Saturday, July 26, 2008

Whistle for Willie Unit Study

We started off by reading Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats each day.
Next, Shayla did some spelling by using letter magnets to make the word "whistle."

Of course for music, we practiced whistling. Neither of us are able to whistle very well. Then along comes Morgan, she can whistle like a little lark. Since whistling was a failure, we sang Disney's Whistle While You Work.

For language, we discussed learning new skills - how you feel when you learn them. What kind of new skills have you learned recently?

Shayla colored, cut and put the story in sequence using worksheet from Literature Activities.

For social studies, we discussed where Willie lived, whether it was in the city or country. We talked about the graffiti on the walls in the book. Shayla mentioned that she had seen graffiti on trains before. Great understanding, if I do say so myself.
All of Ezra Jack Keats' "Willie" books have a stop light in them. We reviewed the meaning of each color of light, then at Shayla's request, we sang The Stoplight song from Hi-5.

Shayla colored, cut and helped put this Willie together.

For science, we learned about the dauchound breed of dog, commonly known as the weiner dog. Shayla colored and cut out a simple picture of one. Then I cut it into pieces and she put it back together, as a simple puzzle. She glued this on a piece of paper and copied the word "dog" underneath.
Shayla colored cut and glued puppets for all the characters in this story, taken from Literature Activites. They didn't stand up well, so we used clothespins for legs. Shayla loved playing with the pins.

Lastly, Shayla really enjoyed putting on a program for family about the story.

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