Archives for March 2015

Come See the Earth Turn

A Book Worth Reading Come See the Earth Turn

Are you looking for a way to share some of the human stories behind scientific breakthroughs?  Come See the Earth Turn is a book that does just that!  Léon Foucault was born on September 18, 1819. He was very weak at birth and when he was young he was very slow in school and needed lots of assistance. As he grew older, he found that he had a special talent for building things. Suddenly his slowness was an advantage since he was able to be so precise! His mother wanted him to be a surgeon, but Léon left medical school to follow his dream of becoming a scientist. He enjoyed working with microscopes and cameras to study light and actually took the first photograph of the sun. He also managed to measure the speed of light more accurately than it had ever been measured before.

At this time in history, scientists believed that the earth spins on its axis, but they didn’t know how to prove this. One day, Léon was working in his workshop and bumped into his lathe, and when he saw how parts of the machine kept moving, he realized how he could prove that the earth spins on its axis. He worked and worked and finally was able to show his experiment to other scientists. After he set his pendulum in motion, it slowly began to move away from a line that had been marked on the floor. Everyone could see that the pendulum was swinging independently and the earth was rotating beneath it.

Lori Mortensen has told Foucault’s story well and also includes an author’s note, a glossary, and a bibliography that includes several websites that illustrate Foucault’s experiment. Raúl Allén’s illustrations are a combination of pencil and watercolor with some digital editing, and the result is a unique mix of historical and modern looks. Some of the pages have picture boxes within the picture, giving the book a sort of graphic novel feel. These pictures will especially appeal to older students who will also understand the scientific concepts more than younger ones might.

Come See the Earth Turn is a perfect example of a picture book that can be used with students of all ages. Of course younger children will enjoy the story, but this would be a great addition to an older child’s science studies, both for the biographical and the scientific information. I think it’s also an amazing example of how sometimes very complex problems can be solved with a simple start–a very good lesson for readers of any age!

 

March Great Homeschool Giveaway — 6 Winners, $930 in Prizes!

March Great Homeschool Giveaway

Welcome to the March Edition of Great Homeschool Giveaways!

Each month, Homeschool Giveaways and Ben and Me, along with a host of homeschool blogging friends, are bringing the homeschool community GREAT GIVEAWAYS and FREEBIES!

Here’s how it works:

There will be 5 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS (one from each sponsor) and . . . One GRAND PRIZE WINNER, who will be awarded every prize in the giveaway, a value of over $930!

The sponsors are also providing GREAT FREEBIES for everyone! This month our generous sponsors include  Math Mammoth,  A Journey Through Learning, Apologia, Home School Adventure Co., and the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

Here’s what you could win (and don’t forget to grab your freebies!):

 Math Mammoth Giveaway

Math Mammoth ($167 value)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series CD (grades 1-7(A)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7A.

Some of the main features of the curriculum are:

  • It is mastery oriented, concentrating fairly long on one topic, with fairly few topics per grade;
  • It focuses on conceptual understanding.
  • Visual models and exercises are used a lot.
  • Mental math and number sense are emphasized.
  • The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the explanations of concepts are found in the student worktext. Thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher.
  • The curriculum meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.

Winners will each receive Math Mammoth Light Blue Series CD.

Grab Your Math Mammoth Freebies!

GIFT of over 350 free worksheets and sample pages from Math Mammoth books (scroll to the bottom of the page to find your freebies).

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Family Toolbox Giveaway

National Center for Biblical Parenting ($100 value)

Family Toolbox ($100)

The Family Toolbox Parent and Teen Program has 8 lessons, teaching 16 Life Success Principles. Each lesson has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and an 8-minute teaching session featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne MIller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

Grab Your NCBP Freebie

The Family Challenge eBook and other free stuff.

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Home School Adventure Giveaway

Home School Adventure Co.  ($51 value)

Creative Freewriting Adventure ($22)

Bring joy and excitement into your student’s writing with these simple-to-execute (yet significant) writing exercises. No prep required. Just grab a pen and paper, set a timer, and have fun!

The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions ($29)

The Wise Woman enchants readers while it contrasts the ugliness of pride, selfishness and conceit with the beauty of humility, sacrifice, and compassion.

By offering students 16 to 24 literary analysis questions per chapter, this 160-page spiral bound edition teaches critical thinking in a way that is engaging and transformational.

Grab Your Home School Adventure Co. Freebie!

Thales Unit Study

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 Apologia Giveaway

Apologia ($66 Value)

Elementary Science Curriculum

Exploring Creation with Astronomy

Exploring Creation with Botany

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1

Exploring Creation with Zoology 2

Exploring Creation with Zoology 3

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics

Winners will receive one Elementary Science Curriculum of their choice (Textbook and Journal)

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A Journey Through Learning Giveaway

A Journey Through Learning ($81 value)

Lapbook Bundle

Easter Learning Lapbook ($18)  Easter will be more exciting and educational with this colorful, hands-on tool of learning called a lapbook. Your child will learn all about Easter, the history of Easter and the traditions of Easter.

Death of a King Lapbook ($18)  This lapbook starts with why Jesus was here on earth, goes through the betrayal of Judas, Jesus’ arrest, Pontius Pilate, Jesus praying in the Garden of Getheseme, The Last Supper, what happened when Jesus was on His way to his crucifixion, Jesus’ crucifixion, body preparation back in Jesus’ time, and then Jesus’ resurrection.

Amphibians Coloring Lapbook ($18)  This lapbook is a coloring lapbook. Your student colors in the graphics and images instead of the images and graphics already provided in color. What is an amphibian?, What defenses do they have in order to survive?, What about the amazing world of tadpoles?, Are there differences between frogs and toads?, What are salamanders?, What are caecilians and do we ever see them? Your child will learn the answers to these questions and so much more with our colorful and lively Amphibians Lapbook with Study Guide! 3 folders

Elements of Literature Lapbook ($14)  This 2 folder lapbook provides a hands-on place for your student to record information about the elements of literature! Booklets include Theme, Point of View, Protagonist, Antagonist, Climax, Plot, Conflict Major and Minor Characters, Setting, Resolution, and much more.

Wildlife Adventures Dolphin Unit Study ($13) a 68 page study with bible, science, history, language arts with creative writing, phonics, spelling & vocabulary. Learn about dolphins in ancient Greece and enjoy a geography study of that area. Writing prompts, and hands on creative activities are built right in to this unit. There is a 3 day lesson plan for multiple ages which can be spread out over the week or used once per week for a month.

Winners will receive the entire AJTL Bundle!

Grab Your AJTL Freebie!

Overcoming Dyslexia – Freebie Pack of Worksheets

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Bring History to Life with March Dates in History

Bring History to Life with March Dates in History

I hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly roundups of teaching resources that bring history to life. It’s time for a roundup of teaching resources for March dates in history, and I hope you’ll like what we’ve found. These worksheets will take you from Dr. Seuss’ birthday to Madagascar, from the founding of Chicago to the discovery of Uranus, and beyond!

On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss, was born. Celebrate his birthday with some fun circus birthday party placemats and a fish matching game.

March 6, 1806, is the birthday of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Enjoy a free poem fill-in from one of her most famous sonnets.

On March 12, 1773, Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded the settlement now known as Chicago. See if you can put these fourteen historic facts about Chicago in their proper order with this Chicago history timeline quiz.

On March 13, 1781, William Herschel discovered Uranus and became the first astronomer to discover a planet by using a telescope. Test your knowledge of the seventh planet and the year it was discovered with this fun combo pack of worksheets.

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born March 16, 1751. Celebrate his birthday with Presidential Copywork from his inaugural address.

Why is March 25, 1751, called Old New Year’s Day? See what you and your students can learn about the Gregorian calendar and when it was adopted by Great Britain and her colonies. Then come have fun with a Free Calendar Scramble.

March 26, 1971, celebrates Bangladesh Independence Day. Try your hand at matching the flags with the nations who held influence over Bangladesh prior to its independence. For more great resources on Bangladesh, check out my book Asia: Its People and History and the free bonus content you’ll find here.

March 27, 1945, is known as Myanmar (Burma) Resistance Day and celebrates the day Burma joined the Allies in World War II. Learn a little bit more about the land and its people with this Burma drawing and writing activity.

Denton True Young, remembered by baseball fans as Cy Young, was born March 29, 1867. Enjoy some baseball-themed writing prompts and notebooking pages to celebrate!

March 29, 1947, is Madagascar Commemoration Day and honors those who fell in a 1947 rebellion against the French. Try some notebooking questions about the baobab trees and leaping lemurs of Madagascar!

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

Rabbit Unit Study and Lapbook

FREE Rabbit Unit Study

Spring is coming, and it’s the perfect time to plan a rabbit unit study! You can start with Homeschool Share’s free unit study and lapbook. Simply pick and choose the lessons and printables you would like for your student to complete.

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Book Basket

Next, you should add in a dose of good literature from your library. Here are my top picks!

Rabbit Unit Study Library List

Fiction Books:

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Nonfiction Books:

Rabbits, Rabbits, and More Rabbits by Gail Gibbons
Rabbits, Squirrels, and Chipmunks: Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring

Read Aloud Books:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

 

Arts and Crafts

You can also pick and choose some fun projects to add to your study.

Rabbit Painting

(Eric Carle collage style) found at Crafty Morning

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Origami Rabbit

Painted Bunny Art Lesson

from Deep Space Sparkle

Painted Bunnies from Deep Space Sparkle

Food Fun

Hard Boiled Bunny

from Five Heart Home

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Funny Bunny Cracker

from Little Food Junction

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Rabbit Cupcake

from Creations by Kara

Bunny Cupcake from Creations by Kara

More Unit Studies and Printables!

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Looking for more? You can find nine rabbit themed unit studies at Homeschool Share. If you are looking for something for your preschooler or upper elementary student, we have it!