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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pre-Historical Explorations...

We're starting on a unit in prehistory (thank you Angela!). We decided this would be a fun (and informative) way to end our academic year, and it will prepare us for Ancient history in the fall. This is a rough outline of my plan, and some of the resources we'll be using. We'll start this after Easter, as we are on spring break at the moment! We're also dedicating one day a week to American history, using Betsy Maestro's American Story.


All Weeks

The Story of Mankind OR A Little History of the World (mostly for Cyrus)

Darwin & Evolution for Kids: His Life & Ideas with 21 Activities

And we'll be doing some activities from Insects (Make it Work! Science)

The kids will also be making their own dinosaur notebooks using printouts from The Learning Page


Week One

The Big Bang and the formation of the earth

The Universe, season 1 (the episode about the formation of the earth)

Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story


Week Two

Fossils (& archeology)

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Fossils

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Archeology

Mary Anning: The Fossil Hunter


Week Three

Early Life & Evolution (Pre-Cambrian/Cambrian)

Evolution: How We & All Living Things Came to Be

What Darwin Saw

Raptors, Fossils, Fins & Fangs

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Evolution


Week Four

First Plants & Animals

Bugs Before Time

From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth's Story

Plants: Prehistoric Life

Early Life (Prehistoric World)

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Plants

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Insects


Week Five

The Triassic Period

Dinosaurs Eye to Eye

Dinosaur Tree

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs for All Ages

Triassic Life (Prehistoric World)

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs, episode 1


Week Six

The Jurassic Period

Jurassic Life (Prehistoric World)

Dinosaur Mountain: Digging into the Jurassic Age

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs for All Ages

How Dinosaurs Took Flight

Walking with Dinosaurs, episodes 2 & 3


Week Seven

Cretaceous Period

Cretaceous Life (Prehistoric World)

The Great Adventure of Sally Rock & the Cretaceous Chicken

Extreme Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs for All Ages

And Then There Was One: The Mystery of Extinction

Walking with Dinosaurs, episodes 4, 5 & 6


Week Eight

Mammals

The Age of Mammals (Prehistoric World)

The Ice Age (Prehistoric World)

Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story

Evolution: How We & All Living Things Came to Be

The Life of Mammals, episodes 1-4 and/or Walking with Prehistoric Beasts

1 comment :

  1. Enjoy! We've spent the entire year covering Prehistory and it has been so much fun.

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