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Unit Study Homeschool Curriculum And Free Unit Studies Homeschool Resources

Unit Study Homeschool Curriculum

By Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Whether you have just decided to add a few unit studies to your homeschool curriculum or are a veteran homeschooler of the Unit Studies method, you can always use a little help finding resources. A2ZHomeschooling has collected free and paid materials so that you can build your curriculum the way you want it. Let’s have fun exploring the possibilities!

Unit Studies Homeschool Curriculum for Purchase

Free Unit Studies Homeschool Curriculum and Resources

Additional Unit Study Resources

*This post contains affiliate links. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Although many of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.

 

Unit Studies Homeschool Curriculum for Purchase

As a busy homeschooler, you may appreciate the opportunity to purchase packaged individual unit studies or even a full unit study curriculum. Here are some choices if you want to go in that direction:

The Adventures of Simon and Barklee: For Homeschool Families $
“Simon and Barklee uses world cultures as a study platform to incorporate curriculum including reading, writing, vocabulary, basic foreign language, math, geography, history, science, music, art and more. Children develop learning and thinking skills; research, analysis, organization, reason and judgment.” Explore unit studies focusing on England, France, Germany, and Mexico.

Beautiful Feet Books $
We are born with an innate desire to learn through stories. History textbooks are devoid of the human narrative making them lifeless and forgettable. Nobody should have to learn that way. Teach history through the power of story.”

Build Your Library $
“Build Your Library unit studies consist of reading a few well-chosen books, along with several activities – anything from vocabulary, to research projects and writing projects. It’s a bit like a mini version of my curriculum. Over my homeschooling career, we have done numerous unit studies, and it’s always been one of my favorite ways to teach. Unit studies can be a fun way to break up the monotony of the school year, too.  All of these unit studies are multi-age unless otherwise specified.” Includes unit studies on the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit, Darwin and Evolution, Prehistory, World War II, and even one about sharks.

Debbie’s Unit Factory $
“Debbie’s products are fun filled adventures based on a variety of topics for teachers’, parents’ and homeschoolers’ use. Each unit is designed to appeal to children and includes many child-centered activities. Debbie’s thematic units are complete and thorough and no additional resources are needed to instruct on the various topics. […] Best of all Debbie’s Unit Factory products are created by an experienced teacher who knows the importance of good quality teaching material!” Find units on ants, the Goldrush, winter, and more.

Design-A-Study $
Design-A-Study was founded in 1988 by Kathryn Stout. After eight years of teaching in public schools, Kathryn retired in order to raise her two small children. She began homeschooling officially in 1984 at a time when few materials were available. […] She created unit studies, found interesting projects, and used approaches that motivated her children to work toward mastery. Trained to teach with specific objectives in mind, she was frequently able to target the same goals for both children in spite of their 3 ½ year age difference. Pressed by other homeschoolers who wanted to do as she did, Kathryn wrote the Design-A-Study guides to provide both a framework of objectives and detailed methods for teaching basic subjects effectively.”

Five In A Row $
“The Five in a Row Mini Unit is a digital unit study based on a children’s picture book […]. Each mini unit will include a lesson for each of the five subjects that you find in Five in a Row units: Social Studies/Geography, Language, Art, Applied Math, and Science … designed for ages 4-8-years-old and up. […] Activity pages that pair with specific lessons will be available at the end of each unit for additional learning opportunities. Color and black and white story disks are included with each Mini Unit for use with some geography lessons and placement on a world or U.S. map. The Mini Unit will also include a recipe or food suggestions to enjoy together that ties into the story!” Each Mini Unit contains suggestions, ideas, teaching tips, and go-along books for ages 2-4, 4-8, and 8-12 (including two additional lessons).

A Journey Through Learning $
“As adults, we may not remember all those worksheets we did, but we do remember the amazing hands-on activities that helped us learn and grow.” Check out these unit studies focusing on history, science, and more. Some faith-based materials are available as well.

KidsSoup $
“With your KidsSoup Resource Library Membership, you’ll get one year access to our online library containing over 70 themes filled with more than 10,000 age-appropriate easy-to-implement and teacher-tested preschool and kindergarten activities, learning games, lessons, printables, worksheets, unique crafts with pictures and step-by-step instructions and patterns, original rhymes, center ideas, songs, creative learning center ideas, and folder games.”

Learn & Live Letter $
Three levels of project-based unit study subscriptions for children aged 3 to 12 that are play-based and literature-rich. Our themes take a different approach from other unit study programs because, on top of being fun to participate in, our activities teach science, geography, history, math, music, art, and reading and writing readiness in a gentle way that works with your child’s natural learning development.”

Moving Beyond the Page $
Get these literature-based unit studies for building your own curriculum or as a supplement for another curriculum. Unit studies are arranged by age levels ranging from ages 7-9 all the way to high school.

National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA  $
“The National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) has been publishing history curricular materials for more than 20 years. Widely used in public and private schools, over 80 of these publications are reproducible teaching units which cover a wide variety of specific issues and dramatic episodes in World and U.S. History. All are organized around carefully constructed lesson plans that rely on primary documents of many kinds. Each teaching unit is the fruit of a collaboration between history professors and experienced teachers in the pre-collegiate schools. They provide learning objectives, historical background essays, and suggested active-learning classroom activities through which students can practice the historian’s craft, discover for themselves how to analyze evidence, establish a valid interpretation, and construct a coherent narrative in which all the relevant factors play a part.”

Tina’s Learning Adventures $
I am just getting started creating self-directed eCourses designed for homeschooled parents to learn more about homeschooling, and homeschooled kids (elementary-middle school) to learn a wide variety of topics! Each course provides a wide array of both on and offline activities, to ignite interest with engaging activities! Safe, monitored, private online communities to discuss content within the course also provided with every eCourse!”

TRISMS $
“TRISMS is a unique curriculum designed to bridge your student from elementary to middle and high school and from high school to college and beyond. Designed for 6th grade through high school: TRISMS is a complete curriculum that integrates all subjects around history. TRISMS is research based – rather than giving the student facts, they must research for information and then apply what they have learned to critical thinking questions. TRISMS students create their own coursebooks and learn to take responsibility for their own education.”

Unit Study.com $
Browse unit studies in the areas of history, geography, science, creative arts, holidays, learning tools, sports, and current events. Faith-based materials are also available.

 

Free Unit Studies Homeschool Curriculum and Resources

On the other hand, maybe you want to take full advantage of the flexibility and potential low cost of homeschooling by putting together your own unit studies curriculum or simply adding a few unit studies to the curriculum you are already using. Below are some free homeschool unit studies resources that you can use to do just that:

100 Free Unit Studies for All Ages | It’s a Mother Thing
“This list of free unit studies is broken down by different basic categories. While most of these are geared toward younger age groups, some may work great for high school students as well.

ABC Teach
Access theme units for free or get unlimited access with a membership. Topics range from coral reefs/oceans to the Kentucky Derby to teddy bears.

Explore Free Resources | A2ZHomeschooling
This is your place for free unit study resources. Find topics ranging from language arts, math, social studies, and science, to holidays, languages, health and fitness, and more.

Homeschool Helper
Explore this collection of unit studies in social studies, science, literature, preschool, and electives. These units are free!

Kitchen Unit Studies
Check out this example of how to use Toll House Cookies as the start of a unit study.

Presidents of the United States Unit Studies | Time4Learning
Time4Learning offers these free unit study supplements to guide your child through the US Presidents. Find fast facts, timelines, interesting details about their lives, hands-on activities, and more.

Teaching the Food System from Farm to Fork | Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
“In the FoodSpan curriculum, you will find three units with 17 total lessons for Grades 9-12. Each lesson features an introductory warm-up, activities that facilitate a rich exploration of the lesson topic, optional activities, and lesson extensions that can serve as homework assignments or projects.” These free standards-based units contain all the elements of lesson plans, integrate social media, and culminate with a food citizen action project.

Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
Find 26 free nature unit studies for multiple ages in addition to unit studies in science and social studies. Plus explore an art curriculum for grades 1-8 and lots of other homeschool resources and information.

Unit Study Archives | Homeschool Share
Access free literature-based unit study resources. Find unit studies related to arthropods, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Vikings, teeth, and more.

US States Unit Studies | Time4Learning
Help your child learn about the US states and territories with these free unit study supplements from Time4Learning. Discover fast facts along with their history, geography, and ideas for field trips if you can visit.

 

Additional Unit Study Resources

Looking for even more unit study resources? We’ve got you covered! Check out these materials that can benefit your unit study homeschool:

5 Essential Unit Studies $
By Homeschoolers of Maine (Author)
“This bundle was created to help meet the Maine state requirements for Maine Studies, Computer Proficiency, Health & Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Library Skills. Use these guides as a springboard for further study or to supplement your curriculum.

 

 

Brainstorming for Unit Plans | TeacherVision
This graphic organizer will help you and your colleagues to plan cross-curricular units or even just as a way for you to implement multiple subjects within a unit that you are planning. In either situation, this printable is completely customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing.

Professional Chef: Guided Learning Workbook for the Young Chef $
By Acherspyre Notebooks and Journals (Author)
“A guided unit of study for the inquisitive-minded young student to creatively investigate and record their cooking and baking investigations through recipe planning, drawing, reading, creative thinking, and analysis.”

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers $
By Susan Kilbride (Author)
If you are a homeschooler or teacher who is looking for fun ideas on how to teach science, then this book is for you! Its hands-on approach is designed to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning. The first ten chapters are for younger children ages 4-7, while the second ten chapters are for children ages 8-13. Each chapter is filled with fun science activities that teach a particular science concept. The activities are designed to use common household items, so you won’t need to buy lots of expensive scientific equipment or chemicals. This book is sure to get your kids loving science!

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