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Monday, January 16, 2012

Lighthouses Week 1 (Workbox Wednesday & Massachusetts state study)


We are finally back to the grind!  We started a lighthouse unit last week.  The core of which is coming from the Unit Study with Amanda Bennett – Lighthouses Unit.
We have also added in activities from the following books:
PRINTABLES:
To go along with the USAB unit; I made some 3 part cards with pictures of several of the lighthouses referenced in the curriculum.  I also made lighthouse anatomy cards. 
The Massachusetts state cards vary from my original state cards, in that these are 3 part cards; I’ll eventually change the previous cards to this format as well, I like it much better!   
Get them by clicking on the links below:
*Lighthouse 3 part cards
*Lighthouse anatomy cards (color the cards to correspond)
*Massachusetts 3 part cards
*Water Toob 3 part cards (the ship is from the pirates toob, the rest correspond with the Safari LTD In The Water Toob)
I made writing sheets with our weekly words at this site, and we practiced looking them up in the dictionary.  We use the Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary
Now onto the activities:
Z’s boxes (33mos)
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Alphabet Box – L
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Pattern Blocks – boat
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Water Toob and Boat Cards
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Letter L cut out and do-a-dot marker
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Land, Water and Air sorting cards from Montessori Print Shop
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Building a lighthouse with stacking cups, and building boats with blocks on blue felt (water)

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Discovery Bottles (marbles in shampoo, marbles in karo syrup and blue water with oil for a wave machine)
C’s boxes (5yo, K)

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Math – U-See (we switched math programs and really like it so far!)
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Designing day marks for our own lighthouses (from the Lighthouse Activity book)
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Anatomy Cards (you can see here how I colored the parts to correspond)

Not pictured:
Lighthouse 3 part cards
Words of the day writing sheets
Handwriting without tears
Book of Mormon Stories
The Friend Magazine – January 2012
No Ordinary Parents Guide to teaching reading
Boston Light Coloring Page
Massachusetts 3 part cards

Fun for everyone
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Shell Photo Frames
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How does a lighthouse light blink?
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How to light and care for an oil lamp, the work of a lighthouse keeper.
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I cut these lighthouses with my circuit machine, they glued the day marks onto them.
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Family movie night:  Pete’s Dragon
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Making Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies РMassachusetts State Cookie (or if you prefer their state dessert is Boston Cr̬me Pie and their state Muffin is Corn Muffin!)
Books and stories we read


Articles from The Friend Magazine (an LDS publication)
For more lighthouse ideas, stay tuned for further weeks and/or check out my Pinterest lighthouse board

Other Lighthouse Units:
Week 1 - Massachusetts
Week 2 - Oregon
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11 comments:

  1. Awesome post with lots of great resources, but the most exciting is --States have cookies and desserts? Who knew. I'm off to find out my state cookie and dessert.

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  2. What a wonderful theme. I hadn't thought about doing a light house theme. I need to because we're within 30 minutes of a lighthouse so we could end with a fun field trip.

    Popping in from Tot School

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  3. Wow! First of all, I love the idea of a lighthouses unit and secondly, you have **a ton** of resources here! Thank you so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday -- we will definitely be using some of your ideas here!

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  4. You found a lot of great books for this theme! Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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  5. What a totally awesome week's worth of activities! I'm a new follower!

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  6. Actually I'm NOT a new follower! I said that before I clicked the GFC link. I've been following you for a long time. LOL

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  7. You've got some really great and fun ideas!
    If you need anything, I can get for you, let me know. I live in MA.
    Marcia :)

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  8. We have a historical lighthouse very close to us. These are some great resources that I could use in conjunction with learning about our very own local lighthouse history! Thanks for linking up with us at NOBH!

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  9. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing-- saw your link up at Preschool Powol Packets. Next week we are reading "Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge," so perfect timing! : )

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  10. I've always been amused by different state resources they have, especially the cookie and desert ones.

    I like your why do lighthouses blink study.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday.

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  11. Looks like you had another great week!

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