May 01, 2012
Ferdinand was unlike any of the other bulls he lived amongst; he didn't "run and jump and butt heads together like the other bulls." Ferdinand was happy and content to just sit under his favorite cork trees and smell the flowers. The story takes a surprising turn when he accidentally sits on a bumble-bee!
- Geography-Spain: we used his dot paint markers to color the flag of Spain and we placed our story disk on the map.
- Culture/ Foreign Language- Spanish Words: I picked out 6 words from the story and had my son read, spell, and write the Spanish word. We learned how to say five, bee, bull, flower, tree and cow in Spanish. I made these flashcards myself, obviously.. but at the end of this post I linked up some flashcards I found after I made mine! Oh well!
- Interjection: We looked for exclamation points and I pointed out that words such as Wow! Hi! Great! are called interjections. I also read them as if a period was at the end instead, to show him the difference punctuation can make. That was fun!
- Animal Fantasy Story: He made up his own story... enjoy!
- Nouns: Using words from the story, I had him tell me if it was a person, place, or thing. We've done this before and he seems to understand the concept.
- Character Maps: Such a great so cute? We had talked about the impression Ferdinand had of himself-- he knew "who" he was and didn't let his mother's worries bother him. Afterwards, I asked him to tell me things he liked and what he was like... "helpful, a boy, happy, share with Little Sis, like monster trucks, cars, and trains, etc...."
- Story Re-telling: We've never done anything like this before, but this story was easy to re-tell using props we had on hand. As you can see we have a tree with flowers, Ferdinand, his mother, the other bulls, a truck, a bull ring, and the five [lego] men.
- Measuring in Feet and Inches: Thank goodness for our Inchimals! When we aren't measuring things, he likes to line them up and let little sis knock them down! Fun, but loud!! The first activity we did, I asked him what he would rather use to measure something with-- inches or feet. For example, one of the cards read: length of a car-- would you use inches or feet? I grabbed our 12in. piece and our 1 in. block to help him understand that, in general, for small things we would use inches and for large objects we would use feet.
- Drama: Using flashcards found on Homeschool Share, my son acted out several scenes from the story. Sooooo funny!
- Picasso Portraits: After looking at several pieces of art made by Picasso, we created our own portrait! So colorful! My favorite is the heart shaped lips : )
- TP Roll Bull: Using the template found at Crayola, he colored and cut out his own Ferdinand. He is so colorful!
- Size and Distance: We just looked at examples throughout the book and made the observation that smaller objects are further away and larger objects are closer.
- Humor: Our favorite part of the story was what happened after Ferdinand entered the bull ring....you'll have to read it to find out!
- Vultures: I pulled up some bird facts from Kidzone.com and afterwards, we completed another Yes/No anticipatory set worksheet I made. We did one about Rabbits while rowing Peter Rabbit and I thought it was a great way to make sure he is listening and makes reading non-fiction more hands-on. Although, I think the way I worded things here tripped him up a little bit. And excuse his coloring ; ) This is what happens when I ask him to sit with me and then leave to tend to little sis for a second!
- Nature Walk: This hasn't happened yet because it's been too chilly : ( But I have our worksheet printed and ready to go!
Vulture Paper Craft
Character Trait Frames @ Adventures of Room 129
Measure Mania @ Sunny Days in Second Grade
Churro Recipe (click "Famous Spanish Food Recipes")
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