Thursday, July 26, 2012

FreeBEE Fridays - Sand Unit Study Resources

Jen, from Gricefully Homeschoolingand I team up, every Friday, to bring you a list of freebees...on both of our blogs.

PLUS...with the added bonus of this being a weekly link up...where you can showcase your freebies, things you've found online, and also, things you've received in the mail, totally FREE in the last week...or so. 


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I have been very busy this week getting our first unit study for the new homeschool year put together (we start back up August 1st). The unit studies are chosen by the kids and when I asked them what they wanted to learn about first Gwyn yelled out, "SAND". Sand really? I was very nervous that I would not be able to come up with enough stuff to cover sand for an entire month. BUT......then my wheels started turning and now I am exploding with ideas. 

And since the new homeschool year is officially starting I will be changing up my weekly FreeBEE Friday posts a little bit and sharing a lot more unit study resources (FREE of course). It is one of the many homeschooling methods we use (read my Eclectic Learning post) and the kids and I love them. 
One reason I love units studies is because you can pick one topic and then build off of it. Eventually that one topic becomes a HUGE web and you can cover just about every subject. At first when Gwyn said sand the first thing that came to mind was sand on the beach. But when I started to think outside of the box the unit study grew and now we will be covering deserts, glass, oysters/pearls, animals that live in desert and beach get the point. With one simple topic like sand we will be covering science, geography, history, art, religion, life skills, reading, writing and more. 



-World Atlas of Sand 
-Sand Explained
-Wikipedia Sand
-Magnetic Iron Sand
-Curious George Sand and Soil Lesson Plan
-Magic Sand experiment
-What is sand?
-Lots of sand lesson plans w/links
-Learn About Geology has lots of great resources for sand and other rock unit studies

-Desert Animlas lapbook from Homeschool Share
-Robert Frost poem Sand Dunes
-Desert Biomes

-Wiki How - How glass is made
-Glass games from Fireworks of Glass
-Glass blowing

-How to build a sand castle worksheet
-Beach theme ideas - printables, crafts, etc
-PBS Building Sand Castle game

-Oyster lesson plan
-How pearls are made?
-Pearls PDF guides and links - American Museum of Natural History

-Sand storm lesson plan
-Quicksand Goo experiment
-Make quick sand
-Wiki How - How to survive a sand storm

-Foot Prints In The Sand - devotional
-Wise Man, Foolish Man Matthew 7:24-29 - Wise Man, Foolish Man story/song slide, activity to show how sand crumbles and rocks stay firm, lesson plan and activity for Wise Man, Foolish Man

My kids love watching videos that go along with our unit studies. Here are a few we will be using. If you want to see more you can check out our YouTube channel.

-Desert Biome
-Deserts Adjacent to the Tropics
-Footprints in the Sand
-Wise Man Foolish Man clip from Nest Learning
-How Pearls are Formed
-Waves and Beaches from the Homeschool Scientist
-Glass Blowing
-Great Sand Dunes National Park
-Sand Storm Al Asad Air Base Iraq
-Sand Sculptures
-Sand Dancer
-Sand Animation
-Hydrophobic Sand Underwater

-Moldable Sand aka Moon Dough
-Wax Paper Stained Glass Butterfly
-Stained Glass coloring page
-Sand painting
-10 awesome sand crafts
-Sand, Beach, Desert coloring pages with writing lines

-Stained glass cookies
-Sand pudding

-Glass blowing demonstration - I contacted a local glass blowing facility and asked about visiting and getting a demonstration. Guess what they offered to give us one for FREE!!!
-Glass fusing - check your local art studios to see if they also offer glass fusing. I was able to get a glass fusing class at My Clayground for FREE because I offered to write a review post about their facility.

The links above as well as others are pinned to my Sand Unit Study Pinterest Board. If you're interested doing a Sand Unit Study you may want to follow the board because I will be adding more FREE resources as I find them throughout August.

**So do you think I missed covering anything for the Sand Unit Study? Be sure to check back this weekend I will be sharing a very cool project I have been working on. I call it our Explore, Dream, Discover Unit Study box.**

I hope you find these resources useful. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or email me. Also be sure to follow my FB page where I post FreeBEEs daily.

Remember when it comes to FREE resources the internet and a good search engine are your best friend.

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