Printed map of Arizona. Found and highlighted town of Yuma.
Cut out shape of Arizona with a note that it was our 48th state.
Wrote and defined three vocabulary words on index cards: aerial and biome and arizonac
Discussed biomes : especially the desert biome
Looked through Roxaboxen for plants and animals found in a desert biome then made a cactus flip-book and wrote items on the arms of the cactus.
Made list of characters & shops with plans to make matchbooks to insert in lapbook.
Looked over Roxaboxen Park photo site. I reminded the girls that it was a place out in the desert so it's very barren and made up of only rocks and sand. The pictures were (are) disappointing compared to the image in their imagination. After seeing the colors and possibilities in the picture book, the real thing was (is) very dry and pall.
This gave me a platform to discuss with my girls how the children in the book were just like them and their friends and how, facing a barren desert of sand and rocks, they had to think of a way to color their day and bring beauty into their life.
They did this by using their imagination and creativity.
For supper, we made a Roxaboxen Sandlot (our invented name). In reality, it's a Shepherd's Pie topped with tater tots instead of mashed potatoes.
- Brown pound of ground meat with seasoning
- Blend in one can of cream of mushroom soup
- Add one can of corn and one can of string beans
- Stir together
- Place in open casserole dish
- Let children create their own Roxaboxen stone roads and town using the tater tots
- Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes until tater tots are lightly browned
- Take out of oven and sprinkle grated cheese on top, let melt.
We've have only begun this study and twice today Chelsea ran up to me with, "I want to do more!"
Such are the blessings of FIAR.