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Our most recent row was When I Was Young in the Mountains. The book is set in Appalachia, as the author grew up in the hills of West Virginia, so it gave us an opportunity to do some WV state history.
Appalachia-West Virginia, Occupations-Coal Mining
When we studied West Virginia we used our jumbo state fact cards and Don't Know Much About the 50 States to learn the basics like state flower, bird, tree, and when WV became a state.
We also completed a couple simple pages about West Virginia for our portfolios.
West Virginia coloring page
We wrote our own "When I Was Young . . . " stories, using the template from the When I Was Young in the Mountains Printables & Acitvities. Emory wrote one for our state, and Elliott titled his When I Was Young on the Farm.
Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Let's Go Home: The Wonderful Things About a House by Cynthia Rylant
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
We spent a couple days on science. The first week we spent some time learning about snakes. First we read about/reviewed reptiles from My First Book of Animals, then we read the next several pages about different types of snakes. I know this sounds like a toddler's animal vocabulary book, but it's actually an elementary level, encyclopedia style book that introduces animal groups and discusses a variety of species within each group. The three sections on snakes are cobras and coral snakes, rattlesnakes, and sea snakes, boas and pythons. It's a much loved resource in our home. After we read about snakes, we watched a ton of YouTube videos of snakes. Emory was fascinated.
Snakes and Crocs and other Reptiles (reader-Step 2)
Okay, not really an experiment, more of a demonstration . . . but I saw this snake egg activity and thought it looked fun. I knew my Emory would love it. We talked about snake eggs, and how they aren't hard like bird eggs, but 'leathery' instead. We soaked the egg in vinegar.
This would be Emory, hissing at his baby egg to help it grow! This kid cracks me up!
After about an hour or so, you could already see the vinegar hard at work.
Animal Fact Files
Since coal mining is a big industry in the state of West Virginia, and was specifically mentioned as Grandfather's occupation, we learned about coal and coal mining. I had requested coal samples and their arrival was why I timed this book when I did. (They are sometimes out of stock, and they take awhile to come, but it was worth the wait.) We examined all four samples, but did the lesson on Field Testing Coal Samples on one coal type.
Math, Art and Cooking
Although we didn't do the full math lesson on measurement, we did use a scale like in the book. My kids haven't been keen on the art lessons from FIAR but we spent some time drawing the snake from Art For Kids Hub. I also made pinto beans and corn bread, and let's just say...my kids don't like pinto beans. Oh well, the husband and I do!
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