Monday, March 6, 2017

Five in a Row - Paul Revere's Ride and the American Revolution

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I didn't initially plan to re-row any books when we decided to add FIAR back to our schedule, mostly because there are so many we haven't rowed.   However, Paul Revere's Ride just fit so perfectly into our history studies, and the boys didn't really connect with it the first time around; I thought they'd enjoy it more with additional context.  Plus, it would help me pace out our history schedule to make it align with an upcoming row and field trip.  So it made the most sense to row Paul Revere's Ride for two weeks and use the BFB books as go-alongs, picking and choosing which notebooking activities would be most beneficial.

Language Arts
I read the book a few times through before this lesson.  I expanded on the manual's lesson, and talked about how this particular poem is called a Narrative Poem, because it tells a story.  We talked about other books we've read that are narrative poems.  (Madeline is a great FIAR example.)  Then we read another poem by Wadsworth, There was a Little Girl, and talked about how vastly different they were.  I wanted to show them how poets can write in different styles.

Poetic/Creative License
It's a well-known fact that Longfellow took some liberty with the facts.  We discussed this, but also watched this video, 11 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere.

We talked about how fog is a type of cloud, discussed when we see fog around the river, and read about different types of clouds.  I printed the types of clouds for descriptions, and we made our own examples.  They used a bit of black watercolor paint to darken their clouds.

We also looked for different types of clouds outside.

I know Eleanor was paying attention to this lesson, because the next day she colored a picture in a coloring book, with black clouds.  They were storm clouds!

I typed up a quick "worksheet" with the riddle from the manual and a couple more related problems on it.  Emory isn't quite to the point of borrowing needed for the math suggestion in the manual, but Elliott worked the problems on the dry erase board and talked through them for Emory, so it was a good introduction.

Social Studies
We talked about the use of signals, per the manual, as well as the art lesson on light.  Since the poem describes the use of lights as signals, we made Tin Can Lanterns for fun.  Sorry, no pictures right now (I'll try to update), but they're easy to find online.  The boys had fun hammering nail holes, that's for sure!

Geography - Boston, Thirteen Colonies
We reviewed the geography for this book.

Paul Revere
I read Paul Revere, Son of Liberty to the boys while they made a Paul Revere from Famous Figure of the American Revolution.   They made several others with the history portion of this study below too.  I was surprised at how much they liked them.  Sometimes they were neat, detailed and accurate in their coloring, and sometimes not, but they enjoyed them.

Additional:  Paul Revere Coloring Page ~ Crayola

History: Revolutionary War, George Washington, Famous Historical Documents, etc.  
This was all tied into the Beautiful Feet Books: Colonial Studies and American Revolution study.  I used those books over two weeks as the go-along books, and we did some of the notebooking exercises, but you can see the full book list and in-depth historical study on that post.

Emory also read those George Washington: Our First President and Sam the Minuteman readers.  Elliott is working on a separate writing program right now, so we ended up not finishing The Arrow over the Door, but I skimmed it and thought it looked very interesting for giving an authentic Native American perspective.


We ended this time period in history here, and transitioned into the early 1800's.  We had a field trip opportunity that would line up the book Warm As Wool, so I decided to row that and then go back to Beautiful Feet Book for the Lewis and Clark study, which all took place about the same time.  I'll be sharing all of that soon!

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