Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lentil Unit Study


This is a unit study on the book Lentil.  You will need a copy of the book to go along with this unit study.  This is one of the book titles featured in the Five in a Row curriculum.  FIAR suggests for you to complete a book study in a week and to complete the curriculum in a year.  I found that if we expanded our study we could make the curriculum last 2 years or more.  Also, if you aren't able to obtain every book title it allows you the flexability to pick and choose.  Additionally, if you have slightly older children and you still want to include them in the study there isn't much suggested for them.  I have made this unit study to include multiple ages and abilities.  Of course as is with all curriculum do as much or as little you feel is a blessing to your family. Thanks for visiting Noah's Ark Homeschool Academy's Lentil Unit Study.  I hope you and your children enjoyed it and found it useful.

Please click this link to download the FREE 40 Page Lentil Unit Study Notebook from Noah's Ark Homeschool Academy to compliment this Unit Study.

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Pages 5-6:

  • Notice Lentil is not wearing shoes.  Ask your child what is missing from Lentil's outfit?
  • Embarrassing: define it and then ask your child to tell you times when they've been embarrassed.  To take this further you can discuss the synonyms and antonyms, or have your child make a vocabulary card including their experience of being embarrassed.
  • Notice the animals.  Have your child point to all three.  What are they doing?  Why are they running away?

Pages 7-8:

  • There are 4 birds and 1 flew away.  How many birds are on the fence to stay?
  • Ask the child if there is anything they feel is really hard that they'd like to learn to do better.
  • If at all possible have a lesson about their answer.
  • Fence posts, fence posts, two by two, can you count the fence posts two by two? 2, 4, 6, 8, 10!
  • Pucker: define pucker and ask your child if they know how to pucker.

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Pages 11-12:

  • Expert: define expert and ask your child what they are an expert at and what they'd like to become an expert at.  Again, if you are making vocabulary cards add this one as well, including the answers from your child.  Sometimes it's fun to ask a child what they think it means before you look up the definition.
  • Character Training Bible Study on Pride and Humility
  • Proud: define proud and ask your child if they have ever felt proud.
  • Ask your child how does someone get good or talented at something. (they practice and the Lord blesses)
  • Have your child make a list of things that they are talented at.  Then pray with them and thank the Lord for all their talents.
  • Become,Whenever, and Wherever are compound words. Discuss how compound words work and ask your child to find the 3 compound words on page 12 and then have them start a list and write down all the compound words they can find in this book.  If they are younger you can stick to just those three and have your child write them a couple of times for practice, or have your child divide them with lines. (be/come)

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Pages 15-16:

  • If you don't live in a small town with a Main St. then travel to the closest one. If weather permits walk down Main St. and take in all the sites and sounds. 
  • Do a little more exploring and see if you can find the finest house in the town.  Take a picture of it to put in your child's lapbook or record.  Have your child imagine what they think that person does.
  • While you are exploring the town make a map of important locations that you have found.  It doesn't have to be fancy.  It could be lines and boxes with labels.
  • What does Colonel stand for and how is it pronounced?
  • The finest house in Alto, Ohio is a Victorian

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Pages 19-20:

  • Take your child to a Memorial Park or discuss their meaning.
  • Monument: define monument and then have your child create a monument from clay for someone they think is really special.
  • Methodist might or might not be a confusing word. This link will give you the history of the church.

 Pages 21-22:

  • While you are on your visit in the small town find an alley and walk or drive down it.  Make sure to include an alley in your map. 
  • This would be a good time for your child to practice their harmonica skills they learned on pages 9-10.
  • You could also practice songs from your homeschool song book.

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Pages 25-26:

  •  Help your child plan a grand welcome for Dad when he comes home from work.  Make welcome signs and party decorations and plan to sing him one of the songs from your homeschool song book, or play the harmonica.  If you have alot of children have them make band instruments from cereal boxes and other household items. 
  • Have your child count how many newspapers there are. 
  • Then study the history of the newspaper.
  • Get a Sunday or local paper and study the different parts.  Have your child(ren) write and illustrate their own newspaper of their daily events.
  • What is short fluffy and has a tail?  Can you find it?   

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Pages 33-34:

  • Have your child describe what each person might be thinking. (what would be in a thought bubble above their head)
  • This is a great opportunity to talk about adjectives (describing words).  Make a list of describing words for these pages with your child.
  • Adjective Activities, Compare Adjectives,Fun Dip Adjectives Activity
  • Activity;cut 1 lemon in half and ask the child the following questions and write down their answers.  This should create a nice list of adjectives.
    • What does the lemon look like?
    • What does the lemon smell like?
    • What does the lemon feel like?
    • What does the lemon taste like?
    • Have your child illustrate a lemon and then in black (in a graphic arts style) have them write all the adjectives they used to describe the lemon.

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Pages 47-48:

  • What is the History behind "Comin' 'round the Mountain When She Comes?"
  • Point out that Col. Carter is snapping his fingers and tapping his heels together.  Challenge your child to snap his fingers (a hard skill to acquire, so stop when it becomes frustrating) and/ or tap his heels together.  If your child is older have them try both at the same time!
  • How many buttons can you find?(I counted 19 visible buttons)  For younger children see how  many different ways they can add/subtract to get the answer 19.  For older children have then multiply/divide to get the answer 19.  If you have actual buttons allow them to use them as manipulative's.
  • Download and print this button sort game.  If you don't have your own buttons to do the above activity print out extras of the button's in this printable.

Pages 49-50:

  • Have your child count how many flags there are.  Then multiply by how many stripes are in the American Flag to find out how many stripes there are total.  Then multiply by how many stars there are.
  • If you didn't get to all the Flag activities before, then now would be a good time to finish up or expand with these craft ideas.
  • Practice the harmonica, sing songs from your song book, Practice She'll be "Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes."
  • Get the band instruments back out and have a parade for an audience of teddy bears.

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