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Five In A Row Activities: Harold and the Purple Crayon

This was definitely the most imaginative and creative book that we have read thus far!  I loved seeing  Harold's imagination at work; one small idea of wanting to take a walk in the moonlight led us on quite the adventure!
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This lesson was the shortest one we've come across in our FIAR manual.  There isn't anything note-worthy about Language Arts to blog about, but we did talk about Setting and how in this book Harold kept moving so the setting is Progressive.. not static.  Yeah!  Right over T's head.  I just have to remember, that a lot of this right now is for exposure.  I also made some math printables to practice addition and place value.  We watched a clip on Netflix about how crayons were made and I found it very interesting! 

We started our week off with making some purple food!  I've told you before and I'll tell you again that I love to incorporate food into our units... you know, just making memories for the kid ; )  We made a Blackberry Oatmeal Smoothie and a purple jello pie, in honor of Harold's pie picnic! 

Note I am no food photographer!  Wish I were though... they can make any dish look appetizing!  You cannot tell much, but our jello pie is purple.
Social Studies:
  • There was not a lesson in the manual, so I took this time to review all of the places we've visited during our FIAR journey!  T remembered the location of France, Italy, Russia, and Canada but many others he had forgotten.

  • Skip Counting-- We reviewed skip counting by 2's and 5's and I introduced skip counting by 3's and 4's.  T completed Skip Counting by 2's, 3's, and 4's mazes that I made.  We also briefly talked about Multiplication... which that, and learning Cursive Writing, were some of my favorite things learned in Third Grade!

  • Fractions-- using printables from Homeschool Share we talked about 1 Whole, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, and 1/8.
  • Melted Crayon Canvas Art- just for fun and because I have been wanting to do one of these for the past couple of months! We made it for his cousin! Such a cool gift!
  • Draw the Story-- thought this would be a neat activity to engage T more into the story; as I read it, he drew what was happening on a looooooooong sheet of paper covering the wall.  He became Harold!
  • Shades of Purple-- mixed different amounts of red and blue to make different shades of purple.  Didn't turn out that well, maybe because I dipped the paint with a q-tip.  Food coloring may have been better?!
  • Transportation Sort-- found these pictures on TpT and had T sorted them by land, air, or sea.
  • Phases of the Moon-- I found a song about the phases of the moon on TpT that we watched and listened to several times; we have talked about phases before, so this was also a good review on some basic facts.  I cut out 5 phases of the moon and had T put them in order.
  • Moon Crater Experiment-- I filled a pan with flour and hot cocoa mix and we dropped several marbles and bouncy balls to create craters!  We both got a bit messy!    
Next week we are reading, "If Jesus Came to My House." It is a book from B4FIAR that we never got around to last year.  Thanks for stopping bye!

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