Friday, April 8, 2011

Rainforest Habitats

So we are starting the Habitat series from Hands of a Child.  This week we ventured through the rainforest.  We learned that Habitat is a "fancy" word for a place to live.  (Is it wrong to throw a little Fancy Nancy in for Lydia???)    We are doing our little lapbook (which I actually printed and bound with my new favorite homeschool equipment) and watching movies on the rainforest.  We watched the Magic School bus Rainforest special and the Eyewitness DVD on Rainforests.  I didn't feel like things were connecting, so yesterday I quickly assembled two poster boards and created a "Rainforest Layers" chart.  I printed pictures of what animals live in certain layers.  Today as we talked about each layer, the kids put those pictures up.  Kind of a gave good visual as to where everyone lives.  We even had some discussion about how some animals move freely between the middle layers.  We talked about why large animals live only on the forest floor.  When I asked Why this was, Joey responded, "Because an elephant can't climb a tree." 

We have about two more days in this booklet before we start a mini-Earth day science unit.  Then we will hop back on board for the next habitat series.  I think it may be Oceans or Arctic.  Both will tie in well with discussions of loss of habitat and Earth day discussions.  But I will let the kids pick.

9 comments:

  1. Renita that all looks wonderful!! Isn't it wonderful since we homeschool and when we see things arent connecting we can make it with additional help!!!!!! XOXO

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  2. Thanks Kayla. That is why I love homeschooling, the flexibility that public schools just do not offer. I have been able to change curriculum to match up with the children's needs in the middle of the year. I can see a principal's face saying "NO, you can't change because of a child."
    Have a great weekend!!

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  3. Looks great! When we studied the rainforest we made a mural and my little guy still loves to unroll it and look at it.

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  4. The habitat series look great. Now that mine are older, I keep seeing so many fun things for grade school age. (sometimes we do them anyway just for fun)
    Janet W
    http://homeschoolblogger.com/wdworkman/

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  5. Great job studying the Rain forest. Looks like lots was learned:)

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  6. Oh that sounds like a lot of fun!! I love the picture of the habitat!

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