Friday, August 29, 2008

Ahoy Matey!

The theme of Pirates was my son Micah's first lapbook project. We started this the first week of school and took about 2 weeks to complete working on it most days for about an hour. We read the books to go with it either during the day or as bedtime stories. It was kind of funny because it sparked an interest in my 2nd child in pirates too so she has begun reading books that branch off on the pirate theme.

We incorporated books, coloring, worksheets that matched a picture to a vocabulary word, made his own map, learned about Blackbeard, compass with directional points of N, S, E, and W. and touched upon oceans and continents. We talked about what an Island is and made the matchbook component for it. I only picked a few vocabulary words to focus on which were island, captain, and compass. I tried to review these words with simple questions:

Mom: "Micah what does a compass do?"
Micah: "Helps find the way, so you don't get lost."

Mom: "What is an island?"
Micah: (he got stuck so I started him with a piece of land) and he finished with "on the sea with all sides water." I didn't think that was too bad for an almost 6 year old.

Mom: "What is a captain?"
Micah: "the leader."

The girls reported the other day that in the middle of trying to watch a movie, Micah decided to walk across the coffee table and yell "walk the plank." I guess he was bored with the movie.

Here are a few pictures

Our reading list for this unit:
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Pirate Jam by Jo Brown
Shiver Me Letters A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Pirate Pete Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy
Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
I Love My Pirate PaPa by Laura Leuck
Port Side Pirates by Debbie Harter
Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure by Kim Kennedy
Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist
Little Badger of the Seven Seas by Eve Bunting

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