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Archaeopteryx

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!

And now for the list of links!

  • Dinosaurs.about.com HERE
  • UCMP HERE
  • EnchantedLearning HERE
  • Live Science HERE
  • BBC Nature HERE
  • KidsDinos.com HERE
  • Yahoo! Voices has an article HERE
  • Wiki HERE
  • And our colouring page at HelloKids.com HERE

Happy Halloween Study

Beyond costumes and candy, trick or treating and jack-o-lanterns we decided to have a study of all things Halloween.

Lapbooks:

  • 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

Story Books:

  • 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

Videos/movies:

  • 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! 102_0010 102_0011 102_0047 102_0048 102_0049

Egypt, a Resource Entry

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!

BOOKS:

  • Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates HERE
  • Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner HERE
  • A Look at Egypt by Helen Frost HERE
  • How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland HERE
  • Egypt ABCs by Sarah Heiman HERE
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be Tutankhamen! by David Stewart HERE
  • Ancient Egypt by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed HERE
  • Eyewitness Pyramid by James Putnam HERE
  • Everything Ancient Egypt by Crispin Boyer HERE
  • Eyewitness Ancient Egypt by George Hart HERE
  • Ancient Egypt Beyond the Pyramids by Kathleen W. Deady HERE
  • Egypt in Pictures by Jeffrey Zuehlke HERE
  • Miriam and Her Brother Moses by Jean Marzollo HERE
  • Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole HERE
  • Who Built the Pyramid? by Meredith Hooper HERE
  • Mummies in the Morning – a Magic TreeHouse mystery by Mary Pope Osborne HERE

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

  • Virtual Reality 3D Tomb Tours HERE though we could not get it to run on our laptop. If someone could figure it out I would love a head up on how they did it!!!
  • A series of the Eye of Ra images. I needed them for my part on one of mini books HERE thanks to Waktattoos.com
  • Ducksters’ Egypt Map HERE, Odyssey’s map HERE

PRINTABLES

  • A mini book with the current Egyptian flag from Activity Village HERE.
  • Ancient Egypt wordsearch HERE (Activity Village)
  • Ancient Egypt map colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Current flag colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Sphinx colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Pyramids colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Ancient Egyptian children colouring page HERE (Activity Village)
  • Egypt colouring page on Education.com HERE
  • List of Ancient Egypt worksheets on Education.com HERE

CRAFTS

  • Egyptian Pyramid model papercraft with Education.com HERE
  • Make a Mummy papercraft HERE (Education.com)

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

  • Ancient Egyptian beards… why? With Musiem HERE
  • 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)

  • Salt Dough Plaque (Activity Village) HERE
  • Pharaoh’s Headdress (Activity Village) HERE
  • Flail Craft (Activity Village) HERE
  • Ankh Fuse Bead design (Activity Village) HERE101_4880