Good morning! Some of you have asked for more details on planning a unit study. If you want to end your school year with a little fun study, here is how I plan a unit study:
Pick a Topic – Astronomy is a fun warm-weather topic.
Look for resources – Look for online worksheets for a notebook journal, check the library for books, look for videos on the topic, check your area for a field trip.
- Research anything pertinent to the night sky.
- Print a few pages on constellations and phases of the moon.
- Check the library for books on astronomy and NASA and the astronauts.
- Pull up a few videos on solar eclipses and lunar eclipses.
- Check the local science center for exhibits related to astronomy or go to a planetarium.
- For a project, you kids can make a display board or put a notebook together. They can make a solar system model. They can use a shoe box and construction paper to make a representation of the night sky. They can draw the phases of the moon. They can draw and label some of the constellations.
One book I like to read to my younger students is Follow the Drinking Gourd. It talks about history and how the constellations were used in the Underground Railroad during the time of the Civil War.
This is a simple way to plan and execute a unit study. The more complicated that you make it, the less likely you are to get it done. You can incorporate independent reading and writing for older students. For my younger students, I have drawing journals. They can draw at the top of the page and write a few sentences at the bottom of the page. I try to find biographies for them to read when we have any unit study and books on the topic itself.
Today’s Zone Mission is to clear your kitchen Hot Spots.
Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.
My menu plan for Tuesday is Taco Soup and a Salad.
Have a blessed day!
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