I don't really dig History Odyssey's lessons for "The Move from Cave to Towns." The recommended Usborne readings, picture book suggestions and so on don't mesh well, in my opinion. I didn't want to skip the picture books, so I crafted a lesson to bridge the gap. We'll continue on with the rest of History Odyssey, Lesson 2 next week.
For what it's worth, Tessa absolutely loved studying about cave dwellers. She asked me to read multiple books multiple times. She spent the week in an imaginary stone age world where she pretended to sew clothes from animals skins, craft bone and seashell necklaces, and knap spearheads from flint. She even asked the neighbor girl if she wanted to play "cave people."
I rented Walking With Cavemen from Netflix in hopes of playing a couple of clips from it for Tessa. It was a no-go for our family. There was male and female nudity throughout, which I may have been able to work around by playing it on a small screen. It wasn't worth the effort, though. The time periods were wrong for our studies. Apparently, cavemen aren't the same as cave dwellers. There were about 30 seconds at the very end that fit. I also didn't care for some of the stereotypical caveman behaviors in the movie. (I have another DVD in my queue that I hope will work out. It won't be here until Friday. I'll be sure to post, if it's good.)
- Read How People Lived by Jim Pipe (pages 8-11) and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.
- Completed draw and color.
|After reading "How People Lived" and "Stone Age Boy," Tessa drew a cave with all of the trimmings.|
- Looked up and defined HO dictionary word for Lesson 2, Main Lesson Part 1.
- Read One Small Blue Bead by Byrd Baylor and The First Dog by Jane Brett.
- Read First Painter by Kathryn Lasky.
- Completed "Make a Cave Painting" from the SOTW activity guide.
- Listened to Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth audiobook by Mary Pope Osborne.
- Read Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki.
- Examined real fossils.
- Completed handprint fossil activity from Fossils Tell of Long Ago.
|Tessa examined fossils I purchased on eBay earlier this year.|
|Tessa pressed her hand into Crayola Model Magic to create a "fossil."|
Other Resources of Interest
- Ug - Raymond Briggs
- Little Grunt and the Big Egg - Tomie dePaola
- Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads - Laura Evert
- Rocks and Fossils - Chris Pellant
- Me Want Pet - Tammi Sauer
- Kali's Song - Jeanette Winter
- The Wild Girl - Christopher Wormell
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: Fossils DVD - Disney (Unfortunately, I didn't have this DVD in time for this week's lessons. Tessa has since watched it. I would have shown it on Friday.)
- Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow DVD ("Fossil Fred" episode) - PBS Kids
* HO = History Odyssey, SOTW = The Story of the World
We didn't have any kraft paper or brown paper grocery bags on hand, so I raided the gift closet. I found a roll of nearly used up wrapping paper that had a kraft paper insert, which worked perfectly for Tessa's cave painting. Instead of acrylic paint, she used tempera, mixing colors when necessary.
|Tessa began by painting a simple outline of a horse in black on her cave wall (a.k.a. crumpled piece of kraft paper). I had her practice drawing the shape a couple of times beforehand on scrap paper.|
|Next, she filled in the body with beige paint. After that, she used "red ochre" for highlights and paint splatters.|
|Tessa's completed cave painting! I love how it turned out. I thought about having her add a handprint on the side, but I chickened out.|