Five In a Row's All Those Secrets of the World Literature Unit
For week 2, we rowed "All Those Secrets of the World" by Jane Yolen. While I didn't love this book initially, I couldn't help but enjoy it more and more as I read it throughout the week. I don't think T was a big fan of the book either, but he did sit and listen to me read it. We also continued with All About Spelling, while adding in McRuffy Science and Math U See Alpha.
The FIAR manual actually suggests the setting is in Virginia, but I neglected to look at my manual before heading to the library. *Oops!* While looking up books for Chesapeake Bay at the library, Massachusetts popped up so I grabbed a book on there instead. I traced the Eastern Coast surrounding the Chesapeake Bay in T's Notebook and we worked together to label different states, Atlantic Ocean, and the bay.
What is a Family?
Time of War
I had several books in mind to expand on the topic of "war" should it come up, but it didn't. I focused War on being something that men and women "do" to protect our Country and/ or our friends. We looked through "H is for Honor," but didn't make it to the end.
The book ends with a series of contrasts, so we thought of our own and then played "Go Fish" with some opposite puzzle cards we have. This was a great game to play to reinforce opposites!
T learned the meaning of: jimmies, perch, horizon, sycamore, and dock; I introduced these vocabulary words the same way I did for when we rowed Make Way for Ducklings, except this time I placed the definition on the page of the vocab word.
Verbally counted by 2's
The manual suggested subtracting four-digit numbers, but we stuck to one or two digit numbers. T dug for shells and completed the subtraction problem that was written on the shell.
I grabbed a ball and smaller object to make a connection with the observation Columbus made many years ago: the earth is round! I slowly moved an object over the top of the ball to depict the horizon, and just like you look out on the water... you may only see a tip of a sail at first, but then slowly you see more and more of it.
Oil on Water
I added some oil to a container of water to show T that once oil spills into the water, it floats on it's surface. If you look closely, we had a MAJOR oil spill! We also read Oil Spill!: A Let's Read & Find Out Science book.
Because the illustrations were done in watercolor, we had our own watercolor fun by painting the American flag.
Does this remind you of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?!" Ha! To illustrate the secret Michael told Janie, we did an activity called, "How Tall is it Really?" that my blogger friend, Amy, came up with; it was the perfect activity to illustrate that big things look smaller when they are farther away.
We watched a video of someone playing the Tuba on YouTube and also listened to the lyrics of "Over There, Over There"-- it is a catchy tune and I found myself humming it throughout the day! Beware ; )
This row was much more conversational so I apologize for the lack of pictures. Pick up the book if you have a chance! Hope you enjoy it!