Thursday, March 6, 2014

From Popcorn to the Pulitzer!

Iowa Unit
*The United States is the world's leading producer of corn. 
*Corn is the single most popular crop grown in the U.S. 
*Iowa produces the largest corn crop of any state. 
*The largest Popcorn Packing Plant is in Iowa.
Therefore, we devoted our Iowa Unit to focusing on one of our favorite snacks...POPCORN!

We started our unit the same week as the Winter Olympics so we had our own winter game - Blowing Popcorn! 

Kalia & I talked about "P" words & then she did this popcorn activity. 

I gave Carysse an assignment to write a story about popcorn. Here's her rough draft. 
Then she asked if she could type it on the computer. 

The final story
I don't do scrapbooking anymore but any excuse to get cute paper, I'm on it! :-) 

We made Party Popcorn for our Co-op Valentine's party. This was a great alternative to candy! 

It's such a blessing that other moms on the Web are willing to share their creations like these Free Valentine's cards!

We also completed a Popcorn Five Senses Chart.
Books Read - Welcome to the U.S.A: Iowa, Corn, & Corn Aplenty 

Kansas Unit
March is Women's History Month! 
For our Kansas study we focused on two women in history who were born in Kansas. 

Gwendolyn Brooks (poet) - At the age of thirteen, she had her first published poem.
Her gift of writing led her to become the 1st African American to win a Pulitzer Prize.

We enjoyed listening to Ms. Brooks read her poem,
"The Tiger who wore white gloves" a.k.a. "What you are you are".
Then Carysse illustrated it. We had a good discussion about how each person is made in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27) & wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). Therefore God made no mistake in how He created us (our gender or ethnicity) so we should rejoice in the way He created us & glorify Him that way. 

Amelia Earhart (aviator) - the 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She was then awarded the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross.

Speaking of female aviators, check out this childhood photo of me at an Air Show!
Remember this, Mom? :-)  

1 comment:

Stine said...

Yes, I do remember! I'm sure the girls were thrilled to see their mommy in the pilot's seat. Loved this unit!