Friday, July 26, 2013

FIAR - The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge Unit Study

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I am excited as I plan out our unit based on the book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift. This book is in Five In A Row, Volume 2. As with all my units, this is a planning post and we haven't done the unit, yet. I will create another post with pictures when we've actually done the unit study. Also, like my other units, it is based on ideas from the FIAR manual and many other sources.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

Go Alongs:


Social Studies:

  1. Mark Albany, New York City and the Hudson River on a blank map
  2. Read My New York by Kathy Jakobsen
  3. Read New York State of Mind by Billy Joel and listen the the included CD
  4. Put together New York State Mini-Lapbook from Currclick


Draw a lighthouse with these instructions from Art Projects for Kids

Draw a lighthouse

 Make this lighthouse craft from

Lighthouse craft

Make a cityscape craft from Project Around the World: New York City found here

Language Arts: Compound Words

I chose several worksheets on compound words from Evan-Moor. I have a membership to their Teacher File Box where I pay monthly and download and print any of the materials as much as I want. You can to to the site, and preview any of the materials for free and you can sign up for a free trial. It's a very useful site that I refer to often.

The worksheets I chose to use this time are Compound Words , Making Big Words, and Rule 16: Compound Words.

I also chose a Take It To Your Seat Center called Compound Words that we'll just do a matching game with the cards and not necessarily fill out the worksheets that go with it.

There are also some compound words cards at The First Grade Parade that we'll use for more practice.

Science: Light

  1. Read p. 52-53 in Usborne First Encyclopedia of Science
  2. Making Shadows worksheet here from Science Experiments for Young Learners
  3. Where Will the Light Go worksheet here from Science Experiments for Young Learners
  4. Make shadow puppets
  5. use mirrors to reflect light

Science: Bridges

Do a simple paper bridge science experiment found here
Bridge building ideas (and more) from School Time Snippets

Math: Time and Seconds

  1. Practice "one second on, two seconds off" with a flashlight
  2. Count seconds with "one-thousand" between (one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, etc)
  3. Discuss there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. Practice counting to a minute and use a stopwatch to see if we're right. Set a timer for 60 minutes and check elapsed time.
  4. Play Tic Toc Cover Up game from Evan-Moor found here


Watch Travel with Kids: New York (free on Amazon Prime)
Watch little red lighthouse video here

What ideas do you plan to use for The Little Red Lighthouse?

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