Friday, November 9, 2012

Unit Theme: America

This week we have been learning about America.  While there is a whole lot to be learned (as with any topic, really!), we kept it simple.

Theme Verse

Hebrews 13:17 - Obey your leaders.

We talked about who our leaders are, and how God commands us to obey them.  Some specific leaders we talked about were Daddy & Mommy, our teachers, and of course...the President.

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Some America Books

Two of these books (America the Beautiful and America, My Country 'tis of Thee) are the actual songs, respectively, in their entirety...with illustrations.  I wasn't sure how the kids would feel about me reading these books to them (since I sang them), but they really enjoyed them. 


Daily Song

The kiddos will hopefully never forget that there's 50 stars and 13 stripes on the American flag!


Pledge:

I just had to repost this photo, taken a few weeks ago, since it goes with the theme. =)  The kids take turns holding the flag each morning when we say the Pledge of Allegiance....and Shane gets absolutely giddy when it is his turn (and a little, ahem, upset, when it's not his turn).


Gotta Love YouTube

We sang this song a lot when I taught 4th grade (a large portion of our Social Studies curriculum was the US regions), and I figured that my little ones might like it.  And, they do.  They love it!



Geography:  Encyclopedia Brittania Talking US Puzzle

Our wonderful friends gave this to Caleb for his birthday this year...and it's been a perfect part of our learning this week!  It's a very helpful (and fun!) resource.  You can find it here.  The kids (Caleb, mostly) are really learning which states go where.  And, he is learning a lot of the state nicknames as a result of playing with this (not that this information will ever really come in handy, ha!).  It also recites the Pledge of Allegiance when you press the flag at the bottom, which we often use during our own Pledge time each day.



I also used this map to teach the kids about the 13 colonies.


Geography: USA Floor Puzzle




Math: Flag Template for Pattern Blocks





She added some green triangles.
Lap Books

These lap books were our main project this week.

Cover page - watercolor flags and foam USA stickers:

Caleb's, Meredith's
Insides - Symbols of the USA, The Flag, and The White House:

Caleb's
Meredith's
  Inside, with parts flipped up:

Caleb's
Meredith's
Back - Map of the US

Caleb's, Meredith's

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