A few weeks back we rowed Gramma’s Walk
, which means we read it every day and then did activities to go with it. This book was perfect to row at the same time as an ocean unit. Many of the activities you will have seen in these posts
One thing I struggle with with the Five in a Row and Before Five in a Row books is the lapbook portion. I am trying to find a way to make these more Montessori friendly – something to leave out on the shelf for self exploration so that the activities can be more accessible to J-jo who can’t participate much in lapbooks. I didn’t achieve this so much with Gramma’s Walk, but I’ve been working on it for the other books we’ve been rowing.
Gramma’s Walk is the story of a boy and his grandmother who is in a wheelchair and how they use their imagination to take a walk along the seashore. Using their five senses, they describe their walk and it feels like you are right there, experiencing it all.
We played memory with some animal track cards.
I also found this match the tracks to the animal online game and some other matching cards. Here are the matching cards I printed out (scroll down a bit) for our memory game.
We did a survey of how many handicapped parking spaces were at our Walmart, library, and Publix and then graphed it (this idea came from Sowing 3 Seeds
). We talked about how a big store might need more of those spaces than a small store or building.
We played in the sand.
We acted out the story a lot. Retelling stories through play-acting is one of Bear’s favorite things to do.
We colored sandpaper.
J-jo matched shells to shell outlines. (The only way to get him to do certain work is to offer it to him at snack time.)
We did some shoreline experiments (it was a flop). Basically, the different pans represented different types of shorelines and walking with them was supposed to show displacement of water and you could see which type of shoreline might have the most weathering from wave action. We couldn’t tell anything but it was fun to do on a hot day.
We even went on a ferryboat on our first day in Quebec and saw a buoy too!
(The kids are hugging their cousin.)
If you do BFIAR or FIAR and have rowed Gramma’s Walk, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.