For our Australian meal we made Aussie meat pies, kiwi fruit salad, strawberry spinach salad, and Pavlova for dessert. Since Meijer was fresh out of kangaroo meat we had to use ground beef for our meat pies.
We read lots of different books about the coral reef and the animals we studied. We also enjoyed The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Arnold, Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester and Outback Adventures and Great Barrier Reef Adventures both by Jim Cromarty. While Grandma was here we also watched an educational DVD on the Great Barrier Reef. A little too many "millions of years", but otherwise great pictures and informative (what I saw of it anyway--I have to admit to nodding off for a bit of it.) The kids had also planned to watch Finding Nemo, but since the weather was so nice last week they never got around to it. I am sure we will watch it on our way home to Iowa. Along with the movie Spirit, it is Seth's favorite and both are watched without fail on our trips to and from Iowa.
Even though I am not formally teaching Seth, it is fun to see how much he picks up from our read-alouds and from the DVDs and activities the older kids do. From the pictures below you can see that he really enjoyed the coral reef unit!
|Coral reef diorama|