- Blue Diamond
- Dung Beetle
- Puffer Fish
- Red Tide
- Zombie Fire Ants
- Blue-footed Booby
- Cicada Killing Wasp
In each of The Curiosity Files unit studies you cover all areas of education. They advertise the following categories on their website and I can assure you that each of these topics are present and accounted for.
- Bible study and memory verses
- Math, history, and geography investigations
- Literature and suggested book list
- Writing, spelling, and vocabulary activities
- Beautiful copy-work pages (manuscript and cursive)
- Science observations, projects, and experiments
- Discussion questions
- Art, crafts, drawing, and coloring pages
- The Curiosity Fact Files collectors card and booklet
- Internet resources and video links
- Complete answer key
Of course since I do focus my blog on special needs I was excited to see how easily it was to adapt this unit for Gess. I simply divided the vocabulary words into two groups and did one list each week instead of addressing them all at once. I also went through the review questions and deleted ones I felt were too difficult for Gess. However, I was pleased that there were several multiple choice and relevant questions that we were able to use.
We started by reading the study together on the computer. (I am too cheap to print the E-books we use!)
We then began to learn the vocabulary words. We would read a section from the book each day and then just study one or two definitions at at time. By the end of the week she had a good grasp on the basics of algal blooms (red tides).
For spelling words I simply pulled out words that were more on Gess' level. Instead of having her spell phytoplankton, we spelled words like toxin. However, there was one worksheet that had three spellings of the tough vocabulary words and you had to circle the correct one. I used that to help Gess at least be able to identify them correctly, even if she could not spell them on her own.
Her copy work consisted of writing bible verses about how God created the seas and all that live in them. This carried us over into our bible study which focused on creation, emphasizing what day God made the water and the creatures that live in it.
We then delved into math and learned a lot about the metric system. I was extremely happy to see that our study already presented it in a way that was very hands on and visual. The only thing I had to do to adapt the study for Gess was to give her an introduction to the metric system since we had never studied it before. In my post The Curiosity Files and The Metric System I go into great detail about those adaptations as well as show their illustrations in practice. Here is Gess using The Curiosity Files demonstration of the difference between a Kilogram, Gram and Milligram.
We of course did not write the essays, but we had a lot of fun playing the adjective game! This game has actually been more beneficial in helping Gess to understand these "descriptive" terms than anything else I have tried so far! You can read more about the game and other tools I used for learning adjectives by reading my last post Adjectives and The Curiosity Files.
We did a whole lot more in this study and had a fun time doing it! For those of you curious enough to want to find out more, I would certainly recommend you getting a copy for yourself. I think you will enjoy learning about these obscure topics as much as we did! You can find them at The Old Schoolhouse Store online. You can purchase them individually or in a bundle pack. The Red Tides book is currently on sale for only $1! That's 86% off the cover price! I am not sure how long that sale is going on so you might want to check it out soon.
Needless to say, by the end of the unit Gess was able to answer all of the questions from the "Let's See What You Learned" section correctly. She really did learn a lot in this study and the best part is she had fun doing it!
As for the lab work, it has been awfully rainy around here lately so we have yet to get to the lake to get a sample of "pond" water for the "Red Tides Special Needs Lesson." However we are hoping to be able to do that this weekend. I know Gess is really looking forward to seeing some algae in action!
I think next we are going to study their latest addition to The Curiosity Files: Platypus! I can't wait to see what they have hidden for us in there!