Intellego Unit Study CD-ROMs
Never fear unit studies again! Intellego offers unit studies that don't require specific books or a lot of special resources; instead they include all of the links needed for internet research and activities in full color PDF files. Simply gather the materials needed for the hands-on activities - all of the readings, videos, websites, and activities are within a PDF. Although additional books aren't required, you may want some additional resources to delve deeper into topics of interest.
Each disc includes a Table of Contents, a section on how to use a unit study, note to parents, troubleshooting guide, objectives, materials needed for each chapter, and an appendix with answer key. Each chapter in the study begins with a materials list, vocabulary introduction, and an activities list. Activities are multi-sensory and contain an introduction followed by a web link. Optional extension activities are included and may offer an art project or science experiment that relates to the theme. An exploration activity concludes each chapter and offers students the opportunity to evaluate the information that they have just covered. Activities may include reading, discussions, writing assignments, worksheets, drawing, videos, online interactive games, hands-on projects, experiments, painting, and more. In the first chapter of the "Orchestra" study, for example, students are introduced to the orchestra and asked to keep a journal of new and unfamiliar words. Students will view a piece from Carnegie Hall, hear the Pops on PBS, learn about emotion in music, and experiment with sound.
Intellego checks the links they use in their studies and do their best to link only to websites that are child-friendly, but adult supervision is always necessary when using an internet connected curriculum. Many of the videos are found on youtube.com; again, parents will want to preview videos prior to student viewing.
Units vary in length, are intended for use with multi-grade level students, and come from a secular publisher. The unit studies we carry from this series can be completed in 1 to 3 months, and grade levels are indicated next to each unit study below. Many of these can be adapted for older or younger children. You will need to print the student activity pages; your child can then use them to create their own unit study portfolio. Explore a new topic using an Intellego Unit Study this year. ~ Donna