Grandma had this started last week upon returning from Mexico and her computer system did not want to cooperate. I was set up for a repairman from Hughes Net on September 8th. They called me Monday and said they were coming this Wednesday. What a relief, I was setting up for the library again. The repairman worked in the afternoon and then I called the Hughes Net technicians again and they decided it may also mean it was a bad connection wire which after some signals from him and a switch on wires it began to pick up Internet. I can finally finish the summer work for you. I looked back and classes for my homeschooling did not start till September 8 and the Unit in Book (57) on Oceans would be good to start the lessons again this fall. I will be checking my lessons this year, adding material, and making corrections. I will also add any product I can and work with more people that might help us carry further.
Grandma will finish the unit in Book (57) right now and move back into Book (1) for more Calendar History Line material and activities for June covering Clowns in Book (57). Then Grandma will move into Book (1) with July Calendar History for the Line covering a unit of the Universe in Book (57) and the Calendar History of August. I will work very hard with some long days. The Unit on Oceans in Book (57) should tie us right into the next learning year of Home Schooling.
I will also be giving that book list soon and the material I want to give you from Patricia Gallagher. There are four more activity pages in the Unit on Fishes in Book (57) as follows:
Some fish have interesting names. Choose one of the fish below. On a separate piece of paper, draw a picture of an imaginary fish that fits the name. Below the picture, draw a fictional account describing the creature's features and habits. Then do some research on the fish you've chosen. On a second piece of paper, draw a picture of what the fish really looks like. Below the picture, write factual information about it. Display the papers side by side, or make a booklet by putting your contributions together with those of your (family). Have a contest to design a cover for this unusual "Picture Fishionary." (Some of these fish may have a seperation in the name from the part of the word "fish" to find them.)
clown fish oarfish filefish crocodile fish hatchet fish
flashlight fish needle fish trumpet fish turkey fish batfish
cookie cutter shark balloonfish lantern fish boxfish sailfish
hammerhead shark goosefish dogfish catfish sea horse
porcupine fish sawfish jewel fish stonefish lionfish
squirrel fish butterfly fish angelfish tiger shark striped drum
parrot fish nurse shark pipefish guitarfish carpet shark
Coral formations are made up of many tiny brain G P
animals called Coral polyps. Most of a coral beadlet U R
formation is made up of the skeletons of star E O
these creatures, but the outside of the staghorn A S
formation is covered with living coral polyps. goosefoot N T
The polyps have tentacles that are used to
poison small creatures and then push them whelk C B
through the mouth into the stomach. Since elkhorn A L
each coral formation can be made up of organ-pipe R A
millions of polyps, it is staggering to think of Venus's flower basket M R
the number of creatures it would take to form snakelocks O I
a reef more than 1200 miles long. Such a abalone A E
reef does exist. To find out the name of this lettuce R S
reef, look at the creatures listed. If the
creature is a kind of coral, circle the letter flower R H
under the "yes" column. If it is not a kind crown-of-thorns O E
of coral, circle the letter under the "no" mushroom E L
column. You will have to use reference crumb-of-bread L F
materials and maybe even guess at some
of the answers, but keep working on this What is the mystery place? ___________________
activity until you get an answer that makes
Balloonfish: Blow up a balloon of any size and shape desired. Tape on paper fins, eyes, etc. Add details with markers. Try changing another balloon into a sea creature other than a fish.
Stonefish: Paint a smooth, clean stone to look like the body of any fish desired. Glue on additional
paper parts if desired.
Cookie cutter shark: Use cookie cutters shaped like sharks of other sea creatures to make animals from modeling clay or dough.
Jewel fish: Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/6 cup water together in a bowl. Knead the dough with your hands. Add a little flour if the mixture is too sticky or a little water if the mixture is too dry. Then
use the dough to mold a shark medallion, sea horse necklace, clown fish charm, etc. Be sure to poke holes in jewelry to which you will add string or cord when dry. (Grandma suggests adding jewels to it if you wish. The picture shows it looking like a shaped piece of diamond or cut jewel. I suggest trying some food coloring if you wish.)
Boxfish: Cut a fish shape out of a piece of paper. Place a dab of tempera paint on the inside corners of a box lid. Put your fish shape in the center of the box lid. Place a marble in the box lid and tilt the box lid back and forth so the marble moves around and paints a design on your fish.
(pictures on these two pages are as follows: The first page has a scene of coral a fish, star fish, sponge, and a sea anemone on the bottom of the sea; the second page shows pictures of the jewel fish, balloon fish, a needle fish, a guitar fish, and a saw fish. The rest of the second page follows:)
The sea is filled with colorful sponges, sea anemones, corals, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sea lilies. In places where they are found, the sea bottom looks like a beautiful underwater garden. The flower-like appearance of these individuals, however, is deceiving. Though many have names like Venus's flower basket and rose coral, they are not plants. They are animals.
Make a diorama of an underwater scene, or better yet, transform your (learning area or home) into an undersea world. Use crepe-paper streamers for seaweed, inverted paper cups with thin strips of tissue paper for sea anemones, and painted paper sea creatures hanging from the ceiling. Add some seashells, clay snails, and starfish to the floor in areas where they won't be stepped on. Be sure to display some of the activity sheets and projects from this unit.
(Following is page 3 of the rest of the end of the unit:)
Vocabulary of the Sea
Use any reference materials available to help you complete this activity. Color the spaces according to the color code.
fish-yellow mammals-green mollusks-blue all others-red
(Following is the fourth and last activity page of the fish unit:)
Math and More Creature Feature
Solve the problems to fill in some of the blanks. Use the following words to fill in the other blanks: sea wasp, coelacanth, giant squid, megamouth, narwhal, sunstar, and sea otter.
(that's it till tomorrow folks--thanks for your patience)