Learning Science with Disney Imagineering

We used Disney’s Imagineering DVDs from our library to get ready for our trip. The 11-video series covers a ton of information in a fun, interactive way. It was funny listening to the kids as we went through the park, “Remember when Asa (the DVD host) did that?”

The series includes:

  • Energy
  • Fluids
  • Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion
  • Gravity
  • Friction
  • Magnetism
  • Electricity
  • Levers & Pulleys
  • Trajectory
  • Design & Models
  • Animal Adaptations: Communication

Each DVD includes instructions for a try-it-yourself, interactive activity to reinforce the science principles in the video!

I highly recommend incorporating this series into your pre-trip homeschooling!
Check out the official trailer for the series:

There are a few more excerpt videos Disney has posted online:

I found the entire series available at my local library. The videos are available directly from Disney’s education store for about $20 each. Amazon carries the series new just slightly cheaper with free shipping for Prime members (if you’re not a Prime member, click here for a 30-day trial) and some videos are available used starting around $11!

Around the World at Epcot – Cover page and China notebooking printables

Around the World at Epcot – Cover page and China notebooking printables

Guess who’s going to Disney!?!?! Planning a trip to Disney World over the next few months is going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to tie in the fun of Disney to our school day. And fun school is always a stressless school!

The World Showcase at Epcot provides a perfect link to Social Studies. All those countries just asking to be studied! And map reading skills! How fun does that sound? I’ll be adding new files as I finish them up. We’re starting with China so those are up first!

We’ll be using binders and 3-hole punched pages for our notebooking so that we can add pages as we go (because that’s how I roll). Here’s the layout so far.

Cover page – Around the World at Epcot Cover

Epcot blank map – We’ll be labeling this blank map as we study each country. Hopefully by the time we visit we’ll be experts at navigating even though I’ve never been.

Click images for previews.

Each country represented in Epcot will have its own cover page and tab for easy navigation followed by 4 pages of research/ study guide.

  • Country overview: Color location on world map, draw and color flag, research “vital statistics”, foods, animals and famous people.
  • Language & Fun Facts: Look up & translate 7 common phrases (on translate.google.com) and blank lines for independent research.
  • Timeline: Themed page with space for 6 events in the country’s history.
  • Map: Blank country map. Instructions to label key landmarks and identify bordering countries (14 for China!).

Epcot China Cover Page

Epcot China Study Guide 

Epcot France Cover Page

Epcot France Study Guide 

I still need to complete a page for listing the attractions, dining and entertainment in each Epcot country. And I love the idea of collecting souvenirs during our trip (menus, pictures, postcards) to add to our notebooks/ binders.

That’s the basic plan for now (subject to change). What am I forgetting or what would you add?