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.
Then we colored our story disk for this book ...
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.)
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.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Inuktitut.png).
Here is "Maggie" in Inuit (or as best as we could figure out)!http://www.education.com/activity/article/igloo-picture/. First, Maggie glued pieces of white tissue paper to the bottom of a blue piece of construction paper for snow.
We also found this great Eskimo file folder game at http://www.filefolderfun.com/Pages/SecondGradeLanguage/BlueIgloo.html, which required her to determine the correct spelling of words spelled with oo or ue, like "igloo."
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 http://www.schooltimesnippets.com/2012/01/fiar-very-last-first-time.html, using little spiky balls and pencil erasers dipped in paint.
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 ...
http://tippytoecrafts.blogspot.com/2013/08/little-tide-pools.html, 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.
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!
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."
Once the sand was dry, we tapped off the excess, cut out our pages, and stapled them together!
Then, we completed the last thing for our theme pocket, a "Pull-tab Crab!"
Maggie's "The Tide Pool" theme pocket!