Monday, February 6, 2012

Unit Study Ocean Life/Tide Pools

Last summer before our family vacation to California we set out on a three week study of tide pools with a review of ocean life from the summer before (that year we visited Sea World). We completed various tide pool crafts each afternoon while reading three chapters of "Exploring Creation with Zoology." I found most of my craft ideas at Fairy Dust Teaching, my favorite craft surfing site.

Our stations included a sea shell tub and play doe tide pool.

Some crafts that we accomplished were tissue and water color fish.

We also pasted tide pool life cut outs on a giant ocean tide pool.

At the end of the three weeks we visited Balboa Island in San Diego, California where we sailed a ship out into the ocean, toured the Nautical Museum with an interactive tide pool and then we took a beach cruiser to a real tide pool at Crystal Cove.

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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