Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Brainfood Learning

Brainfood Learning has come out with a set of fascinating DVD’s. 


I have an 8 year old daughter who is obsessed with bugs!  I am talking obsessed.  She loves to learn anything about them.  I had never used videos as a teaching tool about them. 
We were both head over heels excited to find out we were going to be receiving The Fascinating World of Insects DVD.

This appropriate for all ages DVD is about 43 minutes long and includes truly captivating pictures as well as interesting facts about each insect. 
Each insect has video of it in it’s natural habitat. 
The insects featured are: grasshopper, ladybug, rhino beetle, firefly, mosquito, honey bee, water strider, ant, praying mantis, dragonfly and butterfly.
You will learn many details about each insect, such as body parts, and what they are used for.  If the insect is commonly a predator, or prey.
There are multi level reviews at the end of the video.  They range from fairly easy with a flashcard type activity. The more advanced students can do a review/ quiz on the facts of a specific insect as well as broader scientific terms related to insects.

There are also some FREE! PDF lesson plans for each video.

Here is a short preview sample of the DVD.

Shortly after Katey watched this video for the first time, we went on a small nature study walk.  She caught some Water Striders, which she had learned about in the video. 
She brought the bugs home and gathered all her friends around to check them out and then had all her friends watch the DVD with her. 
She They all learned many things from the video and were able to look up close and personal at Katey’s bug collection.  The video showed incredible close up picture of the bugs and their parts; it was really neat to see the kids all looking for and pointing to the ones they saw on the video.

This video was able to hold my 8 year olds attention as well as many of the neighborhood boys and girls ranging from 4-10.  It was fun to watch them yell out the answers on the reviews at the end.   I really do feel like they all learned a lot from this DVD, as well as it opening their minds to want to learn more about insects.

To see what others think of these 3 videos, check out this post.

To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.

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