Today we read about the history of the universe in general, and of our Earth in particular. Then, as suggested by Our Dynamic Earth, the older two made a timeline (38 feet long!) that delineated events from Earth's beginnings in the solar system (around 4.6 billion years ago) through the arrival of human ancestors such as Australopithecus (about 4 million years ago) and on to a couple of "recent" events, such as the end of the most recent Ice Age (10,000 years ago) and the most recent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (1944), which had to be crowded into the last .001 inch and the last .0002 inch of our timeline, respectively. We had to go outside to stretch the whole thing out--our house is not that wide!
Books read about the topic:
Planet Earth Inside Out, by Gail Gibbons (4 y.o. & 8 y.o)
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen (8 y.o)
Shaping the Earth, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (chapters 1-2) (11 y.o)
Earth, by Isaac Asimov (Isaac Asimov' 21st Century Library of the Universe) (11 y.o.)
Earth's Crust and Core, by Amy Bauman (chapter 1) (11 y.o)
Earth (DisneyNature)--stunning, if sad in spots. DD (8) asked to watch it again the following day.
Amazing Planet (National Geographic)--our Friday Family Movie Night pick this weekend, along with The Court Jester starring Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone (1956).