August 16, 2010

Download N Go- Roller Coaster (Review and giveaway!!!)

I'm so excited to share with you this review for the Download N Go's Roller Coaster unit study!

And one of you has a change to win a FREE copy too!!!

Disclaimer: I received a free unit from Download N Go for the purpose of trying and reviewing and no other compensation was given to me.

This is our second DNG (Download N Go) unit that we've tried at home. You can read our review for Expedition Australia here. Once again, I LOVE this resource!!!

The user friendly, hassle-free and beautifully laid out format of these unit just makes our homeschool days so much easy and fun, both for me and the kids.
Caleb working on a roller coaster puzzle.
My boys enjoyed every moment we spent on Roller Coaster. The unit comes with everything you need for five days of study, including printouts, links, worksheets, lapbook components, EXCELLENT book lists, science experiments ideas, family fun ideas and much, much more.

The five days main topics are:
#1 What is a Roller Coaster?
#2 The History of Roller Coasters
#3 People and Places of Roller Coasters
#4 Science and Secrets of Roller Coasters
#5 Goodies and Gadgets of Roller Coasters

My boys enjoyed learning about Isaac Newton and the laws of motion and learning some neat coaster facts from all over the world. The video clips links included were a big hit for them as well.

Noah showing one of the many pages he enjoyed coloring.

Roller Coasters was a great starting topic for so many things I would have never thought of! We covered geography, history, physics, technology. art, creativity, amusement parks, spelling, vocabulary, science experiments and great literature in one week with this unit.
You also have a chance to make two different keepsakes of your learning. The first one is a notebook. The entire text of the pdf file can be printed and added to a notebook where the student will fill in blanks, answer questions, build graphs, draw pictures and more.
The second one is a lapbook that can be made to review the material learned that week. We chose to do the lapbook this time around. My camera is acting funny and the picture is not great but all the little booklets are very well done and colorful! Each boy made a lapbook. Inside of Caleb's lapbook
What excited me the most was to watch my boys talk to each other about inertia, friction and gravity while they were playing with their toy cars. Also, no matter what they were working on, they came right away each day when it was time for Roller Coasters.

Boys testing friction, gravity and inertia with hot wheel cars.

If you are looking to introduce your children to physics with a hands-on approach, this would be a great place to start!

So here's the info on how to get this great unit....

Roller Coasters

by Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse

5 day unit for K-4th grade

Price: $7.95 for e-book format (a good deal!)

To purchase the unit go here.

To take a sneak peek at Roller Coasters go here.

To read what others are saying about Roller Coasters go here.

To check out other great Download N Go titles go here.

Now for the giveaway...I have one copy of Roller Coaster to give away here on my blog for FREE!

Here's how it will work....

If you want to be eligible to win, you MUST :

#1 Leave a comment on this post with your name and email.

(for security purpose you can write your email like happygirl AT mybox DOT com or something like it as long as I can figure it out)

#2 Tell me about the very first time YOU rode a roller coaster or what is your current favorite coaster park/ride.

Each person will receive one entry.

If you would like extra entries you can tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway. Then come back and let me know you did. I'll give you an extra entry for doing one of these.

I will choose a winner using on Friday! Spread the word and come back Friday to see if you won.


Sterling said...

Hey Ely! This looks like so much fun so I am entiring to win! I can't remember the very first time I rode a rollercoaster but last summer we went to SeaWorld and I was talked into to riding the Steel Eel. All I have to say is that was like the first time I rode a rollercoaster and I screamed like it was my first time. :o) I have a hiliarous picture of how it was for me. :o)
Thanks for this oppurtunity. Oh... my email is Sterling888@aolDOTcom

Brandi Gibson said...

I just downloaded the free Mexico unit and it looks great. I'm excited to try it. The first time I rode a roller coaster was probably at my hometown's annual fair. I've never really liked them though! brandi_gibson@yahooDOTcom
Thanks Ely!

Jenni said...

Sounds fun! Enjoying your blog. Just stopped by on my blog crawl. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

~Jenni, TOS Crewbie

Linda said...

Loved the pictures....looks like the boys had a lot of fun with the Roller Coaster Unit! I can't remember the 1st time I rode a rollercoaster but the last time I did was at Six Flags Great Adventure. Thought I would have a heart attack my 1st time riding Nitro (it goes up 230 feet then straight down > 200 feet at 80 miles per hour....such a rush! We got on it like 6 times in a row! The best roller coaster I've been on so far...if you're ever down there, u have to try it =)

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Jodi said...

The boys would love to do this unit. We went as a family to our first theme park this summer. This was the first time they rode a roller coaster. My oldest especially loved it! Thanks for the review!

Jodi said...

The first time I rode a roller coaster was when I was dating my husband. He had been on many roller coasters, but this was my first time. He got me to sit in the front car, because I didn't know any better. My eyes were closed the entire time!

The Unsell Family said...

My kids would enjoy this study! Please enter us. My first time on a roller coaster was when I was in junior high and it scared me to death! I hate heights. I have refused to get back on one since that time. LOL!
~Jen Unsell