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Monday, July 14, 2014

Roller Coaster Unit

roller coaster

We took a break after finish up some reviews and our normal studies to do a fun unit on roller coasters! 

Roller Coasters

This unit is filled with lots of fun video clips and links to learn all about roller coasters around the world!  Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett include a wide variety of subjects all based on the topic at hand.  Simply download and go!  Typically we just talk through the unit, but this time I printed it off, and my son did the writing that went along with it.  We did not complete the lapbook this time, as we were doing this unit in the afternoons (they were at camp this week in the mornings). 

In addition to this unit we watched Popular Mechanics for Kids on Amazon Prime, Season 1, Episode 6

Other fun videos on the web -

Engineering & Construction – Roller Coasters

How Stuff Works – Build it Bigger – Roller Coasters, Roller Coaster Seats and How Roller Coasters Work

News 9 – Behind the scenes where roller coasters are made

National Geographic:  I didn’t know that – roller coaster testing

YouTube:  Backyard Roller Coasters (I have not watched all of these, please , as with all videos, preview beforehand to determine if they are appropriate for you family)

Here are some fun books we found at our local library:

And we ended our unit with K'NEX Amazin' 8 Coaster Building Set

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This was our first time using K’Nex.  My almost 8yo (and very avid Lego player) needed quite a bit of assistance with this.  Just an FYI. 

Our final event – FIELD TRIP – to King’s Dominion!!

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