Saturday, January 12, 2013

FreeBEE Friday - Marine Mammals, Martin Luther King, Chinese New Year

Jen, from Gricefully Homeschoolingand I team up, the first two Fridays each month, to bring you great  FreeBEEs...on both of our blogs. 

PLUS...with the added bonus of this being a monthly link up...where you can showcase your freebies, things you've found online, and also, things you've received in the mail, totally FREE this month. 

Hopefully you grabbed the great Valentine lapbooks from both Jen and I last week! If not head over there NOW because the limited time FreeBEEs are only available until January 18th. Remember that we are changing things up this year so we are only posting our FreeBEE posts the first two Fridays each month.  The first Friday of every month, we will be providing a link and a savings code for you to get a FREE product from some of our favorite homeschool companies. These great sponsors are offering these *Limited Time FreeBEEs* of lapbooks, unit studies, online classes, and more to bless homeschool families (you the reader)! The second Friday of every month we will have our Homeschool FreeBEE Friday Link Up. So our favorite bloggers can link up their FreeBEE posts! This link up will be open through the rest of the instead of a weekly meme this will be monthly, now.

If you have homeschool FreeBEEs to share
please link up at the bottom of this post!
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Okay now for my FreeBEE post for this month (sorry I know its not Friday anymore, I got very behind this week). I am sure I will have a few other posts throughout the month with FreeBEEs and if I do I will be sure to link them up (or be sure to subscribe to my blog or follow on Facebook so you don't miss them). I am sharing three groups of FreeBEEs this week. One group is on our Marine Mammal unit study resources, one on Martin Luther King resources and one on Chinese New Year resources...all FREE of course.

My photo from GA Aquarium.

Follow me on Twitter @kbalman and then follow hashtag #marinemammalunitstudy to see what we are up too this month. I have so many fun things planned for this unit study. Many of the things we will be doing are listed below but I have some surprises too. And keep an eye out on my blog each week for fun posts about  what we are learning in our marine mammal unit study.

-Save the Manatee - lots of great resources.
-Whale word search and Manatee fact sheet.
-Homeschool Share Whale lapbook.
-National Geographic Kids always has the greatest resources for anything related to animals.
-Whale word hunt from Educating Laytons.
-Winters Tail (Dolphin) lots of great resources.
-Whale coloring pages.
-I found Enchanted Homeschooling Mom last year and just love the stuff she shares. Here are some ideas she did for her whale unit study.

Not FREE but a VERY good resource for a marine mammal unit study:
We are using Apologia's Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day book along with the Jr Notebook. We will actually have a review in February (for TOS Crew) about this amazing resource. I already can say though that I highly recommend any of the Apologia books we actually have all of the Zoology books now.

Movies and Documentaries:
My kids love watching videos that go along with our unit studies. Here are a few we will be using. If you want to see more you can check out our YouTube channel. Please use discretion on movies and documentaries listed.

-Orca Whale giving birth (YouTube)
-Humpback Whale Song (YouTube)
-Namu: My Best Friend (Netflix)
-Free Willy 3 - pirates Cove (Netflix)
-A Life Among Whales (Netflix) - has a lot of whaling footage in it
-Whale Rider (Netflix)
-Big Miracle (Rented) - has a few swear words rated PG
-Dolphin Tale (Netflix)
-Moby Dick (YouTube)
-Blue Planet (Netflix)

-There are lots of cute whale and fish crafts on Danielle's Place

-Virtual - visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium online and visit Winter

-Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises 
-How to draw a dolphin

And LOTS of books from the library:
Upon request from a Facebook reader I am including a photo of the books we checked out from the library for our unit. If you click on the photo below to enlarge it you should be able to see the titles. If you need help with a title let me know.

The links above as well as many others are pinned to my Marine Mammal Unit Study Pinterest Board. If you're interested doing a Marine Mammal Unit Study you may want to follow the board because there are more great ideas on the board that I didn't share here and I will be adding more FREE resources as I find them throughout January.



Chinese New Year starts Monday, January 28, 2013 and continues for 15 days through Sunday, February 10, 2013. This year it is the "Year of the Snake!"

-Be sure to sign up for the Panda Express Chinese New Year program - they will have loads of great resources to share in a couple weeks.
-There are some fun resources over at Daria Music for Chinese New Year as well as MLK Day. And don't forget to enter my Daria Music "I Have A Dream" Giveaway.
-Chinese New Year Basic Multiplication Math BINGO.
-Chinese New Year activity pack.


First I would like encourage you and your children to get out and participate in a service project this month. We are planning to go to the local nature center to help clean up trails, plants flowers, etc.

-Snag some great resources including posters, audios, videos, bookmarks, fact sheets and more at the Corporation for National and Community Service website. There are also some great resources on the website for 9/11 Remembrance Day.
-Free book on Meme Tales Dreams A Story About Martin Luther King.
-Want to get your child published on MeMeTales? Now is the chance! Download this printable, have your child draw and write 2 sentences about his/her dreams and we will put it into a book that will be published on MeMeTales - online and on the app ! Be sure to email it to maya at memetales dot com with the subject: MLK Dreams Book The deadline is 26 Jan, so hurry. And we need at lots of entries - so tell your friends!
-MLK worksheets and other great resources from Mama's Learning Corner.

-Not Free but an amazing deal for a live 1 hr online MLK class with Founders Academy - ONLY $2.00 for the entire family using this link.
-This MLK Express Lapbook from A Journey Through Learning is also not free but it's only $1.00 and actually a resource we are using for MLK day.

I hope you find these resources useful. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or email me. Also be sure to follow my FB page where I post FreeBEEs daily.

*Disclaimer - Many of the links found on my side bars and in my blog posts are affiliate links. Please note that prices indicated in the post are subject to change. As a result, I might get paid money and I will most likely spend the money on homeschool supplies.


Jennifer Hilsinger Altman said...

To go with your Marine Mammal unit, last year I posted free Whale 3 part cards and Humpback Whale Anatomy cards that I made

Stephanie VanTassell said...

I love your Mammal Unit. I would love it if you would link up the post on my Money Saving Monday link up

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