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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Predator Study

If I were to do a study on predators for four weeks, I would either pick four predators and focus on one a week or pick four different type of predators from the different classes of animals and study one each week.
For example:

Week One - Shark
Week Two - Lion
Week Three - Eagle
Week Four - Snake

If you wanted to make the study a little longer you could add others.
Or for big cat enthusiasts:
Week One: Tiger
Week Two: Lion
Week Three: Cheetah
Week Four: Mountain Lion/Cougar

National Geographic or Discovery has plenty of predator dvds to choose from. You may even be able to get them through Netflix or Blockbuster, most you can. As far as games go, there may be some food chain / predator educational games out there, including this online one about predator/prey. Or here where you can build a food chain, there's a board game called INTO THE FOREST, Nature's Food Chain Game. If you like the game monopoly, there's the Wild Animology game, which can be found at ToysRUs.

Activity kits that would be interesting depending on the animals chosen, including casting kits for ages 7 and up. Of course there won't be activity kits every animal unless you do some real searching. Reading, watching videos, play-acting and playing a game or two should keep the kids interested. You can fill out the study with coloring books and sticker books, I have an Animal Predator sticker book, ISBN 1-84510-626-1, or you might be able to find an activity book that contains several different activities.

Hope this gives you plenty of ideas! We homeschool year-round and I like to finish our products, I've assessed that we should be done with all our first grade curriculum in May/June. Camille's birthday is in July so I'd like to wait until after that to start 2nd grade. If our dinosaur study gets interrupted that's fine, we could do it in two weeks.

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1 comment:

weinstock4jc said...

Thanks, Jessica! That gives me plenty of ideas for my 7 y/o predator lover.

Bless you...
Karen