Sunday, September 16, 2007

I have a plan! (Units we will be sharing this school year)

I sat down this weekend and made a plan for the units we will share this school year.

For those who really know me, you know I just 'wing it' from week to week, so having a plan is amazing.  If I stick to it, it will be a miracle!!!  But hey, even if I only get half of it done, I'll still be doing great!

For the most part, I took the girls' Zoology schedule from co-op and choose units to go along with it.  I didn't pick as many FIAR titles as I thought I would--we've already rowed many of the titles that would go along with the themes.  We'll be re-rowing a couple FIAR titles.  I mostly choose HSS units because we haven't done them before, with the exception of When Agnes Caws, Sophie's Masterpiece, and Crawdad Creek--all favorites around here!

9/21 Field Trip

9/22-9/26   HSS  Firekeeper's Son

9/28-10/3  sea life/octopus: HSS Nico's Octopus

10/5-10/10  sea life/jellyfish:  FIAR Night of the Moonjellies

10/12-10/17 sea life/general:  HSS Atlantic

10/19-10/24   worms:   read Diary of a Worm

10/26-10/31    metamorphosis:    read ???

11/2-11/7  spiders:  HSS Sophie's Masterpiece

11/9-11/14  crayfish:  HSS Crawdad Creek

11/16-11/21  HSS Goody O'Grumpity

11/23-11/28   fish:  HSS A Fish Out of Water

11/30-12/5  ???fish-maybe re-row FIAR's Higgins or just read a salmon book????

12/7-12/14   HSS Annika's Secret Wish / Orange For Frankie

12/15-12/27  --break--

12/28-1/2  snakes/ turtles:  HSS  Lake of the Big Snake / Turtle Bay

1/4-1/9  dinosaurs:  HSS Dino Unit

1/11-1/16 ????amphibians????

1/18-1/23   birds:  HSS When Agnes Caws

1/25-1/30  birds:   HSS Fly Homer Fly

2/1-2/6  birds:  HSS Grandmother's Pigeons

2/8-2/13    HSS Tea with A Dragon

2/15-2/20   Biomes:  HSS All the Places to Love / also start HSS The Year of Miss Agnes as read aloud (finish by 3/5)

2/22-2/27  aquatic:  HSS Song of the Waterboatman

2/29-3/5  arctic:  HSS Baby in a Basket / FIAR Very Last First Time

3/7-3/12  mountains:  ???HSS My Mountain Song???

3/14-3/19  HSS Rechenka's Eggs

3/20-3/23  --break--

3/24-3/26  HSS Alejandro's Gift

3/27-3/30  --convention--

3/31-4/2   grasslands:  HSS Gauchada / HSS On the Pampas

4/4-4/9  rainforest:  HSS The Great Kapok Tree

4/11-4/16  farm:  HSS Klara's New World

4/18-4/23  HSS Parrot Tico Tango

4/25-4/30  marsupials:  HSS Wombat Stew

5/2-5/7  endangered:  HSS The Lorax


  1. So glad you posted a plan! :) It feels good, doesn't it? :)

  2. Hi there!

    I don;t recall how old your kids are, but judging by your other books you are studying I thought you could use these for your metamorphosis study:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    A New Butterfly : My First Look at Metamorphosis by Pamela Hickman

    Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

    Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope, pictures by Sue Riddle, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY 2000

    A creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why but is certain that she must go to Mexico. This is an easy to read story based on the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.

    From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman

    Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder, pictures by Lynne Cherry, Lodestar Books, Dutton, New York, NY 1989

    This book invites you to imagine what is is like to change from a caterpillar into a black swallowtail butterfly. It also has practical tips on how to choose garden plants to attract butterflies.

    Have fun!!!

  3. Have you recently rowed The Salamander Room? That would be a good one. :) I don't think I saw it anywhere on your list...forgive me if I did!


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