Sunday, October 24, 2010

"They’re Grrrrreat!" Terrific Tigers DNG

Serving on the Download N Go review team, I was provided with the Terrific Tigers DNG at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. My three little animals truly enjoyed this week long unit study and have walked away with a wealth of information.  In the words of advertising icon, Tony the Tiger, Amanda Bennett's Download N Go's, we think...
 "They’re Grrrrreat!"   

Designed specifically with students in K-4th grade in mind, the Terrific Tigers Download N Go is content rich, yet extremely user-friendly.  While step by step instructions are provided for the week long unit study, you are still afforded the opportunity to tailor fit the activities to the varied learning styles and needs of your children.  Within the download, multiple learning activities are offered including: interactive weblinks, embedded video clips, lapbook components, notebooking pages, puzzles, coloring pages, suggested activities, and a recommended reading list.  See the daily themes listed below, and take a sneak peek at some of the Terrific Tigers DNG activity pages below.
Day 1: What is a Tiger?                                       

Day 2: Getting to Know Tigers
Day 3: Where Are the Tigers?
Day 4: The Science of Tigers
Day 5: Cool Things About Tigers

As I've mentioned in previous DNG reviews, one of my favorite things to do is to take the booklist to the public library and acquire as many supplemental resources as possible.  I was thrilled to find that our local library actually shelved a number of the Terrific Tigers DNG recommendations.  I loved seeing my children soaking in factual information from the non-fiction titles as well as being entertained by the fictional stories hosting tigers as primary characters.  Additionally, with Terrific Tigers, I found titles in several different cultural literary genres.  We read:
  1. Tiger Soup by Frances Temple (An Anansi Story from Jamaica)
  2. The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon retold by Janie Jaehyun Park (a Korean folktale)
  3. How Tiger Got His Stripes as told by Rob Cleveland (a Vietnamese folktale)
  4. Nine-In-One GRR! GRR! told by Blia Xiong (a Laotian folktale) 
Caleb used a couple of his favorite Leapfrog electronics to do some exploring and discovering on his own.  His favorite Leapster game is Animal Genius (which he is well on the road to becoming), and he used his TAG reader pen to learn more about tigers from his National Geographic cards.

Finally, always up for an animal adventure, a zoo membership is something that our family has had since Caleb was 6 months old.  It is one of our all time favorite family outings.... especially now that we can enjoy it with 3 little wild ones.  Our zoo has a great tiger exhibit with tiger training sessions twice a day.  It is a great up-close, yet thankfully, not too personal, encounter with this amazing creature. 
Terrific Tigers DNG was a fantastic unit study.  Not only did my family enjoy it, but several others have blogged about their positive experiences.  Click HERE to read the reviews of others.  You would believe that such wonderful educational materials would be costly, but I assure you that Amanda Bennett's Download N Go's are budget friendly.  In fact, for only $7.95, you could purchase the Terrific Tigers DNG, download it immediately, and be ready to begin the unit.  Just click HERE!

As a special bonus for my readers, Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse have provided me with ONE FREE TERRIFIC TIGERS DNG to GIVEAWAY!!!!  You definitely want to enter!  Please note:  TOS/DNG affiliates including the DNG Review Team and TOS Crew are not eligible to participate.

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Kentucky Frugalista said...

I would love to check out Expedition Africa. I've always been fascinated with African wildlife and would love to introduce my daughter to it through this insightful study.

Joy said...

Looks like an awesome unit study! Stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop!