Well we wrapped up Owl Moon. We took 3 weeks to cover this book. It was a lot of fun.
There was just so much to learn.
Samantha and I played with shadow puppets one night. She had fun trying to play out the story a little minus the people of course. We talked about the creatures of the night and had fun with the puppets. My camera wouldn't take a good picture of it. Although it was totally dark with the flash on my camera it looked like the room wasn't dark and others were too dark to even see the shadow.
pretending her monster hand was eating the fox
We also went to the Trustees of Reservation and made an owl nesting box. It worked out so perfect I found out 3 days before we ended this book they were doing this. Samantha did a great job she did almost the whole box herself. A lady that came alone asked me to hold her box for a minute so she could hammer in her nails and I turned back and Sam had it almost completed. Samantha and Grandpa are going to hang it in the woods behind his house.
She painted a picture using different techniques. She started out with a dark blue then kept adding white until it was almost all white for the moon. Then she used a paper bag to create the tree. Last she painted an owl to later be cut out and glued on the picture. I think she did and awesome job. She wasn't too happy with how her moon looked.
One day I made lunch. This idea was from a mom on our facebook FIAR page. Samantha enjoyed it.
I also took a side trip to the stars with Samantha. In the book it says "He looked up, as if searching the stars, as if reading a map up there." we just went to the planetarium and the teacher talked about how people have used the stars as a map and direction. So we did a short study on the stars and of course the moon. She drew all the moon phases. `She also learned about how gravity on the moon is different and you weigh much less there. On earth she weighs 63 lbs and on the moon she would weigh 9.92 lbs.
We also have been studying space with the magic school bus kit. One activity was to make a star view finder and look at the star map and try and find the constellations. It also gave blank ones to make up your own and tell a story of how it became.
Here she is looking at one of the constellations. (yes a pj day it was snowing out)
I couldn't get a good picture of her constellation but it was 3 diamond shapes together and her very short story of explanation.
One day there was a queen who ruled over a kingdom called the Three Diamonds. Once day her crown fell and the three diamonds from it flew into the sky creating the constellation the Three Diamonds.
Ask her to tell you a story and she goes on and on. Tell her to actually put it to paper and that is what I get. We will be working on that.
These are some of the books we used while rowing this book. We also read together a Magic Tree House book about the moon. If you go to my pinterest page you will find a few more of the resources we used like youtube videos and websites.
We were very sorry to see Owl Moon come to an end. But we are so excited about the new FIAR book we are rowing Wee Gillis.