / Ancient Civilizations Unit Study

Sometimes things just converge together and make planning a week’s worth of school nearly impossible. For me, that’s usually the same week I need the kids occupied so I can concentrate on other work deadlines. Last week was one of

Reptile Week – featuring Wild Kratts!

Reptile Week – featuring Wild Kratts!

My kids are HUGE fans of Wild Kratts. I’m pretty sure they have seen every episode, most more than once. When I heard there would be four new episodes all about reptiles this week it seemed perfect for a reptile

Intro to Flight – Wright Brothers – Airplanes Unit

Intro to Flight – Wright Brothers – Airplanes Unit

                Quick read and illustration about the forces involved in flight and airplane wings – http://www.sciencekidsathome.com/science_topics/flight.html Nova Wright Brothers Video Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine Magic School Bus Takes Flight (found streaming online) A couple

Giraffe mini unit

Giraffe mini unit

It’s the beginning of August (in a few more hours) and we’re back from our crazy Florida vacation so it’s time to start getting back to a somewhat regular school-ish schedule. Our local zoo has just completed a new giraffe

Butterfly Unit Study

Butterfly Unit Study

Spring is in full bloom here – just ask my allergies – so it is a perfect time to do a unit on butterflies! Our local zoo has a beautiful butterfly garden exhibit that should be open and make a

Waterfalls Unit Study

Waterfalls Unit Study

After our cave adventure we’ll take the rest of the week (Wednesday – Friday) for a mini-unit on waterfalls (student-requested topic).   How Waterfalls Work from HowStuffWorks.com. After reading and discussing the article together we’ll read and color this printout

Cave Unit Study

Cave Unit Study

In preparation for our field trip to The Lost Sea this week we’re studying all about caves! First up was a “what do we know about caves?” brainstorming activity. Brainstorming is not a very popular activity around here for some

Poetry Unit – National Poetry Month

Poetry Unit – National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! We’re going to have fun with this one… Week 1 – Introduction to reading poems from Scholastic Lesson Plans (free). I plan to emphasize this point “Remind students that they are under no obligation to “understand” the poem. They just

Moon Unit Study

Moon Unit Study

Today was a migraine day & part of our more relaxed “Spring Break” week. Since I didn’t feel up to heading out anywhere fun with the kids today we started out the day with a movie – Despicable Me. That inspired a

Iditarod Unit Study

Iditarod Unit Study

The Iditarod Sled Dog race stars March 2nd. We’ll be including some fun projects about the race & dogs in general in the week before and the 10-17 days the race lasts, or until we lose interest, whichever happens first.