For the past few weeks the kids have been studying The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Arnold. Inspired by a real man named Cliff Young, this story is a tall tale that tells about a race from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia.
The kids had fun discovering some things about Australia while hearing about tall tales and fables and vocabulary words like lanky. E9 and R7 did some extensive work on map skills- cardinal directions using a compass rose, measuring distances on a map using a ruler and the scale, and even determining locations based on longitude and latitude.
There’s a lot to this book and next time we hit it, we can add newscasting and human body to the lesson list. For now we’ll be moving on to some Thanksgiving activities.
E9’s flag page. He’s also good at answering the bonus questions. All of these maps and exercises come from Evan Moor’s Teacher Filebox.