Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finding Time: Free Inventions Unit

I think that I, like many homeschool moms have the best of intentions sometimes.  We plan on bringing together curriculum from multiple sources and then getting it all together.  One of the tricky parts of this method is finding the time!

A few years ago, I wrote a third grade inventions unit while I was getting my master's degree.  It has been sitting on my desk for a month... waiting for me to pull lesson plans from it for my children's invention unit.  When I pulled it out this morning and sat down with it, I realized I didn't have the time to make additional worksheets and bring it all together.  So, I started a quick search on the web and came across this first grade blog... http://firstgradewow.blogspot.com/2014/01/historical-figures-mlk-and-inventors.html

The blogger has posted a free inventors unit.  Yes, it is for first grade and yes, I will be using it with my older children.  But, honestly, the difference between first and third grade is complete sentences and spelling ;) With my fifth grade daughter, she's going to focus her energy on her invention at the end of the unit...

What I often find is that I can adapt materials up a grade (or a few grades in this case) simply by changing the expectations of my children's work and what I require of them...

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