Saturday, February 28, 2009

Frog Lapbooks

A17 ( recent birthday!) finished two frog lapbooks. The frog's tongue on the front cover moves in and out.
The lilypad flapbooks each contain a fact about frogs such as What does a frog eat? The answers are Boardmaker pictures. We used resources from several places including Homeschool Share. We read books from the library prior to completing the lapbook pieces.
A cool frog experiment is cooking tapioca beads to simulate frog's eggs! You can find this experiment in back of the book titled Why Frogs Are Wet ( Let's Read and Find Out Science) by Judy Hawes.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Space Lapbook

A16 was really proud about the tabbed book on planets that we made. We also made a smaller book for other vocabulary. I found instructions here on how to make one.

A16 chose space and planets for a unit study this past fall. We took about 6 weeks to cover the unit and read many non-fiction books from the library. We used most of the components from Evan Moor's Science Works for Kids: Exploring Space. It has mini books, experiments, and projects.
Other components were taken from Home School Share. Squidoo also has a lense with lots of space and planet resources. This blog has pictures and links for a space lapbook. Enchanted Learning also has space and planet resources. Click on the link in my sidebar.

We read lots of great non-fiction books for this unit. One that A16 especially liked was DK Eye Know Space. Other good selections include: My Book of Planets ( Scholastic board book), Exploring the Planets in Our Solar System and Dr. Seuss There's No Place Like Space. Magic Tree House Research Guide : Space is also a fabulous book. A16 seems to like the research guides more than the fiction books in the MTH series.

Although this was a long unit, A16 really enjoyed it and wanted to read space books everyday!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2009: 100+ Reading Challenge

Tara TX on Homeschool Share posted about J. Kaye's blog and the 100+ Reading Challenge. The goal is to read 100 or more books in 2009 and post the titles on our blog. Since I belong to an IRL book club as well as several online, I am going to give it a try. I find that I read in spurts--either nothing interests me or I have a stack waiting to be read.

1-Unnaccustomed Earth
2-Running Hot
6-The Way They Learn
7-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
8-White Lies
9-Truth or Dare
10-Light in Shadow
11-Falling Awake
12-A Picture's Worth