Tuesday, March 8, 2016

FIAR: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Following our row of Owl Moon, I decided to row Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.

Stopping By Woods in a Snowy Evening was a perfectly timed row, weather wise, as we rowed it right when we were hit with a blizzard early this year.  We've gone through a couple crazy ups and downs in the weather since then, and I feel weird sharing a winter post in March when we're in a "warm" spell, but it was the next row in line!

It was a shorter row, but covered some of the same themes as Owl Moon, which meant we could carry over some of the lessons that we didn't get to in the week prior due to Owl Moon having so many lessons.  Because of the more conversational nature of this row, I didn't get very many pictures, but I still want to document it.

Social Studies
Geography - Setting - Northeast
We learned about where Robert Frost lived and the inspiration for his poetry.  He lived in Vermont, so that's where we put our story disk.  It's kind of neat to see our map full of so many fun stories!

Language Arts
Robert Frost - Poet information and Poetry
Poetry for Young People - Robert Frost
We read the biographical introduction to learn about Robert Frost, and then I read some of his other poetry aloud throughout the week, focusing on the winter poems.

Poetry - Rhyme Scheme
The boys completed the Rhyme Scheme page from Homeschool Share's unit.

Creative Writing - Poetry
In addition to listening to poetry, the boys wrote their own poems about snow and winter.  I love having their poems in their portfolios.

Viewpoint was covered in this lesson, and Aerial View was covered in Owl Moon, so I combined the two and did just one lesson.  I had the boys fold their paper in half and draw a regular view of any item they chose--that sat at the table and looked at the item to draw it.  Then for the aerial view, they put the item on the floor and stood in a chair to look at it different.  Unfortunately I didn't get any good pictures of this in action!

Woodland Habitats
This was a science carryover from Owl Moon that I felt went well with this book.  The boys spent a lot of time drawing a picture with trees, grass, bushes, flowers, and various animals.  He later added "smaller" trees in the background.  These were summer pictures though, despise the 14+ inches of snow that was sitting outside their window.

Animals in Winter; Animal Tracks
"Tracks" in general were an optional topic in Owl Moon, but I saved it for this row because it was covered in a little more depth and fit well.  We read Animals in Winter and Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints as part of our science.

Then we did a fun little activity.  I printed black and white so they could color, and then they cut and matched them up.  Afterwards, we stapled them with the track print on top, so they could try to guess the animal underneath.  We put it on card stock for their FIAR portfolio.


This was a simple row, but the focus on the poetry makes it slightly different and more unique than some of the other rows, and we enjoyed the change.

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  1. That Robert Frost poem is one of my favorites!

    1. Yes! Now if only I'd get around to including more poetry in our week!