Popstar started her new book for Beyond Five in a Row for school back in January: Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor by Sue Guthridge. This book is a simplified biography of Thomas Edison’s life, focusing mostly on his childhood. I love this series of biographies for kids.
(Please note: This post contains activities from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 manual as well as activities added by me.)
Chapter One is called “An Idea That Didn’t Work”. In this chapter, we first meet Tom when he is 6 years old. They live in Milan, Ohio in the year 1853. Tom decides to try an experiment with some goose eggs. He tries sitting on the eggs to get them to hatch quicker, since he is larger than the mama goose. He sits all afternoon until his mother finds him and she laughs at him. He gives up when he realizes it isn’t working.
We spent 3 school days on this chapter:
Day One: Popstar read the chapter and we went over the Writing/Discussion Questions which she answered in her notebook. (We use a pronged folder to hold all of her work for each book). The manual has these questions for each chapter as a reading comprehension activity as well as to make them think about what they read.
After that, we went over History/Geography lessons on The Great Lakes and the map of Edison’s Life. I copied the maps in the back of the manual and we labeled the lakes as well as the places Tom has lived so far.
Day Two: Popstar read over the Bible lesson for that chapter (In the Beyond Five in a Row Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement book), which was about trusting God even when things are unexplainable.
After Bible, we worked on the History/Geography lesson on The Erie Canal. We located the Erie Canal on the map, looked at a few books I had gotten from the library about it and also went onto YouTube and looked up videos about the building of it. After that, I had her draw a picture of life on a canal while we listened to the old folk song on YouTube.
After that, we went over the Language lesson on Classic Connection. We talked about the classic story, The Wind in the Willows. This story takes place on a canal. Popstar had heard of the book, but has not read it. We do own a copy of it in the Great Illustrated Classics series and I showed it to her and gave her the option to read it if she wanted to. I don’t think she was very interested, but she knows it’s there if she ever decides she wants to read it!
Day Three: We went over the Science lesson on The Scientific Method. We talked about what that means, the steps in the method, how Edison used it and how we can use it in our lives to learn things. Next, we moved onto one last Science lesson on Incubating Eggs. Since Tom tried to incubate the goose eggs in this chapter, we learned about how all of that works. We do not have the means to see this in person, so we looked up on YouTube and watched several videos about how to incubate eggs as well as a few videos of some eggs hatching. It was fun for all 4 of the kids, and me as well!
So that completed our three days with Chapter 1. Moving onto Chapter 2 next!
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