Saturday, October 9, 2010
You might, or might not remember me posting about our Story of the Universe readings quite some time back. The second book in this series, was a little hard going for the kids and so it was shelved. Finally we brought it all back out (including quite a few extra's that I had found since we first began looking at our Pre-History topic) and finished up with a nice little unit of work.
This is a huge concept to fathom, millions of years, a certain big bang and the creation of the universe out of nothing and all that so I was really just aiming for exposure. I chose not to prepare a myriad of lesson plans (they often back fire on me anyway) and just went along for the ride, seeing where it took us.
Basically we ended up with lots of read alouds and discussions ( a lovely living book approach) and ended, as you will see in my next post about Charles Darwin with a few beautiful notebooking pages.
When I first thought about sharing this topic with the kids, I was barely aware of any books available for children. The Universe Story (the first photo with 3 books in the series) were the first ones I found. As I continued to search more and more titles were brought to my attention one way or another and in the end I had to stop buying books on the topic hehehehe
Whilst we really enjoyed the Universe Story series it is (in my opinion) definitely more suited to at least middle primary and up. However the illustrations are fabulous pieces of art and it is written in such a way that you can easily cut out the more detailed parts to lighten the load for young children.
The two books above were Lifeline Bookfest finds. The Making of Man is an upper level reader that covers the majority of topics regarding the evolution of man and The Human Body by Joanna Cole was a fabulous find. This narrative really gets inside the body and looks at the various bone structures of early humans compared to those of today. Much to our surprise it also included a few simple, but very effective experiments the children can do to show how their bodies have evolved to suit the conditions.
Evolution Revolution is full of great images. We used this more as reference (which really is what is) as opposed to reading it from cover to cover.
When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth and Bugs Began To Swarm, is a middle to upper elementary cartoon of prehistorical life. We will definitely revist this one down the track.
The Dawn Of Man was another Lifeline find. Whilst some of the information may very well be a little dated, as it was published in 1992, I grabbed it for the photographic images than for anything else. Lots of images of bones and fossils and early human implements that we enjoyed looking at.
Beautiful illustrations certainly ensure that Our Family Tree is picked up again and again. Here is the story of evolution depicted once more, but through a rythmic patterm of storytelling. I am very glad I found this book as it much better for a younger audience than some of the of the others.
Just a couple of very simple notebooking pages for this time period, apart from of course their watercoloured narrations of the Universe Story
There are at least a couple more posts coming on this Pre History unit, it's too much to share all in one post.