You will find some information about unit
when you visit to this
When you pick a theme and incorporate
subjects within that theme, it is called a
When doing a unit study, children are not
with other subjects as most subjects are learned at the same time.
There are several good books to help you
do a unit study.
You can purchase unit studies and even find some on the
Go to this page and get more info about different
A unit can be as simple or as complicated
as you want it to be!
Sometimes, a 2-day unit can turn into a 1 month one!
easy to add on as you go! Smile!
If you are writing your own unit study,
you should read
"How To Create Your Own Unit Study" by Valerie Bendt ISBN
She explains very clearly about the ins and outs of unit studies.
Here is the unit study about Abraham
Lincoln that I put together!
I call this a History Unit.
NOTE: You do NOT need to do
These are just suggestions and you pick and chose as you please.
*You can use worksheets/workbooks
whenever you want.
*I used some resources from my personal
*"...If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln"
*As much as possible, use what you
already have on hand!
*Pick several books that could cover
One on carpentry, a cook-book, an atlas...
we read our Bible and have devotion time!
We use Miquon,
Cuisenaire Rods and Alpha & Omega.
Counting logs used to build a
house, exchange system used then, bartering...
As much as
possible we read a book on a daily basis or passage of a book.
In this case, "...If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln."
But any other book would do.
child read a portion of a text, paragraph, or chapter.
Then dictate to him/her
the sentences he/she has read.
This can be
done as a dictation or as a dictionary search.
words from the material read and let
your child find the definition in a
him/her use the word in a sentence.
Find a poem
written during that era.
child copy sentences from the material read.
Using a text
from the material read, you could have
your child write the sentences and then
write a list of all the verbs, nouns, pronouns, subjects...
You can use
puzzles/word search to enhance your study.
Puzzlemaker and create your own puzzle/wordsearch.
since this is a History Unit, you may not want
or need to do more for history!
Use resources from "English."
children do some more in-depth researches about Abraham Lincoln.
Use an atlas,
encyclopedia, or any other type of resources.
home-library is a great place to start.
Then your local library and the
Do a write up
about Abraham Lincoln. Something similar to a little biography.
how he became President.
What was his
life like? His background?
open-ended questions that will lead to discussions.
create a timeline about him.
Pick a theme
and work on it. You could talk about
wood, fire and combustion.
experiment that can be tied up with your study.
It is okay if
it has nothing to do with the theme. Just have fun!
Do you know
of some inventions from that era?
New inventors? Learn about them.
Types of food
being eaten at that time?
Find a recipe
and let the children help with the cooking.
Talk about the food pyramid.
This could lead to a food unit.
discuss this subject and talk about the new
things that people do today.
Or the things
people do now that are easier than years ago.
The oil lamp
is not used like before. Most people
keep one in case of power outage.
But do they
use it on a regular basis?
Use a map or
globe and locate areas.
bodies of water (lake, rivers...) and cities/towns.
What do you
know about it? Find the capital, state emblem,
and bird of the state...
What is grown
in Illinois? How is the product processed?
Where is it exported?
Maybe go on a
field trip to a farm.
Prepare a dish using this product!
Learn to sew
Maybe this is
the right time to create something new.
Do you know
someone who can teach carpentry?
Or any other
trade that was very valuable in
Abraham Lincoln's time?
the importance of fire safety.
people do at that time? How was it done? Who helped?
people do for fun? Compare with today's activities.
How is it
now? How was it then? Parties?
much as possible. Inside or outside.
Fresh air is
good for the lungs. Smile.
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