Wildlife Adventures With a Sea Turtle Unit Study From Adventure Homeschool

My younger girls love animals, so we take every opportunity we can to do animal unit studies. I recently saw the Wildlife Adventure unit studies from Adventure Homeschool. These are downloadable unit studies that can be used to involve the whole family in learning. All of the studies can be used over time to create a nice notebook that features all the different animals. The girls and I recently had the opportunity to review the Sea Turtles Unit Study. The study is a download that can be used by all family members. It includes Bible, spelling, history, vocabulary, and science.


About the Study

The Sea Turtle Unit Study is sixty-five pages long. I chose to read the study from my computer and only print the necessary pages as we came to them. I did the study with my younger girls- 5th and 6th grade.

The study itself isn’t divided into days. There is a suggested daily schedule at the beginning that will allow you to complete the unit in three days, covering all of the pages in the study and allowing days four and five for completing any activities or planning field trips.


The study has a variety of activities for students of varying ages.

  • Bible and handwriting work which allows students to copy verses (There are manuscript or cursive options.)
  • Reading about the sea turtles
  • A compare/contrast chart
  • A grammar lesson, complete with a website where students can practice
  • Internet links to learn about each type of sea turtle, as well as materials to make a lapbook page with mini books of each turtle. Because we weren’t doing this study as part of the complete Wildlife Adventures, we did the page on cardstock and punched holes to put it in our science notebooks.
  • Vocabulary words to be matched to a definition
  • A creative writing assignment with choices for younger students or older
  • Spelling words to copy and write from memory, as well as a word search with the words
  • A phonics less with the “ur” sound for younger kids
  • Information about the sea turtle life cycle and scientific classification as well as a notebooking page that allows students to record this information to keep
  • Geography study that involves mapping where sea turtles live and learning some geography terms
  • A study on the state of Mississippi
  • A historical profile of Ulysses S. Grant
  • Links to sea turtle videos and coloring sheets


Our Experience and Thoughts

The girls and I worked through this study as our science curriculum. Although there are definitely other academic disciplines covered, we were most interested in learning about sea turtles. I read the included information aloud and let the girls take turns following the internet links included so that we could read those together and learn more. The girls enjoyed learning about the types of sea turtles in detail and finding out more interesting facts about sea turtles.

There were a few things I really enjoyed about this unit study and a few things that didn’t work as well for us. I really love the hands-on activities in the study. My girls respond well to those, and we enjoy them. I also like the balance of information that is directly written in the text and links to look up information online. I also appreciated that, although there was a suggested schedule, the study is flexible enough to be used however it fits the family best.


There were two things that stood out to me as negatives. Although the information about the study says it can be used with the whole family, I would definitely say students as old as high school would feel most of the content and activities “too young.” I have high schoolers, and I don’t think this would be as good a fit for them. Because some of the activities have an easier version and a harder version- such as the cursive or manuscript writing choice or the creative writing assignment- I think the study could effectively be used through upper elementary or early middle school age. It was still an okay fit for my sixth grader who enjoys hands-on activities. The other thing that struck me was that, although this is considered a unit study, there are sections that seem to aim to teach something, but it doesn’t go along with the study at all. The grammar study uses the words “swim,” “swam,” and “swum,” but otherwise it doesn’t really fit. And the studies of Mississippi and Ulysses Grant, while educational, don’t seem to fit the topic of sea turtles.

Despite these negatives, I enjoy the hands-on approach to learning. And my girls have really enjoyed getting a closer look at sea turtles with some of the activities we’ve done and information that we read. The lapbooking activity was one of our favorites.


You can learn more about the Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies here. And you can find the Sea Turtles Unit Study here.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this unit study in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.


Leah (9 Posts)

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.

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Delight-Directed Homeschooling Success Story


Guest post by Lelia Rose Foreman.

Many years ago at a homeschool convention, I heard a speaker (possibly Gregg Harris) talk about delight-directed schooling. I would have loved that back when I attended public school, growing depressed as every miserable second ticked by filled with stuff that interfered with what I wanted to do: Learn! I felt I had a chance to do better by my children.

I wasn’t sure, though, that I was doing better for my boys. I read books and attended conventions in desperate hope I would find the key to help my oldest child learn something, anything.

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ALL my son wanted to do was play video games and draw. He spent every second he could escape at a neighbor’s house playing those stupid games. In an effort to keep him at home at least sometimes, we bought a Nintendo. Now the neighbor kids came to our house and spent hours every day playing video games. And my son continued to resist any real education.

As the delight-directed speaker talked about how a love of baseball could be integrated into history, math, composition, reading, geography, and more, I racked my brain, trying to think how Metroid could fit into anything but hand-eye coordination and socialization with the neighbors.

I went home, still mulling over the problem. At home, I picked up a Nintendo Power magazine we had subscribed to since THAT he would read voluntarily. I flipped through the pages and skimmed the Letters To The Editor. Lightning struck. I gave my oldest the assignment to write a business letter a month to Nintendo Power until they published his letter. I figured that would be a standing assignment good for a few years.

They published his third letter.

So, where are we now? At age forty, my son is respected and well-known as an artist at Arenanet working on GuildWars, an online multi-player game filled with gorgeous images. Thousands of people watch his podcast and YouTube interviews and sculpting tutorials. He and I are collaborating on a young adult science fiction series which we hope to start publishing next year. (I am having a wonderful time with the collaboration.) He reads books far too difficult for me to follow about philosophy and ludonarrative theory.

The boy who used to groan when I gave him books for Christmas now has an entire long wall filled with books from floor to ceiling.

I may have done all right by him.

Have you incorporated delight-directed learning into your homeschool?



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Lelia Rose Foreman

Lelia Rose Foreman has raised and released five children, one of them severely autistic. She and her dentist husband have retired to Vancouver, WA, the city on the Columbia River, not the one in British Columbia. She is the author of Shatterworld, a middle grade science fiction. If you should read the book and leave a review on Amazon, she would be extremely grateful.

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This Month in History – October

I have a huge book on one of our bookshelves with the title “20th Century Day by Day.” It has over 1500 pages! This is a book with news stories from the 20th century. I was considering scouring the internet for some history for October and then remembered this book.

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What do we know about October? My first thought is that it should be the eighth month because doesn’t “octo” mean eight? {It does! I looked it up *wink*} As with our previous months, this is another one that was bumped down the line. It is now the tenth month because January and February were added in at some point.

What happened in October? Here are some events from the 20th century, ordered by year:

  • U.S. population reached 76 million! {October 30, 1900}
  • A dirigible, or airship, was flown for 29 minutes and 30 seconds by Alberto Santos-Dumont in France. {October 19, 1901}
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an advocate for female suffrage, died at the age of 87 in New York City. {October 26, 1902}
  • First World Series played in Boston, Massachusetts; Boston won 3-0 against Pittsburgh. {October 13, 1903}
  • New York City subway formally opened, give thousands of citizens a ride on the first day. {October 27, 1904}
  • Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, flew over Huffman Prairie in Dayton, Ohio. It was the first flight over 30 minutes. {October 4 & 5, 1905}
  • American troops landed in Cuba to intervene between rebel and government forces; self-appointed Provisional Governor William Howard Taft promised to keep Cuba a republic. {October 6, 1906}
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey merged into one company after a year of negotiations. The two  continued to travel separate until 1919. The circus would become one of the largest in the world. {October 22, 1907}
  • Wilbur Wright sets two more flight records in a matter of days. The first record was for being aloft for 55 minutes and 37 seconds with a passenger; the second was over an hour with a passenger. {October 3 & 6, 1908}
  • Harvard Law School denied admission to female because of “prejudice against men and women studying together,” and, as the woman, Inez Milholland, is reported to have been told, one trustee was “opposed to all change, including railroads and telephones.” {October 22, 1909}
  • America, a dirigible, broke a record of being in non-stop flight for 71 1/2 hours and farthest distance of 1,008 miles. {October 18, 1910}

Wow! That is only 10 years. {Did you notice a theme this month? It was unintentional!}

Something I noticed while reading the news stories in my book: The facts didn’t always line up. With the internet today it is so easy to double-check our facts. For example, on the 5th of October the book stated that Orville Wright flew his Wright Flyer III in Daytona, Florida. As I live in Ohio, I’m pretty aware of where the flights the Wright Brothers took place. Daytona…Dayton… ? That’s pretty important!

Okay, how about some celebrations for the month? Of course there is Halloween, observed the last day of the month. What others do you know about? Here are some:

  • World Teacher’s Day {October 5, 2015}
  • Columbus Day {October 12, 2015}
  • National Day of Spain (Spain) {October 12, 2015}
  • Sweetest Day {October 17, 2015}
  • Alaska Day {October 19, 2015}
  • Nevada Day {October 27-November 1, 2015}
  • Halloween {October 31, 2015}

There are also month long observances in October:

  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • Filipino American Heritage Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • American Cheese Month

As I was compiling this post, I found quite a few entries for November. Be watching for more This Month in History here at The Homeschool Post!

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Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.

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