Konos Volume 3 and Russia: Land of Endurance Unit Studies & Lessons

My Unit Study Journey Through Konos Volume III and Russia: Land of Endurance

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Are you using Konos or curious about what the hands-on unit studies look like in real life? Here are my pictures and lessons that describe our adventures as we roll up our sleeves and haveF-U-N while learning! I have divided my Konos co-op lessons in the order presented in the Konos Volume III and Russia: land of Endurance. You can follow along even if you’re doing these lessons with only your family. If you’d like to know how you can start your own homeschool co-op, check out my lens: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op.

COOPERATION

Bees (1 week)

Dance like a bee, make edible bees using honey balls, use cheese balls and and juice boxes to dramatize pollination, create pipe cleaner bees and have them fly to the tune of Flight of the Bumblebee, and more in this fun, hands-on lesson on bees!

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Systems of the Body (7 weeks)

Create edible DNA models, made models of the insides of bones, dissect deer organs, create a working model of the respiratory system, play immune system freeze tag, and more in this 7 week unit on anatomy of the human body!

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States and Regions (9 weeks)

Cook and eat regional foods, play rodeo games, enjoy a luau, dance zydeco, celebrate a Southwest Fiesta, and more while studying the 50 States of the United States. Since there were so many great resources we found for each individual state, I’ve also created a webpage featuring our favorite books, YouTube clips, lapbook pages, & more for each state. You can find the links for each state at the link at the bottom of this section “Teaching the 50 States of America.”

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DETERMINATION

Great Feats: Bridges (2 weeks)

Build grape and toothpick truss bridges, piece together a play-doh arch bridge, act out the forces involved in bridge building and suspension bridges, paint famous bridges, hold a bridge-building contest, and more during this 2 week unit on bridges!

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Expeditions (3 weeks)

Make ocean floor pies, carry “eggs” like a penguin, sketch Mount Everest, compete in a “Base Camp” relay race, prepare and eat pemmican, and more in the exciting 3 week adventure as we explore the poles of the Earth, the heights of the mountains, and the depths of the oceans!

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Atomic Research (3 weeks)

This module features the books and YouTube video clips we found most helpful during our 3 week unit on atomic research/chemistry. Also included are some photos of our activities and experiments.

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RESOURCEFULNESS

Frontier Life (4 weeks)

Fry up Daniel Boone’s favorite fried chicken recipe and take a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. Dramatize the purchase of Louisiana from France and more as you study Lewis and Clark! Build a pioneer wagon and the transcontinental railroad. Pan for “gold” and deliver mail on the pony express (using bicycles rather than horses). Wrap up the unit on Westward Expansion and pioneers with a wagon roundup dinner and presentations on various frontiersmen and pioneers.

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Inventions, Simple Machines, & Electricity (6 weeks)

Race cars down ramps as you study inclined planes and wedges, build and test catapults as you study levers and screws, create waterwheels as you study wheels and axles, lift each other using pulleys as you study gears and pulleys, use static electricity lift hair and separate salt and pepper as you study electricity, devise Rube Goldberg machines to place toothpaste on a toothbrush without touching either one, present on famous inventors, and more during this exciting hands-on unit study on simple machines and inventions!

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RUSSIA: LAND OF ENDURANCE

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Cook borscht and blini, study and paint like the famous artists of Russia, perform a miniature “Nutcracker” ballet performance, dramatize a Communist lunch (complete with sentencing to “Siberia” for the non-compliant), and more in the fun 8 part study on Russia!
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Konos Volume 2 Unit Studies & Lessons

My Unit Study Journey Through Konos Volume II

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Are you using Konos or curious about what the hands-on unit studies look like in real life? Here are my pictures, lessons, & advice, that describe our adventures as we roll up our sleeves and have F-U-N while learning! I have divided my Konos co-op lessons in the order presented in Konos Curriculum Volume II. You can follow along whether you’re in a co-op or just doing Konos with only your family.

INQUISITIVENESS

Explorers and Navigation

Build Viking shields and swords and “sail” to Vineland with Leif Erikson, walk the route of Marco Polo (through your house) and collect the items that he saw on his journey through China, go on a compass treasure hunt, dramatize Columbus’ journey, make Da Gama Portuguese land markers, create Montezuma’s headdress, go on a conquistador hunt for gold, bake constellation bar cookies, dress up as and present on famous explorers, and more during this unit study on Explorers!

Homeschool Unit on Marco Polo and Lief Erickson

Earth Science

Make an edible model of the earth as you study the Earth’s layers, bake cookies that demonstrate how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks form, create fossil casts, build marshmallow structures that can withstand a jell-o earthquake, carve gullies and valleys in sand using wind, water, and ice, make presentations on various aspects of the Earth, and more during this hands-on unit study of Earth Science!

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Weather

Make tornadoes and clouds in a bottle, create and use rain gauges, dramatize a storm front, form a cloud mural, bake snowball cookies, and more during this exciting 4 week unit on weather and meteorology!

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Africa

Dramatize the mummification process, carve clay cartouches, eat a Tuareg-style meal, act out an Ashanti tale, dramatize the historic gold and salt trades centered in Ghana, Paint watercolor paintings of the animals of the Congo, make Nigerian-style tie-dye shirts, hunt like a Pygmy and act out the Pygmy Honey Dance, enjoy an Ethiopian-style feast, create Zulu shields, and more!

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Australia

Cook an Australian meal, create Aboriginal crafts, watch YouTube clips on Australia, and more in the one week lesson on Australia!

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Detectives

Analyze fingerprints and hair samples, take mug shots, solve a real crime, and more!

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RESPONSIBILITY

Early Settlers

Build a waddle and daub house like they did in Jamestown, create pilgrim costumes, set up a beaver trading post as you study Dutch settlers, cook a batch of William Penn’s applesauce, perform a play on the Pilgrims, eat a semi-authentic Thanksgiving feast, and more during this fun unit study on Early American Settlers.

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LOVE & GENEROSITY

Christmas

Act out a nativity play, make edible Christmas gifts, form salt dough Jess Tree ornaments, and more!

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COURAGE

American Revolution

Make tricorn hats and mob caps, “brew” root beer with Samuel Adams, hold a tea party as you study the Boston Tea Party, reenact the Battles of Lexington and Concord, make ink and quill pens in order to sign the Declaration of Independence, cook hasty pudding, drill with Baron von Steuben as you study Valley Forge, write a secret code and seal it with wax as you study Benedict Arnold, present on the people of the American War for Independence, and more during this exciting unit study!

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WISDOM

U.S. Constitution & Presidents

Dance a minuet, cook and eat Nelly’s Hoecakes, go on a “fox hunt,” create the three branches of the Constitution, and more during this lesson on President George Washington and the Constitution!

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Konos Volume 1 Unit Studies and Lessons

My Konos Unit Study Journey Through Konos Volume I …and My Favorite Konos Blogs

Are you using Konos or curious about what hands-on unit studies look like in real life? Here are my pictures & lessons that describe our adventures as we roll up our sleeves and have F-U-N while learning! I have divided my Konos co-op lessons in the order presented in Konos Volume I. You can follow along even if you’re doing these lessons with only your family. If you’d like more information on how you can start your own Konos homeschool co-op or if you’re curious how I operate my co-op, check out my lens: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op.

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ATTENTIVENESS

Fives Senses

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, play scales on water glasses as you study music and sound, dissect a cow eye ball as you study sight, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this four week hands-on study of the five senses.

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Frontiersmen & Tracking

Fry up Daniel Boone’s favorite fried chicken recipe and talk a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. Dramatize the purchase of Louisiana from France and more as you study Lewis and Clark in this two week hands-on study!

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Hunt for arrowheads, build teepees, paint totem poles, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, present on specific Native American tribes, and more during this fun four week hands on study of Native Americans.

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Create an egg model, construct edible nests, test out various types of beaks, and more as you study birds in this one week study. (This lesson is repeated under the topic of Orderliness: Animal Classification.)

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Birds Lesson

OBEDIENCE

Authority/Light

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Lighthouse Lesson

Kings & Queens

Bake medieval meals, create a medieval village, hold a jousting tournament, and more during this 4 week hands-on study of the medieval period!

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Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this 1 week lesson on military!

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Included is one lesson on horses, specifically for younger children. Also included is part 1 of a 3 part hands-on unit study on Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, Scientist, & Inventor. This lesson will cover his work as an artist. Sculpt his famous horse, use watercolors to paint a bird, practice drawing using perspective, and more!

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Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist

Crime & Punishment

Looking for a fun way to help preschoolers learn about obedience and laws? Create and eat edible 10 Commandments, play Cops and Robbers after reading about police officers, act of the fall of Adam and Eve, and more in this fun lesson on crime and punishment.

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Laws and Obedience Lesson

ORDERLINESS

House Construction

Build and paint a bird house, construct a house out of pretzels, examine tools used to build a house, and more in the fun lesson on orderliness and the construction of a house.

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Animal Classification

Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, test out various insect mouths, dissect a fish, create an egg model, perform a play about mammals, present on a specific animal phylum or genius, and more during this five week unit study on animal classification!

Taxonomy Animal Classification and Invertebrates Lesson Plan

Insects

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Birds

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Plant Classification

(These lessons are repeated and additional lessons are added under the topic of Patience: Plants.)

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Planets & Moons

Make planet pizzas as you study planets, form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies as you study the moon, study and paint Van Gogh’s “Starry Night ” as you study stars, build and blast off rockets as you study space exploration, make presentations on individual planets, and more during this hands on unit study on the solar system.

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Space Exploration Lesson Plan

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Rock Classification

Make and eat “sedimentary” Seven Layer Bars, create “metamorphic” Snickers bars, do some rock mining, and more during this one week study on rock classification.

Earth Science Unit on Rock Classification

TRUST

Deception/Illusion

Learn simple magic tricks, read Aesop’s “The Fox and the Crow” and make puppets to act it out, view optical illusions in art, and more in this one week lesson on deception and illusion.

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Sheep/Weaving

Make and eat edible sheep, card and dye wool, paint sheep paintings, and more in this fun lesson on sheep and weaving.

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Floating and Flying (Ships & Planes)

Build an aluminium foil barge that can hold the most pennies, experiment with what floats and sinks and why, create working models of various ships and a submarine, create a variety of airplane and parachute models, and more during this 5 week unit on floating and flying.

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PATIENCE

Plant Growth

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a botany scavenger hunt, and more during this fun 3 week unit on plants!

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Grain/Bread/Yeast

Bake bread loaves, compare whole wheat and white flour, inflate balloons using yeast and baking powder, and more!

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Animal Birth/Growth: Butterflies

Create butterfly crafts and snacks, play a butterfly game, watch live caterpillars transform into butterflies, and more in this one week lesson on butterflies.

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HONOR

Attributes of God

Play hide-and-seek as a reminder that God is everywhere (omnipresent). Sculpt and then destroy a figure made out of aluminum foil as a reminder that God is sovereign. Compare and egg to the trinity and then snack on the egg. Do all these and more in this lesson for young children on the attributes of God.

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Pottery

Create clay pinch and coil pots, form Rice Krispie “pottery,” and more in this fun hands-on lesson on pottery.

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Sculpting

Examine works by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and others and the recreate their works through soap carvings, pizza dough sculpting, mobile making, and more!

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Tabernacle

Make an edible model of the tabernacle, draw the articles used in the tabernacle, create a walk-through tabernacle using household articles, and more in this fun hands-on lesson on the tabernacle from a Christian perspective!

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Cathedrals

Decorate stained-glass cookies, design a dome using blocks, sketch each type of cathedral, sing about the true foundation of cathedrals, and more in this fun one week lesson on cathedrals!

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Heredity

Use M&M’s to determine genetic traits, extract DNA from a strawberry using normal household materials, create edible DNA strands using marshmallows and licorice, design dog breeds as you select alleles, and more in this fun lesson on Genetics!

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Japan

Make an origami paper crane, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, a Japanese doll, and more during this less on Japan!

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Japan

Countries/Cultures

Create and decorate an Australian didgeridoo, make maracas while studying Brazil, eat sticky rice with chopsticks while studying China, construct Denmark’s flag out of Lego’s, bake baklava while studying Egypt, build a model of the Eiffel tower when studying France, and more!

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Kindness/Service/Etiquette

Using role playing, picture books on manners, and a formal sit-down dinner, cover various aspects of manners and etiquette in this fun 1 week lesson on etiquette and kindness.

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Manners Lesson

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My Favorite Konos Blogs

Talking to Myself (March 2007 – July 2010)
Fabulous pictures and descriptions of what they do at the Konos co-op.
Talking to Myself (August 2010 – Present)
Fabulous pictures and descriptions of what they do at the Konos co-op.
Training in Wisdom Academy
Great lists of what they do every single day using Konos!
Cultivated Lives
Amazing photos and descriptions of what this family with young boys does using Konos (I think the mom was raised using Konos homeschool as well.)
Sprittibee
Links to a number of years of this family’s favorite Konos moments
We Count It All Joy
Great photos & descriptions of this family’s Konos lessons

Table of Contents of Lessons

Have you been looking for fun, free hands-on unit studies? Each of the below unit studies is filled with active projects that are both educational and fun! Included are over 30 unit studies compromised of more than 170 lessons! This is over 6 years worth of science and social studies lessons! Click on the individual lesson plans to see the dramatizations, art projects, cooking, singing, science experiments, and/or lapbook ideas! Also included are our favorite “living books”/picture books that compliment each lesson.

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The links below will take you to the first lesson in each of my units. From there you can navigate to the other lessons in that particular unit by viewing the featured lens links toward the bottom of the page. I’m uploading more lessons as time allows.

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Science:

Astronomy (4 weeks)

Earth Science (6 weeks)

Zoology (5 weeks)

Human Anatomy (7 weeks)

Simple Machines & Inventions (6 weeks)

Floating & Flying (5 weeks)

Bridges (2 weeks)

Five Senses (4 weeks)

Weather (4 weeks)

Chemistry (3 weeks)

Botany/Plants (3 weeks)

The Science of Bread (1 week)

Global Expeditions: Poles, Mountains, & Oceans (3 weeks)

Forensic Science/Detectives (1 week)

Insects (4 weeks)

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History/Social Studies:

Medieval Period (4 weeks)

Leonardo da Vinci (3 weeks)

Explorers (5 weeks)

Early American Settlers (4 weeks)

American War for Independence (6 weeks)

The Constitution and President George Washington (1 week)

Native Americans (4 weeks)

Westward Expansion and Pioneers (4 weeks)

U.S. Presidents

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Geography:

Japan (1 week)

U.S. States & Regions (9 weeks)

Best 50 States Resources

Africa (4 weeks)

Russia (8 weeks)

World Geography (26 weeks)

Global Expeditions: Poles, Mountains, & Oceans (3 weeks)

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Art:

Sculpting

Leonardo da Vinci

Medieval Art

Pottery

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Holidays:

Christmas (2 weeks)

Thanksgiving (2 weeks)

Thanksgiving: How to Make Edible Turkey Decorations

St. Patrick’s Day (1 week)

Celebrating Summer: Hosting a Homemade Ice Cream Contest

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Specific to Preschool/Kindergarten:

Horses

Home Construction

Butterflies

Ladybugs

Japan

Lighthouses

Sheep & Weaving

Military

Laws & Obedience

Deception & Illusion

Attributes of God

Gingerbread Man

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Specific to Homeschooling:

How to Start Homeschooling

How to Homeschool Your Preschooler or Kindergartner

Homeschool Kindergarten 101

How to Homeschool Multiple Ages (My Daily Homeschool Schedule)

How to Train Toddlers While Homeschooling Older Children

My Math Curriculum, Games, and Books

My Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Elementary Grades

How to Start a Homeschool Co-op

How to Plan a Unit Study

Homeschool Field Trips

How to Get Dinner on the Table While Homeschooling

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Specific to Classroom Teaching:

8th Grade American History

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Child Development/Parenting Articles:

Creative Activities to Do with Your Baby, Toddler, or Preschooler

How to Train Your Child to Sit in Church

How to Train Toddlers While Homeschooling Older Children

How to Encourage Your Child to Play the Violin

How to Memorize Scripture: Bible Verses Set to Music

How to Host a Children’s Clothing Swap