Friday, September 26, 2008

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore

I thought I'd give a glimpse of what we're doing in our Ocean Unit right now. We've had a lot of fun and learned some interesting things with this topic.

We've chased a few bunny trails and had to take some unexpected days off, so I'm extending things an extra week. Here is what we were up to yesterday:

-We read Jenny's Surprise Summer, and the kids made this minit book from Homeschool Share. (This booklet is from the Atlantic unit.)

-We pulled out the shells we collected at St. Simons Island this summer (along with some store-bought ones) and examined them. We learned the difference between univalves and bivalves and sorted our shells accordingly.

-We read What Lives in a Shell? (a Let's Read and Find out Science) and made these shell layer booklets - from the HSS unit A House for Hermit Crab.

-Thursday's "special" is usually an art project. Today we read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle and began an ocean masterpiece after the style of Mr. Carle. This book has been a huge hit these last couple of weeks, so I decided it would be fun to create some art (to frame) that would remind us of it. These are turning out really great. I'll post pictures when they're finished.

I want to mention that normally we don't do this many activities during our unit study time each day. Yesterday was an exception. If the kids had not been sooo interested in the shells, we wouldn't have spent nearly as much time with them.

The same thing holds true for our lapbooking. I love the whole concept of lapbooking and notebooking, and my kids really enjoy looking through their notebooks when they've finished. (Also, in our state you can do standardized testing or a portfolio assessment at the end of each year. I've chosen the portfolio method, and lapbooks/notebooks are wonderful for this.) boy child can only tolerate so much cutting, pasting, coloring, or writing in one day, so a lot of our minit books (like the "Treasures on the Beach" mentioned above) are things that Superman simply dictates to me, and I write what he says on the template. That is how we were able to complete two notebook components in one day.

Thanks for reading about our Ocean Adventures.

Have a great weekend!

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