Back in February, I had so much fun with the boys rowing another great book for school from Five in a Row Volume 1, Another Celebrated Dancing Bear!
(Please note: This post contains activities from the Five in a Row Volume 1 manual and activities that were added by me.)
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear was written by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk and illustrated by Barbara Garrison. This is a wonderful story that takes place in Russia. It is about two bears who are friends, Max who is a performer in the Moscow Circus and Boris who works at an animal hospital. Boris is a little jealous of Max’s exciting career and is feeling very down so Max decides to teach Boris how to dance.
To start with, we read the book and talked about where the story takes place. We placed our story disk on Russia.
We used a few of our World Atlases and looked at Russia. We tried to locate all of the cities mentioned in the book and we also used two of our favorite books, Children Just Like Me and A School Like Mine to see what life is like for kids in Russia.
On another day, we learned more about Russia. We looked at a few library books we had gotten about Russia and also looked up videos on YouTube of Russian Dancers. We even found a video of a Russian Dancing Bear!
We also went over a few Language lessons-Vocabulary and Drama. We looked at a few new words on the vocabulary list and had fun acting out all the actions throughout the story. Here is a picture of them practicing bowing like they did in the book: (The boys thought this was hysterical!)
For Bible, we talked about jealousy and friendship using the Five in a Row Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement book.
For Art, we talked about the colors in the illustrations and looked through the book to notice little details. We also used the Domes for Russian Skyline located at the back of the manual. We copied them and used them to make a picture of a Russian Skyline.
On another day, I looked up Russia coloring pages and printed out a few for them to color while I read the book to them. They had a lot of fun with that. I think one of them was of a cathedral with lots of domes.
We went over the Social Studies lesson on Occupations and talked about different jobs that people have. After that, we went over a few Math lessons on days in a week and hours on a clock. We practiced setting our learning clock to different times.
On another day, we read a book about the Russian Composer, Tchaikovsky and listened to his music. We ended up enjoying it so much, that we kept it playing all through the rest of our school work!
One day, I got out all of my old Circus programs and we looked at them for awhile to imagine what the circus is like. My two oldest are the only ones who have ever been to a circus and it’s been awhile, so this was a lot of fun!
On our last day, we read some books about real bears and used our Draw Write Now books to practice drawing a bear.
Here are some of the books we enjoyed about bears:
The last thing we did was a fun craft. We learned about faberge eggs and why Russia is well known for them. Then we made our own. I got out a few large plastic easter eggs and shaped foil around them and glued it on. Then I let them decorate them with ribbon and sequins. They had a lot of fun with this! They didn’t turn out perfect, but it was still a neat project. It’s hard to get the foil smooth, but oh well.
We worked on this book for two weeks for school, but never got to do the Science lesson in the manual which was about boiling water (the two bear friends in the book make hot tea a lot), but I figured we covered a lot of Science anyway! Sometimes we just have to go with the flow!
The boys moved onto their next Five in a Row book after this, Papa Piccolo which is about a cat in Italy!
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