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Subject: Unit study topics
Date Posted: 6/21/2008 8:20 PM ET
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What topics have you used/would like to use for unit studies? I am going to start a list of topics so I can start gathering books.

Subject: unit studies
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 10:17 AM ET
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What age groups are you talking?

In the younger years I have done-

oceans, dinosaurs, farm, rainforest, insects, Castles/knights, Lion Witch and the wardrobe

older- olympics, Ancient Egypt, specific sports, Farmer Boy, Robin Hood

we will probably for King Arthur soon and we are working on Starting a lemonade stand right now.  The had to do a proposal, and then work a mini business plan.

I have boys if you can't tell...

little house on the praire,

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 8:06 PM ET
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11 years old. I also have a 4 year old but not much with her yet. Both girls.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 12:40 AM ET
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Our favorite was butterflies with using the butterfly garden and all (see Insect Lore's website although I'm pretty sure you can order the supplies from most of the bigger school supply companies and maybe even amazon.com)

When my eldest was much younger 4/5ish, I did the "community" with her - we learned all about community helpers, different community buildings/businesses, local police/fire/hospitals, grocery stores, post office, etc. That one was fun. I'll probably repeat it this year since my youngest is now 4 1/2. We did a lot of "field trips" for that one, but most places (grocery store, post office) were places I was going to visit anyway or they were really close by (police, fire, hospital)

With the election this year, something on elections in general or presidents would probably be a really good one.

Bugs are also super fun to study for both girls and boys.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:05 PM ET
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We did the butterfly project this spring. She enjoyed that.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 6:30 PM ET
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We did a spring theme unit with all of the changes in nature- seeds, plants and some bugs.  Summer- we did garden theme about the different foods that are planted in a garden.  How food gets to the grocery stores.

Right at this moment it is bugs- we did honey bees and now we are doing spiders and creepy crawlers.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 11:12 PM ET
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You could switch off...a science topic, then a historical topic. Ancient Egypt was my dd's favorite.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I'm cleaning out the closet and have a bunch of videos that would be great for unit studies, I put in my unpostable freebies.   I have some DK eyewitness and magic school bus ones too, just not gotten to them yet.

I know videos are not to popular anymore.  I guess if I can't find good homes to send them to, I'll figure something out.

Oh we also have a few of the videos from the tv series Devine Entertainment did for kids about famous inventors, artists and composers.  If I remember correctly we have Handel, Goya and Marie Curie

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 12:06 AM ET
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Pioneer Heart,

Why would you give your DK videos away? They are so rewatchable. We have most of the eyewitness ones and rewatch each year.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 12:09 AM ET
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My son is sooo crazy for DK that we got them on DVD so he could watch them at the hospital.  We haven't replaced every one to DVD, they are just to expensive, just his favorites.   Dk is awesome I even enjoy watching them!

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 10:58 AM ET
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Units my girls (8 and 11) have enjoyed over the last few months are dolphins, detectives, butterflies, general sea life using Pagoo by H.C. Holling as the core, cats, spiders, etc. We are doing a unit on sculpture this summer, and then moving on to middle ages.

Homeschool Share just posted a ton of new units, some with free lapbooks. Maybe something will catch your eye. :-) The Ice Cream Unit looks like tons of fun! :-)