I am hosting a giveaway on my blog ....I have been authorized to giveaway one copy of DNG's ROLLER COASTER unit study to one lucky person who reads my review and leaves me a comment on my blog...Just read the review, post a comment, let me know how to get in touch with you and I will let my kidlets pull the winner out of the bowl... Thanks and have a great day!!
This week, we have spent our time learning about “ROLLER COASTERS” with help from Download N’ Go unit studies, a product from Amanda Bennett. This was not our first time using a Download N’ Go product, but I can’t say enough about them. We LOVE them!!
First , I must say the Download N’ Go studies are an “easy to use” product with lots of information that is prepared so that it is easily researched by the child. I spent about an hour one evening looking over it (my personal preference, so I can hold books online) prior to the actual start of the unit and that’s it, so easy to use that you can actually just open up the laptop and go…
In the plan, you get a “5 DAY” study of a particular subject with daily objectives included. The objectives of “ROLLERCOASTERS” being:
Day 1: What is a Roller Coaster
Day 2: The History of Roller Coasters
Day 3: People and Places of Roller Coasters
Day 4: Science and Secrets of Roller Coasters and Rides
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Roller Coasters
The lesson plan is complete. All the activities, go-alongs, and projects are there, done for you.
Each day is then broken down even further with added topics and information being compounded on each day. A book list is also given for EACH day with books that can be found at your local library. With this unit on “ROLLER COASTERS”, I had trouble locating some of the books that were recommended for use on particular days. However, I was able to obtain enough of them and some others using the search engine at my library. But in the unit itself there are enough links to great information that even without the recommended reading, there was more than enough information to complete this unit. One book that I got from my library that my kids loved was a tabletop book of roller coaster pictures called, " Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seekers Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines" ...
Another important thing to me is the content. The age range of the “Download N’ Go” units are K-4th grade. I used this with a 2nd grader and a 5th grader, but I found the information was great for both of those ages, and the internet links found throughout the lessons made it easy for my son to help my daughter find information without any difficulty.
They just clicked on the link found in the unit. No worries that they would go somewhere inappropriate. And this was a great help with my DS and his independent study.
Science, history, and geography were also here with my kidlets learning about Europe and Asia, physics, discussing American Inventors and playing with a Slinky (which I picked-up as a go-along at Walmart). And don’t worry, spelling and vocabulary are in there too.
DS and DD loved building their own versions of roller coasters with K’Nex (which can still be found in the living room floor being played with)…
My kids loved the “County Fair” atmosphere in our schoolroom and that enhanced the learning fun about, not only roller coasters, but other incredible thrill rides. So needless to say, corn dogs, homemade
funnel cakes, lemonade, and popcorn were foods of choice throughout the week.
Have a great week!!