My latest FIAR row with the boys was The Bee Tree. I love this book and we really enjoyed it!
(Please note: this post contains lessons from the FIAR manual AND activities that were added by me.)
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco is about a young girl who is bored and her grandfather takes her, and other people along the way, on a chase to find a bee tree. They end with a party and have biscuits and honey. Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated dozens of wonderful children’s books. We’ve read alot of her books at our house and this is one of our favorites!
There were many fun things to learn about in this study. The story takes place in the Michigan countryside, so we placed our story disk on Michigan. We learned a little about the state of Michigan in our US Atlas.
There was a lady in the story who had just gotten back from an expedition to the Yukon, so we learned all about the Klondike Gold Rush in Yukon Territory, Canada. We added this event to our FIAR Timeline Notebook as well.
We made a map of the bee chase using directions in the FIAR manual for an art lesson. The names of the places they passed on the bee chase were really neat, like Bird Talk Fellow Ridge, Bishop’s Meadow, and Dunk’s Woods. It was fun drawing what we imagined their chase looked like!
For Science, we learned all about Bees. We used a few library books and a few we had already. I had one book that I had picked up at a booksale that was all about what Beekeepers do and that was very interesting. We have talked about Bees a lot over the years, but we learned some things that we had never heard of about them too.
We also found a few storybooks that were about bee chases!
In the book, at the end of their bee chase everyone enjoyed some biscuits with honey. So to end our study, we used the FIAR Cookbook and made Baking Powder Biscuits and had them with honey! They were delicious!
We really enjoyed our time with The Bee Tree! We’re moving onto our next book, The Story of Ferdinand!
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