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Fun, FREE Hands-on Unit Studies

Updated on December 12, 2014

Looking for Fun, Free Hands-on Unit Studies?

Have you been looking for fun, free hands-on unit studies? Each of the below unit studies is filled with active projects that are both educational and fun! Included are over 30 unit studies compromised of more than 170 lessons! This is over 6 years worth of science and social studies lessons! Click on the individual lesson plans to see the dramatizations, art projects, cooking, singing, science experiments, and/or lapbook ideas! Also included are our favorite "living books"/picture books that compliment each lesson.

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Science Unit Studies

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Choose from astronomy, earth science, anatomy of the human body, simple machines, five senses, bridges, plants, forensic science, meteorology (weather), zoology, insects, genetics, floating & flying (ships & airplanes), and chemistry.

Astronomy

(4 lessons)

Sun Cookies from Lesson 3: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations
Sun Cookies from Lesson 3: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations

Make planet pizzas as you study planets, form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies as you study the moon, study and paint Van Gogh's "Starry Night " as you study stars, build and blast off rockets as you study space exploration, make presentations on individual planets, and more during this 4 part hands-on unit study on the solar system.

  • Solar System Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Astronomy. Make planet pizzas, take a planet walk, and more in this exciting lesson on our fascinating solar system!
  • The Sun and the Moon Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Astronomy. Form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies, drop balls in flour to make a crater-filled lunar surface, recreate Galileo's famous gravity experiment, and more!
  • Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Stars, & Constellations - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Astronomy. Make a comet, study and paint Van Gogh's "Starry Night," decorate a cookie to learn the parts of the sun, form asteroids out of mashed potatoes, assemble constellations using marshmallows, and more!
  • Astronauts, Rockets, and Space Ships Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Astronomy. Make rockets, try out astronaut tasks, make and eat a spacecraft, and more in this fun lesson on space exploration!
  • Astronomy Presentations and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 part hands-on unit on astronomy. We held a star-gazing party and dinner. The children each presented on an assigned planet and they sang the astronomy songs we've been learning during our unit. Also included are the field trips we took during this unit.

Human Body/Human Anatomy

(7 or 8 Lessons)

Edible DNA model from Lesson 1: Cells and DNA
Edible DNA model from Lesson 1: Cells and DNA

Create edible DNA models, made models of the insides of bones, dissect deer organs, create a working model of the respiratory system, play immune system freeze tag, and more in this fun 7-8 lesson unit on human anatomy! (An optional lesson on genetics and DNA is included.)

  • Cells and DNA Lesson - This is part 1 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Create edible models of human cells and DNA, look at cheek cells under a microscope, and more!
  • Genetics Lesson – This is an optional but very worthwhile lesson for the Human Anatomy Unit Study. Use M&M's to determine genetic traits, extract DNA from a strawberry using normal household materials, create edible DNA strands using marshmallows and licorice, design dog breeds as you select alleles, and more in this fun lesson on Genetics!
  • Skeletal and Muscular Systems Lesson - This is part 2 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Create models of bone parts, use stickers to label the bones on your body, dissect soup bones, measure the range of motion of your joints, and more!
  • Nervous System Lesson - This is part 3 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Create a clay model of the brain, twist together a pipe cleaner neuron, train your reflexes, dissect a deer brain and a cow eyeball (optional), and more!
  • Digestive System Lesson - This is part 4 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Demonstrate how each part of the digestive system works using crackers, pantyhose, create teeth molds, prepare and eat a salad while discussing healthy eating habits, and more!
  • Circulatory System Lesson - This is part 5 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Walk through your circulatory system, create a blood model and fake movie blood, measure your heart rate, dissect a heart, and more!
  • Respiratory System Lesson - This is part 6 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Create a lung model, measure lung capacity, dissect a lung, play a respiratory relay race, and more!
  • Immune System Lesson - This is part 7 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Play immune system freeze tag, watch how germs spread, observe bacteria under a microscope, and more!
  • Human Body Unit Study Presentations and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity for the 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Children presented game show themed games related to the human body or other creative presentations, and we had a systems-of-the-human-body-themed meal. Recipes are included! Also included are the field trips we attended during this unit.

Earth Science

(6 lessons)

Designing and testing marshmallow and toothpick buildings to test them for earthquake sustainability from Lesson 5: Earthquakes
Designing and testing marshmallow and toothpick buildings to test them for earthquake sustainability from Lesson 5: Earthquakes

Make an edible model of the earth as you study the Earth's layers, bake cookies that demonstrate how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks form, create fossil casts, build marshmallow structures that can withstand a jell-o earthquake, carve gullies and valleys in sand using wind, water, and ice, make presentations on various aspects of the Earth, and more during this 6 lesson hands-on unit study of Earth Science!

  • Earth's Layers and Soil Composition Lesson - This is part 1 of a 6 part hands-on unit on Earth Science from a Christian perspective. Make an edible model of the earth, act out each of the Earth's layers, do core testing on a cupcake, make oobleck, and more!
  • Rock Classification Lesson - This is part 2 of a 6 part hands-on unit on Earth Science from a Christian perspective. Make and eat "Sedimentary" Seven Layer Bars, create "Metamorphic" Snickers bars, do some rock mining, and more!
  • Fossils Lesson - This is part 3 of a 6 part hands-on unit on Earth Science from a Christian perspective. The focus of this lesson is fossils! Create fossils casts, dig up and piece together dinosaur skeletons, excavate dinosaurs, eat edible ammonites, and more!
  • Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes Lesson - This is part 4 of a 6 part hands-on unit study on Earth Science. Make edible volcanoes, build an erupting ring of fire, demonstrate plate tectonics using graham crackers, form each type of volcano using play-doh, and more!
  • Earthquakes Lesson - This is part 5 of a 6 part hands-on unit study on Earth Science. Create a tsunami, build marshmallow structures that can withstand an earthquake, act out seismic waves, build and use a seismograph, and more!
  • Erosion Lesson - This is part 6 of a 6 part hands-on unit study on Earth Science. Demonstrate various types of erosion as children carve gullies and valleys in sand using air, water, and ice. Re-create the Grand Canyon. Compare how soil resists erosion.
  • Earth Science Presentation and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating project we did after a 6 part hands-on unit on Earth Science. We made edible volcanoes, performed earth science demonstrations, displayed paintings of the earth's layers and volcanoes, sang songs about the earth science, and more! Also included are the field trips we attended during this unit.

Animals/Zoology

(5 lessons)

Examining life in pond water from Lesson 1: Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates
Examining life in pond water from Lesson 1: Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates

Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, test out various insect mouths, dissect a fish, create an egg model, perform a play about mammals, present on a specific animal phylum or genius, and more during this fun 5 part hands-on unit study on animal classification!

  • Taxonomy, Animal Classification, and Invertebrates Lesson - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on zoology. Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, dissect an oyster, sing “The Six Kingdom Song,” eat 5 of the kingdoms on a supreme pizza, and more!
  • Insects and Spiders Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Test out various insect mouth types, examine insect parts under a microscope, make and eat edible ants, test out spider webs for vibration, and more!
  • Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish (Cold-blooded Vertebrates) Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Zoology. Peel your “skin” like a reptile, dissect a fish, make origami jumping frogs, compare amphibian and reptile eggs by feeling tapioca and grapes, and more!
  • Birds Lesson - This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Create an egg model, make edible nests, test out various types of beaks, compare bird bones with mammal bones, examine various feathers, dissect a gizzard, sing a song about bird traits, and more!
  • Mammals Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. Perform a play about mammals, experience how blubber keeps marine mammals warm, sniff out your “baby,” examine animal skulls, dissect an owl pellet and piece together a rodent skeleton, and more!
  • Zoology Presentations and Field Trip Ideas This describes the culminating activity for the 5 part hands-on unit on zoology. The children each presented on an assigned phylum, class, or order of animals. They also sang some of the animal classification songs and enjoyed an animal-themed meal. (Recipes are included.) Also included are the field trips we attended during this unit.

Simple Machines & Inventions

(6 lessons)

Designing and Testing Marshmallow Catapults from Lesson 2: Lever and Screw Simple Machines
Designing and Testing Marshmallow Catapults from Lesson 2: Lever and Screw Simple Machines

Race cars down ramps as you study inclined planes and wedges, build and test catapults as you study levers and screws, create waterwheels as you study wheels and axles, lift each other using pulleys as you study gears and pulleys, use static electricity lift hair and separate salt and pepper as you study electricity, devise Rube Goldberg machines to place toothpaste on a toothbrush without touching either one, present on famous inventors, and more during this exciting 6 part hands-on unit study on simple machines and inventions!

  • Inclined Planes and Wedges Lesson - This is part 1 of a 6 part hands-on unit on Simple Machines and Inventions. Race cars down ramps, compare carrying luggage to pulling it up an inclined plane, slice through apples using wedges, and more!
  • Lever and Screw Simple Machines Lesson - This is part 2 of a 6 part hands-on unit on inventions and simple machines. Build and test catapults, lift an adult using a lever, test out screws of various threads, and more!
  • Wheels and Axles Lesson - This is part 3 of a 6 part hands-on unit on Inventions and Simple Machines. Build and test waterwheels, use cylinders to make wheel cookies, experiment with matchbox cars to demonstrate friction, compare the mechanical advantage of an adult and a child's bicycle, and more!
  • Gears and Pulleys Simple Machines Lesson - This is part 4 of a 6 part hands-on unit on inventions and simple machines. Build and test pulleys, play pulley tug-of-war, find out how a clock works, and more!
  • Electricity Lesson - This is part 5 of a 6 part hands-on unit on inventions and simple machines. Watch static electricity lift hair and separate salt and pepper, build and test circuits and switches using household materials, play an electron game to demonstrate how...
  • Inventions and Rube Goldberg Machines Lesson - This is part 6 of a 6 part hands-on unit on inventions and simple machines. Work in groups to devise a confetti launcher and a Rube Goldberg machine that makes the simple task of squirting toothpaste onto a toothbrush as complex and fun as possible!
  • Inventions and Simple Machines Presentations and Field Trip Ideas - Included are the presentations on famous inventors our students created following our 6 part hands-on unit on Inventions and Simple Machines. They also sang the Simple Machines song and ate a simple machine-themed lunch. (Recipes are provided.) Also included are the field trips we attended during this unit.

Floating and Flying

(5 lessons)

Designing sailboats and testing rudders from Lesson 2: Floating Ships and Boats
Designing sailboats and testing rudders from Lesson 2: Floating Ships and Boats

Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, create working models of various ships and a submarine, design and build a variety of airplane and parachute models, and more during this 5 part hands-on unit study on floating and flying.

  • Buoyancy and Floating Lesson Plan - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is buoyancy (floating). Build an aluminum foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, explore the relationship between density and buoyancy, and more!
  • Floating Ships and Boats Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying (Fluid Mechanics). This week's focus is ships and boats. Create working models of sailboats, submarines, and hovercrafts, test out jet power, examine the impact of density of liquids and surface tension on floating, and more!
  • Air Pressure and Aeronautics Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Discover the properties and power of air as you watch as air pressure blows up a balloon, sucks an egg into a bottle, collapses a can, holds water in an upside-down glass, and more!
  • History and Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Floating & Flying. Learn about the history of flight from the time of the Greeks through present day. Design and redesign foam fliers, balloon jets, parachutes, drag-chutes, and more as you examine the four forces of flight!
  • Paper Airplanes & The Four Forces of Flight Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. Have fun while creating various types of paper airplanes in order to examine the relationship between plane design and the four forces of flight!
  • Floating and Flying Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas – This is the culminating activity for the five part hands-on unit on Floating & Flying. The children made ship and plane-themed dishes (recipes are included) and presented on famous planes or ships. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Bridges

(2 lessons)

Toothpick tress bridge from Lesson 1: Forces, Arch Bridges, & Truss Bridges
Toothpick tress bridge from Lesson 1: Forces, Arch Bridges, & Truss Bridges

Build grape and toothpick truss bridges, piece together a play-doh arch bridge, act out the forces involved in bridge building and suspension bridges, paint famous bridges, hold a bridge-building contest, and more in this fun 2 part unit study on bridges!

Five Senses

(4 lessons)

Creating and using cup phones to learn about how sound waves travel from Lesson 1: Hearing and Sound Waves
Creating and using cup phones to learn about how sound waves travel from Lesson 1: Hearing and Sound Waves

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, play scales on water glasses as you study music and sound, dissect a cow eyeball as you study sight, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this 4 lesson hands-on unit study of the five senses!

  • Hearing and Sound Waves Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on thematic unit on the five senses. Build and crawl through a model of an ear, watch sound waves at work, make paper cup phones, use a stethoscope and otoscope, and more!
  • Music and Instruments Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on the five senses. See the inside of a piano and how it works, study pitch while playing water glasses, test out different instruments, and more!
  • Eyes and Seeing Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Make an edible model of an eye, dissect a cow eyeball, visit an eye doctor, and more!
  • Touch, Smell, & Taste Lesson in Five Senses Unit - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Feel, smell, and taste mystery items, make a touch and feel book, and more!
  • Five Senses Culminating Project and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating project for the 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. The students created presentations on people and ideas related to the 5 senses and shared 5 Senses-themed snacks and desserts. (Recipes are included.) Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Weather/Meterology

(4 lessons)

Tornado in a Bottle from Lesson 4: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightning
Tornado in a Bottle from Lesson 4: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightning

Make tornadoes and clouds in a bottle, create and use rain gauges, dramatize a storm front, design and eat clouds, race against prevailing winds, and more during this exciting 4 part unit study on weather and meteorology!

  • Sun, Seasons, and Weather Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Conduct experiments and demonstrations on how the sun, soil, and water affect the seasons and weather, dramatize the Earth's revolutions around the sun, and more!
  • Wind and Air Pressure Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Make weather vanes and barometers, act out high and low pressure, blow up a balloon and collapse a can using hot water, make and eat prevailing winds, and more!
  • Clouds and Precipitation Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Make clouds in a bottle, create rain, build rain gauges, form and eat clouds, and more!
  • Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightning Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Create tornadoes in a bottle, form a hurricane in a mixing bowl, produce lightning and thunder using pie plates and balloons, and more!
  • Weather Unit Presentations and Field Trips - This is the culminating activity for our 4 part hands-on unit on Meteorology and Weather. The children presented art projects, lapbooks, and weather experiments they created or performed during the unit. Afterward we had a weather-themed lunch. Recipes are included. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Genetics and DNA

(1 lesson)

Observing how traits are passes through multiple generations by conducting the M&M Gingerbread Activity
Observing how traits are passes through multiple generations by conducting the M&M Gingerbread Activity
  • Genetics Lesson – This lesson can be done alone or cane be combined with the Human Body/Human Anatomy Unit Study. Use M&M's to determine genetic traits, extract DNA from a strawberry using normal household materials, create edible DNA strands using marshmallows and licorice, design dog breeds as you select alleles, and more in this fun lesson on Genetics!

Plants/Botany

(3 or 4 lessons)

Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Lesson 2: Flowers
Observing parts of a flower from and activity found in Lesson 2: Flowers

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a plant scavenger hunt, and more during this fun four part unit study on Botany and Plants!

  • Plant Parts & Seeds Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, and more in this fun lesson on plants!
  • Flowers Lesson - Go on a flower hunt, dissect a flower, create edible flowers, paint flowers, and more in this fun lesson on flowers! This is part 2 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants.
  • Bee & Honey Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. (This lesson is optional if you need to squeeze this unit into 3 parts rather than 4.) Dance like a bee, make edible bees using honey balls, use cheese puff balls and and juice boxes to dramatize pollination, create pipe cleaner bees and have them fly to the tune of Flight of the Bumblebee, and more!
  • Trees & Leaves Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part unit study on Botany and Plants. Play a photosynthesis relay race, create an edible leaf structure, act out the parts of a tree, examine and classify tree leaves and use them to identify trees, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson on leaves and trees!
  • Botany Scavenger Hunt & Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 week hands-on unit study on botany/plants. Children went on a fun-filled scavenger hunt for a variety of plants, and afterward had a plant-themed picnic lunch. Also included are the field trips we went on while studying this unit on botany and plants.

Chemistry

(3 lessons)

Observing the "Magic" Disappearing Red Reaction from Lesson 3: Chemical Bonds & Reactions
Observing the "Magic" Disappearing Red Reaction from Lesson 3: Chemical Bonds & Reactions
  • Teaching Chemistry to Young Children - Are you in search of great resources for piquing your students' or children's interest in chemistry? This webpage features the books and YouTube video clips we found most helpful during our 3 part unit on atomic research/chemistry: Atoms, Periodic Table of Elements, and Chemical Bonds & Reactions. We relied heavily on a particular book for activities, so in lieu of listing our activities, I am recommending the book. To give you a peek at the fun we had using this book, I have included some photos of our activities and experiments.

Study of the Earth: Poles, Mountains, and Oceans

(3 lessons)

Rock climbing activity from Lesson 2: To Mount Everest and Beyond: A Lesson on Mountain Climbing for Children
Rock climbing activity from Lesson 2: To Mount Everest and Beyond: A Lesson on Mountain Climbing for Children

Make ocean floor pies, carry "eggs" like a penguin, sketch Mount Everest, compete in a "Base Camp" relay race, prepare and eat pemmican, and more in the exciting 3 week adventure as we explore the poles of the Earth, the heights of the mountains, and the depths of the oceans! This unit includes habitats, food chains, earth science, oceanography, and more!

  • Dive into the Ocean: An Oceanography Lesson for Children - This is part 3 of a 3 part hands-on unit on Global Expeditions. This lesson is on Oceanography. Sculpt ocean floor pies, act out what creates tides, create ocean wave bottles, try on scuba gear, make ocean zone flip books, and more!

Science of Bread

(1 lesson)

Experimenting with yeast
Experimenting with yeast
  • The Science of Bread - What makes bread rise? Does the water temperature really matter? What about sugar? What's the difference between whole wheat and white flour? What does wheat look like? Find out all this and more in this fun, hands-on lesson or play date activity on the science of bread!

Detectives/CSI

(1 lesson)

  • Detectives & CSI Lesson - This is a hands-on lesson plan on detectives. Analyze fingerprints and hair samples, take mug shots, solve a real crime, and more in this fun lesson on Detectives and CSI!

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History Unit Studies

Dramatization of Washington crossing the Delaware from the American War for Independence Unit
Dramatization of Washington crossing the Delaware from the American War for Independence Unit

Choose from Explorers, Early American Settlers, American War for Independence, George Washington & The Constitution, Native Americans, Westward Expansion & Pioneers, and U.S. Presidents. Fun units on the Tabernacle and Medieval Period are also included! Don't forget to look for the lessons on Leonardo da Vinci under my Art Unit Studies section!

Tabernacle

(1 lesson)

Creating an edible model of the tabernacle
Creating an edible model of the tabernacle
  • Tabernacle Lesson - Make an edible model of the tabernacle, draw the articles used in the tabernacle, create a walk-through tabernacle using household articles, and more in this fun hands-on lesson on the tabernacle from a Christian perspective!

Medieval Period

(4-5 lessons)

Knighting ceremony and joust from part 4 (or 5): Knights & Ladies Lesson
Knighting ceremony and joust from part 4 (or 5): Knights & Ladies Lesson

Bake medieval meals, create a medieval village, design stained glass window cookies, hold a jousting tournament, and more during this fun 4 or 5 week hands-on unit study of the medieval period!

  • Medieval Life Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 (or 5) part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Cook & eat a Medieval meal, play Medieval games, create Medieval crowns, and more!
  • Castles Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 (or 5) part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Build model castles, weapons, and more!
  • Medieval Art Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 (or 5) part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Mix together and paint with egg yolk paint, design and eat stained glass window cookies, create colorful tapestries, and more!
  • Cathedral Lesson - This is an optional lesson in this unit focusing on Cathedral design and architecture. Decorate stained-glass cookies, design a dome using blocks, sketch each type of cathedral, sing about the true foundation of cathedrals, and more in this fun lesson on cathedrals!
  • Knights & Ladies Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 (or 5) part hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. Create a Coat of Arms and swords, hold a jousting tournament, act out a knighting ceremony, and more!
  • Medieval Feast and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating activity we did after a 4 (or 5) week hands-on unit on the Medieval Period. We held a festive medieval feast complete with entertainment and much merriment. Also included are the field trips we took during our unit.

Explorers

(5 lessons)

Montezuma's Crowns and Conquistador Masks from Lesson 4: Ponce de Leon, Aztecs, Cortes, & Conquistadors Lesson
Montezuma's Crowns and Conquistador Masks from Lesson 4: Ponce de Leon, Aztecs, Cortes, & Conquistadors Lesson

Build Viking shields and swords and "sail" to Vineland with Leif Erikson, walk the route of Marco Polo (through your house) and collect the items that he saw on his journey through China, go on a compass treasure hunt, dramatize Columbus' journey, make Da Gama Portuguese land markers, create Montezuma's headdress, go on a conquistador hunt for gold, bake constellation bar cookies, dress up as and present on famous explorers, and more during this unit study on Explorers!

  • Marco Polo and Leif Erikson Lesson - This is part 1 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Explorers. Walk the route of Marco Polo (through the house) and collect the items he came across while in Asia. Make Viking bread, Viking helmets, shields, and swords and “sail” to Vineland (America) as a Viking, and more!
  • Christopher Columbus & Prince Henry the Navigator Lesson - This is part 2 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Explorers. Go on a compass treasure hunt, eat sailor food, jump across the parts of a caravel ship, act out Columbus' journey, and more!
  • Da Gama, Vespucci, Balboa, & Magellan Lesson - This is part 3 of a 5 part hands-on unit study on Explorers. Make Da Gama Portuguese land markers, Vespucci parrot puppets, and Balboa hiding-in-a-barrel stick puppets. Search for the Pacific Ocean with Balboa (through your house). Eat “sawdust” and “leather” with Magellan and many more activities!
  • Ponce de Leon, Aztecs, Cortes, & Conquistadors Lesson This is part 4 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Explorers. Create Montezuma's headdress, act out the meeting between Cortes & Montezuma, go on a conquistador hunt for gold, and more!
  • Cabot, Cartier, Drake, Hudson, and Astronomy Lesson - This is part 5 of a 5 part hands-on unit on Explorers. Bake constellation bar cookies, create star finders, act out Cartier's expedition, and more!
  • Explorer Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas – For the culminating project we following the 5 part hands-on unit on explorers, the children dressed as explorers, made presentations, and shared “authentic” food from their explorer’s country of origin. They also sang the songs from the unit. Also included are the field trips we took during this unit.

Early American Settlers

(4 lessons)

Building a Jamestown-style waddle and daub house during Lesson 1: Jamestown Lesson
Building a Jamestown-style waddle and daub house during Lesson 1: Jamestown Lesson

Build a waddle and daub house like they did in Jamestown, create pilgrim costumes, set up a beaver trading post as you study Dutch settlers, cook a batch of William Penn's applesauce, perform a play on the Pilgrims, eat a semi-authentic Thanksgiving feast, and more during this fun 4 lesson unit study on Early American Settlers.

  • Jamestown Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on America's Early Settlers. Build a waddle and daub house like they did in Jamestown, dress as cavaliers and hunt for gold, cook and taste gruel, and more!
  • Pilgrims Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit on America's Early Settlers. Create pilgrim costumes, make stewed pompion (pumpkin), plant corn, and more!
  • Dutch and Swede Settlers of Early America Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Early American Settlers. Make butter, bake authentic Dutch Christmas cookies, set up a beaver trading post, build log cabins out of craft sticks, and more!
  • William Penn and Thirteen Colonies Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Early American Settlers. Cook a batch of Dutch applesauce, match up the Thirteen Colonies, and make costumes to prepare for the Thanksgiving Presentation.
  • Thanksgiving Feast, Children's Play, & Authentic Recipes - This is the end of the unit activity for a 4 week hands-on unit on Early American Settlers. Eat a feast (complete with authentic dishes), perform a fun Thanksgiving play, and sing a Psalm (just as the Pilgrims did for their Thanksgiving feasts). Authentic and semi-authentic recipes are included!

American War for Independence

(American Revolution)

(6 lessons)

Singing the Declaration of Independence using a quill pen and homemade ink from Lesson 3: Lexington and Concord, Thomas Jefferson, and Declaration of Independence Lesson
Singing the Declaration of Independence using a quill pen and homemade ink from Lesson 3: Lexington and Concord, Thomas Jefferson, and Declaration of Independence Lesson

Make tricorn hats and mob caps, "brew" root beer with Samuel Adams, hold a tea party as you study the Boston Tea Party, reenact the Battles of Lexington and Concord, make ink and quill pens in order to sign the Declaration of Independence, cook hasty pudding, drill with Baron von Steuben as you study Valley Forge, write a secret code and seal it with wax as you study Benedict Arnold, present on the people of the American War for Independence, and more during this exciting unit study!

The Constitution and President George Washington

(1 lesson)

Making Nelly's Hoecakes, President George Washington's favorite breakfast food
Making Nelly's Hoecakes, President George Washington's favorite breakfast food

Dance a minuet, cook and eat Nelly's Hoecakes, go on a "fox hunt," create the three branches of the Constitution, and more during this lesson on President George Washington and the Constitution!

Native Americans

(Indians)

(4 lessons)

Setting up a tepee during Lesson 2: Plains Native American Tribes Lesson
Setting up a tepee during Lesson 2: Plains Native American Tribes Lesson

Hunt for arrowheads, build teepees, paint totem poles, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, present on specific Native American tribes, and more during this fun four week hands on study of Native Americans.

  • Northeast and Southeast Native Americans Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Make arrows, cook Three Sisters Stew, go on an “archeological dig” for arrowheads, create Iroquois Bowl games, bead Seminole necklaces, and more!
  • Plains Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Create headdresses and war shields, build a teepee, eat dried “buffalo” and more!
  • Northwest and Plateau Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Decorate parfleches, fry salmon cakes, create totem poles, dramatize a dramatize potlatch ceremony, and more!
  • Southwest Native American Tribes Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on Native Americans. Make Navajo Fry Bread, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, create Navajo sand paintings and concho-style belts, weave Apache baskets, and more!
  • Native American Powwow and Field Trip Ideas - After our 4 part unit study on Native Americans, our culminating activity was a powwow. Each child presented on a different tribe and brought food from that tribe for us to share. I am also including where we went for field trips during this unit.

Westward Expansion and Pioneers

(4 lessons)

Identifying deer tracks during the tracking expedition from Lesson 1: Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson
Identifying deer tracks during the tracking expedition from Lesson 1: Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson

Fry up Daniel Boone's favorite fried chicken recipe and talk a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. Dramatize the purchase of Louisiana from France and more as you study Lewis and Clark! Build a pioneer wagon and the transcontinental railroad. Pan for "gold" and deliver mail on the pony express (using bicycles rather than horses). Wrap up the unit on Westward Expansion and pioneers with a wagon roundup dinner and presentations on various frontiersmen and pioneers.

  • Daniel Boone, Frontiersmen, & Tracking Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Go on a nature walk to practice tracking, cook Daniel Boone's favorite fried chicken recipe, create salt maps of the US, and more!
  • Lewis and Clark Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Dramatize the Louisiana Purchase, taste and see some of the plants and animals Lewis & Clark discovered on their journey, visit with Sacajawea and Pomp, create a Lewis and Clark lapbook, and more!
  • Oregon Trail Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Build prairie schooner, head out on a scavenger hunt using only landmarks to navigate, bake Pioneer Persimmon Pudding, practice pioneer children's chores, and more!
  • California Gold Rush, Pony Express, & Transcontinental Railroad Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Westward Expansion and Pioneers. Pan for “gold,” bake Gold Rush Sourdough Biscuits, race to deliver mail on the Pony Express, build the Transcontinental Railroad out of craft sticks, and more!
  • Westward Expansion & Pioneers Presentations & Field Trip Ideas - The end of the unit activity and presentations for our 4 part hands-on unit on Westward Expansion and Pioneers was a Pioneer Wagon Roundup Dinner. Children dressed as various famous frontiersmen or pioneers and presented on their assigned person. Afterward we had a pioneer themed dinner around a campfire. Also included are the field trips we attended while studying this unit.

Presidents of the United States

(22 lessons with more to come)

  • Presidents Day Unit Study - Check out our favorite books, YouTube clips, recipes, lapbooks, and worksheets on each President. Also included is a timeline of major events and an overview of each man's presidency. This page contains links to the information and activities for each individual President. It also contains additional resources (YouTube video clips, books, etc.) we enjoyed that provide a good overview of the Presidential election process and learning about the Presidents in general. Currently there are pages created for the first 22 Presidents of the United States. Additional pages will be added as time allows.

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Geography Unit Studies

Creating a Japanese Screen with a Sumi-e Style Painting of Cherry Blossoms during the lesson on Japan
Creating a Japanese Screen with a Sumi-e Style Painting of Cherry Blossoms during the lesson on Japan

"Visit" 26 countries in 26 lessons as you study a country for each letter of the alphabet. Make Japanese crafts and food as you learn about Japan. Create African crafts and foods as you study Africa. Explore, create, and cook your way through a 9 part unit on the 50 States of the United States. Dramatize, draw, and cook your way through an 8 part study on Russia.

Japan

(1 lesson)

Creating a Japanese Screen with a Sumi-e Style Painting of Cherry Blossoms during the lesson on Japan
Creating a Japanese Screen with a Sumi-e Style Painting of Cherry Blossoms during the lesson on Japan
  • Japan Lesson for Children - Make an origami paper crane, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, a Japanese doll, and more during this fun lesson on Japan!

U.S. States & Regions

(9 lessons)

Whaling Dramatization from Lesson 1: New England States
Whaling Dramatization from Lesson 1: New England States

Cook and eat regional foods, play rodeo games, enjoy a luau, dance zydeco, celebrate a Southwest Fiesta, and more while studying the 50 States of the United States. Since there were so many great resources we found for each individual state, I've also created a webpage featuring our favorite books, YouTube clips, & more for each state. You can find the links for each state on my 50 States Lesson Plans lens.

  • New England States Lesson - This is part 1 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on U.S. States & Regions. Bake and eat Boston Brown Bread, create lighthouse models, dissect crayfish, enjoy New England cuisine sampler plates, and more!
  • Mid-Atlantic States Lesson - This is part 2 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Sculpt the Statue of the Liberty, act out Rip Van Winkle, hold an Amish barn-raising, and more!
  • Great Lakes States Lesson - This is part 3 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Make and eat ice cream, construct Lego's cars on an assembly line, dig the Erie Canal and sail boats down the water, assemble Harley Davidson motorcycles out of cheese, and more!
  • Midwest States Lesson - This is part 4 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Bake and eat Midwest cornbread, deliver mail on the Pony Express, carve Mount Rushmore, grind wheat, construct sod houses, sample regional foods, and more!
  • Rocky Mountain States Lesson - This is part 5 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Cook & eat Cowboy Stew, paint a mountain landscape scene, compete in a rodeo round-up, hold salt flat races, and more!
  • Pacific Coast States Lesson - This is part 6 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Bake & eat Washington Apple Pie, create “Starbucks” coffee grounds play-dough, piece together “fossils” excavated from the “La Brea Tar Pits,” make “Salmon” fish prints, build and test out marshmallow structures for earthquakes, and more!
  • Alaska and Hawaii Lesson - This is part 7 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Construct sugar cube igloos, host a luau complete with grass skirts and hula dancing, carve soap scrimshaw, dramatize the Iditarod, sample regional foods, and more!
  • Southwest States Lesson - This is part 8 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the Fifty States. Celebrate a fiesta, compete in an Oklahoma Land Run, play Texas rodeo games, create a Sonora desert diorama, and more!
  • Visiting Southern States - This is part 9 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Race in the Kentucky Derby, make and eat Key Lime Pie & homemade peanut butter, celebrate Mardi Gras, make a swamp diorama, dance Zydego, and more!
  • 50 States Projects - This is the end of the unit project following a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Perform a play about the fifty states while enjoying a dinner that features regional foods from across the United States. Also included are regional recipe links and field trips we attended while studying this unit.
  • Best Resources on Teaching the 50 States - Included are links to my favorite resources (books, video clips, lapbook pages, etc.) for each individual state in addition to my favorite resources for teaching all 50 US States.

Africa

(4 lessons)

Carving a Clay Cartouche from Lesson 1 on North Africa
Carving a Clay Cartouche from Lesson 1 on North Africa

Dramatize the mummification process, carve clay cartouches, eat a Tuareg-style meal, act out an Ashanti tale, dramatize the historic gold and salt trades centered in Ghana, paint watercolor paintings of the animals of the Congo, make Nigerian-style tie-dye shirts, hunt like a Pygmy and act out the Pygmy Honey Dance, enjoy an Ethiopian-style feast, create Zulu shields, and more in this fun 4 part hands-on unit study on Africa!

  • North Africa Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Africa. This week's focus is North Africa. Dramatize the mummification process, carve clay cartouches, eat a Tuareg-style meal, make Moroccan Khobz, hold a Moroccan Berber fantasia and more!
  • Western Africa Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Africa. Act out an Ashanti tale, dramatize the historic gold and salt trades centered in Ghana, mold Ashanti gold weights out of clay, attempt to carry baskets and babies in the Ghanaian fashion, and more!
  • West and Central Africa Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Africa. Make watercolor paintings of the animals of the Congo, taste Nigerian chin chin, fufu, and Ground Nut Soup, make Nigerian-style tie-dye shirts, hunt like a Pygmy and act out the Pygmy Honey Dance, and more!
  • East and South Africa Lesson - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Africa. Enjoy an Ethiopian-style feast, create Zulu shields, make Masai necklaces and attempt Masai-style spear throwing, and more!
  • Africa Unit Presentations and Field Trip Ideas - For the culminating activity for our 4 part hands-on unit on Africa, make African dishes and present on famous people relevant to Africa. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

Russia

(8 lessons)

Designing and launching rockets from Lesson 6: The Cold War and Arms Race
Designing and launching rockets from Lesson 6: The Cold War and Arms Race

Cook borscht and blini, study and paint like the famous artists of Russia, perform a miniature "Nutcracker" ballet performance, dramatize a Communist lunch (complete with sentencing to "Siberia" for the non-compliant), and more in the fun 8 part study on Russia!

  • Russian Geography and Early Russian History Lesson - This is part 1 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Paint a Russian Orthodox triptych, taste caviar, play the Russian Temperate Zone Game, read classic Baba Yaga tales, and more while learning about Russian geography and early Russian history. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian geography and early Russian history.
  • Russian Czars Lesson - This is part 2 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Construct a model of the Red Square, attempting Cossack-style dancing, decorate eggs like Carl Faberge, read classic Czar tales, and more while learning about Russian Czars. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian Czars.
  • Russian Revolution Lesson - This is part 3 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Play the Russian Civil War version of Capture the Flag, endure a "Communist" lunch complete with trying to trade food on the black market, create Communist flags, and more while learning about the Russian Revolution. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Russian Revolution.
  • Siberia Lesson - This is part 4 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Sketch an Aurora Borealis landscape scene using pastels, making grape jelly to demonstrate the smelting process, cut out various shapes of snowflakes, dress up as and pretend to be musk oxen, walruses, Siberian tigers, and reindeer, and more while learning about Siberia. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Siberia.
  • Russian Ballet Lesson - This is part 5 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Perform a miniature production of The Nutcracker, learn the basic positions in ballet, watch videos of and read about famous Russian dancers including Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky, and Baryshnikov, and more while learning about Russian ballet. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about Russian ballet.
  • The Cold War and Arms Race Lesson - This is part 6 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Design and launch various types of rockets, dramatize the Berlin Airlift and the Chocolate Pilot, prepare and eat blini, and more while learning about the Cold War and the Arms Race. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Cold War and the Arms Race.
  • The Space Race and The Olympics Lesson - This is part 7 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Make a full-size model of Sputnik 1, learn gymnastics moves and host a miniature Olympics gymnastics competition, experiment with sugar while learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more while learning about the Space Race and Russian Olympics. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the Space Race and Russian Olympics.
  • End of the Cold War and Russian Artists Lesson - This is part 8 in an 8 part unit study on Russia. Recreate Kandinsky’s and Marc Chagall’s works, build and then knock down a model of the Berlin Wall, decorate pysanky eggs, make and eat kulich, and more while learning about the end of the Cold War and contemporary Russian artists. Also included are our favorite books, YouTube video clips, lapbook and activity links, and other resources we used while learning about the end of the Cold War and contemporary Russian artists.
  • Russia: Faberge, Chess, & Borscht – This lesson provides a simple overview of Russia. I have compiled all you will need to locate Russia on a map, cook a Russian meal, watch YouTube clips on Russia, color the flag, create a Russian craft, read a great book about Russia, and more!
  • Ukraine: A Missing Mitten, Pysanky Easter Eggs, & Babka Bread – If you would like to learn a bit more on Ukraine, visit my lesson at which I have shared all you will need to locate Ukraine on a map, cook a Ukrainian meal, watch YouTube clips on Ukraine, color the flag, create a Ukrainian craft, read a great book about Ukraine, and more!

World Geograpy

(26 or 32 lessons)

Enjoying our Chinese meal complete with chopsticks and red paper lanterns
Enjoying our Chinese meal complete with chopsticks and red paper lanterns
  • Around the World in 26 Letters - Study a different county each week as you visit one country per letter of the alphabet. Locate the county on a map, color the flag, cook an ethnic meal, create an ethnic craft, read a book about the county, and more! All the maps, flags, recipes, craft ideas, etc. are already listed! All you have to do is follow the weekly lesson plan.

Art Lessons

Stained glass window cookies made in the lesson on Medieval Art
Stained glass window cookies made in the lesson on Medieval Art

Choose from lessons on Leonardo da Vinci, Medieval art, Sculpting, and Pottery.

  • Sculpting for Young Children - Examine works by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and others and the recreate their works through soap carvings, pizza dough sculpting, mobile making, and more!
  • Pottery for Young Children - Create pinch pots, form animals out of Rice Krispie Treat "Clay," examine various types of pottery and more in this fun, hands-on lesson or "play date" activity to explore the world of pottery!
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist - This is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt a horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!
  • Medieval Art Lesson - Mix together and paint with egg yolk paint, design and eat stained glass window cookies, create colorful tapestries, and more as you examine Medieval Art.

Preschool and Kindergarten Lessons

Explore horse breeds, gaits, diet, and more through games, cooking, and activities in the lesson on horses. Create a model lighthouse, play a lighthouse game, read books about lighthouses, "tour" lighthouses using YouTube, and even eat a lighthouse in this fun, hands-on lesson on lighthouses. Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this exciting lesson the military.

  • Horse Lesson Plan for Younger Children - Do you have a young child who loves horses? Use this fun, hands-on lesson or play date activity to explore horse breeds, gaits, diet, and more!
  • Building & Home Construction for Young Children - Do you have a young child who loves tools and building things? Build and paint a bird house, construct a house out of pretzels, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson exploring the world of home construction!
  • Butterfly Lesson for Children - Do you have a young child who loves butterflies? Create butterfly crafts and snacks, play butterfly games, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson exploring the amazing world of butterflies!
  • Ladybug Crafts for Kids - Do you have a young child like mine who loves ladybugs? Create easy and adorable ladybug crafts and edible ladybugs, read these delightful ladybug books, watch the short ladybug video clips, and assemble ladybug lapbooks and worksheets during this fun hands-on lesson on ladybugs.
  • Japan Lesson Plan for Younger Children - Make an origami paper crane, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, a Japanese doll, and more in this fun hands-on activity about Japan.
  • Lighthouse Lesson - Create a model lighthouse, play a lighthouse game, read books about lighthouses, tour lighthouses using YouTube, and even eat a lighthouse in this fun, hands-on lesson or family activity on lighthouses.
  • Sheep, Wool, & Weaving Lesson - Looking for fun preschool and kindergarten ideas on sheep and wool? Make and eat edible sheep, card and dye wool, paint sheep paintings, and more in this fun activity on sheep and wool!
  • Manners Lesson - Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to teach your children manners and etiquette? Use this fun role-playing lesson to practice manners at meals, on the phone, as a host or hostess, and more!
  • Military Party for Children - Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this fun 2 hour lesson, party, or family activity on the military.
  • Laws and Obedience Lesson - Looking for a fun way to help preschoolers learn about obedience and laws? Create and eat edible 10 Commandments, play Cops and Robbers after reading about police officers, act of the fall of Adam and Eve, and more!
  • Illusion & Deception Lesson - Use this fun, hands-on lesson or family activity to explore deception and illusions in art, magic tricks, literature, and more!
  • Attributes of God Lesson for Young Children - Are you wondering how to teach your preschooler or young child about God and His character? Use this fun, hands-on lesson, family activity, or play group time to explore who God is and what He is like!
  • Gingerbread Man Lesson for Kindergarten - Ready for a fun kindergarten literature lesson on The Gingerbread Man? Compare and contrast two versions of the story, decorate gingerbread cookies, create character finger puppets to re-tell the story, and more in this fun literature lesson on The Gingerbread Man!

Holiday Lesson Plans

Children's Thanksgiving Performance
Children's Thanksgiving Performance

Choose from Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, or Summer Fun!

Thanksgiving Ideas:

  • Pilgrims Lesson - This is a lesson written for a class or family that teaches about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving in a fun, educational manner. Children will create pilgrim costumes, make stewed pompion (pumpkin), plant corn, and more!
  • Thanksgiving Feast, Children's Play, & Authentic Recipes – This includes directions for performing a Children’s Thanksgiving play and eat a feast complete with authentic dishes. Recipes are included!
  • How to Make Edible Turkey Decorations - Every Thanksgiving my children and I make edible turkeys to decorate our Thanksgiving table in order to keep the little hands busy while the adults work on the last minute details of the meal. I have included recipes and photos of many of the turkeys we have made over the years and have included helpful tips!

Christmas Ideas:

  • Christmas Symbols Lesson - This is a hands-on Christmas lesson perfect for a class, family, or homeschool group. Act out a nativity play, make edible Christmas trees for family members, sing a Christmas carol, and more!
  • A Jesse Tree for Christmas - This is a hands-on Christmas lesson I created for a two week unit on Christmas. In this lesson the children will make salt dough Jess Tree ornaments as they listen to the significance of each one.
  • Gingerbread Man Lesson for Kindergarten - Ready for a fun kindergarten literature lesson on The Gingerbread Man? Compare and contrast two versions of the story, decorate gingerbread cookies, create character finger puppets to re-tell the story, and more in this fun literature lesson on the Gingerbread Man!

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas:

Celebrating Summer Ideas:

  • Hosting a Homemade Ice Cream Contest - What says summer more than a big bowl of delicious homemade ice cream? What better way to enjoy it than with your friends and family? Find my suggestions on how to host a fun homemade ice cream contest! Also included are game ideas, recipes, and more!
  • Back to School Clothing Swap - As summer comes to a close, visions of spending hours at the mall and hundreds of dollars on back-to-school fashions come dancing through your head. Instead of dreading all those back-to-school sales (and the enormous credit card bills that follow), use these ideas to host an fun Back to School Clothing Swap with your friends or school!

Thank you so much to Homeschool Freebie of the Day and ABC and 123 for featuring my lessons! If you homeschool and don't know about Homeschool Freebie of the Day or ABC and 123, you should visit their webpages today to access amazing freebies and lessons to help you on your homeschooling journey.

Konos Curriculum Unit Studies

Why and How I Use Konos Curriculum

A few years ago I read a Reader's Digest article that described an amazing teacher that taught a gifted program in a middle school. Later all the students (who were in their 40's at this point) came back and told of how that particular teacher's instruction had been the most influential in their school careers. As I read what the teacher did, I immediately thought, "That's exactly what we do with Konos Curriculum!"

Even if your children have already studied the topics covered in Konos Volume I, they will still be able to glean quite a bit from the Konos units because they are taught in such a different manner from the traditional read-the-chapter-and-take-the-test-and-forget-what-you-just-learned manner. You will study everything in such depth that your children will remember what they learned, and they will create such fun memories together as you all learn together.

Let’s consider Native Americans. Your oldest child may have already studied Native Americans by reading a chapter on Native Americans in a textbook. When she learns about Native Americans using Konos, she will spend a month reading biographies on famous Native American leaders, cooking their foods, building models of their dwellings, creating their typical clothing and hair styles, writing papers that compare their main resources and how that influenced their ways of life, playing the games they would play, and so much more.

My oldest child sometimes plans and sets up the projects and activities for his younger siblings, so maybe he’ll cut down a small tree and let his siblings strip the branches. Together they will tie the ends together and set up a tepee in your back yard. He has collected material to set up a crawl-through ear for his siblings, pieced together items from our kitchen to create a walk-through tabernacle, and more.

We have been using Konos Curriculum for over 8 years. We have learned so together over the years, and have created such wonderful memories together along the way!

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      iijuan12 2 months ago from Florida

      I'm so happy you found that post to be helpful! Thank you for letting me know!

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      LB 2 months ago

      Just used your post on oceanography as an inspiration for my planning. It was so fun! Thank you for sharing!

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      iijuan12 16 months ago from Florida

      Thank you so much!

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      Madi 16 months ago

      Lots and lots of great info and resources. Thank you for sharing!! :)

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      iijuan12 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for visiting! We're bookworms as well, but we love tossing in "messy" activities too. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i agree that kids should have try their hands on arts and crafts instead of just academic studying. Too bad Malaysia kids are bookworms

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @jean-longabaughcunha: Great! Thank you!

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      Loved these ideas!!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love it they are so cool and interesting and full of fun and knowledge in same time i am starting with these right know

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fanstatic resources! I'm delighted to have found this, huge thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: You're welcome! Thank you for visiting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Will you be adding any more studies from American history? I am looking for Civil war to present time. I love what you have here, and hope you add some more studies!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love these ideas!! They make homeschooling so much easier!! Thank you for posting, I know it takes a lot of dedication to post.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @iijuan12: You can also check out Konos Volume 3 (http://www.konos.com/) for more great hands-on unit studies including the War Between the States/Civil War, Westward Expansion (which I have that unit that we did already posted above), and the Industrial Revolution.

      I also find the free lessons posted at http://www.coreknowledge.org/ to be helpful. Click on "Teachers" and then on "Resources" and then on "Lesson Plans" to find the lessons. You'll want to look at the lessons for 2nd grade and grades 5-8 to find lessons covering that time period.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @iijuan12: Here's the link for the President's Day lenses, which currently include the Presidents from George Washington through Grover Cleveland: https://hubpages.com/education/presidents-day-unit .

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Yes, I will eventually add more American History, but we probably won't cover the War Between the States/Civil War through the present time for at least a year. It's a slightly different format, but you could also check out the President's Day Lenses which include American history using the theme of the Presidents. My lenses include books, recipes, YouTube video clips, time lines, and more. This summer I'm considering studies on Chemistry, Architecture, Oceanography, Botany, & Insects, so if we actually carry through with my plans, those will probably be the next units added.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @donnetted: Thank you so much!!!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you! I still have at least 50 more lessons to add.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      WOW! You've added so many cool lessons since the last time I was here! Thanks for your excellent resources! =D

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      @mdfroze: Thank you!

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      This is really excellent. I wish I had this type of resource before. Appreciate your work and labor of love.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      You homeschool all 5 of your kids? Whoa! Your lenses are great since mine just made one. There's so many things to teach him. This is so helpful and laid out well.

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      I love to do unit studies with my kids...you have an awesome list here! :)

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      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      What a great compilation of lessons! Blessed!

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      Lucky kids, who have a teacher like you... :)

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      I always enjoy reading "lesson" lenses. It's been so long since I was in school, these types of lenses are a wonderful refresher of knowledge long forgotten. Or new learning altogether. Thanks!

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      Great compilation here. Awesome resource for students.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am amazed that I found such a wonderful resource! I can't thank you enough for your hard work and generosity. May God bless you for the love you share to others.

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      HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting 5 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to share these unit studies. Nice work.

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      demiki 5 years ago

      Thanks for such a great resource!! So glad I found this/you :) what an incredibe amount of work you have done for all of us! Thanks Again

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      great lens

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Coming back to pin this one to my Homeschool Pinboard, thanks!

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      witheagerhands 5 years ago

      Just found you by way of Pinterest and I can't wait to dig into these units! Thank you for your time, energy and love poured into this project and or sharing with us!

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      Thank you so much!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you so much!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @eclecticeducati1: Thank you! Your lens are quite helpful and I appreciate all the time you put into posting them.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you've found these lessons helpful! I do not have plans of removing these lessons. In fact, I'm continuing to add to them each week or so.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to use this over the next three years with my homeschooling children. Will this stay available for that long or is there a way to save this or download it to my computer?

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      eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

      Great resource for homeschoolers! Thank you for including me in your list and your kind words. I really appreciate it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW I am a homeschooling mom that lives overseas. I miss all the great opportunities to draw from in a homeschooling group. THIS is GREAT!!!!!! AND FREE!!! WOW!!!! THANKS and God BLESS YOU!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for letting HSFOTD share your site with us. I've got your page bookmarked to come back to.

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      Love the astronomy and weather.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      What a fantastic resource and congratulations on being featured on Homeschool Freebie of the Day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These look fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! I just found you through Homeschool Freebie of the Day and all I can say is Wow! I can't thank you enough for allowing me to use your lessons, they look wonderful! I can't wait to dig in :) Thanks again!

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hello :) Just popping in to say that I have included this lens on my new lens http://www.squidoo.com/all-about-bugs all-about-bugs

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Very informative and great looking lens. Awesome job!

      Take a peek at my lens, Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you so much for adding a section of my unit studies! You have some wonderful looking units. We will certainly be using some of them in our studies in the future. I will be adding them to my related lenses as I have time. (I haven't been on Squidoo as much as normal lately due to the end of the school year crunch!)

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      I guess this is some type of "lensography" but there's really very useful information in it- besides it also features other lensmasters which is very kind, so ...here's a blessing for it !