The Curiosity Files: Puffer Fish Unit Study {Review}

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Curiosity Files: Puffer Fish Unit Study from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  This complete Unit Study is available as a PDF download and is one of several topics.

Other Curiosity Files titles include:

  • Blue Diamond
  • Blue-Footed Booby
  • Platypus
  • Quicksand
  • Snow Rollers and Other Snow…
  • Zombie Fire Ants

They sound pretty interesting, don’t they?  Each of the titles listed above, including the Puffer Fish study sells for $6.95 each.

You can grab these great titles for $1 each:

  • Cicada-Killing Wasp
  • Red Tide
  • Dung Beetle
  • MRSA

If you like saving money (who doesn’t, right?), you can order a 9-pack bundle for $46 as PDF downloads or for $49 on CD.  The bundle includes:

  • Blue Diamond
  • Dung Beetle
  • MRSA
  • Puffer Fish
  • Red Tide
  • Zombie Fire Ants
  • Blue-footed Booby
  • Cicada Killing Wasp
  • Quicksand

The age range sited is 8-13 years old, but I was able to do most of the Puffer Fish with my son who’s 5 1/2 – he actually begged me to do more each time we sat down with this because he was so interested in it!  I also noticed that they had a project that was designed for preschool and up….so it definitely can be adapted for the younger kiddos.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a Bible portion, as well as a gentle weaving-in of our great Creator throughout the information section.  For example,

God knew just what was needed to make this fish’s body perform as He had planned. Scales simply wouldn’t be able to handle the internal pressure and rapid expansion necessary for the puffer fish to inflate. Instead, what was called for was skin–the same kind of covering He gave you!

Here’s what you and Professor Ana Lyze will discover in this unit study:

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Puffer Fish (*snort* – too funny!).  This is done in an interview format, and it’s FUNNY.  The creators of this clearly had their sense of humor in hand when they wrote this!

After the informational section, there’s a quiz.  We ended up splitting our reading of it over two days (it’s just the way our schedule worked out at that particular time), and I was surprised that my son remembered as much as he had – more than I had remembered, for sure!  The quiz section even has some essay questions for the older learners to research/answer.

Following that is the Bible section (dealing with fear), and then the math.  Some of the math was too complex for Kindergarten, but we were still able to have some fun with it, picking and choosing what works for us.

One of the math activities was to cut lengths of string to represent the different sized puffer fish.  (they range from 1.5 inches to 26 inches – wow!).  I found some pictures of the different types of fish online, and put the type of fish and their measurement underneath the picture.  My son then measured the string and taped the appropriate picture to it.  We love hands-on lessons!

I was pretty impressed at how extensive the math section was – it covers ordinal position, measurement, elapsed time, multiplication and foreign currency exchange rates.

The other chapters include:

  • language arts/writing with spelling activities (this included a word search and a crossword puzzle)
  • “just for fun” with various games you can play
  • copywork (cursive and print) that utilizes Bible verses (love it!)
  • a Science Fair chapter that gives you instructions for making a papier mache fish and a tri-fold fact board
  • History
  • arts/crafts
  • hands-on learning
  • music
  • suggested book list to find out MORE information about puffer fish
  • a WHOLE page of links to check out puffer-fish-related websites
  • an answer key

This was by far one of the more complete unit studies that I’ve seen, and very well-rounded.  It is definitely worth the small price tag!  If your kiddo is super-curious like mine, and enjoys learning as much as possible about a particular, then this is definitely something you should check out!

Disclaimer: Although I received a complimentary copy of this unit study to review, all opinions herein are my own.

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  1. I just read a review on another blog covering a different book in this series. They sound awesome! Thanks for sharing this resource.