Homeschool Earth Science Unit Study: Natural Disasters
Inside: Are you looking for a hands-on unit study for earth science? Do you have young children or a wide age range that you want to teach at the same time? Love at Home Education’s unit studies are perfect for this!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this unit study to review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review. This is just a way for you to get a look inside before you buy the product.
As M is getting more and more interested in school, I am always on the lookout for unit studies and ideas that she and O can do together. Luckily, they are just two years apart, so it makes this task a little easier! It is so much easier when you can teach the same material to more than one child. Such a time saver!
When we were given the opportunity to use Love at Home Education’s Natural Disasters unit study, I jumped at the chance!
Love at Home Education is a dinner-table friendly, all-inclusive family curriculum. You can have your high-schooler (or older child) and your kindergartner (or younger child) learning together at their own levels. This not only saves you time, but also provides an opportunity for quality sibling time.
What earth science topics are covered?
There are a lot of topics covered in this earth science homeschool unit study! The unit starts off with an overview of the Earth and its layers. You spend a week discussing the crust, mantle, and core. There is information on each layer and the different types of rocks that make up the crust, as well as tectonic plates.
The rest of the sections covers earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms. Thunderstorms, hail, and blizzards are all covered in the storm section.
There is also a section at the end called “mini-units” and it covers the water cycle, drought, avalanches, and landslides.
Each section starts with questions that will be covered about that particular natural disaster. I love this because it got my kids thinking about the topic in new and different ways.
There are vocabulary cards for each section, too. You can either cut them and out create a growing vocabulary card stack or leave them together and put them on your science wall.
Each natural disaster section has a write-up about that particular natural disaster, great images to help with explanations and visualization, and several age-appropriate activity suggestions.
This makes it easy if you are teaching all your children together. You don’t have to figure out how to adapt the activity for your younger or older kids – it’s already done for you!
There are also video suggestions for each natural disaster. Nothing is worse than getting on YouTube to try and find a good video for the topic you are covering and either 1) they are all junk or 2) there is inappropriate background music or language. Thankfully, Sara gives you some videos to look for, so it saves you time and frustration.
Our First Impressions
We have started this unit study, but haven’t gotten all the way through before I needed to write this review. So, here’s what we think so far!
There are some really great activity suggestions for showing how different types of rocks are made. My first-grader is a rock enthusiast. She even got a rock tumbler for her birthday, so I knew she would be all excited to try a few of the suggested rock activities.
We used Kwik Stix to draw a model of Earth and it’s layers. My girls are paint and craft addicts, so they were all over this. I showed them a picture from the unit, so they could kind of copy it. This is a great way to give your younger artists a little support.
To demonstrate how sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are created, we did the “chocolate rock” activity and the “lava Rice Krispie treats”. It was super fun!
More Earth Science Resources
The units in this earth science homeschool curriculum are great. But there’s even more on Sara’s website, loveathomeeducation.com.
Under the “extra resources” tab you will find vocabulary, book lists, suggested supplies, writing resources, and curriculum guides. And there are a ton of other unit studies to check out, as well.
Earth Science Lesson Plans Made Easy
I love this unit study and so do my kids. And I love that it is just open-and-go. Sara even has it organized by day. So, just grab the day and start the learning fun.
The supplies you need are generally things you have around the house, so it’s easy to get the activities ready, too. Gathering supplies can be a big turn off to trying activities. But, with this natural disasters unit, it is quick and easy and the kids really do enjoy them.
I hope you found this review useful. Be sure to save it for later, so you can find the link when you need it!