Monday, January 10, 2011

N is for Noah's Ark

This has turned into Letter of the several weeks!  We worked on Noah's Ark for the letter Nn.  We broke it down into several parts.

We read the story from several of the girls' bible story books.  Arin practiced writing the letter Nn from this worksheet.  The girls also put together their Noah's Ark floor puzzle. 

They also colored pictures of the Noah's Ark story.  The pictures can be found here.  These are the same pages that Andy and I colored when we were little.  Ah, the memories!

Arin also used sequencing cards to put the story in order.

We played the obedience game, which is similiar to Simon Says, except the players have to do everything they are told to do.  They need to do it quickly and cheerfully.  The things they are told to do might be simple chores like put the dishes in the sink or line up all the shoes by the door.  Or it might be a be kind to each other command, like give your sister a hug and kiss.  Or it might just be a silly command, like stand on one foot and hop around the room while touching your nose.  We take turns giving the commands and only play for a few minutes at a time.  The point of the game was to get them to quickly obey whatever the command was like Noah did when God told him to build an ark.

Noah built an ark.  The girls built soap boats.  They were sailboats instead of arks, but they had fun playing with them just the same.

They also put together their geometric shape boat puzzles.

Because boats float, we did the classic float vs. sink science experiment.  Listed below are the objects and the predictions vs. the outcome

  • banana - Arin (float) Ella (float) Actual (float)
  • crochet hook - Arin (float) Ella (sink) Actual (sink)
  • crayon - Arin (float) Ella (float) Actual (sink)
  • marble - Arin (sink) Ella (float) Actual (sink)
  • ruler - Arin (float) Ella (float) Actual (float)
  • chap stick - Arin (float) Ella (float) Actual (float)
  • screw driver - Arin (float) Ella (float) Actual (sink)
  • cookie cutter - Arin (sink) Ella (float) Actual (float)
  • bubble wand - Arin (float) Ella (sink) Actual (float)
  • spoon - Arin (sink) Ella (float) Actual (float)
Noah was to bring animals on the ark. "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that [are] not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth." (Gen. 7:2-3 KJV)

Arin cut animal pictures from magazines.  Then, she categorized them into clean or unclean piles. 

Next, we worked on greater than and less than.  Noah was to bring more clean animals than unclean animals onto the ark.  I gave Arin two pictures of animals.  She was to put the correct sign between them.  If it was a picture of a clean and an unclean animal, the greater than sign needed to be pointed to the clean animal.  If it was pictures of two clean animals (or two unclean animals) then she would choose the equals sign to put between them.

I wanted to test Arin's animal identification skills.  Afterall, Noah would have to identify the animals in order to load them on the ark, right?  I googled several photos of animals.  Below, is listed the animal first and second what Arin thought it was.
  • beaver - beaver
  • otter - seal
  • weasel - ant eater
  • ferret - I don't know, but I've seen them at the pet store
  • prairie dog - a porcupine (um, I'm not sure what she was seeing here)
  • meerkat - prairie dog
  • ground hog - I don't know
  • hedge hog - porcupine
  • porcupine - porcupine
  • guinea pig - I don't know
  • hamster - hamster
  • gerbil - rat
  • chipmunk - squirrel
  • squirrel - squirrel
  • seal - seal
  • sea lion - sea lion (that surprised me that she knew that one)
  • ant eater - ant eater
  • aardvark - ant eater
  • armadillo - armadillo
Looks like we will have to practice animal identification a little more!

My aunt gave the girls each a My Giant Busy Box.  One of the crafts was animal puppets.  Each of the girls decorated one clean animal (cow) puppet and one unclean animal (elephant) puppet.  They enjoyed this activity (Thanks Aunt Sheila!)

The girls both colored pictures of animals, which we used in an animal sounds game.  When the girls heard the sound that the animal makes, they held up the picture.

Ella had fun with her animal puzzles.

Both girls worked on their animal geometric puzzles.

Noah was to gather male and female of each animal.  Ella worked on her male and female animal matching cards.

She also worked with her animal matching cards.

Arin worked on an animal categorizing game.  She was to divide the animals into groups of reptiles & birds vs. mammals.

The animals were loaded two by two onto the ark.  Arin practiced counting by two's with these animals.

Once aboard the ark, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. (Gen. 7:4 KJV)
We reviewed the water cycle.

I cut out 40 rain drop shapes. Arin wrote the numbers 1-40 on the rain drops.  Then, she put the numbers in order.

To save time and also as a review, Arin used the sight word cards that she used when we learned about clouds.  She was just as excited this time when she drew a cloud card, which meant there was no word to read and instead she got to clap her hands whenever one of these cards were drawn.

We also used the addition memory game that I made for our cloud study.  Arin was to match one card with the problem with another card with the correct answer.  It was a good review and she liked it.

Ravens and Doves
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;  (Gen. 8:7-8 KJV)

I had planned to do a study comparing and contrasting ravens and doves, but that never happened.  We did, instead, review what all birds have in common: feathers, lay eggs, etc.  We also learned how to fold an origami dove using this video.

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth [was] an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. (Gen. 8:11)

We don't have any olive leaves or branches to study, but we were able to purchase three varieties of olives for a taste test.  We had spanish green olives, black olives, and kalamata olives.  My adventurous girls would only try the black olives *sigh*

Dry Land
Ella used her Land Form cards as a matching game.

Arin put together her large world floor puzzle.  Then, we took the land form cards and did an "I Spy" to find the different types of land forms/bodies of water. 

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. (Gen. 9:13 KJV)

We did a "Catch a Rainbow" science experiment, which I first saw here.  The full instructions with printables can be found here.  The girls were amazed by this!

 I used the colors of the rainbow (minus indigo) as a color review for Ella.  I laid of several pieces of colored cardstock.  Then, I handed her a pan of small colored objects.  She matched each object with the correct colored paper.

As a special treat to end this study, I made rainbow colored pudding cups.


MommyWise said...

Wow... ya'll are busy! I LOVE LoVE LOVE the idea of the obedient game!

lusi said...

You share SOOOOO many FANTASTIC ideas Cara! I know I keep saying it but your blog review REALLY IS on my list of things to do! lol :) We've had a lot going on around here lately but am slowly trying to get back on top of things! I want to share you with all my blogging friends because you really know how to creatively teach your kids and it is a joy to see that!
All my love,
Lusi x

michelle said...

So creative! Looks like you had so much fun!

Were you able to fix your camera?

kathy said...

This is so inspiring! I love all your ideas and it looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing :)

Gina said...

Great job! I loved all the activities you incorporated into the theme! I definitely plan on using some of your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

You are very creative! What great ideas, fun activities and wonderful photos!! I've enjoyed reading all about your learning!

Much love-

Blissful & Domestic said...

I love it that whole unit sounds like so much fun. I will be coming back and using this one. It just seems like so much fun