Monday, September 19, 2011

Dolphin Days Unit Study Review and Giveaway


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On August 21st the kids and I were able to see a pre-screening of the movie Dolphin Tale 3D which will be released this Friday, September 23rd. You can read my movie review on the HSBA Post here. I also have post on my blog encouraging homeschoolers to attend the Dolphin Tale Homeschool Day which can be viewed here.

After we saw the movie we decided to started our Unit Study on Dolphins called Dolphin Days. We are still working on our Unit Study and should have it finished in the next few days. In the meantime though I wanted to share the review and giveaway since the movie Dolphin Tale is being released this week. 

Our Unit Study binder.
This Unit Study is written by Amanda Bennett and is part of the Download and Go (K-4) curriculum. What is a Unit Study? Well it is a complete immersion into the topic so that the student will see things as a "whole" instead of as disjointed bits and pieces learned throughout his education. Each unit study should take about a week to get through. However I have noticed that with my young kids (ages 4 and 5) it takes more like 2-3 weeks to complete a Unit Study. Each Unit Studies includes history, geography, reading, science, writing, art, and much more. Everything you need is included in the downloadable pdf  hence the name "Download and Go". Once you complete the Unit Study your kids will have a neat lapbook that they can look at over & over again. We choose to print our Unit Study and lapbook in black and white so that the kids can color it the way they choose (plus it saves ink).

Our Dolphin Days lapbook which is not totally completed yet.
My kids also prefer for me to read them books with the subject information rather than read off of the links that are provided in the Unit Studies. So we have been going to the library and finding the suggested books  listed throughout the Unit Studies and finding some of our own that are age appropriate for little ones. Throughout the Unit Study there are also links to various videos which both of my kids really love (okay so do I). Each day I also try to add a craft that goes along with the Unit Study. The various crafts I find I post to Pinintrest so that they are all organized in one area and I don't have to print up the instructions and pictures.

We have learned so much about dolphins. Like what echolocation is, that they have 2 stomachs and that some dolphins can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes. We also learned that there is pink dolphin, did you know that?

Here are some of the books we used for our Dolphin study.
The Dolphin Days Unit Study covers the following & much more:
Day 1: What Is a Dolphin?
Day 2: Getting to Know Dolphins
Day 3: Where Are the Dolphins?
Day 4: The Science of Dolphins
Day 5: Cool Things About Dolphin

We have over 43 Unit Studies, the teacher guide, journal guide and unit studies 101 guide ALL which have been won via giveaways and the Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett Terrific Tuesday on Facebook. To get you started with your Unit Study collection Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett has graciously offered to give one lucky winner their very own copy of Dolphin Days!!! This is a great curriculum to go along with the Dolphin Tale movie which I hope you are planning to see this weekend!

And if you don't happen to win a copy you can purchase your own here for $7.95!

And now for the giveaway!

PLEASE make sure you leave an email address or have your email address listed on your Google profile so I can contact you. You have until 5:00 pm on September 24th to enter! I will post the winner on my blog by 9:00 pm on September 24th so feel free to check back to see if you won! The winner will receive their Dolphin Days downloadable Unit Study file via email.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing is about Dolphins. 

Optional Extra Entries:
(leave 1 comment per entry) 

1. Follow Kathy’s Cluttered Mind with Google Friend Connect (on left side of my blog)  
2. Like my Facebook Page Kathy’s Cluttered Mind 
3. Follow me on Twitter @kbalman 
4. Retweet about the giveaway or if your not on Twitter share on Facebook - something like this or make up your own:
"Enter to WIN Dolphin Days Unit Study http://www.kathysclutteredmind.com/2011/09/dolphin-days-unit-study-review-and.html Compliments Dolphin Tale Movie nicely @kbalman @unitstudies @HMSCLMovieClub"
 

5. Visit the Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett Facebook Page and leave a comment saying I sent you 
 
This giveaway ends on September 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST Random.org will be used to determine a winner who will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only. Good luck!

 *Disclaimer - Unit Studies has graciously offered this giveaway no compensation of any kind was received. Many of the links found on my my side bars and in my blog posts are affiliate links. As a result, I might get paid money and I will most likely spend the money on homeschool supplies.


26 comments:

Hope said...

I like that dolphins are so intelligent and enjoy being a friend to humans!

Hope said...

I follow your blog using google friend connect.

Hope said...

I like your fb page

Hope said...

I follow you on twitter

Homeschooling Momma said...

I love dolphins they are my favorite animal because of their natural instinct to help humans and not harm them. They are also very smart.

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Homeschooling Momma said...

I follow your blog.

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Homeschooling Momma said...

I like you on FB

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Homeschooling Momma said...

told Amanda on her FB page you sent me :)

Homeschooling Momma said...

Shared the giveaway on FB

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Karen said...

Dolphins are just so beautiful to me especially when they jump out of the water seeming to say I am Free!!!

Karen said...

I am a google friend

Karen said...

I tweeted

Karen said...

I follow you on twitter

Tara said...

It's fun watching Dolphins interact with humans. They seem very intelligent.

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Tara said...

I liked your FB page

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Tara said...

I am following with Google Friend Connect.

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Tara said...

Shared on FB

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Tara said...

Left a comment on the USAB FB page that you sent me!

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ansbea said...

We loved finding out that there was a PINK dolphin! How cool is that?

ansbea said...

Shared on facebook

ansbea said...

I like you on facebook!

Heidi said...

I like that dolphins are so human like in their personalities! It is fascinating to see how they interact with people!

Heidi said...

Of course I like you on facebook! ;)
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Heidi said...

Tweeted about the giveaway!
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Heidi said...

I follow you on GFC
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Heidi said...

I follow you on twitter.

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