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How To Plan a Unit Study


Unit studies are a fun and effective way for children to explore a topic and develop a love for learning. Here's a simple method to make unit study planning easier.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 4 hours

Here's How:

  1. Choose your topic of study.
  2. Decide how in-depth you want to study the topic.
  3. Decide how much time you want to spend on the unit.
  4. Gather your on-hand resources.
  5. Check your library for additional resources and ideas.
  6. Check out local field trip possibilities.
  7. Plan hands-on activities that relate to your topic (cooking, experiments, crafts, etc.).
  8. Search the internet for online resources, games and virtual field trips.
  9. With the gathered resources in front of you, lay out a plan of what you will cover and projects you want to do.
  10. Plan a schedule, as detailed or generalized as you desire.
  11. Begin your unit study with enthusiasm.
  12. Keep a journal of your study.
  13. End your unit with something exciting (a party, a presentation, field trip).


  1. Choose a topic your children are interested in or use a chapter out of their textbook as a base.
  2. Be flexible with your schedule; if you're really into a project, don't cut it short just to keep on the schedule.
  3. For teaching different age groups, adjust the assignments and activities as appropriate.

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