We just returned from a vacation to the beach! While we were on a ferry heading over to Fort Sumter, Ben spotted a family of dolphins in the water. He was so excited! He loves the ocean and all it has to offer in the way of fun activities and science.
|“We want you to love our ocean, because
we protect what we love.”
- Let’s Go Swim with the Dolphins
- Playtime with the Sea Lions
- Baby Birds and Their Families
- Dinosaurs of the Seas: Marine Reptiles
- Eight Armed Animals
- Living Forever Under the Sea
- Nudi, Nudi, Nudibranchs
- Whale Sharks: World’s Biggest Fish
While the DVD has much to offer, The Educator Guide is chock full of even more information about the ocean biome, teaching across the curriculum, including science, geography, language arts, math, art, music, and character. It is written by Michelle Hoffman-Trotter and Annie Crawley, with the collaboration of an impressive team of educators, scientists and designers.
Matching up with the DVD, The Educator Guide offers lesson plans for each chapter, containing a plethera of activities, such as:
- Character education
- Imaginative play
- Discussion questions
- Activity stations
- Ocean vocabulary
- Websites to explore
- Book lists
- Activities for independent learning
- Tips to help the environment
Much use of imagination is encouraged, often asking the children to imagine they are a certain animal, with scripted imagery for the teacher to read. This is so perfectly suited for the younger kids!
There are loads of printables, including coloring pages, puzzles, and several pages that are easily adaptable for lapbooking or notebooking use. Each section also has a transcript of each DVD chapter.
There are many suggestions for teaching methods in The Educator Guide as well, such as using the KWL method, word maps and anticipation guides, and journaling. At the end of The Educator Guide, you’ll also find a master book list and an appendix aligning each lesson with key educational standards (great for those of you who must report to your state officials).
I looked and looked for the evolutionary content that usually fills science curriculum for classroom use, but apart from one statement about sea turtles “living at the time of dinosaurs”, I found nothing. And since we do believe sea turtles (and everything else) lived at the time of dinosaurs, I didn’t take issue with this statement at all.
Overall, I found this product to be simply lovely.
You can purchase these DVDs from Annie Crawley’s website for $19.95 each. The Educator Guide in printed form is rather expensive (likely because they were written with schools in mind) at $299 for both levels. However, when purchasing any of the DVDs, if you’ll mention in the comments that you homeschool and would like to have the PDF version of The Educator Guide, she will send it to you for free (a $70 value). Currently, she is also offering free shipping on the DVDs.
Other members of the Homeschool Crew have reviewed this product, as well as the other 2 I mentioned. To find out what they thought, click over to the Homeschool Crew blog.
A special thank you to Ocean Annie for introducing us to your lovely DVDs! You’ve inspired my son to want to learn to scuba dive!
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are those of myself and/or my son.