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Young Lentil wants to learn to sing, but no matter how hard he tries he can’t sing on key. He can’t even pucker his lips to whistle! 

So Lentil learns to play the harmonica instead and beautifully carries his tune through the winding streets of Alto, Ohio. Lentil masters his craft just as the beloved Colonel Carter returns to town and the Alto residents decide to plan a special celebration. 

But Old Sneep, the grouchiest man in town, doesn’t want anyone celebrating Colonel Carter’s homecoming. When Old Sneep stops the welcoming parade in its tracks, Lentil’s music turns out to be just what Alto needs.

Grab our free Lentil unit study and lapbook and enjoy learning all about the sense of taste, the American flag, talents, Ohio, and more!

Thanks to Wende, Celia, Ginger A., and Tamara for writing the lessons for this Lentil unit study.

Lentil Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Lentil by Robert McCloskey.

Here are some sample lessons from the Lentil Unit Study:

Social Studies: Talents, Gifts, and Abilities
Lentil couldn’t sing or whistle, but he did want to make music; and so Lentil found a way to make music. He saved money and purchased a harmonica.

Instead of focusing on what he couldn’t do, he found a way to do what he wanted to! He was determined to make music, and he practiced playing his harmonica until he became an expert.

What does your student want to do? What has she already learned by hard work? What are her natural gifts and talents?

Social Studies: The American Flag
In the story, the people hung out their flags.

What does your student know about this important American symbol? On June 14, 1777, Congress passed the First Flag Act in order to establish an official flag for the new nation. It was made of thirteen stripes (alternating red and white); there were also to be thirteen stars (white in a blue field, to represent each of the colonies).

Our current flag still has 13 stripes, but now we have 50 white stars (one for each state).

Help your student learn the “Pledge of Allegiance.” You can use the rebus provided, if desired.

Discuss how you should conduct yourself when reciting the pledge. You should stand at attention while facing the flag, and you’re right hand should be over your heart.

You can grab a copy of the entire Lentil Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Lentil Lapbook Printables

In addition to the Lentil unit study lessons, the file also includes a variety of printables. Your student can use these printables to create a Lentil Lapbook or Notebook:

  • Ohio Map Simple Fold Book
  • Ohio Shape Book
  • When I Say the Pledge Accordion Book
  • The Pledge of Allegiance Rebus
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Printable
  • Gifts and Talents Notebook Page
  • My Communities Layer Book
  • Taste Flap Book
  • My Little Book of New Words
  • Lentil Story Problems
  • I’m Saving Money Notebook Page
  • Lentil Copywork Page
  • “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” Hotdog Book

How to Get Started with Your Lentil Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Lentil Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Lentil, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Lentil unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the Lentil lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of learning with Lentil.

Get Your Lentil Unit Study & Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to access your free Lentil Unit Study and Lapbook.

Lentil Unit Study & Lapbook

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