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Friday, February 11, 2011

Cicada Killing Wasp

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! They are everywhere. Some are more pesty than others, but they all have their purpose here on this earth. Isn't it wonderful how God designed everything to work together to balance things out?






There are times we need to balance out our school year by taking a break from our regular curriculum with a unit study. A unit study is when you take one topic and study about it while you incorporate all your subjects. This time we used the Cicada-Killing Wasp Unit from The Curiosity Files, available from The Old Schoolhouse Store.

The UNL Extension Horticulture website says that the Cicada Killing Wasp is the largest wasp species in Nebraska. I find that very interesting since I have never heard of them, so I learned right along with my kids on this one.

We learned the characteristics of these wasps, what they are good for, how to find them, what they eat, how long they live, what their enemies are, and so much more. We are really looking forward to the rise in temperature and the snow melting so we can get outside to complete the lab portion of this study.


This unit contains 88 colorful pages in a PDF form to be viewed or printed with Adobe Reader. It is recommended for ages 8 to 13 and up. I used it with my 6, 8, and 9 year olds & I would be the "up", because I also learned from this study. We covered all of the following subjects:
  • Bible
  • Math
  • History
  • Geography
  • Literature (with a book list)
  • Writing- focusing on essay writing and commas.
  • Spelling & Vocabulary
  • Copywork - to help our penmanship
  • Science
  • Art- crafts, coloring pages, and a snack recipe
There are also:
  • Discussion questions
  • Fun activities and games
  • Lapbook/notebook pages with links
  • Internet resources and video links
  • Special needs
  • Answer key
You can view a sample here.

Are your kids curious about the world around them? Professor Ana Lyze the character from The Curiosity Files will help keep them busy with 9 titles in the series. Her research team specializes in the bizarre to help educate your children about subjects you may never think of. You can get The Curiosity Files™- 9 Pack Bundle CD for $49.00. You can also buy them as an ebook for immediate download for $46.00. The titles are available individually, but the prices vary from time to time with all the sales they offer at The Old Schoolhouse Store.

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The other 8 Curiosity Files are:
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We are looking forward to completeing more of these units, I have already purchased MRSA, the Red Tide, and Dung Bettle. The members of TOS Crew reviewed different titles from The Curiosity Files, so head on over and see what was said about some of the others.
As a member of TOS Crew I received the Cicada Killing Wasp Unit to use with my children free in exchange for my review of the item.

5 comments:

Nancy said...

Hi Lisa,
So nice to "meet" you via the Teacher's Toolbox Team. I love how your butterflies match the colors for this Curiosity Files. Ha!

wendy-homeschoolingblessings said...

Hey Lisa!

I am on the Crew this year too, but I'm not on the forum a lot. I enjoyed your review and your blog! :) I reviewed the Puffer Fish study. I've got to post it later tonight, though. I haven't had time to do it yet today.

I came by from the Teacher's Toolbox email that Sharra sent out. And I just signed up to follow your blog on Google Friend Connect.

Hope you have a great weekend! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better as we work together on the Teacher's Toolbox and the Crew.

Wendy

The Unsell Family said...

Enjoyed reading about the Wasp study. We did the Quicksand one and loved it.

Pleasantly Peavey said...

Hi. Love your background. Good post too. We had fun with our red tides unit too. I am now following you too. ;)

Cara said...

Hi. Thanks for commenting on my blog. This is my 1st year on the Crew. And I just joined Teacher's Toolbox too. Looks like we'll be seeing more of each other. :o)

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