My boys really enjoy studying science. Maybe because it has always been largely an interest led topic. We do a lot of unit studies and most of them end up covering science and some history. I’m not formal about creating a lesson plan because we tend to answer our questions as they come up.
This year we are starting the year with a unit study on Yellowstone National Park. We will study the geological features, the wildlife, history and some botany and weather.
E in particular is always drawn to learning more about wildlife. Part of our unit study will be reading books about the wildlife in the park. I easily picked up books about bears, elk, moose, wolves, and coyotes. Oddly enough, the library didn’t have any books about marmots.
We are also using a guide book of Yellowstone as a resource and supplementing the information with internet searches. One big discovery, for the kids, was that the trees in a petrified forest have no limbs. They had been picturing entire trees with intact limbs. I was glad I didn’t lead them on a long hike to Specimen Ridge only to discover the trees looked nothing like they expected.
The boys like to watch movies so we are working our way through some DVDs from the library.
I also found The Mystery at Yellowstone National Park by Carole Marsh. It’s part of the America’s National Mystery Book Series. It is always a challenge to find fiction the kids like to read but I’m hoping the combination of a mysteries and new places could make this series interesting. I think the reading level on it was listed as 5.8, but most in the series were a little lower.
The boys did drawings of the types of thermal features found in the park. C’s are shown here. E was still working on his. We discussed all four types but they were free to draw whichever ones they wanted.
The school year is off to a great start. You can find the wrap-up of our entire week here.
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