Free Online Unit Studies

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“We Salute You, Mr. President” Unit Study

We Salute You, Mr. President is a notebooking unit that can be used to research ...

All About the President Notebooking Unit

All About Presidents is a notebooking unit that can be used to research and report ...

Elections A to Z Unit Study

Every November political candidates take to the airwaves, plan town hall meetings, and go door ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Study

The period during which civil rights were at the forefront of American news was tumultuous, ...

Pi Day Unit Study

Learn all about Pi and why it is important (and fun!).

Pirates Unit Study

Ahoy, mateys! Get to know the pirates of old in this unit for ages 8-13. ...

US Constitution Unit Study

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect ...

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(Creating a) Colony in the New Land  (Y,M,O,T)
Students are asked to ensure the success of a colony and the health and welfare of the King's subjects.

(Eating in) Japan Unit (K-1st Grade)   (Y)
Mini-unit: How My Students Learned to Eat in Japan. Learn about Japanese food, and the etiquette that comes with eating in Japan.

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Unit Study  (Y,M)
From Squidoo.com

(Mr. Donn's) Ancient Mesopotamia Unit  (Y,M,O,T)
This book has two complete units, one for Ancient Mesopotamia and one for ancient India.

4th of July Unit Study (Independence Day)  (Y)
In depth unit for younger students

Africa - Come with me to Africa  (Y)
A Grade 2-3 geography lesson plan

American Black Bear Unit Study  (Y)
Resources including a unit study and pictures of various bear species from the American Bear Association

Ancient India Unit  (Y,M)
India Past and Present - Lesson plans for teachers and students.

Ancient Rome Unit  (Y,M,T)
For Teachers - Lesson Plans and Activities. For Kids - Ancient Rome - The Kingdom, The Republic, The Empire and Daily Life in Ancient Rome. For Everyone - Presentations in PowerPoint format - Comic Clip Art for Ancient Rome!

Anne Frank  (Y,M,O,T)
Grades, 3-6, 7-12, and teachers references

Apple Unit - Johnny Appleseed  (Y)
Great activities to include in the unit.

Apples  (Y,M)
From atozteacherstuff.com

Archaeology Unit  (M)
Multiple links to Archeological information.

Arthurian Legend Project Links  (M,O)
Intended to help those with an interest or curiosity in Arthurian Legend.

Artist Quest  (Y,M,O,T)
Explore the world through the eyes and lives of artists.

Bats, Creatures of the Night  (Y)
A unit on bats is a great way to expand of the concepts of observing and classifying. Studying bats allows for students to consider the physical differences between the two main groups of bats. It also provides a means for learning to compare different animals and their features.(2nd Grade)

Birthday Unit Study  (Y,M,O,T)
Fun LearningIdeas and Products to Make Learning an Enjoyable Experience for Kids, Homeschool Students,Unschoolers, Hand's On Learners, and Teachers

Black History Month Unit Resources  (Y,M)
Civil Rights Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Folk Tales, Famous People, Kwanzaa, Games, More

Caribou Mysteries  (Y,M,O,T)
"Caribou Mysteries: Science Sleuths and Detective Math" provides Middle School science and math lessons and activities about caribou. "Caribou Mysteries" was created by teachers at Randy Smith Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska, and by biologists at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The project was funded by Toyota USA Foundation.

Celebrations Mini-Unit  (Y,M,O,T)
A nice unit study on Hanukkah for 4th & 5th grades that covers five class periods or one full day; some group activities

Chinese Folk Tales  (M)
Literature based study that looks at culture and government in China

Chinese New Year Unit  (Y)
Unit Study on Chinese New Year. Grades 2-3

Chinese New Year Unit  (Y)
Learn how to make a paper lantern and all about the Chinese New Year.

Cinco de Mayo  (Y,M)
Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, is a national holiday for Mexico, second only to September 16, Independence Day.

Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow  (M,O,T)
The Cities project is an interactive programme brought to you by the United Nations CyberSchoolBus. Its six intense units of clear writing, exciting information and great images give you the best overview of urbanization--its history, its potential, its pr

Civil War Unit - from Small Planet  (M,O)
A lesson plan for an upper elementary students on the Civil War which contains links to other Internet sites.

Colonial America, 1600-1776  (Y,M,O,T)
Uses children's literature to discuss and discover Colonial America

Costa Rica Unit  (Y)
This unit is a classroom study of Costa Rica that reflects the goals of international month. I chose Costa Rica for its unique cultural diversity and natural beauty that the country is known for. My main goal, as well as the school's, is to help students realize and appreciate the diversity that is among them in the world. Each lesson is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the country. Lessons are designed to actually place students in the culture of Costa Rica. At the conclusion of the unit, students will have experienced another culture and will have learned to appreciate the diversity in cultures among ourselves. 4th Grade

Dinosaurs  (Y)
Mini-unit on dinosaurs (grades K-1)

EasyFunSchool Weather Unit  (Y,M,O,T)
Activity, ideas, resources, and many links to weather websites

Egg Fun  (Y)
What can I learn from playing with an egg?

Emergency Preparedness (Funschooling Unit)  (Y,M,O,T)
This unit is designed for maximum flexibility. Each study and activity is listed by academic subject area. Additionally, there are unit vocabulary words, projects, resources, etc.

Endangered and Threatened Species of Alaska Curriculum  (Y,M,O,T)
The teaching packet to teach students about biodiversity and endangered wildlife.

Endangered Animals Unit  (Y)
From ABC Teach.com. The site offers coloring pages, research and report templates, word scrambles, and word searches about endangeres aniamls.

Even More Geography Units  (O)
Historical and Cultural Geography Education Lesson Plans and Research Papers Grades K-3 and 4-6

Example of a Five in a Row unit (uses The Story of Ping)  (Y)
Using The Story of Ping, Jane Lambert illustrates how to use a Five in a Row unit.

Farm Unit Study  (Y)
Classroom Resources, Fun & Games, Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans

Federal Holidays Unit  (Y)
Identify the federal holidays, learn why each holiday is celebrated, learn the history of each holiday, identify how the celebration of each holiday ties the nation together

Florida Black Bear Curriculum Guide  (Y,M)
The Curriculum Guide is a comprehensive series of lessons on the natural history and conservation needs of Florida's black bear. Designed to educate and stimulate teachers and students in grades 3-8.

Free Homeschooling Lapbooks  (Y,M,T)
More Lapbook Ideas HomeschoolHelperOnline has a large selection of ideas for creating lapbooks on dozens of topics from ballet to chemistry. The individual topics include suggested books, worksheets, vocabulary, activities, and more.

Geography Units  (O)
Historical and Cultural Geography Education Lesson Plans and Research Papers (Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)

Go to Egypt with Tapestry of Grace  (Y,M,O,T)
Learn about how Egyptians lived, worked, and played. Explore their culture, traditions, geographic context, and worldview.

Hispanic Cultures (Fifth Grade)  (M)
The unit is set up to give students a variety of ways in which to expand their knowledge of Hispanic cultures. The subjects to focus on are the Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Science.

History of the Age of Imperialism  (O)
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States pursued an aggressive policy of expansionism, extending its political and economic influence around the globe.

Holocaust and Resistance  (O)
A humanities lesson in which students learn about the Holocaust by taking the point of view of those who actively resisted Nazi persecution. Grades 9-12

Homeschool Helper Online  (Y,M)
Homeschool Helper Online has currently free units available through the site, each of which has corresponding worksheets and library lists. They also offer lapbooking and notebooking resources.

Homeschooling Styles: Unit Studies  ()
Guest article about unit studies by Valerie Bendt on Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Honey Unit Study  (Y,M)
This unit includes recommended reading as well as the history, science, and home economics of honey and bees.

Hoover Dam Learning Packet  (Y,M,O,T)
This packet has been prepared to provide background information about Hoover Dam and the surrounding area. It includes learning activities to promote understanding of Hoover Dam's impact on the environment, and its technical and historical significance for the United States. The student activities may be used either alone or in conjunction with a visit to Hoover Dam.

Human Anatomy Lessons  (Y,M,O,T)
From InnerBody.com. Each topic has animations, 100's of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links.

Industrial Revolution  (Y,M)
Industrial Revolution and Political Change

Inventors and Inventions Theme Page  (Y,M,O,T)
From the Community Learning Network, a website offering free learning resource links on inventors and inventions.

Johnny Appleseed  (Y)
Johnny Appleseed An American Legend and Patriot 1774 to 1845 Naturalist, peacemaker, missionary, friend

Johnny Tremain (Easy Fun School)  (M)
Johnny Tremain is a classic. This is also a good book to read during the days preceding Independence Day. Here you will find some activities to do before, during, and after your reading of Johnny Tremain.

Learn About Seabirds (pdf)  (M)
The "Learn About Seabirds" curricula is for grades 4-6 and is designed to teach students about Alaska's seabird populations, their worldwide significance, and the impacts seabirds are vulnerable to.

Life on the Great Plains  (O)
In this four-part lesson, students examine the concept of geographic region by exploring the history of the Great Plains.

Life Prep for Teens: The Car Purchase Project  (O)
Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a curriculum that teaches teenagers skills and values they'll need in the adult world they're about to enter. It walks them through processes like researching a place to live, figuring out health insurance and understanding budgets.

Maps and Map Analysis  (M,O)
All about maps

Mark Twain and American Humor  (O)
In this brief masterpiece, Twain combines the vibrant, loquacious storytelling tradition rooted in folk tale, fable, and gossip with the more calculated literary tradition of satire, irony, and wit. High School

Mexican Christmas (Feliz Navidad)  (Y)
Students learn about Christmas in Mexico through story, Spanish language, song, art, and dance.

Mini Unit - Pigs   (Y)
students will become familiar with basic knowledge about pigs such as the lifestyle of a pig both domestic and wild, food, habitat, appearance, habits, characteristics of different breeds of pigs, and the history of the domestication of pigs. The students will also learn and compare the use of pigs in different societies. The students will also examine the use of pigs in our society and learn about a variety of products which are made from pigs. Students will also explore pigs in a variety of genres in literature and the characteristics of famous pigs in the media. Students will also learn through an interview with a farmer more about the care and maintenance of raising pigs. Students will also compare pigs and guinea pigs and note differences and similarities between the two. 2nd Grade

Mini-Unit Topic: Native Americans  (M)
An introductory unit to Native Americans. grade 2

Mini-Unit Topic: Native Americans  (Y,M)
The children will practice pre-writing, creating a first draft, and revising by creating/writing a story of how a person got his/her name. A connection will be made between the reasons Native Americans got specific names and the reasons behind the names the children come up with.

Mini-Unit Topic: Vertebrates (Animals)   (Y,M)
This lesson is designed for fifth-graders.

Mission Geography: Continents  (Y)
National Geographic unit about continents

Money Curriculum Unit  (M,Y)
The unit includes information on the face of U.S. currency, counterfeit protection, the history of money and a teacher's guide.

Mr. Donn's Colonial Mexico  (Y,M,O,T)
The Pre-Independence Mexican Indian Uprisings: Did They Help or Hinder Mexico's Drive to Independence?

Mrs. Donn's Egyptian Pyramids, Tombs, Temples, and Structures  (Y)
Lesson Plans for Ancient Egypt Pyramids, Tombs, Temples, Structures

Old Man and the Sea Literature Unit  (O)
Quiz and writing prompts, spelling and vocabulary, Crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble and more.

Pumpkins   (Y,M)
From atozteacherstuff.com

Role of Fire in Alaska Unit Study  (Y,M,O,T)
Alaska forest and tundra fires burn thousands of acres each year, affecting Alaskans throughout the state. Whether these fires are a result of natural events, prescribed burns, or human accident, they effect Alaska's ecosystems, wildlife, and economy. This curriculum was designed to help Alaskan students learn about the role of fire in boreal forest and tundra ecosystems.

Sea Ducks of Alaska Activity Guide  (M)
A hands-on Activity Guide for grades 4-6.

Senses, The Five  (Y)
Mathematics, Science and Language objectives; Vocabulary and Concept Web Grades K, 1, 2, 3

Sharks!  (Y,M)
Learn all about sharks

Shiver Academy's Book of Virtues Unit Study   (Y,M)
Lesson Plans and Download links to A Book of Virtues.

Student Newspaper Project  (Y,M)
A program that describes the many facets of creating a newspaper.

Summer of My German Soldier (Literature Unit)  (O)
Quiz and writing prompts, spelling and vocabulary, Crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble and more.

Teacher's Guide for Imperialism Unit Study  (T)
"The Age of Imperialism" unit combines an engaging narrative with the broad resources available to students on the Internet. You can use this chapter in place of a standard textbook treatment of nineteenth-century American expansionism, or you can use it to supplement your existing Social Studies materials. The following lesson plan helps you establish and extend historical and instructional contexts and integrate the material into your United States history curriculum.

Teaching with Unit Studies  ()
From Oklahoma Homeschool, this page includes links to lots of helpful information (like multi-level teaching, timelines, and more) and several unit studies

The American Revolution  (Y,M)
A social studies lesson plan on the American Revolution for grades 4-5. From Lesson Plans Page.com

The Desert Is Theirs  (Y)
Students will use various Web sites to investigate the plants, animals and people of the Arizona desert. Grades 4-5.

The Human Heart  (M,O)
From the Franklin Institute. Learn about heart development, vessels, bloos systems, health, monitoring and the history of heart education.

The Joy and Ease of Learning Through Child-led Unit Studies  ()
"Unit studies are collections of learning activities tied to a theme. They are popular with many homeschooling families because they provide a hands-on approach to learning that incorporates subjects such as math, science, language arts, and the social sciences. The great advantages of unit studies are that they can be tied into a child's interest and that the entire family can learn about a subject together."

The Mitten  (Y)
This supplemental unit was developed as part of the Schools of California Online for Educators (SCORE) Project funded by the California Technology Assistance Program (CTAP). Using Jan Brett's The Mitten, cross age students will use the Internet to learn more about how Jan Brett created her illustrations and how she was inspired to write her own version of the original Ukrainian folk. Grades K-3

The Pilgrims  (M)
Children's Literature in the Social Studies Curriculum. Mini-Unit for the Fifth Grade Level

Whales: A Thematic Web Unit  (Y)
This site provides a thematic unit for cooperative learning across an integrated curriculum which is an interactive resource for teachers, students and parents.

Zoo Animals  (Y)
Sierra Safari Zoo worksheets, games and project to do. Updated occassionally. (Grades 1-3)

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