OK NOW I am finally FINALLY posting some of the last Dino pages from waaaaaaaay back when. Oh dear!!! Seriously though, humble pie and showing my kids that if I started it I FINISH IT!!!!
Here I am FINALLY going back to posting these dinosaur pages… Poor Emanuel exhausted my supply of the easy to research ones ages ago and these posts fell to the wayside. BUT I am committed to post it all. So hopefully someone else can have an easier time finding these gems! Enjoy!
Apparently there IS a dinosaur that is commonly known as the bridge between dinosaurs and birds… well for the most part… and that dinosaur is the Archaeopteryx. This feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic period was found in Germany and while it looks rather birdlike still has dinosaur “bits” like teeth and basic bone structure. They probably flew… badly, may have lived in the trees, were not that large (pigeon) and ate bugs and small critters… Quite the interesting bridge!
Now onto the videos… first we had a video off of SCI you will have to go to the site to see HERE. The second video, the one Emanuel says is THE BEST of the day was an origami one!
Beyond costumes and candy, trick or treating and jack-o-lanterns we decided to have a study of all things Halloween.
For the younger two – Homeschool Helper Online’s free lapbook by JoAnn S. HERE
For the twins I bought a lapbook off of Currclick “The History of Halloween” HERE
For our pumpkin section for the little ones we used worksheets from Mama’s Learning Corner HERE. There are different levels of complexity for the worksheets though we chose to do all 3 together. We used two different books for our life cycle research. A storybook called Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer and then a section out of the book Exploring Autumn by Sandra Markle.
We used a long list of interesting and fun books:
Halloween by Gail Gibbons (I used this book to have the twins try and pick out facts and ideas of interest as I read. A nice basic intro on Halloween)
Halloween by Mari C. Schuh
Halloween is… by Gail Gibbons
The Halloween Book of Facts & Fun by Wendie Old
National Geographic Kids Halloween by Laura Marsh
Halloween by Natalie M. Rosinsky
The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene
Halloween and Day of the Dead (Traditions Around the World) by Joan Axelrod-Contrada
Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
All Hallows Eve: The Story of the Halloween Fairy by Lisa Sferlazza Johnson
Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
Katie’s Tricky Treat by Slade Stone (a great book that deals with peer pressure on Halloween)
Trick or Treat, It’s Halloween by Linda Lowery
Room on the Broom by Axel Scheffler
Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
H is for Haunted House by Tanya Lee Stone
Spooky Beasts: Thunder and Lightning by Karen Wallace
The Haunted History of Halloween by The History Channel (a little dry but some unexpectedly interesting facts, did you know the county of Anoka here in Minnesota is the Halloween Capital of the USA?)
For one of our lapbook activities I broke the kids up in pairs… one twin per little kid and they worked on defining some Halloween words. I used an online kid (mostly) friendly dictionary instead of straight Google. The littles typed the words in and the twins read them out and wrote out the definitions. You can find our choice HERE… Wordsmyth. I loved that I could pick the level of difficulty of the definitions. We chose beginner.
The littles also covered Spiders and Bats… We had two books – for bats: Bats by Gail Gibbons and for spiders: Spiders by Seymour Simon. The pictures in that one were a little too big for myself and Emanuel. Totally NOT fans of spiders but we managed! Since the life cycle of a spider can be a wee bit complicated I found a site that had a printable we could colour and glue into our books… from BlockPub.com HERE.
The 4 main festivals of Samhain were covered in the wiki page HERE. Though we did get our info from the small blurb on the Google search page, not the whole article.
Live Science had a great article on the history and origins of Halloween HERE.
The history of the term bonfire or BONEfire. Off of SuperBeefy.com HERE.
As always hunt on Activity Village by looking up Halloween for a lovely variety of resources HERE.
AND Education.com you can check out the file I had made for the sheets I have set aside to use over the last couple years HERE.
So I hope these are helpful! I know I will be referring back to this next year!
We have enrolled Emanuel in the Little Passports series and one of our monthly mailings was EGYPT. We couldn’t just look at what came in the mail so it morphed into time to make a poster about this rather intriguing country! I hope our resources and findings are helpful!
All about Egyptian gold… Live Science’s article on clues to the origins of it HERE. A comparison between Egyptian and Roman gold HERE. The Gold of the Pharaohs by Softpedia HERE.
All about the Sphinx… why is it a half person half lion? Mentormob’s article HERE.
Toothbrushing in Ancient Egypt! Including the use of cosmetics on The Alchemy Web Site HERE. Wiki Answers’ take HERE.
What do Egyptians do for fun? Ask.com’s answer HERE. ThinkQuest’s answer HERE
VIDEOS First off, CrashCourse’s Ancient Egypt: Crash Course World History #4 The History of Ancient Egypt in 2 Minutes! Vsion 1.0 by Scott Powell, the History Guy Ancient Egypt – The Mystery of the Sphinx by Plancheman100 Mystery of the Sphinx (this is part 1 you can find the rest by the same poster) by Pharaoh3000 SUGGESTED CRAFTS (we didn’t make it to doing these as light caught up with us)