Back to School Unit Study – Multi-Grade

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Can you and your kid hardly wait to get back to school this year?

Or maybe your feeling surprised that summer is almost over and getting ready for school has taken you somewhat by surprise.

Child carrying backpack going to school holding adult's hand

Whatever the case may be, whether you’re looking for some “back to school” fun or needing some “back to school” inspiration, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Bible:  The Character Quality of Teachability

An excellent way to start off your year would be to talk with your child about the importance of being teachable. 

Have you ever wondered what was the difference between David and Saul? 

They were both kings of Israel.  They were both chosen of God and annointed. They both committed sin. 

But Saul was rejected, the kingdom was taken from his household and God’s Spirit left him.

David however was called a man after God’s own heart.

The difference was in their teachablility and attitude of obedience to authority. Saul was corrected a few times by the prophet Samuel and each time we read how he defended himself.

A couple of examples are found in 1st Samuel 13 and 1st Samuel 15.

The first time we don’t even read that he admitted his error. The second time he only “repented” after he was told what the consequences were.

Basically, he was sorry for being caught but not for his disobedience.

On the contrary, David was quick to repent for his sin (2nd Samuel 12) and as we see in the Psalms 9:12 he even asked God to show him his hidden sins.

His heart remained teachable and open to the instruction of the Lord and the prophets.

An excellent memory verse for this unit would be:”I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I discern more than the elders, for I obey Your precepts” Psalms 119: 99-100

Penmanship/Math: What Do You Need to Start School?

A fun, practical way to practice penmanship and math this year would be to have your child make a list of what he thinks he needs for school and make sure he includes the number needed if more than one is needed (like pencils for example).

This is a great way to help kids learn to think ahead and think thoroughly.

Have them go to your favorite online store (or if they are not great at using the internet yet, you can do this together) and write down next to the items in their list how much each one costs.

Depending on their grade level, they will be adding or multiplying to figure out how much everything will cost. 

You can have them round up or down as well and approximate prices.

If back to school has truly caught you by surprise, you can order your supplies while doing school and you basically got your kids to do most of the foot work for you.

Woot! One point for mom!

Language Arts: Creative Writing

A fun language activity would be to have your child think of 4 things he  wants to learn about this year and they don’t necessarily need to be educational.

This could be a sport, a life skill, or an animal or whatever he is interested in.

Here is a worksheet that might help your child get started. They can start off by writing one simple sentence and drawing a picture.

Have them expand each sentence by asking and answering 3 more „WH“ questions about each of the things he wants to learn: Where, Why and How.

Where would you learn about it?

Why do you want to learn that?

How would you learn it?


This is a list of interesting books to read for various age groups.  

Grades K-2nd

This School Year Will Be the Best

This book is also read aloud on YouTube which is great for kids with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and MERLD

Grades 3rd-5th

3rd Grade Detectives

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Sumerian Slave

Grades 6-8th

Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion


The Clockwork Universe

History: The History of Education

An interesting history lesson for this unit would be learning about the ancient Sumerian civilization.

Did you know that they were the first civilization to create symbols for words, thus they were also the first civilization to start a school? 

Nobility or people chosen by nobility were the only ones educated since education was so expensive. A

s a result, most Sumerians were illiterate, but their contributions to society created a lasting impact. You can find more information about that here at History On the Net.

This is another awesome resource for learning about the Sumerian civilization. 

Here is a short quiz your child can take to test how much they’ve learned, and they also  provide a listening option (a recording of  the information on the page) which is  an amazing feature for those with learning disabilities.

This is an interesting short video on the History of Sumerian writing.

Here is a fun Sumerian activity worksheet that you can purchase and download from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Geography: Ancient Mesopotamia

Learning about the ancient Sumerian civilization is the perfect time to learn a bit of Mesopotamian geography.

Here is an interesting video about the geography of Mesopotamia.

Here is a free interactive map download from TeachersPayTeachers.

Science:  Wheeled Vehicles- Physics

Did you know that the Sumerian civilization also invented the wheel?

Learning about the Sumerian civilization provides the perfect opportunity to learn a little physics.

Here is an interesting video on how wheels work:

This video explains inertia:

And this book, Physics Animated is an excellent resource for younger grades.

This is another video explaining intertia that is more geared for kids 3rd-6th grade:

Amusement Park Science Activity Book is a wonderful book suitable for grades 3-6. is a Teachers Pay Teachers lab activity download.

Junior high and highschoolers definitely need more challenging, in depth information on Physics.  Here are some videos to challenge those students

Newton’s First Law of Motion:

Newton’s Second Law of Motion:


And a lab for this age group as well:

The book Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (For Kids series) is excellent for all age groups and can be used over and over again.

Physics can be daunting for many people but is truly fascinating if taught well; and if your child can see and understand the practical side of it, he will be able to learn it well.

Art: Vision Board

Using the information from the language arts excersise, you could create a beautiful vision board with your child as an arts and crafts activity.

This would be something you could use to decorate your school/ learning area this year.

Many times it can be hard to keep your child motivated throughout the year and vision boards can be an excellent reminder as to why they are in school.

Here is a video on how to make a vision board.

Preparing to go back to school can be a delight to some and a challenge to others.

Some years are exciting and other years are… less exciting.

However it is for you this year, hopefully this unit study will challenge you to make this school year the best one yet!

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