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Nim's Island Unit Study, Lesson Plans, and Activities
Nim's Island-Inspired Learning
I was enchanted by Nim's Island. The adventure of the young, independent Nim is not only engaging, but opens a door to knowledge of and a connection with nature that many children aren't typically exposed to, in our modern world.
Right away, I saw the potential of weaving my daughter's homeschool lessons around it. The story offers a launchpad for learning about hurricanes, volcanoes, oceans, solar and wind energy, wilderness survival, and so much more, with great related activities.
The resources on this page are what I gathered in preparation for my own use; I was so inspireb y what I found, I thought I'd share them for other homeschoolers thinking the same.
This lovely book easily provides a basis for volcanic, oceanographic, and island study topics, and so many more.
From Homeschool Share
Laura O'Neill's Nim's Island Unit Study on Homeschool Share provides detailed lessons in art, various sciences (many, from gardening to weather), language arts, PE, and social studies, taking us chapter by chapter and with links to related online resources. I love how thorough this is.
From Walden Media
At their official Nim's Island page, Walden Media offers downloadable resources created in partnership with NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program and the National Wildlife Federation. Just click on "learn" at the link.
Free for download are a teacher's guide, informational poster, and activities designed to help students understand organisms and their habitats. The activities are targeted for grades 1-2 and grades 3-5.
Related Lesson Plans
Ocean Study Resources
Galapagos Conservation Trust Junior Zone - Photos and information about the history and the creatures of Galapagos, in a fun, concise, interactive way.
Marine Turtles - Video on DragonflyTV (PBS)
Aquarium of the Pacific Printables - Ocean themed printables.
How Hurricanes Work - At HowStuffWorks. With Video.
Island and Hurricane Video Resources
How Hurricanes Work
Fun Ocean Inspired, Kid-friendly Craft Ideas:
Fun ideas for creating a mini indoor sandbox (without sand).
Sifting for treasure, another take on an ocean in a box, and other ocean themed craft ideas.
at Family Fun
Shell Jewelry Ideas:
I'm thinking my daughter will love creating her own jewelry out of the shells and treasures she sifts out of the sand in the sifting for treasure activity.
About The Nim's Island Movie
Behind the scenes look at the Nim's Island movie - This in-depth article on HowStuffWorks gives us a fascinating look at the making of the movie. My kids especially liked the coverage of the animal actors & the challenges of working with them, and where (and how) computer generated animation was used.