Saturday, June 7, 2014

Katy and the Big Snow

Our latest FIAR read was Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton.  (She also wrote and illustrated Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel which we rowed last Summer.)  Maggie enjoyed the book a lot and insisted that she read it to me on one of the days we studied it.  (I was impressed with how fluidly she read it!)  Here is what we did ...
 This story takes place in "Geoppolis," a made-up town, presumably, in the United States.  After we colored it ...
... Maggie centrally placed it on our US map (but high enough where there could be snow).
 Then, we got to work learning about cities and the responsibilities of people in those cities.  First, we read Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?
 Then, to help us with city maps, we reviewed directions and the points on a compass.  We read Compasses by Adele Richardson ...
 ... then completed this "Points of Compass" worksheet that I found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/katy_and_the_big_snow.php.
 In the book, there is a city map of Geoppolis.
All of the major points of interest are clearly labeled on the map, with roadways connecting each.
We decided to make a "Maggie-oppolis," with the little paper buildings from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/katy_and_the_big_snow.php and the Katy stickers in the back of our book.
Here is Maggie, labeling her compass rose on her city map.
Getting to work!
Drawing in roads ...
It's a map of Maggie-oppolis!
Then we took our toy version of Katy and drove it along the roads of Maggie-oppolis!
(She was tickled that her map could roll up like maps she's seen in stores!)
 Later, we completed the traffic signs worksheets, also from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/katy_and_the_big_snow.php, which required her to keep a tally of all the signs she saw while driving around town.
We, of course, saw plenty of stop signs!
Once home, we graphed our results!
 
Maggie's "Street Sign Bar Graph!"
For a snack, I picked up these vanilla meringue cookies, which look like little snow piles.  (The Five in a Row Cookbook has a recipe, but frankly, I just wasn't in the mood to make them.)
(She was fine with the store's version!)
 To be sure we had our map skills down, we completed quite a few pages in our Evan-Moor Beginning Geography workbook (Grades K-2), which reviewed directional skills, map keys, and symbols.
Then, it was time for an art project!  I found this great idea for a "Snowplow Craft" at http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/01/3-d-shape-snowplow-craft-for-boys.html, using construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons, a toilet paper tube, cotton balls, a small piece of bubble wrap, and white paint.  First, we crafted a truck shape using pieces of constructions paper.
 Once our pieces were glued down, we added details with crayon.
 After we were done adding details, we glued onto the bottom of our truck front a half of a toilet paper tube for the shovel.  Then, we added cotton balls, pulled apart, to simulate snow.
 For the final step to our snowplow, we painted a light layer of white paint to a sheet of bubble wrap ...
 ... and turned it over onto our picture, pressing lightly.
It's snowing!
 The finished product turned out so cute!
 For our final day studying this book, my husband was home and made Maggie some snowflake pancakes.  (He used a squeeze bottle filled with batter to make the details on the flakes.)
Yum!
For math, we completed the "Katy and the Big Snow Story Problems" at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/katy_and_the_big_snow.php.
 Then, we did some measurements to track the snowfall in the book.  We measured four inches on paper (which you can see taped to her door), then ten inches (also taped to her door), and finally, we measured five feet with a piece of string.
 The snow was higher than she is!
 To give her arm a rest and so Daddy could see later, we taped the string to the door ... 4 inches, 10 inches, and 60 inches!  That's a lot of snow!
 Finally for Math, we completed the "Measuring" worksheet at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/katy_and_the_big_snow.php.  Here, Maggie is measuring the length of a spoon in inches.
After Math, we watched this short video of a snowplow at work ...
... before working our own snowplow, our little yellow Katy.  I got this last idea at http://www.delightfullearning.net/2011/03/katy-and-the-big-snow-fi%e2%99%a5ar.html, using equal parts shaving cream and white glue to make "snow."  Michelle had way more snow in the end than I ended up with, but it's because we ran out of shaving cream.  Nevertheless, Maggie had fun.  We spread out our "snow" on a sheet pan I had covered with foil.
 Then, we popped a few plastic trees in the mess and Katy got right to work!
 She did a great job clearing those roadways!
At last, she stopped for a rest between two trees. 
 Our next read?  Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey!  See you soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile was our most recent Roald Dahl read and even though shorter than the rest, it was no less entertaining and clever!  Maggie loved it!
Here she is, showing off "the Enormous Crocodile" that her Aunt Linda gave her!
The first thing we did after we read The Enormous Crocodile was to learn more about them, and how they are different from alligators, by reading Gator or Croc? by Allan Fowler ...
... Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons ...
 ... and Crocodiles by Sophie Lockwood.
I found the best printable resources for this book at http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/Enormous-Crocodile-Lesson-Plans.html.  First, we completed the Comprehension Quiz from that site.
Here is her completed quiz with "a Trunky sticker," the name of the elephant in the book!
After the quiz, we assembled the enormous crocodile writing project featured on the site.  (This was my favorite part!)
 Before we assembled our Enormous Crocodile, we completed the writing prompts, about each of the crocodile's clever tricks.  (I love her picture in this one, of the Enormous Crocodile standing on his tail, pretending to be a palm tree!)
(I loved this picture she drew, too, of the Enormous Crocodile posing as a picnic bench.)
Once she completed the writing, we pieced our crocodile together!  That's one ENORMOUS CROCODILE!!!  (She was very proud.) 
Then, we completed this secret message worksheet from the site.
Here is her work, approved with a "Muggle-Wump the Monkey sticker!"
For some down time later, I found a cute crocodile coloring page at http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/animals/crocodile.gif.
And one of Maggie's favorite activities that we did with this book study was growing this alligator we got from Steve Spangler Science (http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/).
Here he is in his package, ready to come out and grow!
Before we placed him in his water bath (AKA: "pond"), we measured him.  He measured in at 4.25 inches.
 Placing him in his pond ...
 On Day 2, he was up to 6 inches!
And after two more days, he grew to 10 inches, more than double what he started at!
That's one ENORMOUS gator!
Next, we got to work making a "Concertina Croc" as seen at http://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/53566.  (Here are the instructions from that site.)
A regular-sized croc ...
... and an ENORMOUS-sized croc!
Finally, we set out to make the "Roly-Poly Bird" as seen at http://education.scholastic.co.uk/resources/53567.  (Click on the photo below to see the detailed instructions from that site.)
Here is Maggie, putting her bird together.
 Cute!
 Here he is, in flight in our kitchen!  (Maggie told me he was flying higher to escape the croc's jaws!)
We love that Roald Dahl!
 
See you again soon!