Monday, August 11, 2008

Sea Monsters and the Lost City of Atlantis

In an effort both to entertain my children in the humid days of August and to attempt to slide seamlessly back into our regularly scheduled program of homeschooling, I'm planning a fun little unit study, to begin whenever our Rainbow Resource order finally arrives. From the topics of sea monsters and Atlantis, I'm hoping we can make the jump to evolution, prehistory, and mythology fairly easily, while adding in spelling, math, and handwriting along the way. And the first assignment in Write with the Best just happens to be reading a descriptive paragraph from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and then writing a similar paragraph. Below is my list of resources, should anyone ever have a need for it. Most of these items are currently sitting on a shelf, having been gotten via ILL to coincide with the hopeful arrival of the rest of the things from RR. But I've still got to run out and buy the Sea Monsters board game (not to be confused with the Sea Monsters Wii game, which has gotten horrendous reviews), which I've luckily seen in a shop around town. Hopefully it's still there!

National Geographic's Sea Monsters: a Prehistoric Adventure DVD
Mysteries of the Ocean Deep (Dipper)
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39, Osborne)
Sea Monsters, a Magic Tree House Research Guide (Osborne & Boyce)
The Sea Monster (Wormell)
Monster Things to Make and Do (Usborne Activities)
Captain Bogg & Salty: Pegleg Tango music CD
Sea Monsters board game (Briarpatch)
Sirens & Sea Monsters (Osborne)
Sea Creatures Tattoos (Dover)
Strange Creatures of the Sea coloring book (Dover)
Aquatic Adventures Mega Toob
Atlantis--the Lost City? (Donkin)
Can Science Solve the Mystery of Atlantis? (Wallace)
Atlantis (EdgeBooks-Martin)
Graphic Mysteries: Atlantis and other Lost Cities (Shone)
Jr. Graphic Mysteries: Atlantis--the Mystery of the Lost City (DeMolay)
Letters from Atlantis (Silverberg)
20,000 Leagues under the Sea, as read by Jim Weiss

and whatever else on these topics I can find at the two local libraries we frequent. Wish me luck!

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