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Poetry Resources

We study poetry several times throughout the school year.  Sometimes we read, occasionally memorize, and sometimes we create. The following is my resource list that I have used time and time again.

Poetry Terms                                                                             https://www.brighthubeducation.com/english-homework-help/65313-poetry-terms-made-easy/

Figures of Speech and Poetic Devices Printable Mini Posters           https://jimmiescollage.com/figures-of-speech-printables/

Types of Poems Definitions and Examples               https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/other/

Poetry for the Well Read Student (middle, high, and college) https://americanliterature.com/poetry-for-students

Poetry for Children                                                                                 https://americanliterature.com/poems-for-kids

Printable Holiday Poems for Children                             http://www.apples4theteacher.com/poetry.html

Writing Poetry Resources and Activities                                                          https://writeshop.com/poetry-lessons-teaching-writing-poems/

Activities, Reading Guides, and Articles about Reading, Writing, and Teaching Poetry https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/resources-teachers

Find rhymes, synonyms, adjectives, and more!                                                  https://www.rhymezone.com/

Creating Poetry and Interactive Tools  (my boys love using the interactives!)                                       http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=16&type=28

 

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Thanksgiving Unit Study Ideas and Resources

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This week we began our Thanksgiving unit studies with a couple of Pre-Thanksgiving activities.  Below are some of the links we followed as we both reviewed and learned about the early American Settlements of Roanoke and Jamestown.

3 Articles about the history and mystery of the Roanoke Colony  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/roanoke2.htm

Roanoke Colony Creative Writing Prompt                      http://castelliclassroom.weebly.com/classroom-updates/roanoke-writing-prompt

Online interactive Jamestown adventure                                                                                                   http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

This history game with Pocahontas for the younger kids http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/pocahontas/

Jamestown Interactive webquest adventure  http://web.archive.org/web/20040811071346/http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/catoctin/3rd/webquests/jamestown/

Jamestown reading comprehension and printable quiz  http://mrnussbaum.com/jamestown-printable-reading-comprehension/

John Smith interactive adventure               http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

The Natives and The English video from Crash Course                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTYOQ05oDOI

In addition to the early settlement studies, we began this thankfulness Bible study with printable cards and daily question/activity suggestions http://www.faithgateway.com/thanksgiving-bible-verses-free-printable/#.UnUbfhDZjFD

For the school days from now until Thanksgiving we we will be notebooking, crafting, cooking, reviewing, and researching  who, what, when, where, and why – everything associated with the Plymouth Colony.  We will keep journaling pages and bulletin boards of what we discover.

Below are the links we’ll be using for resources as we travel back in time to visit early America over the next few weeks.

Thanksgiving History Timeline 1541-2001 http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/thanksgiving/timeline/1541.html

Plimoth Plantation “Just for Kids” Activities – Coloring, Talk Like a Pilgrim, Virtual Field Trip, History Detective, and more!                                                                      https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids

Virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving  http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

Thanksgiving Myths Debunked and other Thanksgiving Articles and Child Friendly Recipes   https://www.education.com/articles/thanksgiving/

Interactive trivia quiz  http://www.quia.com/rr/315169.html

This site is my favorite of all the resources I’ve found.  We will use this site daily.  http://search.freefind.com/find.html?id=76113&pageid=r&mode=ALL&query=&sitemap=Site+Map

Grammar lessons with Thanksgiving themed mad libs  http://amyswandering.com/2012/11/09/thanksgiving-mad-libs-2/

Thanksgiving themed notebooking, activity, and poetry copywork printable pages  http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebies-thanksgiving-notebooking-pages-activity-pages-and-copywork-notebook/

Instructions and printables for writing  “Sensory” poetry  http://teacherhelpforparents.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-poetry/

Beautiful copywork and notebooking pages while you are on this page be sure to scroll down.   A little past half way is a link that takes you to a free Squanto study and lapbook printables. Then down on the right sidebar is a link for a free download story,  Squanto’s Garden
http://cyncesplace.com/thanksgiving.html

Jokes, poems, songs, and more (scroll down and look at the left sidebar)  http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgivingday-fun.html

Stories, jokes, poems and coloring pages http://www.hellokids.com/search?recherche=thanksgiving&search_go=OK

Thanksgiving Math  and Printables                                                            https://www.yummymath.com/2017/thanksgiving-football-black-friday-and-giving/

Thanksgiving census  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/tgcensus01.html

Thanksgiving themed math worksheets (for younger students) http://www.math-drills.com/thanksgiving.shtml

How Many Calories Are on Your Thanksgiving Plate?                            https://www.thedailymeal.com/how-many-calories-are-your-thanksgiving-plate/112013

Ideas and instructions for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/thanksgivingartscraftsideaskids.html

Outdoor Pilgram Games http://www.education.com/activity/article/Three_Outdoor_Pilgrm_Games/

Games that pilgrim children  played                                    https://www.sail1620.org/educational/games-played-by-pilgrim-children

Thanksgiving Music Playlist

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade interactive games  http://social.macys.com/parade/#/games

On nice days we’ll be getting outside for some nature observations, football (not soccer), and archery practice and just maybe some fishing.

Our science is research based (meaning the kids will have to come up with their own resources for information) and will include the following topics:

  • Human anatomy – digestive system
  • Why does Thanksgiving dinner make us sleepy?
  • Native American agriculture and nutrition of  “The Three Sisters”  (beans, squash, corn)
  • Natural Resources, plants, and wildlife surrounding the Plymouth Colony

Thanksgiving themed free downloads and printables for all levels and subjects for homeschools (you will need an account, but that is free and easy to set up)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:thanksgiving/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free

I’m  thankful for many blessings including the homeschooling resources that I find.  It’s a tremendous help and I so appreciate the hard work and the willingness to share of those who have free sites and offer free games and printables.  I hope this season finds you also with much to be thankful for.

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

Our Homeschooling Week, April 15-19

This homeschooling week started off with an unplanned study on poison ivy remedies.  My daughter brought the itchy rash home with her from last week’s mission trip.

poison ivy 4We learned that placing potato slices over the rash sites was an effective treatment.

poison ivy 2Also this week, we the added an anemometer and a barometer to our homemade weather forecasting center.

weather station

Z7 updated the current conditions chart and practiced weather related jokes.  His favorite this week is, “What does a cloud wear under it’s raincoat?  Thunderwear!”

weather station 2

For “Poem In Your Pocket” day we not only kept poems in our pockets, but also studied poetic devices.  Instead of notebooking or lapbooking our printable mini posters, we put them on our current (art in progress) chalkboard wall.  I think it looks nice having some of the blank spaces filled in.

poetry wall 1

poetry wall 2And, SALT (saved, anointed, loved, transformed) practice for our homeschool group’s creative ministries troop. 483631_10200828729098988_2093288139_n

And,  Silver Lining, homeschool color guard practice.

Silver LiningWe will be ending our homeschooling week with our monthly homeschool support group’s family game night and potluck.

How was your week?

betty jo

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Poetry in Your Pocket

14768461-jeans-pocketApril 18 is “Poetry In Your Pocket Day”.  Though poetry has been carried around in pockets throughout history from the Renaissance to recent times, this special day was officially established in 2002.

To celebrate this day you need to select a poem, carry it with you in your pocket and  share it with others throughout the day.  Many libraries, bookstores, and schools will have events to celebrate Poetry In Your Pocket Day.   For the history and details of Poetry In Your Pocket Day click here  hhttp://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406

For our poetry studies in our homeschool we will be reading several types of poems and writing some original poetry.   We will be using resources from these links:

Poetry lesson plans and activities  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

Free download from Currclick  http://www.currclick.com/product/79594/Poem-in-Your-Pocket?affiliate_id=3162

Figures of Speech and Poetic Devices mini posters from  http://jimmiescollage.co

I’ve already selected which poem is going in my pocket!
A Mother’s Love
This world has jewels, money, land
position, power, and mansions grand
But a mother’s love more precious far,
than all these other treasures are.

A mother nurtures, guides, protects
Her teachings each child’s life affects,
and when in later years they go,
away from home, and friends they know
Those teachings will provide the stay,
to keep them on the good straight way.

Though some may stray to taste the fruits,
of worldly pleasures — still the roots
of Mother’s teachings, love, and care
will some day draw them back to where,
the Savior’s love can them enfold,
and fill them with a spirit bold.

So children, each and every day,
honor your mother in some way —
To show that you appreciate,
she taught you how to love, not hate.
To comfort you, to guide, to lead,
to be there in your time of need.

But best of all, — to show the way,
that leads to home with God some day.

…Brenda Ascott Fry

What poem is going in your pocket?

betty jo

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Absolutely No Pinching!

A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

This is an Irish blessing we read with part of our holiday unit study of Saint Patrick’s Day.  This poem and other Irish blessings, as well as everything else Irish can be found here:

http://islandireland.com/index.html

Write your own Irish Limericks with the help of this printable information page and writing pages                                                                                https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Limericks-120141?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_campaign=LimerickPin

We are using these free printables for notebooking                           http://www.cyncesplace.com/friday-freebie-st-patricks-notebooking-pages/

These two quotes from St. Patrick are going to look great on our pages!

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st. patrick

We like playing “Would You Rather …?” games. Here’s one just for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some of these questions are crazy! All of them set up some awesome discussions.                    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Would-You-Rather-Questions-119297

We made these shamrock treats!  Hershey Kiss, Green M&M’s, and Pretzels – Bake at 275 Degrees for just a couple of minutes until the Kiss has melted.  Watch carefully not to over cook, because burnt chocolate happens easily!

shamr

We have a few new rules during this study:  must wear green, Irish accents and phrases are mandatory, if anyone finds a pot-o-gold they must share with Mom, and ABSOLUTELY NO PINCHING!

Last but not least, a brief history video on St. Patrick from Veggie Tales 

St. Patrick’s Mix Playlist

Springing

It’s springing here in Western KY.  With the time change springing ahead, the extra daylight hours have aided the trees in producing their blooms.  Flowers are opening up and the grass has lost it’s dead color and found new green. The temperatures are a bit warmer.  The birds that stayed around through the winter are singing a happier song than they were just last week.

Spring is a wonderful time for outdoor nature lessons.  We have some flowerpots to decorate and a variety of flower seeds soaking to germinate before planting.  We will be making a fairy garden around a tree stump in the back yard.  We will be studying the spring nighttime skies, and making a weather center.

Spring is the time to get out the sports equipment, bikes, and kites.  Hiking and picnics are on our spring agenda along with some outdoor field trips with our homeschooling support group.

Our middle ages history studies will move on into the Renaissance.

Spring is also a good time for poetry studies (picture my kids rolling their eyes and sighing).

Song of Songs (Solomon) 2:11-12

     Don’t you see? The winter is done.
The rains and clouds have come and gone.
         The flowers are unfolding in the fields;
the birds are warming up their songs,

Poetry can be in the form of music, too (picture my kids no longer rolling their eyes or sighing).

 

betty jo