Five in a Row's Grandfather's Journey Unit Study: One of our Favorite Rows!
I plead guilty.
Why you ask?
I am a "book cover judger." Okay, yes.. I know 'judger' isn't a real word, but it makes sense to me ; )
Have you ever judged a book by it's cover? I know that as an "adult" I should know better... but still! Honestly, prior to checking out the manual lessons for this book, I was just not. that. enthusiastic. about rowing Grandfather's Journey-- not exactly sure why not, but I guess I just didn't find the cover all that appealing. However, although the text is shorter and simpler than other Five In a Row selections, I have come to absolutely adore this book; in large part because my grandfather had a journey all his own to America.
The title of the book explains the story line and by the end of the book, you can sense a great deal of admiration and love that author, Allen Say, had for his grandfather.
Homeschooling with Five in a Row
Because our weeks have been a little crazy around here... we are *new* homeowners (so exciting!)... we actually spent two weeks doing manual lessons for this book, however I only read it about 5 or 6 times and then filled in the rest of the week with books that I listed below in the Amazon.com widget. I also really enjoyed reading, "Tea with Milk" also by Allen Say and "How My Parents Learned to Eat" by Ina Freidman and illustrated by Allen Say.
And as I mentioned above, my grandfather (or shall I say Pappou) made his own journey here from Greece. I called him up to get the basics of his journey, and he was everywhere! Using our world map we traced the journey that he made beginning in Greece and ending up on the West side of Michigan. Bless his heart, he even remembers the ship that brought him here-- The Normandy. Once in New York, he traveled to Minnesota and then WWII began and he traveled to Louisiana and Canada to train in the Army. Then he went to Japan and was an Army cook during the war. After the war, he returned to Greece to marry my grandmother and then they eventually went back to America and have since lived in Michigan.
Different Land Types: Using the book, "Landforms" (see widget below), we talked about plains, valleys, mountains, and plateaus. Then using a dinosaur template, we labeled the different landforms.
Biology--Birds: We discussed What is a bird?, their feathers, and beaks.
Next we talked about how birds have different types of beaks depending on the food they like/ need to eat. For the food, I used tiny marshmallows (insects), gummy fish (fish), pieces of spaghetti (worms), sunflower seeds (seeds), and the pink chick/ pom poms (mice). We used scissors, tweezers, spoon, and clothespin to represent the different beaks.
Check out the post at Livin' Lovin' Learnin' for more information on these activities (and a much more detailed bird unit-- it's awesome!)
Origami: This was our favorite thing to do and we have several paper animals to prove it-- and we would have more if I had taken the time to cut more paper for us to use...
It was quite an interesting experience since product signs and packaging were all in Japanese!