Day 2: A for Anteater
Review Layers of the Rainforest
Intro to Animal Defenses
Food from the Amazon
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K Mitchell
My girls have a fascination with animals, so I made up a list of 26 rainforest animals that we’ll be learning about over the course of this unit.
I also made a set of labeled animal cards for us to use throughout this unit,
and am offering them to you for free HERE.
I love the flexibility of homeschooling ❤
Despite the fact that the Little Princess woke up sick this morning and proceeded to go back to sleep for an extra 4 hours, we were easily able to adapt our plans so she could enjoy her activities this afternoon.
While she slept, Munchkin and I got to work!
She donned her ‘rainforest gear’, shut the blinds, and turned out the lights, opting to hunt for the wild animals with a flashlight.
Once she successfully found all 26 animal cards, we took some time to go over their names, and make observations about each one. A few she knew a lot more about than expected, but most were ones carefully chosen to pique her interest and allow for further study.
We did the first in depth look into one of our animal cards, starting with A for Anteater. Munchkin actually knew a lot more than I had anticipated, and opted to teach ME instead!
Because she already knew so much, we didn’t bother with any worksheets for this one.
Next we read a few interesting pages about the rainforest in our childrens’ atlases, and located them on our large wall map. We used dry erase markers to follow the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, and coloured in the rainforest areas. Munchkin reviewed the names and locations of the 7 continents with this song:
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Click here to print off the lyrics to the full song!
Shortly thereafter, the Little Princess woke up and wanted to join in. She wasn’t quite her usual perky self yet, but she was determined to do her activities!
While she put on her vest and found her magnifying glass, Munchkin and I
recreated the animal card hunt for her.
After all that activity, we snuggled up to reread the books from Day 1,
quickly followed by the two new books.
Their favourite was definitely
“The Rainforest Grew All Around”
as the entire book is sung to the tune of ‘The green grass grows all around’!
Then we headed to the kitchen to find the first of our taste test foods. Today’s pic? BANANAS!
(perfect choice for my little monkeys 😉 )
Click on the picture below to get a free copy of the cards!
(includes 13 different foods, and a second set for use as Montessori 3 part cards)
Last but not least was our Bossy E game!
We call him “Bossy E”, and Munchkin remembers the rule as:
Bossy E can seem quite rude
He likes to change the game.
When he shows up at the end of a word,
He makes the vowel say its name!
Munchkin has been working on increasing her fluency while reading CVCE words, so I whipped up a little activity for her.
You can get it free for a limited time here!
(I’ll be incorporating it into my complete unit in 6 wks time.)
She decided to tape her magnifying glass E to the popsicle/craft stick instead of gluing it. While she was focused on that, I hid 5 of the cards around the room and slipped a mini recording sheet onto her clipboard.
As soon as her E was secured, Munchkin was off on the hunt! She found the first one quickly, but the others were a little trickier!
She would locate a card, write the number in the square on her recording sheet, read the CVC word, then use her stick to add the silent E to the word. After reading the new word, she wrote it down on her recording sheet and was off to find the next card!
That wrapped up the unit study part of our day.
Come back tomorrow to see what we get up to on Day 3!