Behind The Scenes: July and August 2012

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Posted on Apr 30 2012 - 3:08pm by Jill
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I would like to take a moment and share with everyone some of the themes, topics and resources that I will be using for our children for the months of July and August. I have decided to combine these months since the beginning of our new school year starts in the middle of July. My hope in sharing these ideas is that perhaps it can help someone else find some new resources. Please note that I will not be mentioning every item.


Themes:             Seasons – Summer, Weather, The Beach / Ocean, The Moon, Whales, Amelia Earhart, Alexander Calder, John Glenn, Davy Crockett, Branches of Government, Bears.



Paid membership links that will be used:   BrainPop (Moon, Seasons, Amelia Earhart), BrainPop Jr. (The Moon, Summer), Discovery Education(Postcards from Buster: Riding the Wave: Cocoa Beach, Let’s Explore: Down by the Water, The Magic School Bus: Goes to Mussel Beach, Reading Rainbow: Humphrey the Lost Whale, Amelia Earhart, Animated Hero Classics: The Wright Brothers), Enchanted Learning.


Links that will be used:           
John Glenn(born 1921) plus this Discovery Education video: Astronaut John Glenn Is the First American to Orbit Earth
First Moon Landing (Apollo 11/ 1969) plus this Discovery Education video: One Small Step as well as The Moon printout, model and quiz at Enchanted Learning.
Whale lapbook (plus Power Point Presentations found HERE)(Discovery Education video: Reading Rainbow: Humphrey the Lost Whale)
Plus lessons at BrainPOP, BrainPop Jr, and these videos at Discovery Education: Peep and the Big Wide World: Stormy Weather / Peep in Rabbitland, Earth Science: Weather and Climate, Weather Smart: Heat, Wind, and Pressure
Branches of Government: BrainPop: Branches of Government, project: three branches of government , Discovery Education videos:  This is Our: Government, Understanding the Constitution: The Judicial Branch, Understanding the Constitution: The Executive Branch, Understanding the Constitution: The Legislative Branch. I will also be using worksheets that I have picked up over the last few years (sorry I do not have a link for most of these).
Shell Identification Cards (to go along with our beach study)
Porthole art project (I plan to have the kids make these at the beginning of the unit study about beaches).


Field Trips planned for this month: The beach and our local aquarium.


Books that will be read in addition to our printable reading list (link here):


What resources do you plan to use in the month of July and August?


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