So, as I was making this Hawaii unit study I discovered I’m terrible at spelling Hawaiian. I can spell the base state name, but Hawaiian, I kept forgetting the third a. Oh the travails of a homeschool Mom. In other news, my kids loved this homeschool geography unit because of the recipe we tried. We’ve made it several times since the first time we made it.
Books for our Hawaii unit study
Right about the time I was looking up books for our Hawaii unit study our library was changing their online catalog, so I got to learn how to use the silly thing. I’m not entirely convinced I like the new system, but that might just be me.
Aloha Salty– Princess loved this one because it was about a dog that saved people, but it’s a great book about both the joys and dangers of sailing and surfing around Hawaii.
Attack on Pearl Harbor– Batman is nuts for military history, so I was two for two, and this had a lot of information.
Dog of the Sea Waves– A fun fictionalized account of how Hawaii was discovered years ago by the Hawaiian natives. On one possible way, either way my kids quite enjoyed the story of five brothers.
Dumpling Soup– I love books like this that are just a “day in the life” for studying geography
Georgia in Hawaii– Sadly I never came up with a great activity to do with this, but it would have made a great artist study
Hawaii’s Road to Statehood– Sadly when I went by the library this one was checked out, I bet it would have been an interesting read.
Luka’s Quilt– I loved this look into Hawaiian handicrafts
Magnificent Voyage– I love stories of explorers, so I had great fun checking this out.
The Last Princess– Sadly this book too was checked out, because I find the idea of Hawaiian royalty fascinating.
Hawaii Unit Study: lapbook and notebooking pages
We did this Hawaii unit study when I was in one of those “I don’t know quite what to do” moods. So, this was a fairly tame unit study for us.
Hawaii notebooking pages (I’m going to move these pages over to the subscriber freebie, so make sure to sign up over in the side bar).
In this picture, you can see the Dangers of Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, animals of Hawaii, Hawaiian folktales, and Hawaiian handicrafts mini-book (which was glued in wrong). You can also see our volcano mini-book.
Since we did a big volcano unit last year we opted not to repeat it this year, or I should say I opted because the kids wanted to do it again.
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This is what the Hawaiian handicrafts book looks like when opened, we made a quilt and a lei. I had many discussions with my kids on what is okay for these projects, I did not necessarily win.
Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
We loved our visit to Hawaii last year, well, if we forget the fact that our car was broken into. What recipe have you tried – the picture looks delicious 🙂
Hawaiian meatballs, I’ll be putting the recipe up on Wednesday (if all goes well).
I hope to go to Hawaii someday. It’s not that far from where we live!
I am also intrigued by that Last Princess book…
I want to go too someday.
Almost Unschoolers says
There was a movie about the last Hawaiian princess (Hawaiian is hard to spell!) I keep thinking I need to look it back up, and see if it would be good for the kids. The meatballs look very yummy.
Oh that sounds like a cool movie.
Oh Hawaii! I still remember stepping onto Waikiki for the first time! Wish I’d had longer there.
I’m jealous, Hawaii is on my bucket list.
Thanks for the book recommendations, as always 🙂
kelly Nightingale says
Love your idea for the Hawaii project book!
YAY! It was a fun study for sure.
Princess Kaiulani is a great movie about her life. She would have ruled after her Aunt Lili’uokalani. Side note; Hawai’i was illegally overthrown on January 16, 1893. In 1993, a century later former President Bill Clinton signs an Apology Resolution (acknowledging the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i). There is much more history to our beautiful state to learn, things such as our language being banned for almost 4 generations (about 80 years), Captain James Cook did NOT discover the Hawaiian Islands, Ka Lae (also known as South Point; located on Hawai’i island), is the southern most point in the United States and much more. When most people think of Hawai’i, they actually are looking and travel to the island of O’ahu.