How to Make a Cherry Pie and See The USA

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I just finished up How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman for school with the boys. This was our first book study of the new school year. I had done this book several years ago with Popstar and Flash and it was so much fun. It’s a great book to do around the 4th of July, because that is the theme and everything is fresh on your mind that time of year. This book is so creative, I love it! It is not a Five in a Row book, but it does have a companion book that is called How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by the same author and that is a Five in a Row book from Volume 1. That book is a lot of fun too! This book has a unit study and lapbook components that you can find (for free!) on





We first started by reading the book. This story is really neat. It’s like the apple pie book, but you are instead making a cherry pie and instead of searching for ingredients, you are gathering items you need to make cooking tools, like a pie pan and rolling pin. This one takes you all over the USA and mentions things about the different regions of the country and famous landmarks.

After we read the story, we used our laminated map of the USA and drew the route they took in the story. The boys really enjoyed doing that. Then we learned different facts about the USA and the States mentioned in the book.




The next day we covered Language lessons. We went over the vocabulary words and then talked about things we know how to make and how there is a step by step process to everything we do. The boys chose “How to make a peanut butter sandwich” and we wrote it out step by step.

On the 3rd day, we learned about USA Symbols and Famous Landmarks. We used an older Geography/History book I had picked up (don’t remember where!) called “My America”. It turned out the be a very good resource. We also covered the lesson on George Washington because in the book it talks about how he is the only President to have a state named after him and about his (supposed) wooden teeth. So we read A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler. I love this series for younger elementary ages. We also talked about July 4th and what it means because there is a 4th of July parade at the end of the book.




For Art, we looked through the book and each chose our favorite page and why. Also, we noticed that the little dog is in every picture and so we had to search through the book for him. Then we drew a street scene like the one in the book and also used Draw Write Now and Flash chose to draw the Statue of Liberty.






The last lessons we covered were Natural Resources and Manufacturing. I had hoped to make a Cherry Pie using the recipe in the book. It didn’t work out though, because we bought some cherries and the boys didn’t like them very much. Also, timing was bad and we never were able to fit it in.

So that was our 2 weeks with How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA. We’re moving onto our first official Five in a Row book next, The Finest Horse in Town.







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