We wrapped up the theme of Arctic this week by watching Arctic Tale and making an arctic lapbook. If you haven’t seen Arctic Tale, try to rent it (we got ours in the library). The footage is amazing. One warning – there are several deaths in the movie, including two members of “supporting cast”. Smarty, however, is not fazed with animal deaths and took them in stride. She had a lot of questions after the movie and said that she wants to watch it again. My favorite part was narwhals – I’ve never seen them “in action” before.
Now on to the lapbook. Here is what went into it:
- Where is Arctic map on the front page
- Arctic Animals folder game
- Polar Bear beginner book (mostly for coloring)
- Arctic word search (Smarty requested to have a word search)
- Arctic Water Animal mix-and-match book
- Eskimo boy and dog for pretend play.
I promised to write about our ice experiments. I kept them simple. The most involved one was freezing the string to an ice cube using salt. I had to try it a few times before it worked, and it only worked long enough to take this picture. We also tried different ways to melt an ice cube and a prediction of how much water will be in the cup full of ice cubes after the ice melts. Smarty predicted that the water will overflow and was quite surprised to discover that it didn’t even fill half the cup. She also discovered the benefits of insulation by using gloves instead of bare hands to play with ice. Normally she doesn’t get to wear gloves where we live.
I have to say that almost all the time while doing this Arctic theme I had the feeling that Smarty was not really into it. Maybe it was because it was parent-directed learning instead of child-directed learning. Right now all she is talking about is space – so I think we will leave Earth for a bit for a journey into space next.
I am linking this post to Geography/History Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn and to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.