Posts Tagged ‘Resources’

“The producers of PBS’s best science show, NOVA, have posted an excellent gallery of online experiments: Skydive from 100,000 feet. Replicate Shackleton’s 800-mile open-boat journey from the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia. Tweak the variables in a steroid, a rice paddy, or a rocket. Perform a virtual heart transplant. You may get so caught up you never escape.

Our favorite experiment involves Bill Goldfinch — a British prisoner in a Nazi POW camp who looked out the window, saw snowflakes rising, and had an epiphany: Could he glide to freedom on the same updraft? Together with another prisoner, he constructed a false wall, then built a handmade, two-passenger glider behind it. They were almost finished when the war ended — but decades later, some of Goldfinch’s fellow POW-camp alums used his design to build and launch another glider, one that actually flew. Here you can test-fly a virtual version — and at far less risk of crash or capture than Goldfinch might have faced.” – – VSL


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“MorgueFile — which provides quickly findable, high-res digital photos, free — is a graphic designer’s dream come true.

The site archives stock photographs submitted by professional and amateur shutterbugs, all of which are ready and waiting for your commercial or personal use. (N.B.: Morgue file is a newspaper term for the stock of past issues.) There’s no sign-up, no hassle, no fuss: Just take what you need and go. But the site does recommended that you credit the photographers, or be extra-polite and shoot them an e-mail. Sounds reasonable to us — if a picture’s worth a thousand words, we’ll start with “Thanks.”” – – VSL


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The National Eye Institute is a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and they are offering two free activity books for kids!

They contain  pages of word puzzles, family surveys, projects and experiments, and more designed to help children learn about parts of the eye and how they work, as well as eye safety and first aid for eye injuries.

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Gold Medal Flour (from Betty Crocker) is offering TWO different cookbooks for kids.  According to the PDF Order Form, you can only order until December 31, 2008.  Each book is only $3.99.

The Alpha-Bakery Children’s Cookbook


“The Alpha-Bakery Children’s Cookbook teaches kids the ABC’s of cooking. Inside you’ll find recipes for breads, cakes, cookies, desserts, main dishes and snacks. Fun activities, tips on measuring ingredients and kitchen safety are included, too.”

The Rainbow Bakery Children’s Cookbook


“The Rainbow Bakery Children’s Cookbook makes learning how to cook a “color-full” adventure! Just follow the rainbow through the cookbook to find recipes for breads, cookies, cakes, pies and main dishes. A Food Guide Pyramid, kitchen tips and fun activities are also included.”

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Nine Inch Nails has come out with a new CD: Ghosts I-IV.  They are offering the first nine tracks (with PDF), FREE on their website.  Just click the “order” link at the bottom left side — the page will show several options for ordering – – the free option is on the top right hand side.

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While tag-surfing, I ran across yannatopia’s blog about Book Sales.  In her blog, she included a link to a site where you can look up the Book Sales in your area. 

Here it is, Book Sale Finder Site

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As of February 14, 2008, Book It! (r) has opened it’s enrollment to Homeschoolers!!  YEAH!!  Thank You, Book It!

You can enroll NOW for the 2008/2009 school year.  All the festivities kick off ono October 1, 2008. 

I don’t wanna have to wait until then, in order to reward Boo for all her hard work.  I printed off the “Reading is Yummy” Reproducible, and will use it as our mothly goal form.  If she can read 10 books ON HER OWN TIME, I will take her out for a personal pan pizza each month. 

Anyway, if you are interested, just head on over to their site: Book It! for more details!  ENJOY!!

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I was thinking that it would be really neat to share resources, by subject. It can take HOURS and HOURS to find just that right thing. Maybe this can help to eliminate some unnecessary searching time.

Audio Books

BookPals Story Online http://www.storylineonline.net/
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 21 books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Children’s Books On-Line http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-audio.htm
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 15 read-aloud books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Curiosoft http://www.curiosoft.com/news/audiobooks.php
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 13 read-aloud books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Librivox http://librivox.org/
This site has MANY, MANY books on-line.

Lit 2 Go http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/index.htm
This site has quite a few books on-line. Not only can you listen to the stories, but you can also read the book on-line, as well.

Story Nory http://storynory.com/
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 138 stories/poems available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Wired for Books http://www.wiredforbooks.org/index2.htm
At this time (2.22.2008), there are about 20 children’s stories available. There are also adult books available.


Children’s Books On-Line http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm
The books are listed in reading levels based on age/interest.

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Chocolate Unit Study

I am using the Educational Material available from The Field Museum as a base for this Unit Study. Of course, it is ONLY a starting point – – so there will be LOTS of other stuff I use (and will add on as I go along). 

NOTE: There are MANY, MANY more (and probably better) resources to use with this Unit Study – – I just found out that our Homeschool Group is going to a Chocolate Factory on February 15th – – so, I am putting this unit together quickly – – and with as many FREE resources as possible.

Lesson One : Where does the story of Chocolate begin?
PDF Lesson One from The Field Museum
Read the following Books (only ones related to the topics at my little, tiny library):  Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells Living on a Tropical Island, and At Home in the Rain Forest by Diane Willow
Watch Movie (from Netflix): Tropical Rain Forest: IMAX
Use Rain Forest Ecosystem PDF to answer any questions
Cut out the “Rain Forest Word Sort” (Field Museum)
Use Word Sort with the “Ecosystem Web Map” (Field Museum)
Tropical Rain Forests of the World Worksheet (Enchanted Learning)

Lesson Two: What is the Anatomy of the Cacao Tree?
PDF Lesson Two from The Field Museum
Watch Movie: Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
Read about The Cacao Tree
Worksheet: Label Tree Anatomy (Enchanted Learning)
Worksheet: Brazil (Enchanted Learning)
Worksheet: Indonesia (Enchanted Learning)
Worksheet: Growing Cacao in your Backyard (Field Museum)

Lesson Three: Cacao Ecosystem Threats?
PDF Lesson Four from The Field Museum
Worksheet: Peru (Enchanted Learning)
Discuss Cacao Ecosystem (Field Museum)
Worksheet/Project: Cacao Web Cards (Field Museum)

Lesson Four: What are other Natural products connected with Cacao?
PDF Lesson Three from The Field Museum
Read and Discuss: How to Read the Food Label Teacher Handout
Worksheet: Natural Ingredient Web (Field Museum)
Worksheet: Chocolate Bar Math (Fractions)

Worksheet: Chocolate Nutrition

Lesson Five: From Cacao Pod to Chocolate Bar
PDF Lesson Five and Six from The Field Museum
Read PDF: From Cacao Pod to Chocolate Bar
Read: “Dipped in Chocolate” (Article from March 2008 Highlights Magazine)
Watch Movie: Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King
Worksheet: Ecuador (Enchanted Learning)
Worksheet: Chocolate Fractions (Need a Hershey Bar)
Worksheet: Sensory Details (Use the Hershey Bar)
Watch: Online Slideshow


Lesson Six: Maya and Aztec Connection
PDF Lesson “How did the Maya and Aztec Use Chocolate” from The Field Museum:
Read: “Early History of Chocolate”
Watch Movie: Mayan and Aztec’s (from Netflix)
Reviewed the different Mayan Script
Decorated the PDF applicable script (for us)
Decorated a “Ceremonial Goblet” with the script
Make Aztec Chocolate Drink

Lesson Seven: European Influence
PDF Lesson “How did the Europeans use and Influence the Development of Chocolate?” from The Field Museum: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/education.html
Read: “History of Chocolate in Europe
Read PDF about Cacao and Sugar Growing Conditions
Venn Diagram Number 1: Bitter vs. Sweet Chocolate
Venn Diagram Number 2: Cacao Bean vs. Sugar Cane/Beet

Lesson Eight: Chocolate as we Know It
Read: “The Quakers” and “Chocolate as we Know it”
Chocolate Word Search
Chocolate Copy Work and Picture: “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! – Lucy Van Pelt (From Charlie Brown)
Final Test
Make Chocolate Bar (Design Chocolate Bar with worksheet – – then make it with the generic {and SUPER easy recipe})
Super Easy PDF Recipe for “Candy Bar” (aka Fudge)

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My friend Becky, at Home Sweet Homeschool, alterted me to a freebie from the Simply Charlotte Mason website.

Three of Charlotte Mason’s key ideas are presented in this FREE e-book, called, “Education Is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”  If you are at all interested in the CM method – – or just want to find out more…..run on over and check it out.

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