Back to rather old saved posts before I face the October resize. Enjoy this NOt dinosaur!
But a bird found during the age of dinosaurs. The enantiornithine died out at the end of the Cretaceous period but was common during the Mesozoic era. With feathers and teeth, this omnivore has been found as small as a sparrow and as big as a turkey. Toted as the possible origin of feathers and birds… this prehistoric bird has been a creature of interest for some time. They are thought to be found everywhere but Antarctica, virtually all over the Pangea.
We came across the enantiornithine on Dinosaur Train so of course we had to hunt more. This bird was a wonderful creature to restart our dinosaur odyssey. We had one good video that both Emanuel and Gavin enjoyed. PL3_Bird_Enantiornithine Birds by Walter Jahn.
Our second video was more a peek at a rendering on the Dinopedia for Walking With Dinosaurs. An image from their opening HERE. Of course this bird is also featured on Dinosaur Train. You can watch them on PBSkids.org. Or Netflix of course. We found our best images on Google WERE Dinosaur Train. I simply did a Google search for enantiornithine or enantiornithine dinosaur train and clicked images.
We had a few links. Some were too advanced for my current learners but I have included them here all the same out of interest sake.
Random Thoughts has a… random thought about our bird HERE.
Dinosaur Train’s Field Guide… click search and find our bird HERE.
Ok another WAAAAAAY delayed post, no images just resources. (I fib, one image of a sari skirt I splurged on for this year’s wardrobe. The colours of India are AMAZING!) I am determined to get my bum in gear and get these posts up in a more timely manner. But for today, humble pie. I should have had this up half a year ago!!! Check back tomorrow as I continue to prove to my kids that even MOM finishes EVERYTHING (within reason…) she starts!
So we had these grand plans to do a family project on India in a timely manner, oops. But we did spend a summer and then some learning about a very distinct and colourful country and I will try and share the links, books, etc that we used. And then I took a lifetime and a half to post this post
First off. Google is your friend. We spent a lot of time searching for pictures for topics to colour. Mandalas, saris, the Taj Mahal. There are all sorts of colouring pages out there.
Since my resource list is a bit weak this time around, here is the list of topics the kids chose from. I gave them the option to pick and chose and varied the expectations of report content and length according to each child. So Trinity would do a list of facts vs. Zander having paragraphs or Echo colouring a picture.
Government – levels, type, capital, voting rights
Country – independence, languages, time zones, founding, state/provinces
Landscape – mountains, water bodies, landmarks, position on map
Climate – seasons, one week of comparative weather, snow, natural disasters
Animals – unique to country – we chose one to do a report on
Plants – unique to country
Agriculture – most prevalent and where
Food – famous for
Symbols/emblems – flag, official symbols
Religions – main religions
Currency – what is used, exchange rate to USD, when it came into use
Main groups of people – who are they, caste system, poverty vs. rich numbers
School – minimum grade required, types
Imports/exports/economy – what are the main ones
Sports – most popular
Holidays – major holidays
Music and crafts – most common, popular, make some
Choose a topic
Books were an important resource. Here is my short list. Libraries really are life saving
India by Manina Chatterjee
Focus on India by Bojang Brownlie
Taj Mahal by Linda Tagliaferro
India ABC’s by Marcie Aboff
Welcome to India by Patric Ryan
India by Don Nardo
India by Joanne Mattern
The Mauryan Empire and India by Ellis Roxburgh
India by Julie Murray
India by A. Kamala Dalal
Living in India by Chloe Perkins
For a fun activity we tried out making Henna decorations on paper hands as explained by Activity Village HERE. Education.com is always a help HERE. Beyond the Henna activity Activity Village has a whole selection of resources HERE.
After working our way forward from the Declaration of Independence to the abolishing of slavery we went back to the near beginning of it all with The Boston Tea Party. This was a Trinity’s choice topic. She had heard about it in passing and was very interested in finding out why “so much yummy tea was wasted.” Yup, my frugal little girl was quite put out by what she saw as an avoidable waste. “Why didn’t they just take it home, or tell them to take it back?”
So we based our unit on the DVD series Liberty’s Kids. It often goes on sale on Amazon. This 40 episode series is a great way to look at the events leading up to US independence. We actually plan to watch all the episodes over time and continue our biographies based on each featured person from history. We found a form sheet for our biographies thanks to Template.net. They have varying levels of difficulty and format to chose from. We specifically chose THIS ONE.
There was a nice selection of books to choose from at our local library.
Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters (We chose to have the twins go person by person and write about their reaction to the planning of the Boston Tea Party. This is a terrific book for really looking at the people and the occupations of the era)