We love unit studies in our homeschool! Whether it’s studying about our state, learning about the weather, or growing our knowledge of ancient Greece, our favorite homeschool moments have been through the unit study activities that make our days fun!
We have done everything from a Greek lunch to visiting Mt. Vernon after a study of George Washington, and the memories we’ve made have helped the ideas and concepts we are learning about stick for a lifetime. When it comes to planning a unit study, use our list of activity ideas to make planning simple. Your homeschool days will be much more interesting for everyone!
Unit Study Activities for Notebooking:
1. Create a timeline of events.
2. Write a description of a moment in time in your study, then draw that moment.
3. Write about what it would be like to live in the moment in time you’re studying.
4. Write about what life would be like if you were the animal, machine, or element you’re studying.
5. Create a newspaper front page all about your subject.
Unit Study Activities Involving Food:
1. Cook a dinner typical to the point in time you’re studying.
2. Visit a restaurant and eat a meal common to the country you’re studying.
3. Create a model of your animal or concept out of Jell-o and other foods.
4. Find a historic recipe and work as a family to re-create it.
5. Studying the Old West or a time of war? Cook an outdoor meal people of your target time would eat.
Unit Study Activities to Build:
1. Build a LEGO Creation related to your studies.
2. Use marshmallows and toothpicks to build a model of a place you’re studying.
3. Create buildings, animals, or any other related objects out of play dough.
4. Build a tent or fort in the living room to act out parts of the history you’re learning about.
5. Build replicas of historic or scientific items out of recyclable materials.
Unit Study Activities to do Outside:
1. Create a science experiment related to a scientific concept you’re studying.
2. Stage a battle related to a war or time period your family is learning about.
3. Journal related nature concepts through observation.
4. Stage a scene from a time period and act as the people in that point of history.
5. Bring an art unit outside to paint replica paintings or draw chalk copies of the originals.
6. Draw creatures, buildings, or other related items to scale on your driveway or street for a new perspective on your studies.
Unit Study Activities Involving Projects:
1. Create a salt map of a location, country, or time period.
2. Design a tri-fold display discussing a person, place, or concept.
3. Prepare a presentation describing the concept you’re learning about. Grandparents, friends, or other family members can be your audience.
4. Create small mini-books about people or animals to build a larger book about a subject.
5. Create a magazine detailing different aspects of the subject you’re learning about. This would be a great project for a family to work through when studying a subject together.
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