Friday, May 2, 2014

Very Last First Time

Our next FIAR read was Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews.  Amazon's synopsis says, "When the tide recedes, a young Eskimo girl living in northern Canada, journeys alone for the first time under the ice, walking on the seabed floor to gather mussels."  I was excited at all of the new things I knew Maggie would learn from this book study.
First, we talked about the geography of the book, Ungava Bay in Canada.  Here, Maggie is locating it on the globe.
Next, we took this salt dough map of Canada we made two years ago as a family ...
 ... and found Ungava Bay on it, too.
Then we colored our story disk for this book ...
 ... and placed it on Ungava Bay on our world map.
Then we set out to learn more about Canada and the Inuit people.  We looked through several books from the library, including Count Your Way Through Canada by Jim Haskins, A New True Book: Canada by Elma Schemenauer, The Inuit: A Proud People by Deborah Kent, First Americans: The Inuit by David C. King, and The Inuits by Shirlee P. Newman.
Once our reading was done, we watched this great documentary on YouTube (which is in three parts) about the life of the Inuit people.  First, Part 1 ...
... then Part 2 ...
... and Part 3.  Maggie enjoyed it a lot and had lots of questions after.
Once we watched the videos, we set out to complete the Inuit history pocket out of our Evan-Moor History Pockets: Native Americans workbook (Grades 1-3), which included fact sheets, dictionary cards, and activities to better learn about the Inuit culture.
(Here is the start of our pocket.)
 One of the activities in the book was to make a contraption similar to a pole used for ice fishing, using a paper hook and fish, some string, a straw, and magnets.  Here is Maggie, ready to let down her paper hook to catch a fish.
 (Magnets adhered to both help the hook to "catch" the fish.)
 Pulling back on her rod ...
 Here is another activity we completed from the History Pockets book.  We learned that "igloo" is actually short for "igluviak."  Here is Maggie's igluviak. 
Here she is, inside ...
Cute!  She showed me that her carving was a little penguin, carved with whale bone.
Maggie's Inuit history pocket, all done!  (This will be added to the other pockets we've done of other Native American tribes so she will have a complete book of eight different tribes when we're all finished.) 
We then wrote our names using the characters in the Inuit alphabet (
Here is "Maggie" in Inuit (or as best as we could figure out)!
Then, it was time for an art project!  We found a great idea for an igloo picture using a photograph to add ourselves into the scene at  First, Maggie glued pieces of white tissue paper to the bottom of a blue piece of construction paper for snow.
 Once her snow was down, she glued white squares of paper into the shape of an igloo.
 Next, we added small pieces of paper cut into a long coat, boots, and mittens for her body.  Here, she is adding buttons to the coat with a black marker.
 Finally, we added a photo of her face, surrounded by pieces of cotton ball glued on for her furry hood!  This turned out so cute!
 Inuit Maggie!
We also found this great Eskimo file folder game at, which required her to determine the correct spelling of words spelled with oo or ue, like "igloo." 
 She placed the Eskimo on the igloo with the correct spelling.
 All done!  She was very proud because she got every one of them right!
The illustrations in this book mimic pointillist paintings, with the numerous little dots of color.
To reproduce the style of artwork in this book, we used the idea seen at, using little spiky balls and pencil erasers dipped in paint.
 The effect was similar!
After our art was complete, we listened to this demonstration of Inuit throat-singing.  Maggie's response?  "Cool!"
Then later, for science, we talked about the ocean and why it is made up of salt water.  We talked about the differences between salt water and fresh water, then made some salty water to see if its smell reminded us of the ocean. 
It was time to learn about tidal pools!  To start, we read The Seaside Switch by Kathleen V. Kudlinksi (a GREAT book!) ...
... Waves, Tides, and Currents by Daniel Rogers ...
  ... and Coastal Habitats by Barbara Taylor.
Next, we made the tide pool craft we saw at, using a paper plate, crayons, scissors, a glue stick, blue cellophane (which I picked up on a roll at Michael's craft store), and printouts of different creatures you'd see in a tide pool.
First, we colored the creatures ...
... and then glued them onto a paper plate.
In the book, the main character goes onto the sea floor to collect mussels, which are described as "blue-black."
I was tickled that she colored her mussels the same way!
Once our creatures were glued, we adhered a piece of the blue cellophane over the paper plate, being sure it was taut over the side with the colored creatures.
All done!  Our little tide pool!
For our next few activities, we used this Evan-Moor Theme Pockets: August workbook, focusing on the "Ocean Habitats" section, particularly the pocket labeled "The Tide Pool."
The first thing we did was put together this little "Tide Pool" mini book by coloring the pages ...
... then adding glue before we sprinkled on real sand!
Once the sand was dry, we tapped off the excess, cut out our pages, and stapled them together!
Our second activity out of the Evan-Moor workbook was making a bat star out of a paper plate.
Here is the front of Maggie's bat star ...
 ... and here is the back, which she made anatomically correct with its mouth in the center, one eyespot at each point, and its tube feet!
Then, we completed the last thing for our theme pocket, a "Pull-tab Crab!"
Maggie's "The Tide Pool" theme pocket!
And, finally, to wrap up this book study, we made an "Eskimo Dinner" by making the three recipes for this read in The Five in a Row Cookbook, Poached Shrimp, Fry Bread, and Succotash!  Here is Maggie, stirring our Succotash! 
Fry bread!
 It was a hit!
See you next read!

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