Friday, January 7, 2011

C and S's Unit Studies: Part 1 - Inuits/Tlingits and Snow

C started her History Pockets: Native Americans (HP) unit study this week. Her studies started with the Inuits and Tlingits of Alaska and northern Canada. And S started his Winter Lapbook from a variety of resources on Homeschool Share and Making Learning Fun. I thought it was a GREAT opportunity to combine their studies, sharing the same books and some activities!

Day 1:

I gave the kids print-outs from Jan Brett's website on her book The Mitten. While reading The Mitten and The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale, the kids colored their paper mittens. Individually, S started his cotton ball counting Polar Bear, his weather report mini-book (and learned how to write temperatures), and did temperature reading and sequencing Snowman cards, and C read her Fact Sheet: Tribes of North America and made her Native American Picture Dictionary booklet for HP.

Day 2:

The kids worked on their paper mittens and animals for The Mitten while I read aloud to them. S added some more "fur" (cotton balls) to his Polar Bear, continued on with his weather report mini-book, and started his Mitten Color cards where he read the color word, made the word with All About Spelling letter tiles, wrote the word, and finally colored the mittens. C read and colored her HP The Inuit of the Artic information sheets and Map of Native American Tribes.

Day 3:

S continued to work on his "furry" Polar bear counting and color word mittens, but also did a "You Melt my Heart" picture frame with puffy glitter glue.

Day 4:

C and S finished up their The Mitten mitten and animals while I read more of our fun books from the
library. S continue on with his Polar Bear and Weather Report, but also completed a snowflake shape (hexagon) mini-book and a Shape T-book with other shapes like pentagons, trapezoids and parallelograms. C colored her Inuit pocket title and used her Inuit fact sheets to add the first 3 vocab words to her picture dictionary.

Day 5:

S continued adding "fur" to his counting Polar Bear and completed 2 color word mitten cards, reviewed his Shape Book then finished The Mitten animal layer handwriting book. C read about Inuit's ice fishing and made a magnet fishing pole and fish with a straw, kite string, tape, a paper hook, and a paper fish. She also "glittered" her igloo writing page and wrote a first draft of a story to make a book on Monday.

The Mitten (Jan Brett)
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale (Lydia Dabcovich)
Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North (Michael Bania)
Carry Me, Mama (Monica Devine)
The Snow Day (Komako Sakai)
Snow Friends (Christine Butler and Tina Macnaughton)
The Three Snow Bears (Jan Brett)
Snow Dance (Lezlie Evans)
The Snowy Day
(Ezra Jack Keats)
Ice Bear and Little Fox (Jonathan London)
Sam's Snowy Day (Mary Labatt)
Snow Music (Lynne Rae Perkins)
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost)

Knut & Friends (DOKfilm)


  1. Very nice! Looks like a COOL project! 8-)

  2. Thanks, Kym! It's fun (and easier) to have them working together on something. Once C is out of the northern Native Americans they'll be separated again (but S should be finishing up his Snow/Winter lapbook then). Next year they'll be doing Apologia Astronomy and History of US together!


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