Friday, October 4, 2013

Trees, trees, trees!

Today, in our Bible study, we again read the story of Noah's Ark and how the rainbow is our reminder of God's everlasting covenant with Noah and His people.  We have also been reviewing addition, so when I saw this cute idea at, using a rainbow to show all the ways you can make 10, I knew we had to do it.
 She was tickled with this little visual!
I also found these great addition worksheet using robots (which Maggie loves) at, and, respectively.  (Go to the site's pages to download them for free.)
She loved the second worksheet most of all, being able to paste the equations in their appropriate boxes.
We also worked on a new sight word, how.
I don't think I've mentioned this before, but we have one wall in our classroom devoted to sight words.  Every day, we add a new one to the wall, and every day, we read the entire wall for review.  This has been a great tool and she loves to show Daddy what she knows by reading the wall to him on the weekends! 
I decided to expand on today's sight word by making a little lesson on the -ow word family.  I had her read Bow-wow! by Bobby Lynn Maslen (Book 4 of Set 2 of the Bob Books) ...
 ... and Cow Takes a Bow by Russell Punter.  (She enjoyed seeing that -ow sound in so many places today!)
 In Science, we have been learning about living things.  Today, we discussed how all living things need food and water.  In our study, we read What is a Food Chain? by Bobbie Kalman ...
... What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You? by Steve Jenkins ...
... and The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains by Joanna Cole.
We then set out to do the activity I found at, to better illustrate a food chain.  First, I printed pictures from an online search of an owl, snake, mouse, grasshopper, and grass. 
 Then, we cut out the pictures and adhered each one to its own disposable cup.
 Once all the pictures were adhered to the cups, we wrote the name of each underneath, along the cups' rims.  (Here they are, in the correct order in their food chain.)
 Stacked, this is what they look like.  (The owl eats the snake, who eats the mouse, who eats, the grasshopper, who eats the grass.)  She loved this activity!
For Geography, we have been learning about forests.  Today, we focused on trees.  We read Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons ...
... It Could Still Be A Tree by Allan Fowler ...
... Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller ...
... Have You Seen Trees? by Joanne Oppenheim ...
... Tree Homes by Carol Ghiglieri ...
 ... Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber ...
... and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The Tree Doctor by Tish Rabe.
We then searched our The Great Wildlife Search book for forest animals hidden in the trees.
And once our reading was done, it was time to do a craft, inspired by the art seen at, using lots of different materials to make a forest scene.  Here, Mags is using different kinds of paper and cardboard to make trunks.
Trunks, ready for some leaves!
For leaves, we used felt, foam, feathers, and even bows!
Forest Trees Art!
Finally, we wrapped up the day with another entry in our journal.
Thanks for checking in with us!


  1. Very creative paper trees! :)

  2. So much fun learning in your home! I love the book list, thank you!