It is of common knowledge that when one earns their Professorship, they immediately become a member of an exclusive society (referred to the Super Smarty-pants Club by the rest of us), and when one is a part of such things-it is inevitable that one will cross paths with the more notable individuals, such as the famous Professor Henry Watson (better known as Indiana Jones). So it is of no surprise then that our precious Professor Ana Lyze has indeed rubbed elbows with Professor Watson-and I am sure she enjoyed every minute of it. After all, such a charming and handsome man draws even the most serious and/or studious lady's attention-regardless if on purpose or not.
And I am quite positive that ensuing unit study on Quicksand was birthed out of her endless discussions with Indiana-especially when he came to the story of how he, and his companions, were saved from the grips of the "lie-in-wait" death trap of sludge. All swooning aside, I am sure Professor Ana Lyze was able to regain her composure, at least long enough to be spurred on to create a new, and exciting week (or two) long study unit, for your adventure seeking children.
Swaying not from the norm here-this unit provides the same line of activities as the previous ones I have reviewed [link is to the Pufferfish]. From e-Links to direct websites regarding fascinating facts concerning the subject, Bible verse copywork (KJV) and Bible instruction, math activities, music and games, Fact File mini-booklets, science/craft projects (like making one's own quicksand), a list of relevant books to use to enhance the study, spelling/vocabulary/writing lessons, and map work. Basically, enough stuff to keep your children enthralled, all the while they are learning!
The Curiosity Files: Quick Sand is yet another wonderful themed unit study, you are sure to enjoy. Certainly this is priced right, easy to execute, and a great way to add some "bubbly" to one's regular studies.
My son truly enjoys the activities found in the Curiosity Files [we have gone through a few now]. We were able to read through the main lesson in the guide, and as noted below-create and play with our own quicksand. Due to the fact we are just wrapping up our Blue Diamond unit, we didn't dabble too long in the mire of this one. As spring approaches, we will get back to it to see if we can locate some local spots where quicksand if found, and further explore the world of this intriguing goo. For us, we find that by using these, we are able to stave off boredom often found from only doing the "regular stuff" in our studies.
image from thesunblog.comBeing that our boy is totally into the Indiana Jones series, and that he has seen this movie (depicted above) several times-he knew right off the bat what scene, the Curiosity Files was referring to! So to capture the essence of the lesson-he grabbed his I.J. doll and set to work testing the new found knowledge of quick sand.
The fun of the "quicksand" of course, is immersing oneself [almost] fully into it.
And since Professor Ana Lyze is related to Miss Frizz,
I do believe we have lived up to her (or is it their?) motto:
"Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
Professor Walton may never be the same after this swashbuckling experience!
The marble was used to test how difficult it would be to remove something from the goop.
not all of it is Bible based, but there is enough of it in here to earn this
This requires some gathering and collecting of books/supplies,
The older children will require much less assistance for most of the activities
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Curiosity Files-Quick Sand info page
$6.95 eBook download
General age range: 8-13 yrs-but one can surly modify to adjust for younger/older students
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**The Old Schoolhouse provided me with a free download version of the Curiosity Files: Quick Sand, to use with my children and so that I could write this review. Please note that I am an independent contractor for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine, that said-I have provided my honest opinion of this product regardless of that fact, and did not receive any financial compensation for it.