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Analogies, Compound Words
The analogies lesson on the Underground Railroad was covered from the manual. We also did the compound words lesson (review for Elliott, but he liked "teaching" it to Emory) and I asked the boys to choose a word from the list and draw a picture.
Civil War, Underground Railroad, Geography, Compasses
Because the book was set in the south, we discussed how the United States was roughly divided into "northern" and "southern" states, and how some were slave states and some were free states. I showed them a color-coded map (I pulled this map from under section 7-4) to show them how the US was divided, and how far slaves had to travel to reach Canada. We also looked at Virginia and West Virginia, and discussed how WV became a state during the Civil War. We watched a video about Harriet Tubman and discussed the Underground Railroad. We discussed directions and I let the boys play around with a compass. The compass was enjoyed for a long time after the row, and it goes in our nature bag now.
(That was all a lot of information for them, especially the five year old, but I think it's good exposure, and the next time we come around, it will be familiar and they will absorb even more.)
Elliott picked a southern state for our story disk.
This was a rabbit trail for us, because Emory wanted to study him. We read the books Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington and Abe Lincoln Remembers. The first one was extremely detailed. Too many dates and battle details for an elementary read-aloud, especially to cram into one reading session. The illustrations were interesting, but it's better suited for upper elementary or even middle school. The second book was much more appropriate in content and length for our needs.
Measure of Time
We used the lesson in the manual, and then the book All about Time helped us expand on the topic. They really liked the overlay pages that helped show the lapse of time.
Art: Cut-Away View; Music - Songs as a Teaching Method
We discussed this art lesson from the manual naturally as we were reading the book. Of course we listened to the Follow the Drinking Gourd song one day.
We talked about constellations and specifically about The Big Dipper. We made constellations with the geoboard. They also watched an episode about stars from The Magic School Bus. We have a telescope, but my mind just isn't there when it finally gets dark. Or in other words, I kept forgetting. Maybe we'll get it out this fall and enjoy it when it gets dark before exhaustion sets in.
There was actually a lot more I wanted to do with this book, but the kids weren't particularly interested in this row. It's heavy subject matter, and I probably should have waited a little longer for this book. It was good exposure though, and that's still important. We took a FIAR break for several weeks at the end of July and early August, and have actually started our "new" school year, so you'll be seeing that post soon enough!
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