Monday, September 14, 2015

Five in a Row: Paul Revere's Ride

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Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a poetic and romanticized version of the story of Paul Revere.

This was a casual row, as I planned it last minute.  We mostly focused on the history for this unit, but we touched on the other subjects as well.

Social Studies
American Revolution - Timeline of Events
I loved the simplicity of the manual's recommendation for the timeline.  At this age, it's not about specific dates, but rather the sequence, importance, and the ability to connect meaning between them.

We also started watching Liberty's Kids during Eleanor's quiet time.

Geography - Colonies, Massachusetts
I found this Map of the 13 Colonies on Super Teacher Worksheets (review coming very soon!) and we marked Massachusetts.  All of the original colony!

Story Disk - Boston
We had to move Ducklings over to make room, but I like to see our map filling up!

Language Arts
Due to the time period and setting of this poem, there was quite a bit of vocabulary that we discussed.  The manual has several suggested words to cover, but we covered the ones they asked about when the questions arose.  I think learning new words in context is the best way to expand vocabulary, and all of my kids have had excellent vocabulary and comprehension since they were toddlers, so it's the way we will continue to do things for now.

Poetry, Poet - Henry Wadsworth Lonfellow
This was the first poem we've done for Five in a Row.  The syntax and flow of the poem, the vocabulary . . . it all made it a harder read, particularly that first time through, but we persevered.  The kids weren't fond of this particular poem, but we've had success with poetry in the past, and they did like the actual story, so overall it was worth the effort.  I think it's important to include poetry regularly, so I don't regret doing this book when we did.

Progeny Press Study Guide
I mentioned in my original Five in a Row plans that I would be utilizing other resources for Elliott since he's on the upper end of the age range for FIAR.  We are reviewing the Sam the Minuteman Study Guide from Progeny Press, which included reading the book by Nathaniel Benchley to everyone.

Reflections on Water, Colonial Architecture 
We discussed a couple of the art lessons one afternoon, but the boys were not interested in pursuing their own interpretations.  In all honesty, the boys have not been enthusiastic about most of the Five in a Row art lessons.  They prefer ARTistic Pursuits or Art for Kids Hub.  I will keep trying, but I won't push it if they are still getting art instruction elsewhere.

Science and Math
The science lesson on fog was a little basic, and it's something we see naturally behind our house, so it was a good talking point, but nothing extraordinary.  However . . . we got to some interesting, even if unrelated, science in a round-about way.  During one reading of Paul Revere's Ride we somehow started talking about George Washington, then Benjamin Franklin, then electricity, and then powering a city with a giant potato. . . you know how the minds of little boys work!

Later Elliott asked to do another treasure hunt.  I happened to have the Multiplication hunts left, and that's what he's doing in math, so that part worked well.  I split the clues as fairly as I could, giving Emory the easier ones that involved hidden pictures or drawing the answers, and Elliott doing the more mathematical clues.  I was also able to tie it in with this row because of the riddles (math) and signals/secret messages (social studies) lessons from the manual, so it was good timing all around.

What did this have to do with science?  Nothing related to the manual or the row.  Only the conversation about electricity and potatoes!  We happened to have a potato clock kit put back, so that was the "prize" for the treasure hunt.  Emory answered the last riddle to find the prize, and laughed, slightly maniacally, when he realized what the prize was.  He was the one wanting to power a city with a potato.

I have to say, it's always interesting to see where these rows will lead us!  The next row I'll be sharing is Daniel's Duck, as we had a fun weekend trip to a cabin in the mountains planned!

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