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When Homeschool Learning Network heard that my kids were into polar animals and dinosaurs, they sent me a copy of the Polar Animals Unit Study to review and see what I thought. Well, it was a winner and I’ll be ordering the dinosaur study and probably more.
My kids were excited to get this unit study, even though we are on summer break. Instead of working our way through the entire study like we might do during the school year, I let the kids choose what activities they wanted to do. I wanted them to have fun with it.
The study is broken up into 8 days, so the kids had lots of great projects, links and resources to choose from. Of course, the animals were the main draw, but the kids seemed to like the information about how people related to the animals and the polar regions.
My son LOVES penguins – always has. He has stuffed penguins, penguin books and the only movies he will watch are penguin movies. His favorite part of the St. Louis Zoo is the penguin house. However, during his last trip to the St. Louis Zoo, he discovered polar bears. Ever since then, he has been fascinated by all animals of the polar regions. This study gave great links and projects for him to learn more about his favorites and discover new exciting animals.
My daughter is an animal lover and always enjoys learning more about them. The link that fascinated her was the Polar Bear Tracker. This was so cool. The site actually tracks the day to day movements of tagged bears. We all found it so interesting to see how some stayed on land, while others spend their life on the floating ice. This website gave the kids a glimpse into how and why people study animals.
The Polar Animals Unit study, also, includes a study of games played by the people of the arctic. These games were created by the indigenous people for enjoyment, but also to keep their bodies strong for the nomadic, arctic life.
Later this week, we are going to try some “high kicks” and “knuckle hops”. We are planning a sort of “Arctic Games” day.
This study would be great as an add-on to the regular science or geography curriculum during the school year to spice things up or as a fun summer learning activity. Our kids browsed the links on a couple rainy summer mornings and had a great time doing it. There were a couple links that need to be updated, however we found the same info in the “Additional Information” sections at the end of each lesson.
I liked the fact that the kids got to learn about polar animals, but also the environment they live in and a little about the people of the arctic. There was plenty of opportunity for research, reading and writing. I’d say a pretty well-rounded study.
Here are a few other science titles from Homeschool Learning Network you might be interested in:
Our Living World Unit Study Bundle – This E-Book contains 20 interactive PDF Unit Studies, with 318 pages of content, including 150 lesson plans and worksheets for grades K-12!
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