It turns out that The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is part of the Before Five in a Row curriculum, which I don't have. (I admit that not having it available to me this week makes me really want to own it, though!) So, we just made due with what we had. It worked out just fine.
First, we used this online read aloud of the book this week. It was fun to see the words light up as they were read, and the sound effects were a fun addition as well. We used this printables collection from Homeschool Creations to highlight some of the literacy work, so using the online reader helped to identify some of the words we were working on, like "snow," "snowsuit," "window" and others.
But I digress...
Here is what we did this week:
Monday: Social Studies
Interestingly, this worked out well. Not only were we talking about a book which features a lot of cold weather and snow, but one that highlights an African American boy as the main character- right in the middle of Black History Month! Perfect! (We are doing a full week on black history next week.)
We live in the most homogenous (read- the "whitest") state in the United States, so I really had to knock myself out to present the idea of an African American person to my children. Since we (sadly) don't run into much racial diversity in our day-to-day lives, it became a really important piece of our unit this week to introduce the idea of different, and equal, skin tones.
We did this by finding pictures online and in magazines of different skin colors, and putting them into a collage together. We talked about the idea that no matter what color we are, we are all the same on the inside.
Tuesday: Language Arts
Mostly we used the printables from Homeschool Creations, as mentioned above. We used Jolanthe's printables to highlight main vocabulary words, to practice tracing and writing them, and to continue our practice with letter identification and phonics (letter sounds).
|These exercises are great practice for pre-letter-writing kiddos, or great fun no matter what. :)|
|Miss Ava takes a stab at it- and then decides to just color. :)|
|We used nothing other than on-hand craft items, like scrapbook paper, some snowmen and snowflake foam stickers, a snowflake stamp, and some geometric and random paper cut outs.|
|Channeling Keats as artistic inspiration...|
For math we worked primarily on our workbooks. Nothing terribly interesting to report.
We finally did get a chance to work on weather this week, considering that we didn't quite get there last week, when we rowed Katy and the Big Snow. We tracked the weather for the week, recording each day on our weather chart.
We talked about climate and Earth's water cycle, using this fabulous resource.
Other family-friendly approaches to this book were:
Our outdoor connections:
There was so much about this story that just begged to be re-enacted outside. We made snow angels...
...we went sledding...
|Bad picture. And yes, this is at night. Remember that it's winter around here and we stay out kind of late sometimes to make use of the outdoors when we can!|
|Combine some white shaving cream with some glue (no measurements- just globs) and paint onto circles. Wait a day or so for them to dry.|
|Adorn with fun extras that you have on hand. We used googly eyes, felt, wool cogs, pipe cleaners.|