Creation Illustrated sent us two of their unit studies as well as gave us access to those magazines that go with those studies for us to review. We received the Fall ’17 Digital Edition with the corresponding Pine Trees study
and the Winter ’18 Digital Edition with a Snow Unit Study.
If you are new to my blog, let me begin by telling you how much I love unit studies! I love to totally immerse ourselves in what we are learning. In doing so I incorperate ALL subjects in this topic. The perfectly executed unit study will cover language arts with reading, writing and handwriting, Bible study, history, science, social studies, even math. I have found that I need to do a lot of work pulling the perfect study together because none of them really cover all I’m looking for. I have to say that I was very impressed with the two unit studies that I received from Creation Illustrated. I had never seen anything from this company before and I’m so glad that I’ve found them.
David, my 6th grade son, and I decided to focus on the Pine Tree study. We chose this one for a few reasons. First, our other option was snow. Although it’s beautiful and I’m sure we would learn a lot about it, we are really over the snow this year and will pull this one back out again when we miss snow a little more. The other reason we chose pine trees is because we have so many around us. Many plots of land around us are logged for their pine and we knew we really didn’t know that much about them.
I received a 16 page PDF version of this unit study. This is geared for students in 5th to 8th grade, but could be used with older and younger students. I printed the whole study out and asked David where he would like to start. As I read him some facts about pine trees he worked on the word search.
I really enjoyed how this entire study was centered on God, His Creation and the Bible. In my opinion, this was the perfect unit study, down to the math lesson! We were able to learn about pine trees, but in the process learn about God’s marvelous and perfect creation!!!
Here is the Table of Contents:
- Reading Resources – 31
- Educational Videos – 3
- Vocabulary & Spelling – 4, 5
- Bible Study – 6
- Geography – 7
- Science – 8, 9
- Math – 10
- Writing & Penmanship – 11
- Art – 12
- Puzzle – 13
- Teacher’s Answer Keys – 14, 15
The magazine is absolutely beautiful! The pictures are gorgeous and the articles are interesting for the whole family. What a perfect combination for us: Bible and science!
Here are a few interesting facts we learned in this study:
- trees are mentioned over 200 times in the Bible
- two species of pine keep their seeds in tightly closed cones that only open during intense heat (like a forest fire). Then the seeds are released and begin to replenish the forest.
- the average lifespan of a pine tree is 100-200 years, but there are a few types that have lived 5000 years!!!
- there are 126 identified species of pine trees
The Snow Unit Study is set up the same way. It’s Table of Contents looks very similar. There are 17 pages total in that one. In this study you will learn about crystals, the water cycle and that cold snow can actually be an insulator. The Bible mentions snow 24 times. The winter magazine has amazing Biblical correlations to go along with this snow unit. I’m looking forward to learning more about snow and other units soon!
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