Topaz Unit Study Schedule is available now for enrolled self-paced students and for independent use. (Exception: Geography will be released January 15, 2024) It will be the focus of our 3rd – 6th Grade Live Program in 2025-2026.
Topaz Schedule Units
These unit studies are designed for 3rd – 6th Grade students.
US History: The Founding of a Nation Unit Study (20 topics)
This exciting Unit Study opens with the Boston Tea Party and takes children along on Paul Revere’s ride. Feel the determination as the colonists declare independence and endure the siege on Boston. Understand the opposing armies and commanders, and what women did to promote independence. Learn about traitors, spies, and the brave minutemen. Read about the main battles of the American Revolution, how the French helped the Americans, the struggle at Valley Forge, and the final surrender at Yorktown. Children will get to know George Washington as the indispensable American, and gain an appreciation for the blessings of Providence, as the young nation prevails against tyranny and goes on to write and ratify the US Constitution and elect the first president.
The Middle Ages Unit Study (20 topics)
Experience the drama, the excitement and the challenges of living in the Middle Ages! Visit castles, cathedrals and monasteries, ride into battle as a knight, and join the crusades. Discover what life was like for the commoners and learn about the Black Plague. Meet Charlemagne, the Vikings, William the Conqueror, the Anglo-Saxons and Genghis Khan. Hear the incredible stories of the Norman Conquest, the Magna Carta and the War of the Roses.
Geography of the Central and South America, Oceans and Seas (10 topics)
Course Release Date: January 15, 2024
Explore geography through this exciting unit study. Students will learn to appreciate the culture and physical features of Central and South America. They will learn important geographic aspects of the oceans and interesting facts about some of the largest seas. They will also learn basic geography terms. The focus of this unit study is to inspire gratitude for our beautiful world and all of God’s children.
Science: The Animal Kingdom Unit Study (30 topics)
This exciting Unit Study introduces children to animal classification and then dives into learning about a wide variety of animals, including arthropods, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds. A thorough investigation of mammals includes big cats, ursidae (bear, panda), elephantidae, pinnipeds: (seals, sea lions and walrus) and cetacea (dolphin, whale, porpoise), primates, rhinocerotidae, equidae (horse, donkey, zebra, mule), cervidae (deer, elk, moose, reindeer), bovids (bison, buffalo, musk ox, sheep, goat, cattle), camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas), sirenia (manatees and dugong), pilosa (anteaters and sloths), cingulata (armadillo), marsupials, chiroptera (bat), Mustelidae (weasels, badgers, otters, martens, mink, wolverines) and Mephitidae: (skunks, stink badger), lagomorpha (rabbit, hare, Pika), rodentia and soricomorpha (shrew, mole, solenodon) and other even-toed ungulates (pig, piccary, hippo, giraffe). It includes an interesting treatment of other invertebrates (mollusks, worms, echinoderm, cnidarian, ctenophores, sponges, echdysozoa, spiralia) and ends with extinct animals.
American Founders Unit Study (10 topics)
Children will get to know and appreciate these founders: George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Mercy Otis Warren and Phillis Wheatley.
Art Appreciation Unit Study (10 topics)
This elegant and interesting Unit Study will introduce children to pre-historic art, classical Greece, Byzantine art, the art of the Renaissance and Romanticism, Impressionism and Symbolism, Abstraction and 20th and 21st Century art. They will learn about art studios, galleries and some of the world’s great art museums.
Common Forms of Government Unit Study (10 topics)
This unit study helps young students understand what governments are and how they work. By exploring ten common forms of government, students will learn about the sources of governmental power and the ways in which the powers of government are limited. The governmental forms described in this unit study are constitutional republic, pure democracy, monarchy, socialism, communism, oligarchy, aristocracy, military dictatorship, theocracy and totalitarianism. Precise explanations clarify these ten governmental structures and how each structure affects economic policies and reflects philosophical ideologies. Historical and/or current real-world examples are provided for each form.