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FIAR: The Story of Ferdinand

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! 

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"Well, if you were a bumble bee and a bull sat on you what would you do?
You would sting him.  And that is just what this bee did to Ferdinand.
...Ferdinand jumped up with a snort. He ran around puffing and snorting, butting and pawing the ground as if he were crazy.
The five men saw him and they shouted with joy....  [He was] just the one for he bull fights in Madrid!" (excerpt from book)


Please note: post contains lessons from FIAR manual AND activities that were added by me.  Enjoy!

Social Studies:
  • 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! 

Language Arts:
  • 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...." 
character map of Ferdinand
  • 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.   


 Math:
  • 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.


Another measuring activity!  Using the sheet below, T picked several things to measure.  First he guessed how long the object would be, and then we actually measured to find out!  He chose to measure in feet.

Art:
  • 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!
Science:
  • 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!
Just for fun
I cut out melon flowers for snack and made churros with chocolate sauce! 
Well, I had the chocolate sauce... it was one of those days weeks!


Ideas and Inspiration
Detailed row @ Delightful Learning
Flower Snack @ Muffin Tin Mom
Ferdinand the Bull PDF from Theatre Works USA
All About Birds: The Raptors
Spanish-English Flashcards
Spring Nature Walk Printable
"Measure It" Recording Sheet
Ferdinand Resources @ HSS
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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20 comments :

Phyllis said...

What a delightful post! What fun learning! I loved it.

Vicki said...

Tyler's acting expressions are hilarious!!! LOL

Kristina said...

Thank you! We had a lot of fun with this one!

Kristina said...

I know, I know!! And we did this activity several times... so you can imagine all the different faces he made each time!

Becca B. {Ironic Adventures} said...

SUCH wonderful ideas for this story! Thanks for sharing.

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Ferdinand's story sounds delightful--I totally want to go find a copy! And I love how you integrated Spanish too! We work on Spanish and ASL sometimes and it is so much fun! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!!

Kristina said...

Thank you! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed our activities!

Lorie K said...

What a great resource to have for this story! Thanks so much for linking it up to Kid's Co-op!!

Kristina said...

Ferdinand is truly adorable! A beautiful story about *being YOU*! Thank you for a great place to link up!!

MaryAnne K said...

I love this story, and you did some really great activities!

Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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CacheyMama said...

This is a good story. I like the way you taught some Spanish words and the props you used for retelling. The churros look yummy! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

Bethany said...

What a great list of activity ideas. I will be pinning this to my collaborative children's lit board! http://pinterest.com/Bethanyntt/the-children-s-bookshelf/

Gabrielle said...

I've been really enjoying all of your FIAR posts! I'm saving them all up via Pinterest for ideas on our future rows. Thanks for sharing!

Stacy said...

Amazing post! I'll be pinning it so I can remember to come back next year when we row volume 2.

MiaB said...

I love all of these activities Kristina...I especially love the part where he dramatized some scenes from the story..great pick on the book :) Thanks for linking up to Sharing Saturday!!

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

Awesome lesson plan Kristina! The story sounds really cute, I'll have to look for it. I love how you incorporated so many different activities that look so engaging. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

Stefanie said...

Wonderful unit!!! Love this story.

Popping in from Pre-K corner

Krissy Sherman Bonning said...

What a great comprehensive until! I just love Ferdinand on the Lego truck! haha! Thanks for linking up with us at the Kids Co-Op this week!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

I just wanted to let you know that I included your fabulous blog in my Homeschooling 101 post as a great resource for FIAR Ideas & Activities! Thanks for sharing all your ideas with all of us! http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/07/homeschooling-101.html

Beth =-)

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