Friday, February 11, 2011

TOS Schoolhouse Curiosity Files: MRSA

Explorations With Professor Ana Lyze—Expert in Outlandish Oddities A FUN unit study for kids ages 8–13

The TOS team has been adding to their repertoire of quality learning materials. They have developed another series of unit studies.  The series titles are: Zombie Fire Ants, Quicksand, Red Tides, Blue Diamond, Blue-Footed Booby, Cicada-Killing Wasp, Dung Beetle, MRSA and Puffer Fish. We were given the opportunity to review the MRSA file.

Our family really enjoys unit studies because we can adapt them to the needs of each student. My son, grade 5, chose to do this particular study because of his interest in medical topics. While the unit study contains arts and crafts that was not his focus. He enjoyed reading and learning about MRSA and following the links to additional information. He enjoyed particularly the word searches, hand writing copy work and spelling opportunities because that is an area that we are focusing on this year in his schoolwork.

 As a parent, I appreciate that you can incorporate grammar, writing, vocabulary, spelling, science activities and crafts into one study. These unit studies are designed to be made into a lap book or notebook activity.  My son chose the note booking option. The graphics are a mix of pictures and text. There are a total of 94 pages in this unit. The first 11 pages are an introduction and discussion of MRSA.  Then you are presented with a comprehensive glossary and a 23 question review of the material. This unit study is packed full of activities. It can be adapted from elementary to high school levels with the variety and depth of material presented. It can also be adapted to different learning styles such as auditory (there are music activities!), visual, and kinetic. My son chose to focus his attention on the section "Being A Medical Researcher". There are also probably 25 links to additional information about MRSA that he is still following up on.

Look what’s included in this unit:
Bible study, discussion ideas, and memory verses
Math, history, and geography investigations
Literature and suggested book list
Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
Beautiful copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)
Science observations, projects, and experiments
Discussion questions
Art, crafts, and drawing and coloring pages
Lapbook/notebook pages and helpful lapbooking links
Special needs, hands-on discoveries
Internet resource and video links
Complete answer key

This unit study was a definite hit in our house. Check it out for yours:
Two options: the CD is only $49; or downloadable E-Books $46. You can also download sample pages of each unit study. Each unit is individually priced at $9.95.

Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how I used the product within my family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

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