I create our literature units to bring excitement and fun to learning math, to enrich our reading experience, and to have something fun to do with our books. Even though the kids are learning a lot it doesn’t feel like “school.” Each of my literature units may contain some of the following: math problems, comprehension questions, art projects, vocabulary building exercises, trivia about things mentioned in the book, connect the dots, mystery pictures, story related activities, field trips suggestions and more.
“Bea dreamed of salt and sea.”
“Bea laughed and climbed on board.”
“Jack handed her a mop and pail.”
“Ye’ll be our cooking wench,” Jack
cried. “So get down to the galley.”
“Jack roared, “Climb to the crow’s
“I think I’m smelling… gold!”
“The excavated dirt and sand and rocks
and roots and leaves.”
We’ve found a treasure chest!”
“Each day, they hollered, “We all knows
this Pirate life’s for Bea!”
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world, seven chakras of meditation, seven seas…
To draw a boat I used instructions from Dover Publications book How to draw planes, trains and boats by Barbara Soloff Levy.Here is how the final product will look. The actual connect-the-dot is part of the printables pack.
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How did pirates of old know where they were and where they were going in the vast emptiness of the open ocean? Stars could be used on a clear night, but the greatest advance in navigation came with compass. The first record of compass comes from 1187. Compass is an instrument that always points in the direction of magnetic north.
- Can you think of a situation when you couldn’t make something work? When you were trying to build a tower? LEGO project? Handwriting practice? Head stand? Did you feel mad? Did you perhaps think, I will never be able to make it
right? It’s normal! It happens to everyone at some point. The first thing you need to do is take a deep breath! Try it now with me! Breathe in, breathe out. It’s not easy to remember to breathe when you are mad, but the more you practice, the easier it will become.
- After a few deep breaths, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “What went wrong?” Is it because the larger pieces were on top of smaller pieces? Are you tired? Try to learn from mistakes.
- Plan a new approach: you know how to make it not work, now let’s try something else and see if it will make a difference. Maybe not! But it’s fun to try.
- Everyone has a different talent. Princess Bea was not good at cooking and maybe with a bit of practice she could learn to cook wonderful meals for the entire crew. Maybe not! There are things we will never be good at. It’s fine. Everybody has a special talent.
- Do you know what is “sense of humor”? It means being able to see humor in everyday situations. Laughter makes everything
better. When you laugh, your brain receives a message that everything is ok. You can talk more about laughter with this article from How Things Work.
children model your behavior. Be a positive role model. Forgive yourself and move on.
What are your favorite Pirate books?