Unit Study

William and Mary Language Arts

These curriculum materials, from the Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary college, focus on developing various communication skills through literary analysis. There are literature units exploring multiple works around a theme, as well as individual novel studies. The materials are a bit pricey, but very thorough and of good quality.

Suburban Science

This is a small mom-owned company that provides science resources. The shop on Teachers Pay Teachers offers lesson and unit plans, activities, games, and lots of printables. There are also a few online classes for high school level students. These appear to be religiously neutral materials, but don't cover evolution in a comprehensive way.

Library of Congress

The teacher pages at the Library of Congress website have many useful resources. There are ideas and tools for using primary sources in learning. There are also lesson plans, presentations, activities, and theme based collections. A wonderful site for American history study!

Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses

This oddly named resource comes from the Purdue Univ. College of Veterinary Science. It's a unit study curriculum exploring animal and human health topics. The lesson plans are written for 3rd and 9th grade classrooms, but can be adapted for home use and different level learners. Some lessons require some equipment that may be tough to find, but there are activity books, internet links, and lots of great hands-on ideas. 

Silverdale Press

This company publishes a few unit studies on topics related to American government and writing, designed for use by jr. high and high school level students. They have a Charlotte Mason/Classical feel to them and appear to be well written and thorough. There is also a blog with other ideas for lessons and activities. 

Prufrock Press

This company specializes in materials for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. There are curriculum materials for all major subjects, plus some great books on logic, social skills and growth mindset. The prices are a bit high, but it looks like quality material.

LitWits

This company (run by two sisters, one a homeschooler, the other a teacher) provides virtual "kits" for experiencing great books. Each kit contains suggestions for props and hands-on activities for the book, as well as some printable resources for teaching traditional literature concepts and writing tasks. There are many useful links and ideas in each kit. 

TeachRock

This is a great collection of lessons on the history of Rock and Roll. Lessons include lots of media content, printable activities, discussion questions, and more. There are lesson tracks organized chronologically or around various themes or grade levels. Lots of interesting and useful content...all for free!

The Oregon Trail

I nice little information site with an online mini-textbook, maps and information about sites along the trail, and links to several inexpensive kindle editions of first-hand accounts. There is also a teacher's guide that would be a great starting point for a unit study.

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