Week 19:Books, Books, and more Books! (and a couple of documentaries)

21 Feb

Here are some resources that we’ll be checking into for Week 19. I’m hoping to read some of these books and watch some of these documentaries. Probably won’t get around to all of them…but I found several treasures, so I wanted to–in keeping with my blog–share.


The Lost World of the Anasazi (Peter Lourie)-I was sooooooooo excited to find this book at my library! I have never heard anything, ever about the Anasazi.

People of the Silence: A Novel of the Anasazi (Kathleen & W. Michael Gear)-I’m not familiar with this series, but it popped up on Amazon when I was looking for books about the Anasazi. It’s historical fiction and had great reviews on Amazon. It’s Book 8 in a series called The First North Americans, which I had not heard of previously. I love historical fiction, so I may have to check this one out! So, this is a blind recommendation on my part. Anyone read any in this series? Would love your input, if so. A worthy read?

Science: Documentaries

Seas of Life (BBC Earth)-I was excited to find this series on Amazon Instant Downloads, which you can stream FREE if you’re an Amazon Prime member! We watched a couple of BBC programs earlier in the semester from their Lost Kingdoms of Africa series.  We watched the first episode this morning, and it was excellent! My boys loved seeing the amazing ocean animals; they were mesmerized! It even explained the earth’s cycle around the sun, and it’s impact on the oceans. This was a great tie in from Week 13’s Science Project. (Just an FYI there is a segment on fish spawning that uses some ‘technical’ language. It was over my sons’ heads, so they were oblivious. And, super sad, this episode ended with a pod of killer whales killing a whale calf. I’m still torn up about it!)

This series explores the ocean’s floor, the unique creatures that exist on the bottom of the ocean, and more. Each episode is less than an hour, so I think we’ll watch several of these (a total of 8 episodes). There is one episode about the Coasts that explores life at the intersection of land and water. It looks like a great opportunity to review Vertebrates and Invertebrates. I might have my boys shout out Vertebrate or Invertebrate while we watch since my sons LOVE all things wild and noisy! ha! So excited about this series!

DisneyNature: Oceans-My boys may be “ocean-movie-ed” out by the end of next week! ha! I’m so fascinated by ocean life, how its interrelated and connected, and its beauty that these are probably more so for me  than them! ha! We’ve not seen DisneyNature’s Oceans. It’s on hold for me at the library! Wahoo! Can’t wait to watch it! Have any of you seen it? Please tell me there’s no scene of a pod of killer whales killing a whale calf. I need some happy, fairy tale ocean life. Maybe I should just stick to Finding Nemo??

Science: Books

Who Eats What? (Let’s Read and Find Out About Science series)-I love this series! We got this from the library and can’t wait to read it! It explains the concept of food chains and food webs. I’m going to link this with the ocean zones,  and we’ll look at each living thing to determine in which ocean zone  they live.

The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor-We are crazy for Miss Frizz and the Magic School Bus! Can’t wait to read this one with the boys!  We are also LOVING the The Magic School Bus: The Complete DVD Series  that I got the boys for Christmas. There is an ocean-related episode. We watched it last week; it wasn’t totally related to any of the Science New Grammar, but hey, that’s okay because they were still learning gobs from the episode.

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas (Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm)- Molly Bang one a Calcedott Medal for this book’s illustrations, so i have high hopes for this book! I’t son the hold shelf for me at the library! yay! I am excited about how this book incorporates the food chain in existence with ocean life. I’m hoping this will be another natural tie-in with the ocean zones we’re studying this week.

Math: books

Sir Cumference series (Cindy Neuschwander)-I’ve heard of this series previously, but we’ve not gotten to these concepts in our regular Math curriculum. I’m excited to read these next week as we start learning about circles! I’ve heard raving reviews of how the author gently introduces mathematical concepts. My boys LOVE all things knights, so this will be easy to convince them to read with me. 🙂

For other Week 19 resources, you can see my earlier post here.

This post is being submitted to Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood’s Cycle 1 Weekly Link-Up. Find more Week 19 resources there:

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3 Responses to “Week 19:Books, Books, and more Books! (and a couple of documentaries)”

  1. Kathi Vetter February 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Just found your blog. I’m a fellow CC mom (Wyoming) and am thrilled to find another great source for ideas and worksheets to help us learn the new weekly grammar. I wanted to let you know that I found both of the bbc documnetaries you sited (Deep Sea and Ancient Africa) on Netflix! Since I am not an Amazon prime member, but do have a Netflix membership, I was excited about my find.

    • Suzanne Shares March 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      one thing that i love about having this blog is that i get to “meet” people from all over the States! Can I now tell people that I have a friend in Wyoming, Kathi!?!?!? So humbled and thankful to hear that my blog has been an encouragement to you and your family. It truly is a joy for me to SHARE…plus, I get to “meet” cool people like you! We watched another cool documentary this week that was free on Amazon. I’m going to post about it tonight or tomorrow. It may be on Netflix, too! It was great! God bless!


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