Have you been searching for a unit study that is intriguing, fun, educational, full of activities that incorporate learning in many subject areas, and one that may just inspire your family to set out on the adventure of a lifetime? Then join us as we hit the Trail the Appalachian Trail!
With the goal of inspiring true educational experiences, i.e., those that are simultaneously enlightening, delightful, purposeful, and lead to further learning, Donna Rees offers more than 150 activities related to a study of the Appalachian Trail, for children of all ages.
Here are a few samples from each of the subject areas:
o Select a book from the book lists included in this unit study, read it as a family or independently, and write a two-page book report about it.
o Learn how to calculate distance by using map keys. Calculate total mileage to the five places in the United States you would most like to visit, from your home.
o Learn about birds that can be observed along the Trail.
o Research five basic exercises that can strengthen leg muscles and improve cardiovascular health. Establish daily exercise goals, and keep a record of each family member's participation for a month.
o Create a topographical map of the Trail using papier mache.
o Write a 500-word biography about the man who came up with the idea of creating an Appalachian Trail, Benton MacKaye.
o Learn about the different types of compasses and how to use them.
o Plan, purchase the ingredients for, and prepare three days' worth of trail meals, either for an actual hike or for eating at home.
Bonus features include an extensive list of Tips for Hikers; a suggested reading list; ideas for further study of the Appalachian Trail; Unique Names Along the Appalachian Trail (such as Anthony's Nose!); and a list of principal Indian tribes who originally lived in the territories crossed by the Trail.
Let the adventure begin!