Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

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After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

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This free Thanksgiving Unit Study guide contains some of the best resources for putting together your own theme unit to use in your homeschool. Ok, not just “some.” There’s actually nearly 100 resources … and they are all FREE!

Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

In this guide you will find ideas and resources covering a range of topics including:

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Fine Motor & Cognitive Thinking Skills
  • Crafts & Hands-On Activities
  • Recipes
  • Complete Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Each of these resources are completely free!

To create your unit, simply browse through each of the categories, select as many (or as few) as you want to use and decide what order you will use each resource. You may want to complete one item from each category each day, or one item a day.

Grab your Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide below. That’s it!  No strings, no catch!


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Free Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

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This is a homemade Sea Turtles picture book project, designed with homeschoolers in mind. It’s fun, relaxing, and is a great way to assist children in learning about one of our planet’s most fascinating endangered species.

Free Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

Materials Needed

• Plenty of standard-size notepaper or plain white paper
• 2 sheets standard-size card stock
• Internet access
• Reference books
• Pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, etc.

Time Needed

Approximately one full school day for younger students. One half-day for older students. This project can be spaced out according to your child’s attention span and your family’s homeschooling needs.

Getting Started

You will need plenty of room and a clean surface to spread papers on, preferably with visual aids within easy reach and viewing. To start, have your child write down the common names of the turtles (Advanced students of 13+ years might also like to write the Latin classifying names), leaving plenty of room for drawings of the turtles, diagrams, and interesting facts he wishes to add the more he learns. Ideally, each turtle should have a page to itself.


Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
The leatherback turtle is the largest non-extinct marine turtle known. It is called the leatherback because unlike other turtles its top shell, or carapace, is flexible and leather-like rather than hard.

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
The hawksbill turtle is so named because the hooked shape of its upper jaw, or mandible, resembles that of a hawk’s beak. The hawksbill prefers warm waters and is often found around coral reefs.

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
The green turtle is not usually green on the outside, although it can range in color from tortoiseshell to olive-brown. It is called a “green” turtle because its fat is green. The green sea turtle is more rounded in shape than its fellow sea turtles.

Black Turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizi)
The black turtle is quite dark if not black as its name suggests. The shape of its carapace is more angled, with the sides sharply sloping down to the edge. However, it only has a slight keel (a ridge down the center of the carapace that aids balance).

Flatback Turtle (Natator depressa)
Almost always found near North or Northeast Australia, the flatback turtle resembles the green turtle except for the flattened shape of its carapace. It is gray to brown in color.

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)
The loggerhead turtle has a large beak and a broad head. It is tan to light brown in color, but can appear greenish because its carapace is often covered with barnacles. Because its beak is so large, the loggerhead is able to eat mollusks, echinoderms and crustaceans.

Kemp’s Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
The Kemp’s Ridley turtle’s carapace is heart-shaped and greenish gray. The Kemp’s Ridley turtle is rare, breeding in the Gulf of Mexico drifting to colder areas of the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Northwestern Europe. The Kemp’s Ridley is small, growing to about 2 feet in length.

Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
The Olive Ridley Turtle is similar to the Kemp’s Ridley turtle except that it is olive colored rather than grayish green. It nests in Central America and on the coastline of East India.


For some students, drawing the sea turtles is the best part of the lesson. Other students prefer to get straight to the studying and diagramming. Using the student’s drawings or printouts, and referring to your books and the Internet, have your child draw an arrow to each part of the turtle’s anatomy, labeling the parts as so:

carapace: the turtle’s top shell
plastron: the turtle’s bottom shell
flipper: the turtle’s “arms” used for swimming and digging
scutes: bony plates that make up the turtle’s shell
bridge: the part of the shell that holds the carapace and plastron together
prefrontal scales: scales on the turtle’s head, between its eyes
keel: a ridge down the center of the carapace, aiding balance
tail: the turtle’s tail

Older students might like to label the following parts:

Specific Scutes of the Carapace: nuchal, neural/vertebral/central, marginal, pygal, supracaudal
Specific Scutes of the Plastron: epiplastron, entoplastron, hyoplastron, hypoplastron
post orbital scales: scales located around the turtle’s eyes
inframarginal scutes: the scales of the bridge


The student should now provide lines upon which she can answer some questions about each turtle species. Here are some examples of questions you might ask, depending on your child’s grade level. (You might need an additional sheet of paper for this part of the lesson if the turtle drawing is large.)

1. How big does this turtle get?
Parent: Sea turtles vary in size from relatively small (2-3 feet, 100 pounds for the Ridley) to very large (6.5 feet, 1400 pounds for the leatherback).

2. Where does the species lay her eggs?
Parent: Sea turtles lay their eggs on sandy beaches and then return to the ocean, leaving the young behind to hatch on their own. Have your child identify where each species breeds.

3. What does this sea turtle eat when young? What does this sea turtle eat when mature?
Parent: Some sea turtles are carnivorous (meat-eating) when young, and later go on to eat only plant life. Some continue as carnivores. See if your child can find out what each species eats at each phase of its life.

4. Where does this turtle migrate?
Parent: Using the Internet and reference books as a guide, see if your child can locate migratory patterns for each species. Older students might like to include maps as part of their research.

5. How many are left?
Parent: All sea turtles are endangered species and are thus protected under the Endangered Species Act. See if your child can get an estimate of how many sea turtles are left of each species.


When your child has finished the pages of his/her book, put the pages in order and number them. Add a piece of card stock for the front cover and one for the back. Punch holes with a paper hole puncher and bind the book by feeding floss or string through the holes and tying them off. Have your child illustrate the cover and sign his/her work. The book can be untied and new pages added if your child wishes.

Internet Resources for Learning About Sea Turtles

Ducksters: Easy to read general information and facts about sea turtles

National Geographic Kids: Information about the green sea turtle

Smithsonian Ocean: Facts and pictures about seven different sea turtles

Sea Turtle World: In depth information about seven different sea turtles

Sea Turtle Conservatory: Sea turtle identificaiton key

Echanted Learning: Loggerhead sea turtle printable

Save the Turtles: Sea turtle vocabulary

First Palette: Sea turtle coloring pages 10 printable activity and worksheets about sea turtles


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ABC’s of Co-Ops

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A guest post by Jessica Hulcy.

ABCs of homeschooling

I began experiencing the benefits associated with homeschool Co-Ops before I even knew what they were. Carole Thaxton prayed for someone to homeschool with, and God sent me as an answer to her prayer. Before I knew it, Carole had given me assignments and stated what she was going to do. That was “Co-Oping”—a group of parents sharing the responsibility of teaching their students. The information provided below is taken verbatim from the KONOS Compass and the KONOS DVD Creating the Balance, but it is germane to all units and all kinds of Co-Ops.

Benefits Galore

  • Co-Ops give children the best, even when you are exhausted, by sharing teaching with other moms. Kids still get fabulous activities from one mom, while the other moms do errands or nap!
  • Co-Ops allow children to benefit from the talents of other moms, and moms to benefit by receiving feedback on their children from other moms.
  • Godly moms are not only fabulous role models for your kids but also serve as an intimate prayer support for all moms and kids.
  • Groups offer ways to gain much more information. Instead of one report by one child on one tribe of Native American Indians, if there are eight kids in the Co-Op, then there can be eight reports on eight different tribes wearing eight different tribal costumes! This is the ultimate in reinforcing learning as kids see and hear again from other kids what they learned. Also, the many families provide an instant audience for all performances!
  • Homeschoolers are often attacked by non-homeschoolers for isolating their children and depriving them of social peers with which to interact. Co-Oping solves that problem, but with the twist of parents get to pick the peers!

Guidelines for “Good Co-Oping”

Co-Ops are very much like marriages in that moms need to like the moms and kids need to like the kids in the Co-Op. No one is going to be perfect, but never start a Co-Op with moms just because they live near you and your kids are in the same grade. Past liking each other, solid Co-Oping happens when the moms share the same spiritual, emotional, and academic vision for their kids. Without a shared vision, you are beginning a relationship unequally yoked. Once you have chosen your Co-Op partners, the group can establish goals and workload. What you do not want is for moms to have divergent goals about what constitutes a “good Co-Op day,” e.g., one mother wants a play day while another mother plans for kids to video an interview with a Holocaust survivor and a WWII war veteran, tour the Holocaust museum, and write a first-person report as a survivor or as a soldier using what they learned from the interviews. Those are very different goals! Remember: If you exceed twelve children in your Co-Op, you have forfeited the tutorial method of teaching and moved into classroom method. The tutorial method of one-on-one instruction the type of education that was reserved for nobility in ancient days, as well as the method that has made homeschoolers test in the 80% on the average. I do not recommend abandoning the tutorial method for the sake of more help. On forming two smaller Co-Ops instead of one large one . . . It is best to group kids into readers and non-reader groups. That division helps immensely with activity instructions.

Policies Solve Potential Problems

The more you iron out before hand, the less wrinkles and tears you will have in the middle of the school year. General housekeeping questions concerning days, hours, carpools, lunches, dress, etc. need to be answered. In two or three summer meetings, those items can be addressed. Co-Ops can be weekly, twice a month, or monthly. My vote is for the regularity of weekly, and as long as you have taken dressed kids to someone else’s house, I vote for a full day of Co-Op. This is not a day of seatwork and reading that can be done independently at home. Co-Op day should be reserved for Barnum and Bailey activities that take time to organize and work better with a group. As long as you are getting eyeballs to dissect, you might as well pick up twelve of them! Discipline is always a concern when you take care of another person’s kids. Personally, I can work with a known felon—if I am in agreement with his authorities or parents about what my response should be and what their response to unruly behavior is going to be. With many families involved, be sensitive to money issues and dress issues. While one family may have expendable income for craft materials and field trips, another may not. Dress is also an issue. You don’t want Janey’s special dress ruined by paint, and you do not want the kids to go to the museum representing homeschoolers looking like ragamuffins. Communication is the key. Confucius says, “Faintest ink better than strongest memory.” Discussion that establishes agreed-upon, written policies before issues arise gives everyone policies to refer back to when issues arise, thereby putting the focus on established policies rather than on personalities. Above all else, add a covering of prayer for each other and each other’s children.

Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Curriculum, the first curriculum written for homeschool, is an educator, author, and formerly popular national homeschool speaker prior to her near-fatal wreck in 2009. A graduate of the University of Texas, mom to four grown sons, and “Grandear” to grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband Wade on acreage in Texas. Recently Jessica and Wade started the ultimate online help for homeschooling moms called Homeschool Mentor. Visit and

Copyright 2013, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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Fun and Easy Homeschool Science Experiments

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Teaching science – it’s one of those things that homeschool parents either love or hate.  Whichever side of the camp you’re on, these fun and easy homeschool science experiments from Educents can add some creativity to your lessons!

Check out these science experiments, science freebies, and science books that will make science fun for everyone.

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Magic School Bus Polymer Group Pack

Seat belts everyone! Get ready to grow amazing polymers! Young Scientists grow super balls, snow, rainbow beads, crystal gels, and polymer flowers while learning about the importance and science of super-absorbent polymers.

This kit provides enough materials for 30 students and is great for the co-ops, science enrichment, boys and girls scouts, camps, and a Magic School Bus birthday Party!

Discounted Magic School Bus Polymer Group Pack on Educents


FREE – Osmosis: The Colorful Celery Experiment

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Are you teaching your kids about osmosis?
Perhaps it is a part of your science curriculum, or maybe you want to just do a little experimenting… The Colorful Celery Experiment is the perfect introduction to Osmosis. Your students will learn how water moves with this fun experiment.

It’s Science Time! Osmosis Freebie on Educents


Science Story eBooks – 50% OFF

BRIANIACSFollow Merrin and Pearl to combine science with adventure in Brainiacs.

Also learn about the nervous, digestive, immune, skeletal and circulatory system with a five part series from Human Body Detectives eBooks.

Human Body Detectives eBook Collection – 50% off on Educents

Magic School Bus Inspired Planet Study – 30% OFF

Plan games, worksheets, and coloring pages to expand your young astronomer’s understanding of space!



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More Science Resources

Looking for more inspiration for science experiments? Check out these resources:

  • The Young Scientists Club – Engage boys and girls around the world in an educational science adventure that lasts a lifetime.
  • Science printables for older kids – Teach With Fergy offers printable task cards, complete science units, PowerPoint lessons, and more!
  • STEM Mystery Books – Teach science and math with these books full of dozens of one-minute mysteries that kids love to solve!

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Summertime Botany Unit Study

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A guest post by Jessica Hulcy.

Summertime Botany Unit

On the first day of class, my Botany professor at the University of Texas held up a tomato and informed the class, “Every time you eat a tomato, remember you are eating a ripe ovary.” Ugh! That was information I could have done without! But admittedly, I was intrigued by this off-the-wall professor.

His teaching style was equally unconventional as we chased him through meadows and along roadsides, keeping up with him as we gathered wildflowers that he pointed out and scratched his every word in our notebooks while walking. In Texas, the state flower is the bluebonnet or more specifically Lupinus texensis . . . and, of course, there is a state law against picking them. Naturally, our professor had been picking bluebonnets one day when a state trooper attempted to ticket him . . . until the professor challenged the officer as to whether the picked flower was Lupinus texensis, the true state flower, or Lupinus havardii, a look-alike. The officer finally tore up the ticket. I loved this professor’s teaching and learned as much from him about how to teach as I learned about botany.

Collect, Compare, and Categorize

First, you collect plant specimens and press them in a phone book or plant press, and then you begin to study and compare them, noticing all their similarities and distinctives. Comparing finally creates categories, which turn out to be plant families. My college professor taught us this rule: “Do not obsess over grouping plants by genus and species but rather examine and group plants by like characteristics to find the plant families.” I followed his lead years later when I wrote a unit study on plants1 but with a twist—the incredible similarities were all a part of God’s incredible design!

Members of the grass family, the most important economic family to man, all have hollow stems, tiny flowers, and parallel veined leaves, from crabgrass to bamboo to wheat to oats to corn to rice to sugar cane. The mint family members have square stems and usually have a strong odor: mint, basil, rosemary, sage, and lavender. The rose family does not simply include the thorny beauties, but it includes all those edible fruits such as strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, and cherries. Members of the rose family have five petal flowers coming from a floral cup that develops into a fruit like the fruit rose hips! The pea or legume family has flowers that look like a mouth and seeds that grow in pods, such as beans, peas, peanuts, bluebonnets, wisteria, and mesquite trees.

Composites or Asteraceas make up the largest family in the world and are actually a number of tiny flowers clustered together to look like one flower. When you give a daisy, a sunflower, a mum, a dandelion, or a thistle, you are essentially giving a bouquet of flowers in one flower— a very economical bouquet!

Eat and Review

As you learn about plant families, it is always fun to cook and eat representatives of each family. Summertime is a great time for salads, and salads can provide great review of not only plant parts but also of what family each plant comes from. Start building your review salad with lettuce or leaves from the Composite family. Next, add flowers from the Cruciferae family by adding pieces of broccoli and cauliflower plus roots and stems from the Mustard family with sliced carrots and celery. No salad would be complete without tomatoes and sliced bell peppers, both fruits or ripe ovaries, from the Nightshade family. I personally like to add marinated buds from the Composite family by adding artichokes. Even the olive oil dressing is squeezed from the olive fruit and seasoned with a bulb or enlarged stem from the Lily family called garlic. Salad . . . not only good for your body, but a good test for your mind!

Recline, Read, Think Deep

Poetry provides wonderful literature to accompany your plant unit. Tons of poems about flowers, plants, grass, and even weeds are found in my poetry anthology of choice, Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris, from the Bible to classics to humorous poems—all perfect for children’s minds and hearts. Teach poetic devices such as personification, similes, metaphors, symbolism, and synecdoche to kids of all ages as they appear in a poem rather than teaching them as separate, independent lessons.

The meat and meaning of poetry speak to the heart and are worth mulling over, as in “Flower in the Crannied Wall” by Tennyson. In that poem, the poet tries to understand the complexity and beauty of a simple flower, recognizes his inability to understand something so wonderful, and surmises if he could understand a flower, he also would be able to understand God and man. This is a complete theology lesson fit for a seminary student—in a poem! What worthy thoughts to ponder as you read and recline on a summer day.


  1. KONOS Orderliness unit.

Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Curriculum, the first curriculum written for homeschool, is an educator, author, and formerly popular national homeschool speaker prior to her near-fatal wreck in 2009. A graduate of the University of Texas, mom to four grown sons, and “Grandear” to grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband Wade on acreage in Texas. Recently Jessica and Wade started the ultimate online help for homeschooling moms called Homeschool Mentor. Visit and

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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Free Minions Math Printables

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This blog post is brought to you by Educents.  If you haven’t check them out – do so now!  They offer great deals on all sort of things like:

What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies?

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These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion fans. It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

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  • Minion Addition (to 12)
  • Minion Subtraction (to 12)
  • Minions Making Ten
  • Minion Measurement
  • Minion Money Match
  • Missing Minion Numbers
  • Minion Number Cards

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Early Math Musical DVDs

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This DVD set from Rock ‘N’ Learn is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Like the Minions, these DVDs have fun characters your little ones will love to get to know! Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. Kids will learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks. Includes Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD, Money & Making Change DVD, and the Telling Time DVD.

I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy. Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! 🙂

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Backyard Science: Learning About Fungi

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Free Fungi Lesson Plan

Fungi is an entirely unique group of living things that most people, including children, are curious about. Most children recognize the most common form of fungi, the toadstool mushroom, because it has been used for generations in children’s literature and designs. There are so many different forms and type of fungi around us, and it is important that kids understand how they fit into the ecosystem around them.


Use these prompts and activities to help children learn more about fungi right in their very own backyards.


Go on a Fungi Hunt

Look around the backyard for different types of fungi, including toadstools, shelves and creeping fungi. Where are you finding fungi? Is there a common place where children notice fungi growing? Steer them towards dead or decaying trees and plants, look near wooden pilings and fencing and then inspect the yard for fungus growing in the soil. Help children snap pictures of create illustrations of the fungus they find.


Compare Living Things

Fungi are entirely unique because they are not considered to be plants or animals, but are an entirely separate classification of living thing. Children might notice right away that fungi share the same traits as living things that are considered plants and living things that are considered animals. When identifying fungi, ask them to observe what they notice about the fungus in question. Where is it growing? How is it feeding itself in order to grow? Point out that some fungus grows in the soil like plants, but they do not need sun to grow like plants do.


Fungi as Food

Talk with children about fungi being a source of food. There are safe and unsafe fungi, so discuss the importance of never eating fungi that they might find. Take children with you to the grocery store to find and purchase some of the safe types of fungi, including yeast, and bring it back home to make a meal with.


Fungi Place in the Ecosystem

Fungi are important to the ecosystem, and children might have already discovered their role without realizing it. Discuss where they commonly find fungus and discuss the ways in which fungus feed and break down dead organisms in order to soil and organic material that can feed plants.


Build a Fungi Garden

Fungi are able to grow in so many areas, but to help children learn a little more about the needs and growth of different types of fungi, set up a fungi garden. Because they are quick to develop where dead, organic material is located, help children set up an open compost pile with garden debris that is wet and left alone. Observe the pile for growth every couple of days and see what types of fungi grow. Are animals and insects attracted to the pile and fungi?

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Free Dinosaurs Unit Study

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Ready, set, learn! This short dinosaur unit study gets you up close and personal with the world of dinosaurs. Mix and match the resources provided here to capture your child’s interest and share the basics about these prehistoric animals!

Online Reading About Dinosaurs

Zoom Dinosaurs: Use this online textbook to learn everything from the definition of dinosaur and extinction to dinosaur anatomy and classification.

Facts About Dinosaurs: Get the facts about T. rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more!

Debunking Dinosaur Myths: How much do you really know about dinosaurs? Read some commonly spread myths about these prehistoric creatures to get the skinny.

BBC Nature–Dinosaurs: Explore various facts about dinosaurs and get news about the latest discoveries.


Books About Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld: Read about various types of dinosaurs and their sizes.

Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki: What’s a fossil? This book explains it all and provides colorful illustrations to help keep children interested

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) by Mary Pope Osborne: This book combines fantasy with facts as Jack and Annie travel back through time to see the dinosaurs.


Dinosaur Activities

Fossil Cast Project: Make your own fossil at home.

Draw T. rex: Learn how scientists figure out what dinosaurs looked like, and then draw T. rex!

Make a Paper Mache Dinosaur: Craft your own dinosaur out of paper mache.


Dinosaur Videos

The Age of the Dinosaurs Begins: Watch this video about early dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs 101: Watch this National Geographic video for insight into what we know about dinosaurs and what we still have to learn.

Stegosaurus v Allosaurus: What happens when Stegosaurus and Allosaurus square off? Watch this video to find out.


Free Dinosaur Printables:

Dinosaur Word Search: Practice dinosaur-related vocabulary and word search skills.

Dinosaur Flashcards: These printable flashcards provide facts about dinosaurs. Print and learn!

Dinosaur Printables: Print a range of dinosaur-themed worksheets. You don’t need a membership to print the samples.


Do you have a suggestion on how to make your Dinosaur theme unit fun and active?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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How to Diagram Sentences

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Sentences are one of the most wonderful things in the world. It can make you laugh, cry, angry, and extremely happy. But it is sometimes annoying to see sentences that are not properly constructed. It may look so complicated at first, but ditching grammatical errors is easy as eating a piece of cake. Here are the steps on how to properly diagram sentences and make your grammar teacher the happiest.

  1. Look for the verb in the sentence. Verbs are action words. They indicate actions. Once you found the verb, draw a horizontal line with a vertical line standing in the center.
  1. Identify what is the subject of your sentence. This will be a noun. This is usually the doer of the action which can either be a thing, a person or an animal. Once you are able to identify what is the subject, place the subject to the left of the vertical line you just draw earlier. The subject answers the question “who did the action?”
  1. Find the direct object if there is one. This can be a person, a thing or even a place that is the receiver of the action. Even though this may be essential to the sentence, take note that not all sentences have a direct object. If there’s a direct object, draw a line after the verb and place the direct object there.
  1. Find the articles or possessions. Draw a slanting line below the word which is being modified by the articles.
  1. Look for the adjectives. Place the adjectives on a slanted line below the word it modifies
  1. Find the adverb. Do the same as what you did with the articles and the adjectives.
  1. Check if you have a prepositional phrase. If you do have it, then connect the prepositional phrase on a horizontal line below the word they modify.
  1. Examine if your sentence is compound. If it is, you will connect each compound part with a dotted line and the connecting words between them.
  1. For a complex sentence, connect the independent clause with the other clause using a dotted line.
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