Our latest FIAR read was Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, a book we have treasured for years now. It was fun to really dig into it in a different way than we ever had before, though! Here is Maggie, showing off the book and her stuffed drake, which she named "Mr. Mallard" ages ago! (She adores ducks, especially mallards!)
The story disk for this book ...
... was placed over Boston!
(I just love seeing our story disks piled up on our wall map!)
After our story disk was placed, we set out to learn more about Boston, Massachusetts! First, we read M is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet by Magot Theis Raven.
The letter Dd in the book was for "ducklings," made famous in Boston by Make Way for Ducklings, which were then honored with statues in Boston's Public Garden.
(Here is a picture from the book of the famous swan boats in the Public Garden, as well as the statue of Mrs. Mallard.)
And here is a photo of the real thing!
For our next activity, we mapped the route the ducklings took through downtown Boston using a printable map from http://printable-maps.blogspot.com/2012/01/map-of-boston.html. (This is a picture of the same.)
We also used the map at http://lauraanneburke.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/boston-freedom-trail-map.jpg, which we could zoom in on to help us with our printed map.
Here is the route the ducklings took from their island nest on the Charles River to the Public Garden!
After we mapped the route, we watched this neat virtual map route from YouTube!
For our snack? It was none other than peanuts, which clearly were a favorite for Mr. and Mrs. Mallard!
Once we had finished with mapping and our snack, we talked about gratitude, just as Mrs. Mallard and the ducklings were grateful to the policemen who helped them cross the busy Boston streets. We read Luke 17:11-19 out of our Bible, about the story of the men who Jesus healed from leprosy. Only one of the ten men returned to thank the Lord for healing him. The other nine didn't. Maggie then set out to show gratitude to her Aunt Linda, who recently gave her a pretty box with a cat on it. Aunt Linda also loves mallards so Maggie made her a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard in the Public Garden!
Thank you, Aunt Linda! Your picture will be in your mailbox soon!
It was time to get busy in the kitchen! We started out making the Boston Cream Pie from The Five in a Row Cookbook. Here is Mags, mixing!
Once the custard was added in between the layers, it became clear that this was a messy endeavor.
And I didn't know what messy was until I added the chocolate glaze! YIKES!
But, the taste was good and it got a thumbs up from this little critic! :)
Then, we made the Boston Baked Beans recipe from the cookbook. Here is the mixture, almost ready to go into the oven for three and a half hours of baking! (We had decided to wait on the Boston Brown Bread from the cookbook, as that takes over 4 hours and we were not prepared to have that much time before dinner. We will have to make that another time.)
Ready to eat!
Another thumbs up! We were on a roll!
Next, we completed this writing activity from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/make_way_for_ducklings.php. After she copied the sentence from the story, she read it to me.
It was then time to talk about some new vocabulary words -- Boston, cozy, molt, and incubate. I found a cute idea for these words at http://www.schooltimesnippets.com/2012/08/fiar-make-way-for-ducklings.html, using paper eggs, cut to look like they had cracked. I put the vocabulary word on the top shell and its definition on the bottom. It was her job to match the correct word to its definition.
We then talked about rhyme. Each of the ducklings in the book has a name that rhymes with all the others' names -- Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. Using an idea I found at http://www.delightfullearning.net/2012/06/make-way-for-ducklings-fi♥ar.html, I wrote each of their names on a yellow paper duck.
Then, I had her read them to me and put them in alphabetical order.
I had also made ducks with just the first letter of the ducklings' names.
With these, we thought of other animals besides ducks and named eight babies of that particular animal with a rhyming word, starting with each of these letters. For example, for "dog," we said we had a litter of eight puppies, whose names were Jog, Kog, Log, Mog, Nog, Og, Pog, and Quog. For a litter of kittens ("cat"), we had Jat, Kat, Lat, Mat, Nat, Ouat, Pat, and Quat. (She enjoyed this game a lot.)
Then, it was time to delve into the art of this book. We talked about the medium for this book (lithographic drawings of brown ink on zinc plates) then set out to make a drawing with the same soft, brown color. This is Maggie's picture of a wolf.
After medium, we talked about speed lines, and Maggie made her own picture using speed lines, below. It's a running cat with fur flying. :)
We also discussed how McCloskey used lines to indicate water throughout the book, then mimicked his technique on our own pictures. This is Maggie's illustration, with a couple of stickers of Mrs. Mallard and Jack added! :)
After Art, we delved into Math. Using the great idea at http://www.schooltimesnippets.com/2012/08/fiar-make-way-for-ducklings.html, we talked about grouping and multiplication, using peanuts and eight more of our yellow paper ducklings.
After she laid out her ducklings in a row, I asked her to "feed" each duckling three peanuts each, so we could determine how many peanuts we would need total.
(She loved doing this activity!)
After we learned that 24 peanuts would be needed to feed all eight ducklings, she made a snack of her work! :)
Then, we talked about how many days Mrs. Mallard would have had to sit on her eggs before they hatched, converting the days to weeks using a blank calendar grid that I printed from online.
After she marked off 21 days, she was able to determine that it equated to three weeks of sitting for poor Mrs. Mallard!
Finally for Math, we completed the "Duckling Math" worksheet we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/make_way_for_ducklings.php.
For Science, we did a lot of reading on animal parenting and ducks. Some of the books we read were How Animal Babies Stay Safe by Mary Ann Fraser ...
... Animal Dads by Sneed B. Collard, III ...
... Leaving Home by Sneed B. Collard, III ...
... Starting Life: Duck by Claire Llewellyn ...
... Watch Me Grow: Duckling by Lisa Magloff ...
... Ducks! by Gail Gibbons ...
... and Animal World: The Duck by Anne-Marie Dalmais.
Finally, the last thing we did in this book study was make the cute little paper plate ducks we found at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/03/spring-time-visitors.html, using white paper plates, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue, feathers, and googly eyes. First, we colored the underside of our two paper plates in colors that match Mr. and Mrs. Mallard's bodies.
Then, using our scissors and construction paper, we cut out shapes for our ducks' heads and beaks. We glued the beaks on, then glued on the googly eyes.
Next, we folded our paper plates in half, colored side out, and glued feathers onto one side.
Once our feathers were in place, we added our ducks' heads and we had Mr. and Mrs. Mallard! Cute!
This was a great row! Next, we will study Harold and the Purple Crayon! Stay tuned!