Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Story of Ferdinand

This week, we rowed The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, a classic.  I LOVE this book!
Of course, you simply cannot read this book without watching Disney's cartoon of it from 1938!  Maggie loved it!
We then saw this cute little cartoon, where Goofy plays an unsuspecting matador.  We took a few minutes to watch and giggle over it, too!
Once we had a couple of cartoons under our belts, it was time to find on our globe the setting for this story -- Spain.
 We colored our story disk for this book and placed it on Spain on our world map.
We learned more about Spain from pouring over some books we picked up at the library.  We delved into Spain: A Question and Answer Book by Kremena Spengler ...
... A True Book: Spain by Martin Hintz, where we learned that the bullring is actually called the "plaza de toros," or "the place of the bulls" ...
... Countries of the World: Welcome to Spain by Meredith Costain ...
... Taking Your Camera to Spain by Ted Park ...
... Passport to Spain by Keith Lye ...
... and Country Topics for Craft Projects: Spain by Catherine Chambers and Rachel Wright.
 It was in Passport to Spain that we found this great map of Spain's main economic products.  On it, was cork, like the cork tree that Ferdinand sat under in the story.  We noticed it on the eastern and southern sides of the country.
 In  Country Topics for Craft Projects: Spain, however, this picture's caption reads that it is a southern product, so we decided that the true setting for this story was southern Spain, maybe near Seville.  (We learned more about cork later on in this study.)
After we read, Maggie was curious about castinets, so we found this great video on YouTube, demonstrating how they are played.
Then, it was time to do some work.  I found some great printables at  The first one we completed was the "Where in the World ... Is Spain?" printable, which we decided should go in a lapbook.
 (Here is the inside.)
 We also completed this one ...
... and this one.
 I love these lapbook additions!
That first night, we made the "Paella" recipe out of The Five in a Row Cookbook (page 64) for dinner.
 This was our first attempt ever making paella.
 Their recipe called for pepperoni (a LOT of it) which I wasn't too sure about.  I halved the amount suggested and still decided later it needed to be omitted all together.  (Pepperoni is not a proper substitute for good sausage.)  This is what our paella looked like when done.
 We compared it to the pictures of paella we saw in the library books and decided ours looked pretty good.
It was pretty good.  Again, though, I would omit the pepperoni.
The next day, we discussed the language arts and art for this book.  We talked about how the illustrator used size to relay distance in his drawings.  Then, Maggie made a similar picture of her own.
 This is Ferdinand's mother ("who was a cow") closer in her picture.
 And here is Ferdinand, much father away, sitting under his favorite cork tree.  Cute.
Then, we decided to make the pretty tissue paper flower we saw at  First, we painted both sides of two paper coffee filters.
Once dry, we cut and attached the filters to two pipe cleaners (one long green and two pieces cut from one long black) as directed on the site (though the directions were a bit hard to follow since there were some words missing).  
 Here is our pretty poppy!
Later, it was time for some math.  In the book, Ferdinand is standing next to his growth chart carved into a tree on his hill.  We did the suggested activity in the manual and measured Maggie in inches, then converted that to feet and yards.  She came in at 50.5 inches!
 We used the printable at to complete this activity.
 (We put this in our lapbook as well.)
 Finally, we learned more about cork trees and harvesting cork.  First, we found some photographs online of cork harvesting.  Here are a few of our favorites.
Then, we watched two great videos of how cork is harvested.
(These were both found on YouTube,)

After the videos, it was time to investigate cork further.  First, we noted how light and smooth it is.
 Then, we realized how buoyant it is once we saw how it floated.
It also dries really well.
 Finally, we decided to use it to make more art.  We used it as a stamper to make more flowers on some white cardstock.
 Cork flowers!
Finally, we completed this last foldable that we nabbed from and added it to our lapbook.
(The inside.)
Our lapbook!
We won't row anything this coming week as we complete a week-long study on Christopher Columbus, but we will continue with FIAR next week.  Here's an interesting fact that you may not know ... Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo) lived in Spain and the King of Spain who he appealed to for resources for his voyage was King Ferdinand!  Check back in with us!

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