Take your child on a journey to the moon with this free homeschool theme unit all about Neil Armstrong!
Description of Learning Unit:
In this week’s unit, your child will become familiar with the first person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. You will see the video of those famous first steps and hear what was said. Throughout this unit, your child will learn about Neil Armstrong’s life, the Apollo program, and the moon. You will build a moon habitat out of paper, learn why we float in space, and find out how we get messages from the moon to Earth. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
List of Objectives:
Your child will learn about Neil Armstrong’s life and about his walk on the moon.
Your child will also learn about gravity, spacesuits, and their weight on the moon.
Your child will learn about the Apollo Space program.
Spring is almost here! Take advantage of the changing weather patterns to study cloud formations, with this week’s Featured Pathway.
Description of Learning Unit:
In this unit, your child will learn about clouds, their names and how they effect the weather. She will make a cloud in a bottle, create fog, and create condensation. Your child will also learn how precipitation from the ocean creates clouds, which in turn produce rain and falls back to earth. In addition, your child will learn how to observe the clouds and make predictions on what type of weather will be occuring in your neighborhood. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach science.
List of Objectives:
To be able to understand cloud formation and the specific names of clouds.
To understand the cycle of water, from earth to the clouds and back to earth.
To understand the concepts of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, as well as their roles in the earth’s atmosphere.
To be able to predict the weather by looking at the clouds.
Perhaps it’s the power of suggestion, but every since this post by Christy V., we’ve had spring on our minds! Thoughts of butterflies, sun and flowers left us wishing for our own secret garden in winter!
This week’s featured Pathway is a fantastic unit based on the Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Embark on a wonderful journey from India to England with a young girl named Mary Lennox. During this adventure, Mary will meet new people, learn a new way of thinking, and grow to appreciate life and those around her.
In this unit, your child will take a wonderful journey from India to England. She will follow Mary Lennox’s adventure in locating a secret garden. Hands-on activities include creating an illustrated dictionary and a bookmark. Your child will also learn a fun fact about a red breast robin and learn to itentify run-on sentences. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach language arts
Is your child struggling with multiplication facts? Are you tired of boring flashcards? Try the unique resources and hands-on activities included in today’s featured Pathway!
Learn the multiplication facts up to nine in this unit. Of course, you can practice the facts with flashcards, but you can also create an interactive multiplication table, practice with a cootie catcher, find patterns on a “hundreds” chart or play a card game. Children will also write tips and tricks for multiplication in their math journals and will put a multiplication table into the journal. Online games and worksheets are provided to reinforce the concepts. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach math.
In this pathway, your child will learn the basics of the American system of democracy as well as presidents and leaders. He or she will also learn basic information about types of leaders in other countries. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit, your child will learn about George Washington. Hands-on activities include creating a booklet of civility rules, making a toilet paper craft, designing a hat, and re-enacting a legend. A worksheet and coloring pages are provided to reinforce the concepts. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
Learn about our second President, John Adams, and his many contributions to our country. The unit has opportunities for hands-on activities, great pictures that will bring the lessons to life, and a great video. This unit is intended to last for one week, depending on how often you teach history.
Learn about our third President, Thomas Jefferson, and his many contributions to our country. The unit has opportunities for hands-on activities, great pictures that will bring the lessons to life, a great video, and recommendations for books that will even engage your younger ones (2-4 years old). In addition, your child will learn about Jefferson as a politician, inventor, and architect. This unit is intended to last for one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit you learn that James Madison was the fourth president of the United States of America and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of our nation. You will learn about many events that took place while Madison served our country. Get ready to design and create a poster highlighting Madison, write a short profile about him, create a time line and more. Videos, online games and references will help you master your understanding about James Madison. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit, you will learn about the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe. You will learn about his early life, his marriage and family life, his military life, and his presidency. These concepts will be taught using online lessons and activities, printouts, videos, and hands-on activities. You will make a timeline, a map of the Louisiana Purchase, and write a report on James Monroe. You will also get to experience foods from his era. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit, you will learn about the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. You will learn about his personal life, his life as a lawyer, and his presidency. You will use lessons, hands-on activities, printouts, and online activities to help you learn. This lesson is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. His presidency was tumultuous, spanning two terms and encompassing events such as the fracture of a major political party, challenges to Congress over presidential veto power and the country’s banking system, and the infamous Trail of Tears. In this unit, you will learn about Andrew Jackson’s early years and presidency, create your own inaugural punch as a tasty treat, make a puppet of Andrew Jackson and interview him about his life and choices. In addition, you will design a choropleth map detailing the birthplaces of the presidents, and watch a short biographical video. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
Explore the life of Abraham Lincoln in this unit. Your child will recreate Lincoln’s hat, build a log cabin, and make various Lincoln crafts. Online activties and coloring pages are included to reinforce the concepts. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit, your child will learn about Theodore Roosevelt. Activities include making a teddy bear, a finger puppet, an airplane, and creating a bird sanctuary. Online and printable learning tools include a quiz, word search, and worksheet. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
In this unit, you will set off on an adventure to learn about the life and times of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of our country. You will learn about his early life, his time as President, and his many great achievements. Get ready to write a biography about him, look at photos of him, create a poster of what made him a great leader, and pretend you are the President in several fun hands-on activities. Worksheets, quizzes, and a video–as well as several reference sources–all reinforce the objectives. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
Learn about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s personal and public life. Children will use and practice research skills as they prepare for a radio interview and deliver a speech. Children will discuss major accomplishments and challenges of this presidency. They will also enjoy a fun game the President played as a child and bake and enjoy his favorite snack, banana bread. This interactive, thought-provoking unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
We told you there was a lot!
Keeping with our theme of Presidents, we’ve got this fun teaching aide to giveaway!
“Think you know it all? Test your knowledge about U.S. Presidents with 600 question-and-answer flashcards. Basic, intermediate, and advanced cards for history buffs of all ages!”
Presidential Brainiac, by Kaplan Test Prep, contains 600 color-coded flashcards. Each card has a question relating to elections and presidents, with the answer and a fun fact on the back. List Price: $16.95
Tell us how you make learning about presidents fun! Just drop us a line in the comments section with your best idea and you’ll be entered! You’ll receive one entry for every comment.
The winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday.
In honor of Black History Month, we’re extremely proud to feature this Pathway about Harriet Tubman.
You can find out about more famous African Americans by using the search box on LessonPathways.com.
In this unit, you will learn about Harriet Tubman, one of the heroines of the Civil War Era. Through reading lessons, participating in interactive sites, and using printouts, you will learn about this remarkable woman and the Underground Railroad. You will conduct a pretend interview with Harriet Tubman, make a timeline, create a hero card, and look up vocabulary words. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach history.
This week, we’re proud to present a Pathway from one of our new Guided Journeys, Life Skills. Teach your child the importance of fire safety in the home with these fun and free resources.
This unit will cover basic fire safety rules, how to create fire escape routes, discussing emergency meeting places, and other fire safety topics. Reading materials, videos, worksheets and hands-on activities will help reinforce these concepts. This unit is designed to last three days, depending on how often you teach life skills.
This is just the beginning of the Pathways we hope to feature in the Life Skills Guided Journey. Our volunteer contributors are busy creating more for you!
Do you have a knack for putting together a theme unit? We’d love to have you as part of our volunteer team! If you’d like to get started, just drop a line to ContactUs(at)LessonPathways(dot)com!
If you’re among those of us being pummeled by snow this winter, why not take advantage of it and create a fun theme unit for your children? Start with this classic children’s book, then use the search function at LessonPathways.com to find more activities about snow and winter!
In this unit, you will listen to “The Snowy Day” with your child. Snowy day fun will include drawing a 3-D snow painting, writing a poem, playing outside, and making snowflakes. You will also talk about problems and solutions in stories, and your child will find the problems and solutions in stories about Cinderella and some sheep, plus your child will write his own story with a problem and a solution. Your child will also learn the sight words “before, best, both, and buy.” This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach language arts.
This week’s Featured Pathway is a goodie from our treasure box of Math units. Loaded with hands-on activities, this unit on Scale Drawing will help your child learn about ratio and scale.
Learn how to draw to scale in this unit. Hands-on activities include demonstrating ratio and scale and making Chocolate Crispies. Then have fun drawing a garden, an archeological dig, and a dinosaur. Online activities, worksheets, and video are included to reinforce the activities. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach math.
Thanks to everyone that entered to win The Solar System Book & Mobile Kit. We wish everyone could receive a prize. But, there’s only one book kit, so only one winner. Stay tuned for more giveaways and contests, though!
How did we choose the winner? It’s simple – all of the comments were numbered. The numbers were entered at random.org, which generated a random number for us. That number was the winning comment:
This week’s feature Pathway is all about the Planets. Read all about this fantastic unit that includes, audio, video, worksheets and hands-on projects and then find out about this week’s giveaway.
This fun unit introduces your child to the planets in our solar system. Children will be introduced to what the solar system is and the concept that the sun is a part of our solar system. Through a song and by making a model of the solar system, children will learn what planets are in the solar system and the order of the planets. They will also learn about Saturn and discover what the rings are made of. In addition, children will discover that Pluto is a dwarf planet and that there are currently eight planets in our solar aystem. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach science.
Doesn’t that sound like a great unit? It’s loaded with great resources. Everything you need to complete this unit can be found in your own home and online, but for one lucky reader, we’re going to make it even better!
We’re giveaway one copy of “The Solar System” Book & Mobile kit.
Discover the wonders of the Solar System in this out-of-this world pack, containing a 24-page book, jam-packed with information, plus your very own model of the Solar System to build!
Here’s how to enter:
Visit this week’s featured Pathway. Come back here to the blog and tell us which Stepping Stone you like the best!
Comments will be open until midnight (EST) Wednesday, January 19th.
One winner will be picked at random and announced next Friday.
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