Ideas for Community Unit Studies:
Research local history:
Find out what dinosaurs lived in your backyard.
Make a unit study of a local Native tribe.
What is the local geology?
What is your family history in the community-where did you come from? Use your personal family time-line as a starting point for what came before and after.
Kids like to be the main characters in any situation, so do a timeline with them as the main date and list things that happened before and after their birth.
Find more recent past:
You can use lots of resources:
church and census records
books on local history
explore local legends and ghost stories
Find an old phone book and look at the
businesses listed. This can lead to a great discussion about changes over
Are there any man-made (dammed) lakes in your area? These make great research projects. If not, look up information about the 'Road to Nowhere' and talk about what happened, or other similar situations where people were moved from long-held family land.
When did phone and electric services first become available in your town?
Pick a local building and research its history.
folk art festival
horse-drawn carriage/sleigh ride
local manufacturing plant
one-room school house
steam locomotive trip