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The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit FREE Unit Study

The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit

  Author: Susan Lowell
Illustrator: Jim Haris

ISBN:
087358869X

Unit prepared by Karen Robuck

Bible

Read II Timothy 4:7 in the version of your choice. Memorize throughout the week.


 Language Arts

o   Descriptive language-Have your child close his eyes while you read the book. (This needs to be a reading other than the first). Read it slowly and ask him to describe what he saw in his head after you have read each page.

o   Adverbs-look for and list the -ly words

o   Vivid verbs- Have your child make a list of the vivid verbs found in the book. Younger students may dictate the list. Older students may work somewhat independently on this assignment.

o   This is an adaptation of Aesop's The Tortoise and the Hare. Read the original (any version will do). Compare and contrast the two stories. Record your findings on a notebooking page or chart.

o   Copywork: Copy either the Bible verse or the moral of the Aesop version (Slow and steady wins the race) in your best handwriting and put in your notebook.

Learn more about Aesop with this Aesop's Fables Lapbook.


Spanish

This is a bilingual text, with the Spanish translation underneath the English. Put the Spanish and English names for the animals on two sets of cards. Put pictures on the back if possible. Match the cards. Older students may use cards without pictures.

English

Spanish

Tortoise

Tortuga

Jackrabbit

Liebre

Roadrunner

rapidamente Correcaminos

Rattlesnake

Vibora Cascabel

Buzzard

Zopilote

Eagle

Aguila

Coyote

Coyote

Scorpion

Escorpion

Elf Owl

Tecolotito

Ant

La hormiga

Tarantula

Tarantula

Quail

Codorniz

Deer

Venado

Skunk

Zorrillo

Gila Monster

Monstruo de Gila

Kangaroo Rat

Rata Canguro

Javelina

Javelina

         Why are the words for coyote, javelina, and tarantula the same in both languages? Explain to a younger child that most English words are borrowed from other languages. Tell your older child only if he can't figure it out. (Be sure to pronounce the "j" as the /h/ sound and the "v" as the /b/ sound, as is correct in Spanish).

 If your student is interested in learning more Spanish, try Homeschool Share's Spanish Lapbook.


Math

         Play the "race game." Download a game board from www.donnayoung.org or make one yourself on a file folder or recycled pizza box. Younger children will roll a die, correctly identify the number, and move the correct number of spaces. Instead of rolling a die, have older students answer a math problem before moving. Correct answers are worth three spaces forward; incorrect answers are worth one space backward.

         Options for "Wiggly Willies:" Make the game board from construction paper sheets on the floor or play outside with a game board drawn with sidewalk chalk. (The children must jump the correct number of spaces). Use large foam dice.

         Another option for older students: As part of their research for science (below), find out how fast tortoises and jackrabbits move. Then figure out how long it would take for each animal to go one mile, three miles, five miles, ten miles, twenty-five miles, one hundred miles.


Science

o   Find information on the desert tortoise and jackrabbit. Tell younger students about the animals (especially the tortoise's lifespan). Older students will write a report on either the desert tortoise or the jackrabbit and put it in their notebooks.

o   Choose one of the other animals to study further. Older students will write a report using their best handwriting and put it in their notebooks. Include a picture of the animal if possible. Include its Spanish name. Learn more with the Desert Animals lapbook.

o   Read a book about deserts. Name three facts about deserts. Older students will write the facts as complete sentences in their best handwriting and include in their notebooks.

Book Suggestions:

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Apache Rodeo by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles

As the Crow Flies by Elizabeth Winthrop

Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor

The Desert is Theirs  by Byrd Baylor

Tarantula Shoes by Tom Birdseye

The Goat in the Rug by Geraldine (Charles Blood)

Deserts by Richard Stephen

Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert

One Small Square: Cactus Desert by Donald Silver

24 Hours Desert (DK Book)
 


Social Studies

      Locate Arizona on a map. Point out the Sonoran Desert and the Painted Desert. If you have an older child, you may have him write the postal abbreviation (AR) and locate the capital (Phoenix). Another option is to color a map of Arizona and pictures of state bird, state flower, state tree and include them in their notebooks. Include Spanish names if available. For more information about Arizona, go to Enchanted Learning.


Physical Education

      Have a Tortoise and Jackrabbit race. The children will get on "all-fours." Have a caller say, "Tortoise" or "Jackrabbit." If "Tortoise" is called, the children must move slowly. If "Jackrabbit" is called, they must move quickly and try to do a "jumping run," similar to the way a jackrabbit moves.


Art

Jim Harris, the illustrator, used acrylic and watercolor to create the illustrations.

o   Create your own watercolor desert scene. After it dries, either put in notebook or mount for display.