Monday, May 3, 2010

Mother's Day Unit

I finally have the first unit ready to post, although I am posting it a bit later than I had hoped. Please feel free to leave me feedback, positive or negative, about the new format and let me know what you like/dislike. I would love to hear any suggestions you may have as to how this can work better for you. Thanks for your patience.

Mother's Day

______ Reading: Read “The Search for the Good Child” and tell your mom what the story was about.

______ Writing: Use the questions found here: to interview your mother. Then write up a mini-biography from what you learn. This would be a nice gift to share with your mom.

______ Math: - Read this chart: and then answer the questions found here:

P______ Science: Turn a white flower into your mother’s favorite shade: Fill a vase ½ full of water and add food coloring to make your mom’s favorite color. Cut the stem of a white flower (carnations work well) at a 45 degree angle and place the flower in the water for about 24 hours. The colored water will travel up the stem and into the petals, changing the color of the flower.

______ Service: Help a younger sibling make a gift for your mother for Mother’s Day. Here are some ideas:

A Garden Rock-

Helping Hands-

Tissue Flowers-

______ Vocabulary/Spelling: Write each word 10 times and use each one in a sentence- corsage, carnation, maternal

______ Health: See mom for lesson (use this lesson plan: ***This is a lesson on the names and basic functions of the reproductive organs. The pictures to label are fairly detailed and the lesson has separate pictures for boys and girls. Depending on your child's age, maturity, and your personal feelings, you may or may not want to use this lesson plan and/or you may choose to only study the parts appropriate for your child's gender.***

______ Social Studies: Read about the history and symbols of Mother’s Day: Write a short report sharing what you have learned. Be sure to include Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe in your report.

______ Language Arts: Make an acrostic for the word MOTHER. An acrostic is when a poem is written where the first letter of each line spells out another word, in this case that word will be MOTHER. There is an example at the top of this page:

______ Domestic Arts: Plan out a nice, yet healthy, breakfast that you can make your mother on mother’s day. Be sure to serve it to her in bed and decorate the tray to look nice.

______ Art: Design a card for your mother for Mother’s Day. You can even include the acrostic you created for language arts.

______ Music: Create a special song for your mom by changing the words to a song you already know, such as a nursery rhyme. You can find some examples here:

______ Spanish/ASL (or whatever language you may be working on): Learn each word in Spanish and ASL- mother, love, flower (In Spanish mother= la madre, love= amor, flower= la flor)

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