I recently finished rowing The Salamander Room with the boys for school. It was a really neat story and we had a lot of fun with it!
(Please note: this post contains lessons from FIAR manual AND activities that were added by me.)
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer is a fantasy story about a boy who finds a salamander in the woods. He brings it home and wants it to live in his room. He and his mother imagine together how he can make his room a perfect home for the salamander to live in, including having trees grow in his room and lots of other animals living there to keep the salamander company.
Unlike the previous few books we’ve done, this one does not indicate where the story takes place so there is no geography focus and no suggestion as to where the story disk should go. We decided to place ours on our home state, South Carolina because we know that salamanders as well as the other animals mentioned in the book do live here and there are habitats such as described in the book here.
Our main focus was learning about nature and salamanders. We got a few books about salamanders from the library to look at.
For art, we drew our own “salamander rooms”. The kids were very creative and we really enjoyed this project! Even though this was the boys’ book study, the girls had to join in the fun and do their own!
Another fun activity we did was to gather all the stuffed animals we could find in the house and we “classified” them into what kind of animal they are, such as mammal, bird, reptile, fish, amphibians. We talked about the different kinds of animals and how they are different. We learned that salamanders are amphibians! We ended up with mostly mammals though.
We finished out our Salamander Room study by making clay salamanders for a forest diorama. We mixed up the dough, baked them and when they cooled we painted them. They really enjoyed making these and the diorama turned out pretty cool! We even added a few toy frogs.
This was a really fun book for us! We’re moving on to The Bee Tree now!
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