Name of Unit: Summer
Unit-Safari Summer Unit
Description: This unit covers the season of summer and things to do in the summer. There are teacher tools as well as student activities.
- Look up and Compare Scriptures at the sites below. In your Journal note how the different translations and versions help you to have a fuller understanding of the text.
- http://ebible.org/bible/ASV/ American Standard Version
- http://www.audiotreasure.com/webindex.htm World English Bible in Mp3
- http://www.ccel.org/wwsb/ World Wide Study Bible
- http://www.watchtower.org/bible/index.htm New World Translation
- http://www.audiotreasure.com/indexKJV.htm King James Bible In Mp3
- http://www.e-sword.net is free software that will allow you to compare MANY translations at the same time!
- The student will be able to:
- Appreciate the importance of summer in the seasonal cycle.
- Develop listening skills and demonstrate these skills.
- Become familiar with terms and procedures related to topic.
- Dramatize information learned about topic.
- Evaluate information based on prior experiences and newly-acquired knowledge.
- Research a variety of documents to obtain knowledge.
- Exercise critical thinking skills.
- Learn to gather and use research information.
- Create a notebook to demonstrate organizational skills.
- Many Parents and teachers will need to create their own goals you can compare the goals at these sites to create your own depending on how stringent your requirements need to be’ All links have several suggested activities for different ages.
- http://www.state.me.us/education/lres/lres.htm Maine as an example of state level requirements
- http://www.mcrel.org/standards%2Dbenchmarks National Level
- http://www.geocities.com/technokidz.geo/currgrid.htm Ontario Canada K-8 Expectations Templates Just check off where your child is!
- The series of books called “What your “nth” Grader needs to know” by E.D. Hirsch may also be helpful (Nth representing the grade your child is in). This series only Goes to grade 8.
- Create a timeline of your own life! Focus on activities that have taken place in the summer!
- http://wordweb.info/free downloadable software to look up words.
- http://dictionary.reference.com online Dictionary
- http://babelfish.altavista.com Look up your Vocabulary words in another language. Create a section for your three ring binder for language learning
- See worksheet section for link to wordsearch factory for this vocabulary unit.
- http://www.bjup.com/resources/products/handwriting/index.html Create Tracing worksheets for your vocabulary words http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/p/schoolfree.htm has more fonts.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer Primary text about summer! See worksheets section
- Fresh & Fun: Summer. Dozens of Instant and Irresistible Ideas and Activities from Creative Teachers across the Country. School may be out, but learning is still as fun as ever. This collection features teacher-tested activities for Bugs, Sand and Sun, Patriotism, and Friendship. Includes a read-aloud play, math storymat, mini-book, art projects, computer and literature links, and more. Grades K – 2
- http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,63-25466,00.html Summer is a good time to evaluate where younger students are in reading. Are they ready?
- Summer Reading Projects
- http://www.thecanadianteacher.com/links/E_Books/ has a few free downloadable books.
- http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/search Look up OLD books to read over the summer little kids will like to read books by Beatrix potter older ones might like Jules Verne.
- Are you planning Next years Curriculum These sites may help
- http://www.nap.edu Textbooks free online reading for Highschool and College as well as teachers.
- Do you plan on being in the car for much of the summer? These mp3 books would be great listening!
- http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/news_archive.htm Science @ NASA News Archive. Some articles will directly relate to summer.
- http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/allshows.html All the old Radio Shows!
Poetry + Music:
- http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml Songs for Car Trips
- http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/musica.htm Lyrics for Songs to sing on trips!
- http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs MP3 Singing Science Songs some are Specific to summer others are great for learning in the car.
- http://freekidsmusic.com/music-ab.html Mp3 songs about summer and for car trips
- http://www.songsforteaching.com Lyrics for all kinds of learning songs
- http://www.poetryteachers.com Poetry for teachers
- http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems6.html Songs and Poems about Summer.
Video and Software Resources:
- http://www.vpw.com this site changes regularly and you will need to be a support group leader or classroom teacher to get the videos. I got a Bicycle Safety video from them some time back called professor Helmut on helmets. If your support group doesn’t have the video already order it as the Technology coordinator for your group. If you’re not in a group, form your own! You’ll be surprised home many people there are with similar methods of homeschooling to yours! My group allows families to join that have students who are Dual enrolled having some use of the Public School system but also educated at home.
- http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm Practice the geography of the lands that have Sumer right now!
- http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/teachers.htm Astro Mania is about the universe our position in the universe that dictates our seasons.
- http://wrongway.org/cube/solve.html Try this following directions activity with your rubics cube some rainy day.
- http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/Cardboard/Matrix.html Choose games to make
- Using the instruction guide (http://eiftp.com/downloads/guides/8865_GeoSafariLearn_G.pdf ) for the Geosafari you can create a ton of cards for this unit Geosafari is GREAT for long car trips
- Try matching the Item to the season
- The vocabulary words with a picture or a definition
- Math sheets with any of the clipart for summer!
Clip Art: The variety of things done in summer leaves it difficult to see which clipart suits best this unit. Please browse around the websites listed to find what you need.
- See The Worksheet section for a free Mathematics Worksheet factory to make Basic Math Worksheets for this unit.
Worksheets, Activities, and complete units:
- http://www.startwrite.com This program makes nice reports and handwriting worksheets for the unit
- http://www.schoolhousetech.com This company gives away two free software worksheet factories one for Basic math and one for wordsearch utility that will make wonderful complements to this unit when you include the clipart listed in the clipart section.
- http://www.teachers-pet.org will turn any text into a worksheet I like to use it with the Wikipedia text or texts from project Gutenberg. Open up a Microsoft Word “New” and then open the template and add ins’ for teacher’s pet and add one paragraph at a time and click the appropriate tab for the type of question you want.
- Make a journal about your summer vacation. Include your thoughts in addition to pictures.
- Do a mini-study of bubbles. Bubbles are a great way to have fun and explore the properties of air, water, color, and light at the same time. Observe the bubbles that you make and record your findings in your journal.
- Bubble Art. Have the children put their own straw into a cup of bubble mixture and blow until bubbles are on top of the cup. Lay your paper on top of the bubbles and the design will show up on their paper. Add food coloring to the bubble mixture to make the designs more colorful.
- Bubbles. Cut a circle from poster board, then cut out the center. Squeeze glue along the edge. Put tissue paper over the circle. Allow drying. Then do the other sides with light blue tempera paint. Punch a hole at the top, thread with fishing line (clear). Hang from the ceiling. http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/science/a/bubbles.htm
- Big Bubble Book. Have each child use white finger paint to paint a big bubble. While still wet, sprinkle multi-colored glitter on the bubble. Let dry. Shake off excess glitter. Cut around the bubble, then glue to another paper. Write as they describe their bubble. Bind the pictures together to make a book. Read during group time.
- Dramatic Area Play. Make into a beach scene. Put out beach towels, sunglasses, straw hats, empty suntan bottles, boat, fishing poles, construction paper fish, picnic basket filled with play food.
- Science. Have two squares of butter and place one on each plate. Put one in a very sunny area and the other one in a shady area. Come back later and discuss with the children what has happened.
- Spirit Week. On the last week of school have a spirit week for the children. Each day have a special activity going on. Like hat day, sunglasses day, stuffed animal day, pajama day, color day, backward day, etc.
- Summer Fair. Booths around the playground like: trike wash, face painting, fish pond, baby baths, bubble blowing, ring toss, and a lemonade stand where they squeeze their own.
- Ice Cream Social. Have 4 or 5 different types of ice cream for the children to taste.
- Sponge Toss. Set out bucket of water and large sponges. Soak them in the bucket and then toss back and forth with the children.
- Sun Prints. Put three or four shapes out of construction paper on a brightly colored paper. Place the papers in a sunny window. After several days, let the children remove the shapes from their papers to reveal the non faded areas under the shapes. Let the children outline the non faded areas with glue and sprinkle on glitter.
- Water Balloons. You’ll need lots of water balloons and several old large sheets. One group gathers around the outside of a sheet, stretching it out like a net. Another group stands behind a line and tosses water balloons into the sheet. Adults turn their backs to the net throwing them over their shoulders while children toss forward. The goal is for the group who is catching to catch as many water balloons as they can.
- Fruit Kebabs. You need strawberries, orange segments, pineapple chunks, melon chunks, lettuce leaves. For each child thread one or two strawberries, orange segments, pineapple chunks, and melon chunks on a bamboo skewer. Serve in top of lettuce leaves placed on paper plates. Talk with the children about the rainbow colors of the fruits. Then have them remove the fruits from the skewer before eating them.
- http://easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/article1281.html Bird Unit
- http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/pub/virtualbird/educational.html Bird Unit
- http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/qt/jan29a.htm Ice cream and Chocolate day are celebrated in the summer!
- http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/qt/feb9a.htm History of Chocolate
- http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/summer Activities as well as arts and crafts
- http://www.edhelper.com/summer.htm Summer Theme
- http://www.kidzone.ws/math/summer Math Worksheets (Pre 1- 5)
- http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=39 Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season (grades 3-5)
- http://www.epa.gov/superfund/students/clas_act/summer/index.htm Plant Experiment, Growing Seeds and several more. (grades 2-6)
- http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/summerolympics.php Summer Olympics
- http://easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/article1100.html Summer Unit
- http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/k_2theme/summer.htm Summer Unit
- http://www.education-world.com/holidays/archives/summer.shtml Summer Activities
- http://www.stormpages.com/cozycottage/summer.html unit
- http://www.angelfire.com/ga/prespecial/page78.html under the sea summer unit
- http://www.thevirtualvine.com/watermelons.html Wild about watermelons
- http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/seasonal/solstice061899.html Build your own Stonehenge
- http://www.learningpage.com Has theme sheets for Members Membership is FREE!
- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/index.html Make a map of the areas that have winter and summer right now. In your Journal write why the seasons change.
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/828.shtml wave good by to summer
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/432.shtml summer song
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/5123.shtml Bulletin Board Idea
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/4779.shtml Summer Home Learning pkt Prek-3
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/4780.shtml Summer Home Learning pkt 4-5
- http://www.edgate.com/summergames/lesson_plans/lp/?lp=lp1 Summer Games lessons
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Printables/Story_Starters/index.shtml Story Starters.
- http://www.marcopolosearch.org/MPSearch/Search_Results.asp?orgn_id=2&log_type=1&hdnFilter=&hdnPerPage=15&txtSearchFor=summer&selUsing=all 200 Lessons on the subject of Summer all subjects and grades are represented!
- http://www.ymiteacher.com/teach.htm Check for related teachers guides here because they change weekly -/+
- http://easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/ScienceFunEdibleSprouts.html seeds and Beans
- http://www.ckcolorado.org/units/4th_grade/4_UsingMapsandGlobes.pdf using maps and Globes
- http://www.ckcolorado.org/units/2nd_grade/2_TheSeasonalCycle.pdf seasons
- http://www.ckcolorado.org/units/2nd_grade/2_FourSeasonswithCharlottesWeb.pdf Charlottes Web
- http://www.ckcolorado.org/lessons/physed.asp football
- http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/456.shtml water colors lesson
- Sand Painting
- Make Sand playdough
- Bubble Recipe
1 gallon cool water
1 cup liquid dishwashing detergent (Dawn or Joy)
2 Tbsp. liquid glycerin or white syrup
Mix the water and detergent thoroughly making as little suds as possible. Allow the mixture to sit overnight in a cool place. Add more water to this mixture on a less humid day. Glycerin is available at the pharmacy.
- http://atozteacherstuff.com/pdf.htm?endyear_recipes.pdf Play dough and more!
- http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&u1=bytype&u2=12*152&u3=**2*68&wf=9&recipe_id=74895 berry graham
- http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&u1=bytype&u2=12*152&u3=**4*68&wf=9&recipe_id=64920 polar pops
- http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&u1=bytype&u2=12*152&u3=**8*68&wf=9&recipe_id=63714 marshmallow snails
- http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&u1=bytype&u2=12*152&u3=**16*68&wf=9&recipe_id=60592 Turtle Cracker Critter
- http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&Rpage=3&u1=bytype&u2=12*152&u3=**47*68&wf=9&recipe_id=56887 Smore Turtles
- The Beach
- The Zoo
- A Farm (try to do a organic and a regular farm for comparison)
- Assemble a three ring binder please include:
- A copy of this unit
- Course Description (Highschool Students)
- Write a summary about books read for the unit
- Your Lapbook created for the unit (K-8 Students)
- Any worksheets or activity books created with Teachers Pet or the SchoolhouseTech Software
- Your journal and its contents.
- Your Log of activities from Homeschool Tracker https://www.homeschooltracker.com/ Its Free!
- Your Timeline