Monday, August 16, 2010

Roller Coasters

Our family has been blessed to be a part of a review team for Download N Go unit studies. I will be using these with Lil Man and Lil Red this year just as I would if I had bought them. I am also giving away one copy of this unit so read all the way to the end to find out how to get your name into the drawing.

Our first unit was Roller Coasters and we had a great time learning things like history, inventors, physics and safety.

The unit came as a download so we were able to print off the pages we wanted and leave the others alone. This is a big plus for me as I am always looking for a way to save a few pennies.

Our objectives for this unit were as follows:
Day 1. What is a Roller Coaster?
Day 2. The History of Roller Coasters
Day 3. People and Places of Roller Coasters
Day 4. Science Secrets of Roller Coasters and Rides
Day 5. Goodies and Gadgets of Roller Coasters

Each unit includes an extensive list of suggested books and videos that you can request from your library as well as instructions on how to assemble the mini-books into the folder to make the finished product. The units also include links each day to videos, maps, definitions, charts and other information that helps the student complete their daily work. I especially like the impeded links because it saved me a lot of time and I didn't have to search for good information all on my own.

My two students (1st & 2nd) that used the study really enjoyed the puzzles, word searches and others activities that got them involved. One thing my family didn't take advantage of was the suggested activities at the end of each day. These really gives the students more hands-on experience but we plan to do that with our next study.

I have shared some pictures of Lil Man and Lil Red working on their units and the completed lapbooks. This time we just used pocket folders to hold their work. At the end, we selected the pages they wanted to keep, finished assembling the mini-books and then attached it all in the pocket folders.

Here are the finished lapbooks (pictures courtesy of my 7th grader).

As I said before, I have been given one copy of Roller Coasters to give away to another deserving family. You can get one entry in the drawing by leaving me a comment on this blog. If you link this post on your own personal blog and let me know, you can get another entry. Also, if you post on Facebook, Tweet or any message board, please let me know and I will put your name in again. I will let my two year old draw the name on August 27th so I must have all comments/entries in by midnight on August 26th. Good luck!


  1. I have been interested in the Download n Go items for awhile, thanks for sharing how they worked for you! I am excited to have a link to your blog, I will add it to my blog folder that is full! Lol.

  2. Great job! I linked you on my blog:)

  3. Cool Cheri! I posted on FB and Tweeted on Twitter!

  4. Okay... one entry for commenting. Another cause I'll post on FB. And IF I can figure out how to "link" on my blog (because I'm not computer literate, at all!) than I'll have 3 chances to WIN!
    But just 2 for now! lol!

  5. I enjoyed reading your review. :) Love that you put the puzzle in the lapbook in an envelope (great idea!). I also am happy to see someone printing these in black & white to show that you can do things a bit differently to meet the needs of your family. :) We love DNG too. I might try printing one lapbook in black and white on colored paper to see what it looks like. :)

    :) Ami Brainerd

  6. These DNGs look like so much fun. I can't wait to try one. This one especially looks like fun for my boys. They would love it! Thanks.