We just finished up our Ocean study...and when I say "just" I mean probably three weeks ago. It was thoroughly enjoyable.... the kids did lots of art projects, we fixed crab legs one night (first time any of us had ever eaten them :), listened to a steel drums cd, watched some ocean movies, and completed a lapbook and a file folder "ocean zones" accordion. I had really wanted to get an empty refrigerator box, stand it up vertically, cut one side off, paint the zones inside, and add ocean life pictures to each zone. Well, I didn't get one...but, I still wanted to do something very "visual" with the zones. I decided to put files together with shipping tape..one for each zone. I added one for the Intertidal Zone even though technically, it isn't an ocean layer. I printed off numerous graphics from the internet to put in each layer. It ended up being a pretty cool accordion.... the kids enjoyed figuring out which layer the assorted plants and animals belonged to and pasting them in. Here's a couple of pictures of the completed accordion:
The lapbook completed was relatively large. I used Great Science Adventures Oceans and also some graphics from www.homeschoolshare.com using the "Atlantic" unit. In addition, I made some of my own graphics and art projects.
The completed lapbook:
We did a few art projects that the kids truly enjoyed. One of which was a corn syrup octopus painting... we even chopped rice in half and put them on the artwork, after learning that octopus eggs are that size. Corn syrup painting is awesome! You just add food coloring to light corn syrup and Voila! ...a nice shiny paint. :)
I think I enjoyed the study as much as the kids did. I came away feeling more amazed than ever at the handiwork of God.... in awe of the order in which all living things live .... and truly fascinated by the creativity and color of it all <3 Our animal/nature studies are definitely some of my favorites :)