Today Otter glued into a folder all of the lapbook elements he finished last week about coral reefs:
An ocean food pyramid
Lift-the-flap venn diagram
A lift-the-flap matchbook style booklet about fish and shrimp “cleaners”. After completing this booklet we watched a great little movie online:
Cleaning stations in Hawaii.
“My skeleton” vs. hard coral skeletons shutterfold
Inside of the skeletons shutterfold (He forgot to circle the inside/outside words!)
Clam shape book with sentences written inside
Coral reef creature cards and pocket
Parrot fish “story”
Coral reef matchbook
Some more booklets:
Barrier Reef facts shape book
We also finished reading Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter.
Otter really enjoyed both the story and the illustrations. While we went through the book we used the free unit over at Homeschool Share for some vocabulary and discussion ideas.
He enjoyed the story so much that I put a couple of other books on hold at the library:
This series of books has really great, detailed and action oriented pictures with fun story lines. In the back of each book there is an illustrated notes for the reader section that explains the real history behind each fictional story.
Today as an extra activity for science to go with Adventures in Sea & Sky, Otter made a pop-up barnacle:
You can get the free printout from Ellen J. McHenry’s website.
He also worked on a coral reef lapbook we got for free from Homeschool Share. Today he mapped out where coral reefs are in the world and learned why they are important.
The top part of the picture below is blurry but I was too lazy to take it again!
Otter is also doing science activities with The Young Scientist Series kits. The kits come with everything (just about) that you need for the various experiments. The experiment he’s working on this week is growing some wheat grass, measuring its growth daily and making a graph of the measurements.
He loves the kits and so do I because I don’t have to hunt down all of the materials. The only downside is that the kits are expensive. On Amazon they run from about $15 to $24 or you can get all twelve kits from Steve Spangler’s Science for $299.95. Each box comes with 3 different themes with several experiments to do per theme. We started out with Set 1. It has the following kits inside:
Kit 1 covers recycling with activities for decomposition, making homemade paper and labeling recycling bags/boxes with homemade labels.
Kit 2 is all about scientific measurements. You grow wheat grass & beans, measure them and graph the results. Another activity is to measure towers of ice cubes as they melt and graph the results. The last activity is to measure and graph some foam capsules after they get wet (and slowly expand).
Kit 3 covers magnets and has activities where you do different things with magnets like make a compass.
Each kit comes with instructions for the teacher covering the purpose, materials, methods, results and conclusions. They also come with student pages. The student pages guide you through each step of the experiment with Celsius the Science Bug explaining concepts and asking questions as you go along. There are also areas to draw pictures, write down data and answers. Writing is kept to a minimum, but you end up with a nice record of each experiment to put into your student’s science notebook.
I got these kits as a sort of “science treat” for Otter. He loves science so much – it’s nice to be able to hand him a kit every now and then to “play” with.