Saturday, June 2, 2007

Collection of Info

Age of Exploration Info
(pretty sketchy now, hope to add more later) Molly

1. Secret of the Andes is a fictional account of an Incan boy. I seem to remember that it was one that my boys particularly enjoyed. (Sonlight curriculum)
2. We LOVE the World Explorer series of books that we found at a local library. The Garrard Publishing Company published them in the late 60s and early 70s. The World Explorer series has about 20 different titles (most all are studied in Unit Six) and each is about 12 chapters long. They are each filled with very interesting facts of that explorer's life but written in an easy-to-read style. I'm guessing they're written at about a 3rd grade level but my 9th grade readers REALLY love them.
3. We have enjoyed reading Pirate Diary by Richard Platt (same author wrote Castle Diary). We also worked on knot tying, types of ships, making a Viking boat, etc. The boys were really into this unit!

Swiss Family Robinson
This doesn't do much to help anyone divide up their different editions as Dorian has hers, but it does explain the differences among the versions. If anyone out there is still doing "The Swiss Family Robinson" and has a TOR classics version, I would be happy to let you know where I found the divisions that Dorian has. Just email me personally and I'll get back with you. For any who have yet to read the book in AWOA, let me assure you that finding those divisions are well worth the effort.
I thought this information was very interesting as well as helpful when I noticed that my book had twice the number of chapters as Dorian's.

Weblinks for Swiss Family Robinson
+ There are some great hands on ideas for each chapter
+ virtual tour of the tree house
+ Short summary and Thinking Points for Swiss Family Robinson:
+ Wyss wrote this story as a "what if" adaptation of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe which is an excellent book for teens to read.
+ an e-text version of the book. Play adaptation of the book.

General Information

here is a journaling site for the younger set:
and another with links for older and younger students:
+ There are lots of other downloads on this site as well, some free, some cost a small amount.

+ Explorers Sourcebook Fordham University
+ Who Really Discovered America? Looking for a high-interest, fun study? Here's a great geography lesson masquerading as a history lesson …with a little high seas adventure thrown in
+ This index of links helps you locate lessons on
explorers and exploration.
+ This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of explorers: curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic, and links to instructional materials (lesson plans) .
+ How to create a pop up book
This has a wonderful page devoted to EXPLORERS!
This is a page devoted to graphics of explorers and pirates!

+ New England Aquarium
+ Oceans
+ - info and pictures of ocean floor, info on oceanography
+ - ocean floor
+ This site provides tons of information to help with whatever part of Learning adventures you are using.
+ Great site for ocean printouts! Be sure to look to right of page for more worksheets!
FREE Worksheets - Sea Mammals - Worksheet Home Page
Treasures @ Sea web site
Exploring the ocean through literature site contains lots of links for the following activities:

Book Activities' Diving for Treasure, Interactive activities,
Writing Activities, Web Resources, Art Activities, and Teachers Place.

There are a few links that do not work but over all very child friendly. I am guessing this site would be suitable for elementary aged children.
Leatherback Sea Turtles and Their Special Compasses (k-2):

Solving the Sea Turtle Mystery (6-Cool

Tracking Sea Turtles Project(4-12)

Calling all Loggerheads (4):

Turtle Restoration Project Kemp's Ridley Info & Lessons (2gr & middle school)

Sea Turtles: Survival Challenge

Ocean Animals Math - Grades (junior high and high school):

Craft idea-
Students can visit the enchanting world of jelly fish through a pop-up gallery included in this Riverdeep Currents installation, and then link to the online Monterey Bay "Jellies: Living Art" exhibit. They will also learn about venomous hunter jellies, including the Box Jelly off the coasts of Australia. Extension activities include linking through to The Human Circulatory System to follow how venom would travel through the human body systems. Also learn how to treat jellyfish stings, or explore issues with jelly blooms in relevant ecosystem topics.
For Older Students:

Sea Turtle Games and Activities:
A coloring book in English and Hawaiian:

U.S. Geological Survey's Kids Pafe for South Florida Contains a number of coloring pages including: Manatee, several species of Sea Turtles and Bottlenose Dolphins Additional pages offer information on "critters" both land & sea, Florida Ecosystems including coral reefs, and "South Florida's water"

Elementary Themes Online & Offline Activities: Sea Turtles. This site starts with the K-W-L chart introduction to the topics followed by a number of nice lessons (worksheet provide in pdf) for Elementary age students.
Edible Aquarium
This is a really fun and inexpensive activity to add to a study on oceanography or amphibians. I saw an example of this at a state fair and had to give it a try. Its really cool and the kids get a bang out of it! If you allow the kids to prepare this, they get a dose of math and science without even realizing it

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