On this page, we feature many helpful resources that will be invaluable as you and your littles engage in these Unit Studies.

See below for relevant links for each study and/or activity.

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Please bear in mind that these “grade levels” are suggestions, not mandates. Every kid is different, and don’t be surprised if they’re in 3rd grade, do a 4th grade study one week, a 2nd grade study the next week, then complain that the 2nd grade one was too hard! Kids, ya know….

Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Unit Study: I, Crocodile

The only thing you really NEED to have is the book. Use your creativity for the rest! But if you want to make it completely simple, here’s what you’ll want to gather beforehand:

  • Book: I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino
  • Collages:
    • Magazines, newspapers, junk mail, coupons, brochures, menus. Anything you don’t mind getting cut up and basically destroyed!
    • Scissors (safety scissors are best! Unless you want to do all the cutting)
    • Glue sticks (or tape)
    • Poster board (or an old piece of cardboard, construction paper, etc)
  • Drawing: Paper and crayons/markers/colored pencils; optional stencils or cookie cutters to create shapes
  • Playdough
  • Or, make your own playdough:
    • 1 cup white flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • ½ cup salt
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 cup water
    • Food coloring (or Koolaid packets)
  • Research/art study: The Art of Fred Marcelinno
  • Geography:
    • A globe or physical map of the world is ideal; if not, online resources are fine! Here are some free printable world maps.
    • Pushpins, tacks, stickers, or even sticky notes to mark locations on the map
  • Cookies:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
    • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Crocodile Pie: (actually a basic and very versatile chicken pot pie which you can make with almost anything)
    • Veggies (carrots, peas, potatoes, yams, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, etc)
    • Oil or butter
    • Meat (chicken, turkey, ground beef, tofu)
    • Onions and garlic
    • Salt and pepper
    • Flour
    • 2 cups of milk
    • Pastry crust (here’s a simple recipe)
  • Costumes or dress-up clothes for fun skits
  • Balloon craft: Paper plates and string