Being who I am I love to find things that will be helpful to others. Years ago someone turned me on to the dragonlady (who no longer exists) who did these AMAZING unit studies. They had printable templates for doing great builds of pyramids, or lizards or just whatever have you. Fantastic units that thoroughly engaged the student (and their teacher) in learning. I thought they were fantastic and since then have looked for other interactive unit studies.
Through the Homeschool Review Crew I discovered Home School in the Woods … which has some interesting builds such as this World War 2 game. And we’ll be using them as a spine for our WW2 Study. They do some simply amazing unit studies. My search continues for the immersive experience. I have found some more that intrigue me.
First off Why Unit Studies?
Well.. why NOT unit studies. Look at the benefits of a unit study.
- Focused attention.
- Incorporates more than one field of study
- Hands on elements
- Involves more of the senses
- Caters to a variety of learning styles
- Leads to rabbit trails which increases the learning potential
- Fun and enjoyable.
Totally Online interactive unit studies
Techie Homeschool Mom has wonderful online unit studies. Beth has pulled together some great unit studies. I (and my lad) have worked through a couple of them. Good questions, interesting facts, with no need to print things out. History, people, holidays, and more. Prices for individual units run from $8-24, she also does some group deals. I first ran into her units through the Homeschool Giveaways site, and then again through a conference I think…. Anyways, I’ve always been pleasantly surprised by their thoroughness, I suspect you will be too.
Oh.. what grade are they good for? I’d say grades 3-8.
You get questions, projects (like the one below), videos, thought-provoking discussions, and more. Give them a boo won’t you?
Kristin Moon makes unit studies for older students. I’ve looked at some of them for my rising 9th grader.
From Kristin: The courses contain videos, hands-on activities, instructions for experiments, online quizzes, and links to sites for more information. The content is geared for upper middle school and high school. While I do plan to offer courses for middle school, it’s been my experience that moms can start feeling frightened about teaching science at the higher levels. In fact, that’s typically one reason why folks put their kids back in school in high school. My goal in creating these courses is to provide quality science resources for families who wish to continue to homeschool throughout high school.
Kristin currently has five online courses
- Science of Autumn Leaves
- Genetics and Heredity
- DNA basics….
Lisa Marie Fletcher of The Canadian Homeschooler has her mostly online Canadian History course. The Canadian Time Capsule is rather neat series for up through middle school. This is predominately done on-line with hands-on elements, reports to right, activities to do etc.
Every month you get a new historical event to work through. The capsules don’t come in chronological order. Good books are suggested for various age ranges. You should check them out if you have any interest in Canadian History (trust me, it’s WAY more interesting than you may think).
Print off unit studies
Of course, you can follow the more traditional method of unit studies. Down load them, print them off, and have a lovely book that you can show off to others. Some of these unit studies will have hands on activities, and others will basically be workbooks.
I was introduced recently to Love at Home Education which is looking to created multi-age unit studies for K-12. In reviewing Natural Disasters I found them excellent for K-8. You can learn about presidents of the United States, Penguins, Polar Bears and so much more. Have your whole family learn about the same thing together.
Then of course there are Amanda Bennett’s unit studies. I used to review these unit studies and we thoroughly enjoyed them. We learned so much! They aren’t geared for high school, bring primarily for elementary school. You could do them as a family and supplement the material to make it suitable for your middle and high school students.
Just so you know they’ll be having some sales this month if you are at all interested.
I know if you search on-line you can find lapbooks (which are like mini unit studies with visual elements) for free, and a whole host of small unit studies. You can use them as a basis for a large study.
I was told to check out Google Classroom and that if I had trouble figuring out what to do, to watch pocketful of primary on YouTube. She apparently has posted a walk through of the basics on her channel for google classroom. So that might be an option for doing up your own unit study, appropriate to your student.
Finding interactive unit studies for high school students is harder then finding them for elementary students or middle school. It is possible. They tend to be more focused. Give a look, use what you can, and help your students learn.