Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Unit Study~ Oceans

One of our mid-summer units is going to be studying and learning about the Ocean.

This can be a really broad topic since the ocean alone is such a large ecosystem. However, I have tried to keep things on topic and directed toward more the living creatures that are in the ocean ~

That is not to say that we will not end up on a few "bunny trails" and that is ok too, I will at least have my planner to help put us back on track when we need to ~

Here are some resources I am going to be using:

Unit Study: OCEANS

Lapbooks, notebooking pages, mini books:

Hands of a Child Lapbook on Oceans Habitats

Hello Ocean Lapbook from HSS: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/hello_ocean_lapbook.php

http://myhomeschooleducation.com/myhomeschooleducation/freeprintables/Lapbooks/Oceans.pdf - another FREE lapbook from My Homeschool Education~

http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks/dead_sea.htm - Dead Sea Lapbook

Games/Activities:

http://www.gamequarium.com/ocean.html - games in Oceanography

Art and Sea Mammal Study from Lighthome Publications Currclick: http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=134&products_id=31732&it=1&filters=0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=134

General Links:

http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/eviau/edit557/oceans/linda/loceans.htm

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0140-ocean-water.php -characteristics of the ocean

http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/ocekids.jsp - several ocean links for learning

http://www.mrsmcgowan.com/ocean/resources.htm - lots of resources here

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/materials.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/pub/seascience/jellyfi.html - Jelly Fish Life Cycle

Books:

First Encyclopedia: Usborne Internet-Linked Seas and Oceans

Planet Earth: Life in the Ocean

Art & Videos:

Painting an ocean scene: http://tinyurl.com/364r6ce

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/planet-earth-deep-ocean-life-begins.html

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/17480-our-wondrous-oceans-the-oceans-life-support-system-video.htm

http://vimeo.com/groups/14470/videos/10350878 - coral reef


You can find a copy of this as a page to print off over on the Learners at Home Website.



Summer Unit Study~ Life Cycles

Another unit that we chose this summer is Life Cycles. This will be more of a mini-unit, since when learning about many different topics the concept of the life cycles comes into play very often, but our youngest wanted to study more different life cycles so I decided to do a bit of digging and found a few things to do with him~



Here is some links and resources you may find helpful;


Unit Study: LIFE CYCLES


Simple Days Homeschool Freebie: This was a July Freebie on Life Cycles
Template for a Life cycle Wheel as we study different life cycles: http://www.kizclub.com/craft/lifecycle.pdf

Books:
Life Cycles by Michael Ross at this link on Amazon scroll down further to find more books on lifecycles as well.
Usborne Internet Linked Enclopedia

General Links as Resources:
http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/15-science/87-life-cycles.html lists life cycles for ants, animals, plants mosquitoes, butterflies, and even plants* (can use for Plant study)
http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/lifecycle.htm - Animal facts, printables and coloring pages

Videos of Life Cycles:
http://tinyurl.com/29e67oa

* You can find this list to print out or save on your computer with links at the Learners at Home Website, look under Unit Studies. ( see right toolbar, under "my pages".

Happy Learning~








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