For the 2016-2017 upcoming homeschool year I have decided to change things up in the Social Studies/History department for Mikky. For History/Social Studies we normally usually cover 4-5 topics through multiple unit studies. The unit studies consist of information obtained using many different forms of media such as, fiction novels, biographies, various websites for researching study guides, Netflix and YouTube. There are also various projects assigned throughout the year to enhance her learning.
Normally every 6 weeks there is a different theme, but this year that will be changing to every 3 weeks covering a new section of the book The Century. I’m doing this for two reasons. Reason number one being we have previously covered a lot of the information covered in this book via unit studies and this book/video combination gives Mikky an opportunity to see how all of these events connect (with more details due to her being older) via a chronological timeline of the 20th Century. She will also be able to take a closer look at how major historical events impacted the lives of American citizens. Reason number 2 for wanting to cover this book/video series in its entirety is because Geek Dad found this book for twenty-five cents at a local thrift store and I am super excited to incorporate it into our school studies.
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I was originally going to list links to the websites where I found study guides for the unit and a list of project ideas I have created for the series. Instead of listing it like that, I have decided to use Ted Ed. Ted Ed is an amazing lesson planning web based resource that allows you to build lesson plans for YouTube, Ted Ed Original or Ted Talks. The lesson plans consist of the video, study guide questions and discussion questions. While answering the questions the video is made available for viewing. As a teacher creating a lesson plan you can even post links to other websites for extended learning. Students need to create an account in order to answer study questions and participate in the discussion questions. Like most sites on the internet TedEd requires you to be 13 or over for account creation.
Here is the schedule Mikky will be using to finish each unit.
The Century book: read 1 chapter: 2 days
Lesson 1 of section: 1 day
Lesson 2 of section: 1 day
Lesson 3 of section: 1 day
This may change depending how she wants to complete the unit. The schedule is based on doing two days of Social Studies/History work a week for six weeks. This allows for an extra school day for catching up any work that hasn’t been completed or a discussion/project day.
As we work through the book/videos for this series I will continue updating this post with the new lesson plans.