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Here are some sights that deal strictly with unit studies:
About.com's How to plan a Unit Study
Peg's Unit Study Planning Page
Chronicle Online Guide to Unit Studies
Unit Studies Message Boards & E-mail Loops
Homeschooling: Unit Study Ideas
Kaleidoscapes Unit Studies Discussion Board
Treasure Tomes - Unit Studies is a general e-mail loop for unit studies & other curriculums.
Unit-Safari is a discussion group to share anything pertaining to unit studies.
Unit Study Collaborative is for homeschoolers primarily using unit studies, no matter what your homeschooling method.
UWN Support is for families using the Weaver Curriculum.
Other Unit Study Sites
About.com Homeschooling Unit Studies formerly The Mining Company Unit Study Page, offers links to various unit studies.
About.com's State Unit Studies has lesson plans, links, etc. for doing an in depth study of your state (which is usually covered in 4th grade by the public school).
Amanda Bennett's Unit Study Website You can cruise her board for help & info on her pre-written unit studies. Also, many links to subjects she has written unit studies about!
Christian Homeschool Journal Unit Study/Monthly Theme Ideas Page will feature new unit studies & theme ideas each month.
Debbie's Unit Factory has several units for grades K - 7 including a sample from each unit online for you to use.
Eclectic Home Educators offers several downloadable forms that you can us for homeschooling, including a unit study planner, in Microsoft Word format. If you can ot read these, their are also free viewers that you can download here.
Five in a Row is a unit study aimed at 4 - 8 year olds.
Five in a Row Curriculum Users Webring is a listing of personal webpages of users of this popular curriculum.
The Happy Homeschooler formerly Funschooling Units is a site that comes out with a new, free unit study each month & also has info on the TRISM approach. There are archives of units from past months. The main page is best viewed with IE, but the archives come up fine on Netscape as well!
Heart of Wisdom offers 3 unit study curriculums:Far Above Rubies is a Christian curriculum aimed at junior/senior high school girls, Life In America which covers American history, & Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies. All of the web sites have sample unit you can try before you buy.
Homeschool in the Woods is a Chrisitan site offering some info on unit studies, along free unit studies on The Iroquois Indians (the Haudenosaunee), The Iditarod & Alaska, The Civil War, Argentina, & Deserts & Rainforests. There will be more free units in the future, so keep checking back!
The Homeschool Zone Unit Studies features a unit study of the week along with an area of past unit studies of the week & a large listing of unit studies on the web.
IBM Lesson Plan Index offers various lesson plans & links. All are offered in .pdf format. You will have to fill out a contact sheet before you get to the page where you can download lessons. For K-2, they have exploring zoo animals, cultures around the world, exploring art, exploring insects and spiders, ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, elementary math, nutrition, oceans, the rainforest, bats, and the human body. For 3rd-5th, they have Native Americans, inventors and their inventions, Olympic fever, once upon a time, take me out to the ballgame, Black History Month, immigration, rocks, managing your money, exploring Ireland, outer space, Biomes, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Holidays around the world, the Presidency, the American Revolution, exploring zoo animals, cultures around the world, ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, elementary math, nutrition, oceans, the rainforest, bats, and the human body. The 6th-8th units cover inventors and their inventions, Olympic fever, once upon a time, take me out to the ballgame, Black History Month, immigration, rocks, managing your money, exploring Ireland, Space & it's exploration, Biomes, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Holidays around the world, the Presidency, the three branches of government, the world's largest Math event, geography, the Civil War era, Geology and Earth Science, playing the market, the American Revolution, plant and animal biology, cultures around the world, ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, nutrition, oceans, the rainforest, and the human body. For the High School level they have college or bust, Greek Mythology, take this job and love it, Space & it's exploration, geography, the Civil War era, Geology and Earth Science, playing the market, the American Revolution, plant and animal biology, cultures around the world, Olympic fever, playing the market and immigration.
Junior Girl Scout Badge Helps and Worksheets for Stations are based on Gilr scout badges & can be used for unit studies.
Just For Girls is the official site for the Girl Scouts. If you click on the badges link, you will see some pretty good ideas & outlines for unit studies.
Kirsten & Keaten's Welcome Mat has lots of info & links on scouting that you can use as unit studies.
Learn & Do Unit Studies currently carries 7 unit studies: Microscopes, Botany, Goats, Sheep, Poultry, Birds, & Victorian Sewing.
Learning Adventures publishes literature-based year-long unit studies based on history for Christian homeschoolers. They *may* be adaptable for secular homeschoolers too.
Little Lambs at School Prarie Primer Page has info on this curriculum as well as some great links!
Linda's Homeschool Page has a really cool idea, with pictures, for a timeline & outlines of her American Revolution, Ants, Erosion/Weathering, & Shakespeare Units she did with her son!
MeritBadge.com offers the outlines & worksheets for completion of various scouting merit badges which, BTW, are excellent to use for unit studies.
Minnetonnka Elementary Science Center has lots of unit studies at 3 level: K-1, 2-3, & 4-5.
My Father's World offers a biblically based kindergarten and first grade curriculum in unit studies format.
Open Directory Project: Unit Studies lists 16 sites with free unit studies.
Patchwork Primers "is a series of unit study curriculums (2 so far, working on #3) for elementary students. They are a full year's curriculum and include all subjects - math, language, science, history, geography, music, art, p.e., and Bible." There are also some samples & other freebies, as well as a message board for users of Patchwork Primers & other unit study curriculums.
Pearl Moon School is a site that features units for k - 8. Currently, only a few are posted but looking at the title lists by grade level, this will be a terrific resource when it is finished!
Peg's Unit Study Planning Page answers the questions on how to set up your own unit studies & even has a checklist to help you set it up.
Perkins Family Homeschool has Christian unit studies for Little House on the Prairie, US History, bears, & the Bible.
Prarie Primer is a page dedicated to people who are using this unit study curriculum. There is a message board, an e-mail loop, & lots of other info here!
Rainbow Horizons Publishing provides unit studies in science, literature, & more for grades 3 - 8. Don't forget to check out their free unit!
Sassafras Grove Unit Study Page offers tons of links to unit studies alphabetized by topic.
Scout School explains how to use Boy and Girl Scout badges as part of your curriculum.
TRISMS stands for "Time Related Integrated Studies for Mastering Skills." They are literature based history units that are very intense. They are research based & aimed at 5th grade through high school.
Unit Studies for Kids offers links to info on unit studies, as well as 20 units studies on topics ranging from Creation to Ancient Egypt.
Unofficial Weaver Web Pages has articles, info & links for families using this unit study curriculum.
Webquest has lots of web-based units online, broken down by grade level.
YLP Project is full of mini-units. Just choose a year & look for a link to either Exemplary Lesson Plans, Exemplary Mini-Units, or Exemplary Curriculum Units. Next to each listing, I have added the grade level the lesson is aimed at. For 1994, they have Eating in Japan (K-1st), Insects (2nd-3rd), Dinosaurs (K-1st), Bears (K), 3 Native Americans units ( ?, 2nd, 1st), Chinese Folktales (3rd/4th), Hispanic Cultures (5th), Vertebrates (5th), & Ecosystems(?). For 1995/1996, they have 2 Weather Units (1st-2nd, 3rd), Quilts/Fibers (1st-2nd), Habitats: Deserts and Oceans (2nd-3rd), Rockology (1st), Deserts and The Southwest United States (3rd), Immigrant (4th), & Simple Machines (3rd). For 1996/1997, they have Alike and Different (K), Costa Rica (4th), Electricity (5th), The Holocaust (5th), Backpacking Through Europe (2nd), Bats (2nd), Fossils (K), Pigs (1st-2nd), Thanksgiving (3rd), & West Virginia Coal (5th). For 1997/1998, they have The Thirteen Colonies (5th), Bears (K), Book-Making & Story Writing (2nd), The Five Senses (1st-2nd), Africa (2nd-3rd), Dia de los muertos (?), Dinosaurs (K), & Thanksgiving (K).
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