ALL of my detailed notes are on my U.S. Geography page on the website.
I had originally recommended Bonnie Shemie's series of Native Dwellings books for third grade Housebuilding, but in seeing how well they work for this fifth grade block, I'm thinking of changing my grade 3 notes. There are so many great examples of shelters that it is impossible to get to them all, and I like the idea of doing Mongolian yurts and the tree houses of Papua New Guinea and so many other fun ones... and doing a project building with cob (and maybe even a cob oven) in third grade... and I wouldn't want to rush through the houses of other continents in order to get back to the Native American ones... especially when doing the Native American ones in North American Geography in fifth grade provides such a nice assessible way to divide up the regions.
But, regardless of when you choose to use them, Bonnie's books are great. My friend Robin turned me on to her work many years ago!
To be honest, I also use a lot of Montessori Geography materials because I find they are so well organized. (I do use Montessori materials for Math, Grammar, and Geography because I find them superior to all others.) The two resources below are not incompatible with Waldorf in any way.
The biome maps created by Waseca are extremely intuitive for kids to use.
And I love the U.S.A. Location/Color map made by Nienhuis for hands-on practice in identifying the states by their shapes.
I've also got some links to FREE Teachers Pay Teachers games and activities (such as a word find with all 50 state capitals in it) for further review.
So browse the webpage and enjoy!
This week at the homeschool co-op we have done the following:
had a great Structured Word Inquiry lesson on "heart"
enjoyed Farm Day!
learned a blessing for lunchtime
- To sun and rain
To grass and grain
To all who toil
On sea and soil
That we may eat
This daily food
We give our loving
Thanks to you
math skills practice
- GREAT FREE daily skills practice for grades 6, 7, and 8:
set 1, set 2, and set 3 combine to give you a full year!
- Percent of a Number Guided Practice
Pi Day Word Search and Scavenger Hunt (we missed Pi Day because we had Spring Break on 3/14)
Dewey Decimal System lesson
a field trip to the library on Tuesday, plus a stop by Toddler Story Time
a field trip to the High School Science Fair on Thursday
Article of the Day
made homemade yogurt in the crockpot
started our new U.S. Geography read aloud story: the Newbery honor book Minn of the Mississippi by Holling Clancy Holling
assessed prior knowledge of U.S. Geography with Elimination Game (in pairs or small groups) -- students alternate turns identifying states; teacher answers disputes -- and States and Capitals pp.15-16 (individually)
my chalkboard drawing inspired by this one of a Wampanoag Shelter
plus tracing and coloring the biome maps by Waseca (my web page also has a set of links where you can download and color your own instead of buying theirs) and the political maps from Ready-to-Use Outline Maps of the U.S. States and Regions: 159 Different Copyright-Free Maps Printed One Side by Phillip Runquist
list of "plates" below refers to the pages in this book
my choice of states for the Northeast Region
(New England and the Mid-Atlantic)
13 states (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, WV, VA)
outline map of the Northeast on plate 21
States & Capitals List
Maine - Augusta - plates 18, 28
New Hampshire - Concord - plates 18, 28
Vermont - Montpelier - plates 18, 28
Massachusetts - Boston - plates 15, 28
Rhode Island - Providence - plates 15, 28
Connecticut - Hartford - plates 14, 28
New York - Albany - plates 15, 28
New Jersey - Trenton - plates 14, 28
Pennsylvania - Harrisburg - plates 14, 28
Delaware - Dover - plates 14, 28
Maryland - Annapolis - plates 14, 28
West Virginia - Charleston - plates 11, 27
Virginia - Richmond - plates 11, 27
my choices of states for the
(Southeast and the Mississippi & Ohio Valleys)
15 states (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MI, LA, AR, TN, KY, OH, IN, MI, WI, IL)
- outline map of the Southeast on plate 20
plus Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois (plate 20)
States & Capitals List
North Carolina - Raleigh - plates 13, 27
South Carolina - Columbia - plates 13, 27
Georgia - Atlanta - plates 13, 27
Florida - Tallahassee - plates 12, 27
Alabama - Montgomery - plates 12, 27
Mississippi - Jackson - plates 12, 27
Louisiana - Baton Rouge - plates 12, 26
Arkansas - Little Rock - plates 7, 26
Tennessee - Nashville - plates 11, 27
Kentucky - Frankfort - plates 11, 27
Ohio - Columbus - plates 11, 26
Indiana - Indianapolis - plates 10, 26
Michigan - Lansing - plates 10, 26
Wisconsin - Madison - plates 10, 26
Illinois - Springfield - plates 10, 26
researched a field trip to Cahokia Mounds
for fun: Word Search - U.S. Capitals
Outside of the homeschool co-op, Becca also had her poetry workshop at the library on Thursday afternoon, attended her sister's History Fair presentation on Saturday (Leah's drama performance meant that her team tied for Best in Show and they will be competing at the State level in Illinois - yay!), and volunteered at Flyover Gardens.
Last year Becca made a lovely backboard about the Mound Builders, featuring the Great Serpent Mound rendered using a raised textured paint. We got the textured paint recipe here; here are some pictures of her work:
We tried many different ways of doing the title but she didn't want anything to detract from the sheer visual impact of her painting, so we went with something discreet.
I'm excited to get a Decimal Stamp Game because the daily math skills practice is showing me that we do still need a concrete material for carrying and borrowing with decimals. I also need a really good bird guide to place by the window bird feeder for easy reference.
This post contains affiliate links to the materials I actually use for homeschooling. I hope you find them helpful. Thank you for your support!