The Gullywasher

Gullywasher

In the manner of all good tall tales, Grandfather spins out explanations of how he has come to be the man he is.  – FIAR Manual

Social Studies: Geography- Story Disk

The book doesn’t specify a location, but I read an interview with the author where she says she modeled the location in the story after Safford, Arizona.  So we placed our disk there.

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Science:  The Desert/ Southwest

We defined the words “flora” and “fauna” and divided our pictures of desert life (roadrunners, palo verde trees, etc…) into those two categories.

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We matched up Spanish words to their pictures…

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I found this chart that is a neat visual for measuring Scoville units (the heat rating of various peppers)…

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One day a storm came blowing in, which is a rare and exciting event here in the desert (We’ve had the most unusual May weather this year…in a good way!  Lots of cool days and a few storms.)!

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We watched our windmills whir around as the wind blew in that afternoon.

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We had to leave to pick up Raphael at the car repair place and by the time we loaded up in the car it was raining.

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When we got home I figured it was the perfect time to sit out on the patio in the rain and have daddy read the story to the boys, since he speaks fluent Spanish.

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The little guys had fallen asleep in the car, so they were still sleeping in the house and it was just the four of us out back in the rain.

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Food:

We went to lunch with family one day during the week (my step-dad was on vacation from work that week), to a place that is very popular and normally really crowded.  It is an outdoor eating, country-western themed bar and restaurant.  In the evenings they have live bands and you can roast s’mores over a fire pit.

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We just ate lunch and then went to Dairy Queen afterwards…it was a little warm that day for an open fire pit and s’mores!

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Palo Verde Tree…

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We spotted a road-runner running around…

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(See it, on top of the table?)

Field Trip:

 We went to a nearby Riparian Reserve with Nana, Aunt Gigi, and their cousin, Cody.  I’d never been to this place before and figured it would be sort of boring, but it was actually really beautiful and fun.

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We learned about water in the desert and about the various types of plants (Flora) that thrive here.

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The birds at the reserve (Fauna).

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Cottonwood Trees

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Playground…urban desert style.

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Feeding the ducks.

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And this is the last row we did before I decided I need a break from the Five in a Row curriculum for a while.  The school year ahead will be a year of change for several reasons and I am ready for something with a little more structure.  You can see that I didn’t plan nearly half as many activities and such as I normally do for this row, and it’s because I was just getting burnt out on it.  I could barely even muster up the energy to put a post on this blog, but I finally got around to it.  Nothing drives me crazy more than an unfinished project!

I may still sprinkle a “row” into our studies here and there, because old habits die hard, but we shall see.  As for now, we are on to new adventures!

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