Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Night of the Moonjelies FIAR

Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha is a wonderful story of a seven year old boy who worked with his family at their New England, waterfront food stand.  On his way to work one day, the boy finds some pretty seaglass and a small jellyfish on the beach.  After a busy day at the restaurant, his grandmother surprises him with a boat trip out to sea, where they experience the water filled with bioluminescent moonjellies. They release the boy's moonjelly.

Social Studies: Geography ~ New England, Responsibility, Life Near the Sea

We colored the New England states on a map, learned which states are the New England states.

 Also, did the "Responsible" and "Life Near the Sea" mini books from Homeschool Share.

 Talking about life near the sea was interesting with the five senses aspect.

Science: Moon Jellyfish Anatomy, Aquatic Biome,  Sea Shells Observation,

 We visited the author's website Mark Shasha where we learned lots of info about the Moonjellies.  He calls them combjelly.  Learned about the types of Jellies.

Learned and colored ocean about ocean animals.

We did a Sea Shell Observation activity that was fun.  Thanks for the Observation sheet that I downloaded from here 2teachingmommies
We also did an Aquarium Scavenger Hunt inspired by this website: allofakindfamily
Language: Vocabulary, Punctuation
We did learn new words and spoke and practiced the punctuation in our writing.

ART - Sea Jelly drawing
We had fun drawing Jellies, and a Jelly family :)

I hope all of you have fun like we did.


Katy and the Big Snow

Our adventure with Katy was very dry.  Here in Nevada we rarely have snow, only if we go tho Mount Charleston :)  But we did our study and it was fun!

The story is about Katy, a big red crawler tractor who saves the day when a huge snowstorm hits the city. With her big snow plow on, Katy responds to cries of “Help!” from the police chief, the doctor, the superintendent of the Water Department, the fire chief and others with “Follow me,” and plows the streets to their destinations.

Social Studies: Running a city, Responsibilities, Street Signs, Map Skills

We did all sorts of activities with the city officials, our responsibilities, street signs.

We do regular Map skills activities, but here we refreshed our knowledge of the cardinal directions:

 Language: Character, Vocabulary

 We spoke about Katy's character, what she did, her characteristics and finishes the Language session with the new vocabulary words.

Science: Weather
During science we learned about different weather patterns.

We draw our own geopolis :)
 And that concludes our Katy and the Big Snow FIAR study.

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