Curriculum, Homeschooling

Magic Tree House Curriculum: Dolphins at Daybreak (Book 9)

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Supplies:

  1. Magic Tree House Book Dolphins at Daybreak and Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Dolphins and Sharks – A Nonfiction Companion to Dolphins at Daybreak [I try to get books from the library whenever possible, but they don’t always have everything.]
  2. There are no Backpack Journals for Book 9. (Click on one of the previous books and download the Backpack Study to print 1 Story Mapping with Annie page, and 1 Jack’s Facts page.) You can fill in facts you want to write down on Jack’s Facts page as you come across them in the reading.
  3. Optional: Magic Tree House Games and Puzzles from the Treehouse book [This gets used a lot, but I will try to find alternatives online when possible. I make copies of the pages for easy gluing into the notebook]
  4. The spiral or composition notebook started with book 1
  5. Free account at Magic Tree House
  6. The usual: paper, printer, ink, pencils, crayons or colored pencils
  7. Other supplies will depend on what additional projects you choose to do

[This unit is science-focused.]

Day 1

  • Read prologue and chapter 1-2 of Dolphins at Daybreak
  • After each chapter, use the story map to summarize the main event in the chapter
  • Dolphins Cover Page from Homeschool Share
  • Watch Popular Mechanics for Kids: Talk to Animals**(S2Ep10) [also available on Amazon Prime ]

Day 2

  • Read chapters 3-4
  • After each chapter, use the story map to summarize the main event in the chapter
  • On story map, draw the setting of where they said they wanted to go (picture in book Jack and Annie were looking at)
  • Play Wild Kratts-Dolphin Dive
  • Illustrate It! (Pg. 42 MTH Games and Puzzles); Draw what Jack and Annie see out the mini-sub’s window

Day 3

  • Read chapters 5-6
  • After each chapter, use the story map to summarize the main event in the chapter
  • Watch National Geographic for Kids: Amazing Animals- Giant Pacific Octopus and Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Fishing for Similarities (Pg. 43 MTH Games and Puzzles)

Day 4

  • Read chapters 7-8
  • Story map after each chapter
  • Watch All About Dolphins for Kids**

Day 5

Day 6

  • Read chapter 1 Dolphins and Sharks Research Guide: Oceans [Book says 4 oceans, but they are now classified as 5.]
  • Sing Five Oceans song
  • Add map of oceans and continents to notebook; Color each ocean a different color (print at custom size 80% if using composition book)

Day 7

  • Read chapter 2-3 Dolphins and Sharks Research Guide: Dolphins/Dolphin Life
  • Add Dolphin Anatomy Lapbook piece to notebook
  • Watch Popular Mechanics for Kids: Sea Creatures**

Day 8

  • Read chapter 4-5 Dolphins and Sharks Research Guide: Sharks/Sharks as Predators
  • Complete as much as you can of the Shark Unit from Royal Baloo, using information from the book, Wild Kratts, and any other books you have from the library for this unit
  • Watch All About Sharks for Kids**

Day 9

Extras:

(Updated 11/28/18)

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