Learning with Five In A Row: Miss Rumphius Literature Unit


"One day, I too will live by the sea...  I too, will travel to faraway places..."  said Alice.  "That is wonderful, Alice, but there is a third thing you must do...."

"You must make the world more beautiful"

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Miss Rumphius is such a lovely story in so many ways!  It is a great reminder that we aren't just to be... but we must also do something to give back; we must leave a legacy.

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It was also rich in learning activities!  One of the things I have loved about our literature based Five In A Row studies have been that in all our activities, the book becomes part of us.  It makes a beautiful story so much richer because you are applying things from the story by learning, experimenting, reading more-- the story comes to life and you start digging deeper in other stories as well.

Social Studies:

Found Maine on our US map & labeled 4 Oceans

Completing Landform Puzzles from our Beginning Geography workbook; we've gotten TONS of use out of this workbook lately.

Language Arts:

 "Synonym" Roll match: One of the vocabulary words was "Sea," which was a synonym for ocean, so we did this fun activity with other words from the story.  Don't mind my gross baking pan : )  The cinnamon bun template came from Mrs. Bi-Polar Pirate

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Later in the week I made a Tic Tac Toe vocabulary board for T.  The goal was to listen for the words in the story to make four in a row, but he ended up covering the whole board : )  

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Miss Rumphius worked in a library, which had your old school CARD CATALOUG system!!  That is dated!  Makes me feel a bit old!  After reading, "Check It Out" by Gail Gibbons, I made a scavenger hunt T took to the library to test out his skills!

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The math lesson was about a bushel & peck, and focused on the broader subject of Volume/ Capacity; this idea came from Frugal Fun for Boys.  We got out the beans and several containers and T compared two containers at a time to see which one held more.

He LOVED this!!  What is it about my children and playing with beans?  You definitely will not see them eating beans!
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Miss Rumphius Activities


Lupine Watercolor Art
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Miss Rumphius planted Lupines, and we planted Sunflower seeds!  I don't have a better picture, but you can see the seeds are starting to sprout here!  We planted five and three of them have roots, stems, and leaves!  We used a DVD case to "grow" these in so we could see the process, now we just need to transport them outside somewhere!

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UPDATE: Check out my Wordless Wednesday {Attack of the Giant Sunflowers} to see them now!

Celery/ Food Coloring Experiment:

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After a couple of hours, the leafy part of the celery were colored!  I believe blue was the fastest!

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Cutting the celery to see the veins "drinking" the colored water

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Flowers Express Lapbook from A Journey Through Learning; can't beat a lapbook for $1!!  

It covered: 
  • Parts of a Flower
  • Types of Flower Buds
  • Parts of a Plant
  • Things Plants Need
  • also  included several flower coloring pages!
Miss Rumphius Activities

Miss Rumphius Activities

On the back of the Lapbook, I attatched a seed/ plant matching activity from Homeschool Share.  Our Usborne Science book had some great interactive explanations on plants, too!

Miss Rumphius Activities

Just loved this book!!  Hope you do too!!

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