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August 31, 2009

Today Otter glued into a folder all of the lapbook elements he finished last week about coral reefs:

An ocean food pyramid

Ocean food pyramid

Lift-the-flap venn diagram

Coral 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.

booklet

"My skeleton" vs. hard coral skeletons shutterfold

skeletons

Inside of the skeletons shutterfold (He forgot to circle the inside/outside words!)

Clam shape book with sentences written inside

clam book

Coral reef creature cards and pocket

coral reef creatures

Fish defenses

fish defenses

Parrot fish "story"

parrot fish

Coral reef matchbook

coral reef matchbook

Some more booklets:

lapbook elements

Barrier Reef facts shape book

Great barrier reef

We also finished reading Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter.

Pirate Diary

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:

 

 

 

I'd also like to get the newest book in this series, but our library doesn't have it in yet:

Roman diary

Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona of Mytilini: Captured and Sold as a Slave in Rome - AD 107

 

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.

 

September 9, 2009

School is coming along nicely. The kids have been enjoying their work and everything has been really lovely and peaceful. I decided to squash a couple of Winter Promise weeks together since we are getting sick of the sea portion of Adventures in Sea & Sky. It's been interesting and educational, but I think we're all ready to move into the sky portion.

Otter has recently been working on a jellyfish lapbook I got for free from Homeschool Share. Here's a pic of a couple of "matchbooks" and fast fact files.

Jellyfish lapbook

A jellyfish lifecycle booklet:

Jellyfish lapbook

A small shapebook about sizes and a fold out about protection from predators:

jellyfish lapbook

We also continue to work out of the 1-2-3 Draw Ocean Life book. Otter made this squid after reading about the giant squid in one of our science books:

Squid

I liked that he included creatures from the book I'm currently reading out loud to him (Pagoo) like gooseneck barnacles and sea anemones.

Pagoo

Pagoo is a wonderfully illustrated book about a hermit crab. While you read about his adventures you learn about the lives of many little creatures of the tide pools and all kinds of ocean science.

You can get free notebooking pages and lesson ideas over at Homeschool Share to go along with the book.

 

Take a look at the book on Google Books to see some of the detailed illustrations. You can read it all the way to page 25!

Another activity we did this week was make a model of a clam. You can get it free from Ellen McHenry's wonderful printables.

Clam model

The clam's "foot" can actually move in and out of the shell. Notice how the clam's siphons and gills are 3-D. We learned a lot from this project. It was easy to put together and well worth the 15-20 minutes we spent on it.

Clam model

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