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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Free Unit Study on Flying Fish

Here it is!  I promised you a surprise, a special gift just for my readers.  Putting the study together to use with my kiddos was a breeze compared to getting it all typed up, proofread, links double-checked…this was definitely a learning experience.  I hope you enjoy it, or at least find some worthwhile resources here.

This is a mini study, intended to quench a desire to know about something, but not intended to totally replace your regularly scheduled studies.  It was born of one child’s desire to know about flying fish.  Use it as a one day vacation or as a science supplement.  Or add some books and math word problems and turn it into a full-blown unit study. 

You can download the teaching notes for this study (5 pages) from Google Docs (click the highlighted words).  The teaching notes do not provide a schedule, more like a list of resources (complete with links) for you to use as you wish, followed by notes of how we used them.  All of the resources mentioned are available for free on the internet (clickable links provided in the pdf) or have been created by me and can be downloaded at Google docs (links provided).  Click here to access all the files I created on flying fish, including the teaching notes, in one folder.

You may use this study as you see fit.  I only ask that if you wish to share it with someone, please direct them to the original post at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds where you found it.  And if you find it useful, please leave me some feedback…a little positive reinforcement could go a long way to pushing me to do this again.;0) 

Thanks a bunch, and have fun!

Lapbook pics (sorry about the quality, my camera is still DOA, so I borrowed my son’s):

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For those of you who prefer to put together your own materials or just want a few resources on flying fish, I’ve included some of the resource links below.

Note:  I always recommend previewing any web resources before sharing them with your kids.  Web pages are frequently changed, sometimes ads are added or changed and everyone has a different idea of what’s ok and what’s not.  I try to note any potential issues.
 

Teaching Notes for the Flying Fish Mini Study (includes all weblinks)

Parts of Fish Diagram

Flying Fish coloring page

Flying Fish coloring page 2

Flying Fish photos (specimens)

Flying Fish photos (live)

Flying Fish video (amazing!)

Attack of the flying fish (funny video, but an example of how easy it is to catch them)

Flying Fish Airplane

6 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks like a lot of fun.

    I am thinking this may go on our Summer School agenda.

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  2. I have a lot of this sort of thing in my files, as I used to create my own unit studies when my boys were younger (up through about sixth grade).

    I've been converting some of them into blog posts (Day 1, Day 2, etc.), but you've inspired me to consider putting it all together in a "real" unit study format for others to use.

    Great job!

    Loretta
    http://homeschoolblogger.com/amnbooks

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  3. Martha,
    It was fun.;0) The children couldn't wait to tell Daddy all about it when he got home (always a good sign). Now they're telling me they want to learn about hammer head sharks, so another aquatic creature study might be on the horizon.

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  4. Loretta,
    After spending the time to put it together, it made sense to make it available for someone else to use, but I really didn't anticipate the amount of work that would involve.;0) The next time should be easier.

    Thank you for the encouragement, ladies.

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  5. Wow, this looks fun! My boys love creating these types of lapbooks. And your timing was perfect as we are looking for shorter projects like this for the summer.

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