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Mei Mei has the six happiest hens in China. She gives them treats and fresh hay baths, and when she calls to them-gu gu gu gu gu!-they all run to her as fast as they can. But one of the hens, Daisy, is not always so happy. The other hens pick on Daisy and push her off the perch every night, knowing that she is too small to stand up to them.
Then one day Daisy accidentally drifts out onto the river in a basket and must quickly learn how to survive. When Daisy finds her way home, this plucky little hen is no longer afraid.
Daisy’s story serves as the base for Bible, social studies, language arts, science, math, and art lessons in this free Daisy Comes Home unit study.
Thanks to Denise Gregson and Chelle in NZ for preparing this Daisy Comes Home Unit Study.
Daisy Comes Home Unit Study Lessons
This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett.
Here is a sample of the lessons found in this Daisy Comes Home unit study:
Social Studies: Chores and Responsibilities
How did Mei Mei care for the chickens? She gave them treats, put fresh hay in their nests, gave them baths when they got muddy, fed them (sometimes even with chopsticks!), collected and sold the eggs and kept track of them if they got lost. Does your child think Mei Mei was responsible in how she cared for the chickens? This would be a good time to review your child’s chores and create or revise your chore chart for them.
Geography: China’s Li River
Your child may already be familiar with the Yangtze River. The Yangtze is longest river in China and the third longest river in the world. The Li River is a tributary of the Yangtze River. A tributary is a river or stream that flows into a larger river. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea. The Yangtze River has over 700 tributaries in all!
Applied Math: Multiplication + Division
We usually organize eggs by dozens – How many makes a dozen? If twelve makes a dozen, how many eggs would make a half dozen? Sometimes we package eggs in cartons of 18. How many dozens would that be? (one and a half dozen)
Does your child remember how many hens Mei Mei has? (six) Hens generally lay about 5 eggs per week. Approximately how many eggs, then, would all of her hens lay in a week? (six times five – or thirty). If they were put into egg cartons, how many cartons would be needed? How many would be left over? Use some manipulatives, if needed, such as pennies.
You can grab a copy of the entire Daisy Comes Home unit study in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.
Daisy Comes Home Printables
This Daisy Comes Home unit study includes a few printables to enhance the lessons:
- Daisy Comes Home vs. The Story About Ping Venn Diagram
- Things to Pack Suitcase Writing Page
- My Trip Planning Page
- My Trip Journal Activity Page
How to Get Started with the Daisy Comes Home Unit Study
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Daisy Comes Home unit study:
- Buy a copy of the book, Daisy Comes Home, or grab one from your local library.
- Print the Daisy Comes Home unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Enjoy a week of book-based learning with your student.
Download Your Free Daisy Comes Home Unit Study
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