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Hawaii Unit Study

Hawaii Unit StudySubmitted by Ruth B.

Library List:
Eat your way through the USA by Loree Pettit
The Boxcar Children, The Black Pearl Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner – This would be a read-aloud book.
Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire by Eric Arnold
Hawaii Facts and Symbols by Emily McAuliffe

This is a unit study I did with my children as we study our way through the United States. This is for the state of Hawaii. I have children in several grade levels. You will need to adjust activities and assignments to your appropriate grade level. We kept all of our work in a binder with sheet protectors for enjoyment and review at a later date.

Beginning activities:
Color the state flag for Hawaii.
Color a map of Hawaii. These can all be located on the internet.
Hawaii worksheet
Locate Hawaii on a large United States Wall Map.

Make a Hawaiian meal:
We often close our unit with this activity but it can be at the beginning too. Suggestion for meals: Hawaiian chicken, fresh pineapple, spinach salad, coconut cake – there are other ideas you can get from internet etc. too. We also made a Hawaiian version of trail mix – dried bananas, coconut, macadamia nuts, raisins etc. There are recipes for this on the internet.

Look up pictures of the hibiscus flower (Hawaii’s state flower) on the internet. Read about its characteristics. Have your child draw and color a Hibiscus. Grow a hibiscus – these can be found at your local nursery, Lowes’s etc.
Study humpback whales, which live in the ocean near Hawaii. Have your child do an animal report on the humpback whale. (what they eat, habitat, what unusual characteristics they have etc. and have them draw a picture.
You could also study the Hawaiian goose which is the state bird, the candlenut tree, which is the state tree. We did not do this and I don’t have activities for these areas.
Make a volcano – there are lots of books and sources for this information on how to make a volcano. Do a web search.
Discuss Hawaiian facts such as: 1. the largest active volcano in the world is on the island of Hawaii (Mauna Loa). 2. Hawaii is the only state that used to be a monarchy. Other unique facts are readily available on the web. 3. The islands are actually peaks of volcanoes. There are 132 islands, 7 of which are inhabited. 4. Hawaii is the only U.S. state not part of the North American continent.

Study about monarchies. Have your older children do a monarchy report. Study specifically about King Kamehameha.

Some of these activities I have intermingled with the other subjects. We made lei’s. To make a lei – Cut out cardstock flowers – smaller ages may need help with that. Cut a slit in the middle of the flower. Tie a knot at the end of a piece of yarn. Make the length of the yarn long enough to hang around your child’s neck. After tying the knot, put the yarn through the hole in the middle of the flower. Then take a piece of drinking straw that is 1 to 1 1/2 inches long and feed the yarn through the straw, then string another flower and continue the pattern, flower, straw and so on until the lei is complete. Knot the pieces of yarn at the end.
Make a crown while you are studying monarchies.

Writing activities:
Have your child write an adventure that happens to him or her in Hawaii.

Have your child do a report on volcanoes and islands. Write the definition, draw a picture etc. Do a Geography report on volcanos – have your child write the definition of a volcano and draw a picture of it.