Box of I.D.E.A.S. is a unit study program that gives you everything you need to learn about a topic in one place! We love unit studies at our house, and for this review, we got to sample the WWII Pearl Harbor box. My hubby LOVES WWII history, so when I saw this, I knew it would be a great way to get him involved in our schooling, and I wasn’t disappointed!
Each box comes with 10 (or more) modules that focus on activity based learning. The boxes are neatly organized, with each module and everything you need to complete it organized into a baggie! I LOVED this part. It made it so much easier to complete the activities when I didn’t have to worry about gathering materials from all over the place. I am an organizationally-challenged mom, so I appreciate having everything set up for me ahead of time!
Some of the modules from this particular box included:
- “Before becoming a base” where you learned about the history of the Hawaiian islands.
- “Day of Infamy” where you learn about the attack itself.
- “Weeks after the attack” which tells you about the extensive work the navy had to do to repair and return ships to service.
- “Victory over Japan” that teaches about the end of the war.
- and more!
I used this Box of I.D.E.A.S. with my 6th and 9th grade sons. As I mentioned before, war history is kind of a favorite topic in my house, so we have many books and movies available to complement this study. While the box itself doesn’t contain a suggested book list to use in conjunction with the activities, it would be fairly easy for you to find books at your library that you want to use. The modules do contain weblinks to go along with each topic, and we used these for further exploration.
Some of the activities involve mapping, games, reading speeches etc. My boys enjoyed the “G.I. Speak” and mapping activites the most. A lot of times the games involved the activity cards included with the module. Sometimes we played the whole game, but other times we just looked at the cards. I have to say, the QUALITY of the items in this box was very impressive!! The photos from WWII on the cards are amazing, as are the maps and other primary sources used. In one activity, there are copies of newspaper headlines from after the Pearl Harbor attack, we all found these so interesting to look at!
This box was meant to be used with ages 9-16 and my boys are 11 and 14. I felt the activities were well suited for the age ranges suggested. Extension activities are included in each module, so your older students could work on those in addition to completing the module itself, while your younger students would just focus on the activities in the module. You can get the box as a PDF download for $49.00 or get the actual physical box with everything printed for you for $79.00. You can order additional student modules for $4.00.
All in all, I think the price is very reasonable for what you get. I prefer to get the actual box, because I HATE having to print everything out! A study like this could be a great addition to your current history program, or could be used as a unit study on it’s own if you flesh it out with some books from the library. Box of I.D.E.A.S. also has boxes on other topics like salt, quilting and laundry, and they have other boxes planned. To check these out, visit their website, here:
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**Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.