Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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:
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.


Anonymous said...

I love all the activities you did. Thanks for the tip on the movie.

The girl who painted trees said...

Sounds like a good movie. Bear enjoyed the arctic but she isn't enjoying the rocks unit as much....I think the rock unit will only last a week!

Ticia said...

Oooohhhh, and space is such a fun theme. Batman is still all about space off and on.

Debbie said...

Great study on the Arctic. Love the picture of Anna with the ice! Thank you for linking up this week.

Discovering Montessori said...

Wonderful activities!! Thank you for sharing.

MaryAnne said...

Johnny doesn't do violence in any form, so we'll have to save Arctic Tale for just Emma or both kids when Johnny is older. I'm excited to see what you do for space!

Christy said...

I really like everything you did. I haven't seen narwhals in action either; we'll definitely check the library for that movie.

Gloves are an every day item October to March here. Funny to think about life without them.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Thanks for the movie recommendation and warning too. I could see it going either way here. Let me ask you something related to movies, not Artic--have you seen the movie Up? If so, tell me what you thought of it. My thoughts are not positive ones.

Even though Anna wasn't totally into the theme, that smile in the picture of her with the ice is very sweet and looks happy.

Have fun in outerspace:-). I like everything you did with your Arctic theme!

Jenny said...

The top activity looks cute. As does the lapbook. You are good to follow her cues. I am interested in watching the movie now - but like March of the Penguins, which I also haven't seen, I get nervous. I'm the one who feels devastated when watching animals die onscreen. My kids are a little that way, too. You did a great job with your Arctic unit.