Monday, April 10, 2017

Five in a Row: Who Owns the Sun?

A young boy's wise father explains how nobody can own the sun, the stars, the wind, the flowers, the rain . . . but what happens when that boy overhears a conversation that makes him question everything his father has taught him about owning the most precious things on Earth?

Five in a Row: Who Owns the Sun?

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I chose to row Who Owns the Sun? when we reached the Abraham Lincoln biographies with Beautiful Feet Books, because of the obvious correlation.  Before we started, I really didn't give any specifics as to the content.  I just started reading this book.  For having been written by a 14 year old, it's very powerful.

We had previously discussed slavery when we reviewed With Lee in Virginia, and Elliott was very disturbed by the audio drama.  So we followed that with a Follow the Drinking Gourd row to show a different side of humanity.  It was still a difficult topic.  As for this study, Emory especially got invested in this story.  As we got to the end, you could see the sadness and confusion in his eyes.  We had a lot of heart talks during the week, especially about sin and human nature, and learning from past mistakes.

Social Studies
History/Geography - Slavery/Civil War
We discussed more about slavery, slave vs. free states and the prominence of slavery in the south.  They placed the story disk in the south.

Five in a Row:  Who Owns the Sun?

Then we mapped out slave states vs free states.  (I just pulled a freebie from online, obviously they'll vary depending on the time period as states were admitted to the union.)

Five in a Row:  Who Owns the Sun?

Additional Books
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
Beautiful Feet Books Abraham Lincoln study - more to be posted soon

Language Arts
The boys made lists of things too wonderful to own . . . here are a few things that they listed.

Question Mark/Questions
Question marks were a review for Emory.  Then we made up our own questions.  Instead of writing a story, though, Emory and I ended up looking up videos for his.  He specifically wanted to know how the fortunes get inside fortune cookies.

We discussed this briefly, though it's all review.  We did look for signs of spring on a nature walk that week.

Simple Machines
Per the lesson, we had a discussion about simple machines and the boys examined the pictures to see the examples.  Elliott went a bit further by completing a simple machines worksheet and playing around with the book How Machines Work: Zoo Break by David Macaulay.

Five in a Row:  Who Owns the Sun?

We talked about the 14 year old illustrator and how children can work hard to reach their goals/dreams.

Another art lesson in the manual dealt with watercolors and layering colors.

Emory ended up doing a flower and rainbow painting, but he did do some color mixing with the greens to get the shade he wanted.

Extra Art
This was for ArtAchieve, which we are reviewing right now.  I was looking through the supply list for the upcoming projects and realized Four Suns with Four Faces would go along well with this row, so we skipped ahead to it.  Just as nobody can own our soul, nobody can own our uniqueness and individuality.

Five in a Row:  Who Owns the Sun?

Five in a Row Cookbook
While the boys were outside working hard with dad one afternoon, just like Big Jim would have worked hard in the fields, I made the biscuits and sausage gravy from the cookbook.  (I made the biscuits smaller than intended, but overall I still think I liked the biscuits from The Bee Tree better.)  I added sausage and fruit, and daddy came in and scrambled eggs at the last minute.  Breakfast for Dinner was a huge hit with the kiddos.

Five in a Row:  Who Owns the Sun?

We followed this row by continuing the Abraham Lincoln study, along with a  row of They Were Strong and Good, so I'll be sharing that soon!

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