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Free U.S. Constitution Lapbook & Unit Study

Constitution Day is coming September 17, 2012. In order to help you get ready I found some free resources for you.

The first resource is a U.S. Constitution Lapbook Unit from Squidoo. This page is LOADED with so many great links for activities and lapbooks you won’t know what to do. It includes patriotic music lessons, the Citizen’s Almanac, the preamble, interactive history lessons, Bill of Rights, and I even saw paper dolls listed. There is simply too much for me to list. It is definitely worth checking out.

The second resource is from Hillsdale College and is a form to request a free copy of the constitution. It takes about 2-3 weeks to arrive, so if you order now you should be ready by Constitution Day.

Sometime back I posted a link to a free rap song for the Constitution. Be sure to check that site to see if they are still offering it.

 

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Free This Week: Bugs and New Zealand

Curr Click is offering a free PDF download about New Zealand. 3 Dinosaurs is offering a 60 page bug unit for ages 2-7

Enjoy!

 

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Latest Freebie Finds

Science Unit Studies by Susan Kilbride is on sale at Amazon right now for almost 1/3 off.  It’s the most they’ve ever put it on sale, so it’s a really good deal. Sometime back I did a review of this book. It’s a great one to  have on hand.

Dog Kindergarten and Toddler Pack at royal baloo features 60 packed pages: Color-by-Addition, Mazes, skip counting, telling time, a dog poem, writing practice, puzzles and more! The Toddler pack has prewriting, cutting, coloring, shapes, and more!

 

World Explorers Unit Study is free through June 19th. Use the code moneysavingjune

Part one is a structured, knowledge-based section focused on important European explorers from the Vikings to Columbus to Hudson. Students read about each of these explorers and complete a related assignment.

Part two focuses on explorers relevant to Canada. Part three has a series of optional activities and part four has a collection of seven diagrams depicting each of the explorers.

This History lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

3 Dinosaurs is offering an Ocean Pack for ages 2-7.

Ocean Pack has over 60 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Color the Pattern, Shadow Matching, and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Fish, Counting, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle

 

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Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers

Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling Mom who happens to have a degree in biology. Early on in her own homeschooling journey, she noticed many parents were either intimated by trying to create their own science curriculum, or simply didn’t have the time. Susan began a quest to put together a resource for parents, teachers and kids that would not only be educationally sound, but fun for kids. The result was “Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers”. It is perfect for homeschooling families and classroom teachers alike.

If you are looking for quality science units, but simply don’t have the time to put a unit together, Susan’s book is perfect for you. If you want to supplement your existing science program, I definitely recommend taking a close look at the book. Those of you who might be a little scared of trying to put together your own science lessons for fear you might get something wrong, fear no more, the answer is just a click away.

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers” is geared for ages 4-13 and is broken up into two different age ranges: 4-7 and 8-13. As the parent, or classroom teacher, you know best where your child or student fits regardless of age. There are ten chapters for ages 4-7 and 10 chapters for ages 8-13. The book also includes tests, answers, and worksheets. The back cover of the book has six full color camouflage pictures as a challenge for your child. I had to look hard for a few of them!

Each chapter is broken up into digestible parts, and includes needed information about the topic as well as supplies to carry out each  experiment. The learning activities are clearly scripted for you should you need that extra help. Each lesson has pictures and worksheets to help further explain the lesson.

Examples:

The Human Body (ages 4-7)

  • Part 1: Digestive System
  • Part 2: Respiratory System
  • Part 3: Circulatory System
  • Part 4: Skeletal System
  • Part 5: Nervous System
  • Part 6: Recommended Movies

Atoms and Molecules (ages 8-13)

  • Part 1: Definition of an Atom
  • Part 2; Definition of a Molecule
  • Part 3: Crystals
  • Part 4: Characteristics of Molecules
  • Part 5: Parts of an Atom
  • Test

My daughter and I have used Susan’s book this semester. It is easy to follow because everything is laid out very well. My daughter is enjoying the experiments and learning at the same time. That is a plus for us both. Another reason I like this book is because it fits the learning style of my daughter.

The lessons build upon each other, so you might want to follow the order they are listed, however, if you have already learned about a particular topic, feel free to move forward or skim the lesson before moving on.

Most of the supplies needed for experiments are easily found around your house, the grocery store, or craft store. They are not expensive items at all. The lessons are not intended to be done independently by the child, but rather with a learning coach.

Here are links to free downloads for two different lesson samples:

Plants for ages 4-7

Check out Susan’s site for more freebies. *Note–the site doesn’t open in Google Chrome.
 Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and TeachersSee book at Amazon
 

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Christmas Creative Writing/History Unit

Ouch! We haven’t even had Halloween yet, though it is Monday, and I am actually going to post something for Christmas. I hate it when stores put out the Christmas stuff in October. I am posting this because it is only free until November 3, 2011. So grab it quickly!

Here is what the site says about this 48 page unit:

In this course, the student first learns the history of Christmas. Then as with all our History/Creative Writing elective courses, the student is led through the steps to write two original holiday short stories. The student learns about some of the most important elements of writing, including plotting, characterization, and conflict, as he develops his own short stories step by step. 18 complete lesson plans!

Also included is a recommended list of Christmas books and movies…and an original short story by the author of the course, an Emmy-award winning writer.  For students ages 8-adult.

 

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Island of the Blue Dolphins–FREE

Since Dolphin Tale is currently playing at the theatre, thought this super freebie might be fun to conquer right now.

Curr Click is offering a FREE Literature Study Project Pack for Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is geared for grades 4-8. The listed value for the item is $16.99.

Here is what the site says:

Teachers and Homeschool parents love our high-interest, hands-on curriculum including Lapbook Project Packs, Notebooking Packs and Thematic Unit Study Packs. With this unit study you will be able to teach your 4th-8th grade classroom about the story, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Make your lesson planning easy with the 93-page Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Literature Study Based on the Book by Scott O’Dell Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading and Bibliography, 28 hands-on activities PLUS 4 Fun Extension Activities, a 21-page Research Guide complete with chapter summaries, discussion questions, and brief introductions to dolphins, the Lost Woman of San Nicolas, and survival skills; and an Answer Key.

The reviews looked good, and the price is awesome! I am not sure how long this will be available for free, so grab it quickly.

You  might want to use some of the following as supplements to the Project Pack:

Explore Island of the Blue Dolphins

Glencoe Literature Library

Score 

Lifestream Center

And be sure to check out You Tube for videos.

 

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