We received the Ants Units study. Since ants are all over, and since children are interested in living things around them, I was happy to review the Ants curriculum package. My daughter is interested in insects and since ants are so easy to observe, I was happy to have the chance to teach her more about these interesting creatures!
The printed curriculum included a full-color cover, table of contents, and the actual curriculum/worksheets. There was also a materials list for each of the activities. Most of the materials were very simple and things that would you already own.
How We Used It:
I followed the detailed lesson plans, which I think would helpful to new homeschool moms, or parents who like their curriculum already prepared.
The entire unit contained four lessons which could easily be taught in one week. The unit is based on a five-day school week, with four planned activity days, and one open day for activities of your choice.
My Second Grader’s Thoughts:
She liked doing the activities that were related to the ants. One activity she enjoyed was coloring the diagram of the ant body parts. The vocabulary taught the body parts of the ants.
The curriculum was really complete and included Science, Math, Reading, and Language Arts activities. There was also a Skills List, which covered the skills that would be taught throughout the unit. There was also a Literature List of recommended books which could easily be found in the library to enhance the lessons.
Science - The science information was basic information about ants. It gave a lot of a facts, which was perfect for my second grader.
Math- The math was place value activities, and two-digit addition problems. The math included the answers as well, to easily check your child’s work. Since the math covered different skills such as place value, addition, and ordering numbers, it is up to the parent to decide what your child should work on, since some skills might be new and need to be taught.
Reading- There were multiple short passages about ants to read.
Language Arts- The language arts included fill-in-the blank sentences and there was also cursive practice included as well.
In the curriculum, there was also a hands-on activity of making an ant. This was a good way for us to review the parts of an ant.
Overall, my daughter liked completing the unit study. I wish that the worksheets were on a different page. All of the pages are combined, so although it saves paper, it is a lot to read. I felt that putting all of the information on one page was a lot for a child. I did like that it included all of the subject areas, so although the focus of the unit study was ants; there were lessons for the entire week.
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