This time of year, as we ponder all the yummy treats that will pass by our eyes, one in particular comes to mind - CHOCOLATE!
Have you ever wondered how chocolate is made? How it came to be? Who decided that the little cacao bean should become something so delectable? Did you know that chocolate was once worth more than gold or silver?
Questions! That's how we begin a unit study. A unit study is basically when you take a topic of interest, in this case chocolate, and build lesson plans and activities that incorporate math, science, literature, and history - all based on the topic.
You can read books about chocolate, write stories about chocolate, do mathematical equations about chocolate, study the history and folklore of chocolate, and even do chocolate art.
This season, why not set aside your regular curriculum (you are probably going to feel like you are pulling teeth to get the kids to do the "regular" stuff anyways) and embark on a journey about chocolate?
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At HECOA, we LOVE field trips! They are a great way to enhance your academic content and they really help kids to get hands-on experiences to extend the learner to much deeper levels. We have articles as well as recorded webinars on field trips, and we have TWO amazing field trips scheduled at the national level for 2016 - one is to Yellowstone National Park in June 2016, and the other is to Washington D.C. in September!