Category Archives: Unit Study

Relaxation VS Stress – Resource List

Understanding stress and how to relax are life lessons I want my boys to grasp.  According to Special Days in August, the 15th is “Relaxation Day” and the perfect time for us to focus on this topic.  I’ve gathered some resources for our homeschooling lessons and want to share them with you.

“Relax” Synonyms and Antonyms

Free K-12 Teacher Guides –  What stress is and how to manage it.

Best Foods for Stress Relief

Bible Verses About Stress

Top Relaxation Techniques for Children

Relaxation Music and Nature Sound Playlist 

Make a Stress Ball

Massage Tips

Articles with Audio for Students:

The Story on Stress

Five Steps for Fighting Stress

Help Yourself Destress 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21 is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse.  However, there is much to learn and observe before the event!  Below is the collection of online resources we’ll be using for eclipse lessons and to prepare for the viewing.

Everything You Need To Know About the Solar Eclipse – Explanations, Diagrams, DIY Safe Viewing Projects, and more!

Animated and Interactive Eclipse Maps  –  Find out when and where

Eclipses: Crash Course Video

Eclipse Live Stream

Eclipse History –  NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.

Ancient People and the Solar Eclipse  –  Video

Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions

Eclipse in the Bible

A Day With Two Dawns  –  Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia

Eclipse Kit   –  Resources and STEM activities from NASA

Lapbooking and Notebooking Printables

Eclipse Quotes

Eclipse Vocabulary List with Games and Puzzles 

Free Eclipse Printables and Resources

Eclipse Art Projects

Math Lesson  –  Geometry of a Solar Eclipse

Our town is one of the prime totality viewing spots. We’ve decided to avoid the crowds that are expected at the various events and have our own back yard party.

For the party!

Ideas and Planning Tips

Music Playlist

Snacks

betty jo

 

 

 

The Super Bowl

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With a husband and four boys, one would think we’d have a football fan or two around the house.  That’s not exactly the case, though. Most of the football season is ignored, however the Super Bowl does spark some interest.  And, where there is a spark of interest, there’s learning!

Here’s some resource links for Super Bowl related lessons:

Player profiles, Super Bowl history and more from the Super Bowl Website –    https://www.nfl.com/super-bowl

Biblical Truths from Football  –  http://kidsintheword.net/5-biblical-truths-you-can-teach-your-kids-from-football/

Football Music – lesson plans and songs  http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/multimedia/series/AudioStories/touchdown-songs.aspx

Football Science Video Collection –  http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/football/index.jsp

Football Rules –   http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball

Football Vocabulary Word List  –  https://myvocabulary.com/index.php?dir=theme&file=theme_list&theme_id=51

Football Themed Writing Paper –   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Football-Writing-Paper-370666

Superbowl Related Math Activities for older students or for family math  http://www.yummymath.com/?s=super+bowl

And More Football Math –  http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=872

Super Bowl Printables, Crafts, and Activities – http://www.dltk-kids.com/searchresults.html?q=superbowl

Super Bowl Party Games – http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/super-bowl-sunday/

Kid Friendly Super Bowl Recipies – http://chefmom.sheknows.com/articles/822383/kid-friendly-super-bowl-foods

 

Commercials are a favorite part of the Super Bowl for many viewers.  Youtube has several collections of them.  I’m not including a direct link to any of them because some of them are not children or family friendly, even though my search term was “super bowl commercials kids and pets”.    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=super+bowl+commercials+kids+and+pets

Wishing you Super Learning!

betty jo

 

Penguins

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I was going over the Special Days in January list with my boys and J got excited when he saw that “Penguin Awareness Day” was coming up Jan. 20.  J is my kid who hardly ever gets excited about anything “school”.  I wasn’t planning for a science/research study this week, but his excitement over penguins inspired me to plan a penguin study anyway.  Below are the resources we found to incorporate the topic of penguins over several subjects and for all of our learning levels.  I apologize for the few links that didn’t highlight in blue.  I’m not sure what my technical difficulty is about, but I’m working on getting those fixed.  Until then, you will need to copy and paste those links into your browser search bar.

Penguin Vocabulary Glossary  –  http://www.penguinscience.com/education/glossary.php

Penguin Information, Facts, Conservation, Photos – http://www.penguins-world.com/

Wonderful Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode where he visits with penguins  –   http://pbskids.org/rogers/video_penguins.html

Video Footage taken from cameras strapped to the backs of Adélie penguins in waters off the coast of Antarctica –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2266392/The-astonishing-penguin-cam-video-reveals-ruthless-hunting-penguins-are.html

Kid friendly list and links to penguins featured in news articles –  http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/search.shtml?v=&s=penguins

Cute  Robotic Rovers Disguised as Penguin Chicks – article and video –  http://www.livescience.com/48613-cute-robots-spy-on-penguins.html

See What a Penguin Looks Like Inside – skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems –   http://www.pinguins.info/Engels/Anatomiemap_eng.html  (This is one of the links that didn’t highlight.  It’s a great resource and worth the time to copy and paste the link.)

 These are our library finds!
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Mr. Popper’s Penguins resources  –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/poppers_penguins.php

Penguin resources in the Polar Animal Unit Study –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/polar_animals_lapbook.php

More Penguin Resources and Videos –  http://www.franw.com/2015/01/penguin-resources.html

Complete Penguin Teacher Guide in PDF –  http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/teacher_resources/classroom_resources/teacher_guides/penguin_teacher_guide/index.php

Penguin Themed Math Lessons  –  http://www.mathwire.com/themes/themepen.html

Penguin Activities, Coloring Sheets and Word Puzzle Printables  –  http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/penguins/activities.htm

Penguin Themed Writing Paper Printables –   http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_animals.htm

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/penguins-writing-paper

Penguins – Designed by God – article –  https://answersingenesis.org/birds/penguins/

Bible wisdom demonstrated by penguins!  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“9 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.”

Doesn’t this passage make you think of Antarctica?

Psalm 147:16-17
“16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?”

Interactive Penguin Games  –  http://penguingamesonline.com/

Penguin Jokes and Riddles  –  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/penguin.shtml

Step-By-Step How to Draw a Penguin Instructions –  http://www.howtodrawanimals.net/how-to-draw-a-penguin

Egg Carton Penguin Craft  –   http://patchworkparent.blogspot.fr/2013/07/penguins-join-party_8.html

Penguin Cupcakes  –  http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2011/11/penguin-cupcakes.html

Frozen Banana Penguins  –  http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2014/06/party-food/kids-party-food-frozen-banana-penguins

Even though we are just beginning our penguin study , I can tell by the resources and our enthusiasm that it’s going to be great!

betty jo

Resources For Learning About Skyscrapers

 

skyscrapersWhen we looked over this week’s special days, the 3rd caught our attention, “Skyscraper Day”! This is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers. With all the fantastic resources I found, this study will probably hold our interest for more than just a day.  I’m thinking it’s going to be “Skyscraper Rest of the Week or Longer” for us.  Below are the links we’ll be following as we learn about skyscrapers.  This study will cover the subjects of science, math, language arts, history, geography, literature, and art.  Most of the resources will apply to all ages.

Skyscraper Day Information http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/September/skyscraperday.htm

Fun Facts About Skyscrapers http://www.factmonster.com/spot/skyscraperfacts.html  (there’s related links on the right side of the article)

How Skyscrapers Work Articles with Diagrams http://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/structural/skyscraper2.htm

Time-lapse Construction Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdpf-MQM9vY

Virtual Field Trip – 360 degree Panoramic View from the Empire State Building http://www.nylocations.com/360-panorama/empire-state-building/

Skyscraper Emergency Engineering Lab Interactives  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/skyscraper/challenge/index.html

Videos, Lesson Plans and Printable Resources, and More http://skyscraper.org/home_flash.htm

Video Algebra Lesson  http://threeacts.mrmeyer.com/dominoskyscraper/

Window Cleaning Skyscraper Math (multiplication) Interactive Game http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/math-wash

Another math lessons will be skyscraper word problems game.  I’ll make up and write some math problems on cards. The kids will be making some too.   For example, “If the elevator travels 30 seconds between each floor and does not stop until it reaches the 37th floor.  How many minutes will it take to reach the 37th floor from the ground floor?”  We’ll each be able to come up with construction time and cost problems too.  Once there’s a stack of question cards, we’ll take turns drawing and answering.  With each correct answer, the player gets a Lego block.  The player with the highest Lego Tower will be the winner.

Skyscraper Building Activity Challenge http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Skyscraper-Challenge-A-Team-Building-Activity-279407

To add a Bible study to our lessons, I entered “skyscrapers” into the search feature at Bible.org.  I was pleasantly surprised to see more than the Tower of Babel to choose from!  https://bible.org/gsearch?search=skyscrapers

The Runaway Skyscraper written by  Murray Leinster, is a  science fiction novelette , originally published in Argosy magazine (a general-interest fiction magazine) in 1919,  now it’s a free read from Project Gutenberg  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17355/17355-h/17355-h.htm

The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child is one of the short stories of the Rootabaga Stories written in 1922 by  Carl Sandburg and is a free read here  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/carl-sandburg/rootabaga-stories-the-two-skyscrapers-who-decided-to-have-a-child/2206/

Skyscrapers are tall. “Tall” isn’t a greatest choice of adjectives for describing a skyscraper.  Here’s the link to synonyms and words related to “tall” for a grammar, writing, and vocabulary lesson. http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/tall

A Word Mining Game  will be another language arts connection.  After we have as many words made as possible from the letters in “SKYSCRAPER”, we’ll categorize them into the relative parts of speech they belong to, noun, verb, adjective, etc.  Then we’ll try to put those words together for silly sentences.

How to Draw a Cityscape http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/link/4534/1/1/how-to-draw-a-city.htm

Print, Cut, and Fold Skyscraper Models –

I’ve been on my local library’s web site and reserved a few skyscraper books  to pick up this week and while we’re out, we’ll take a close look at our city’s 2 tallest buildings – 19 stories and 10 stories.

betty jo

 

 

What Do You Want To Be?

carrer-direction_3“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I suppose that all of us were asked that at one time or another.  You’ve probably asked a child that question yourself.  I’ve asked my kids and this coming up week, I’ll be asking again.  According to the Special Days in April list, https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/03/30/special-days-in-april-2016/, this coming up week is “Explore Your Career Options Week”.

Below are the online resources that we’ll be using for our homeschooling lessons as we explore  careers, the steps it takes to get them, and how much money they are worth.

Bible Verses About Choosing A Career  http://www.openbible.info/topics/choosing_a_career

“If $ were no object, what would you like to do?” Good advice on choosing a career in a short video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7rsTjQfxmA

Free Online Career Test (higher grades and adults)  http://www.yourfreecareertest.com/

Educational Materials for Careers, Guidance, and Workforce Development http://www.careerkids.com/careers/

Mission Field Careers   http://www.ehow.com/list_6793621_jobs-mission-field.html

Military Careers  http://www.careersinthemilitary.com/

Here’s a look at how various college majors fare in the job market –  http://wtop.com/news/2014/04/best-and-worst-college-majors-for-job-demand-pay/

How To Build a Student Resume  http://homeschooltipsandresources.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-student-resume-part-2.html

Job Interview Tips  http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/10-job-interview-tips.htm#page=0

10 Dirty Jobs That Pay Well   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3A4L2EKEE

As homeschooling parents, we have an unique opportunity to encourage our children about their interests, and developing talents.   And, as the kids grow and mature, we can provide learning opportunities that are tailored to helping them prepare to use those interests and talents in their future, whether it be college, a vocation, military, ministry, or a just a job.   Though the question, “What do you want to be?” is what we may ask, as homeschooling parent’s we have one to ask ourselves too, “How can I help them become what they want to be?”

betty jo

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Resources for Presidents

3000348_origThe third Monday in February is set apart as President’s Day in honor of the birthdays of our two most famous presidents, Washington and Lincoln.  However, this is just one of several President’s Days in our homeschool.  As we work our way through American History this school year, we study the presidents as their birthdays show up on the special days calendar.  Below are the links we go to each time we study a president.

US President biographies, printables, word games, and more  http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Disney’s The American Presidents short videos  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm5uPqucnHk&list=PLF0C51E3AA2F7B7E9

President Quotes – http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/type/type_president.html

Online quiz for each president  http://www.quiz-tree.com/United_States_Presidents_main.html

We’ve been collecting these presidents layer books on a board.  After this school year, we’ll transfer them into a file folder for easy storage and quick reviews.

1383105_589757634439426_1467905323_n Presidents lapbook printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/presidents_lapbook.php

President Notebooking  http://notebookingfairy.com/president-notebooking-page/

And because President’s Day is a special day,  here’s extras to take advantage of.

The presidents on coins and currency  http://mistupid.com/currency/

President’s Day interactive puzzles and games  http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/pres/presday.htm

For fun Animaniacs Presidents Song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TpKVntnmX8

Free President’s Day resources and printables for all grades and most subjects http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:presidents+day+math/Price-Range/Free

Occasionally we’ll bake a cake on the president’s birthday we are studying.  Most any study is improved with cake!

betty jo