Summary: In a charming tale set in a farmyard, Petunia the silly goose believes she has become wise just because she finds a book
Literature Based Unit Study written by Heidi Jasper and Denise Gregson
Lapbook by Ami Brainerd
Community Helpers Simple Fold
Farm Animal Analogies
Taking Care of My Teeth Shape Book
Helping My Community Fan Book
Tooth Care Chart
Snow Goose Tab Book
Ida and Her Chicks Pocket
Barnyard Sayings Book by Wende
Emergency Action Plan Wheel
More Than, Less Than Hotdog Book
Hotdog Book Instructions
Vocabulary (with definitions)
First Aid Basics Sidy by Side
Wisdom Scroll Shape Bible Verse Book
Label the Parts of a Tooth
for more minit books
Animals on the Farm Barn from Kizclub
How Many Farm Animals
Animals in the Barn Book
Farm Animal Word Book
I See Farm Animals Circle Shape Book
Ideas for older students
Make a migration map for the Snow Goose
Do a Bible study on pride and include minit books on what pride is and what the Bible says will happen to those who are proud
Discuss pride ( too high an opinion of one's own ability or worth : a feeling of being better than others). How is Petunia prideful?
Read the following verses. How do they apply directly to Petunia?
Proverbs 11:2 "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom."
Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
You may want to choose one to be your Bible memory verse for the week.
In a community every person has a part to play and members are interdependent to some degree. To have a sense of community a person must feel that they belong to that group of people and feel a responsibility to contribute toward the group. A neighborhood is usually considered a community though not all communities would be geographically contained.
Try the following activity with your family/group (note: the bigger the group the better the illustration will work):
Sit in circle facing each other. One person holds a ball of yarn, holds the end and tosses the roll to another person in the circle. That player catches the ball, holds the new end and tosses the ball to another person. Play continues as long as desired until a complicated web is formed.
This activity will show how members of a community are connected to each other and that what one person does will effect the others in the community.
It was prideful of Petunia to think that if she were wise she would be able to answer any question and help in any type of situation. This is why community is so important. There are different people with different expertise or training in our community. It is helpful to know who to go to with which question. Would you call the librarian if your house is on fire? Would you ask your local grocer what would be a good book for researching about toads? Would you go to your local police station to buy some lettuce?
If you have studied the FIAR vol. 1 title Katy
and the Big Snow you could review the Social
Studies lesson on Running a City. (A larger city
may be broken down geographically into various
Make a list with your child of different vocations/types of people in your community that help people and determine which problems or questions each might be able to help with:
Your list could include:
Lapbook Component: Community Helpers Simple Fold
This would also be a good time to review about of dialing 911 and dealing with other emergencies.
Brainstorm ways that you could contribute to your community as a family or as individual – e.g. picking up litter, visiting elderly, bringing welcome gifts to new neighbors, keeping the community center clean etc.
Lapbook Component: Helping My Community Fan Book
Many idioms, phrases, and sayings are derived from farm words. Choose a few of these farm animal sayings/phrases and discuss the meanings with your student.
Cows & Bulls
~like a bull in a china shop- to act rudely or clumsily in a delicate situation
~take the bull by the horns- to face and tackle a difficulty without shirking
~bull-headed- to be stubborn
~till the cows come home- something that won't be arriving for a long time
Chickens, Eggs, & Roosters
~he acts like a banty rooster- someone who is proud
~don't count your chickens before they are hatched- don't assume you have something until you really have it
~like a chicken with its head cut off- someone who is acting in a wild, crazy manner
~chicken out- back out from fear or lose one's nerve
~I'm not a spring chicken- I'm getting old
~a good egg- a good natured person
~walk on eggshells- be very careful
~silly goose- a lack of wisdom or good sense; a fool
~wild goose chase- A vain pursuit of something, which, even if attained, would be worthless.
~goose egg- a zero
~what’s good for the goose is good for the gander- what is good for one person is good for another
~goose bumps- the bumpy condition of the skin induced by cold or fear
~all his geese are swans- he constantly exaggerates the importance of a person or thing
~cook someone's goose- to spoil someone's plans or chances at something (usually by revealing secret information)
~horse feathers- lies, false stories
~a one horse town- a small town
~straight from the horse's mouth- from the real source
The age of a race-horse can be guessed by looking at its teeth. So no matter what any one says on how old the horse is, one can tell by looking in the horse's mouth.
~you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink- you can offer someone something but you cannot insist that they take it
~horsing around- joking around
~hold your horses- just wait a second
Sheep and Goats
~separate the sheep from the goats- to distinguish the good from the bad
~old goat -a cranky old man
~to get someone's goat- to bother someone
~a wolf in sheep's clothing- someone who pretends to be someone they aren't
~black sheep of the family- most troublesome member of the family
Lapbook Component: Barnyard Sayings Book by Wende
Look through the story again and determine which illustrations are humorous (and why).
Make an illustration in the style of this book
Draw with black ink and color in with colors used in the story (red, yellow, blue, green). If you are making a lapbook, you could glue the finished picture to the front of back cover.
Petunia is a white goose-- a snow goose.
~Snow Geese are migratory animals; they move from one location to another. It breeds in the Arctic tundra, then migrates south to spend winter in southwestern British Columbia (Canada) and the United States of America.
~Medium-sized goose (25-30 inches long)
~Black patch on bill edges, the "grinning patch" or "smile."
~Two color forms
White morph: White all over, except for black wing tips. (This is the most common.)
Blue morph: White head and front of neck, body dark gray-brown.
Eggs & Nests
~Nest is a scrape in the ground lined with down feathers and materials from plants such as grass.
~Eggs are creamy white and usually lay 4-7 eggs in a clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time).
~When an egg hatches, the gosling is covered with down and eyes are open. It leaves the nest within 24 hours of hatching with the ability to swim and feed.
~aquatic plants and grains
Snow Goose Tab Book
Snow Goose Print-out from Enchanted Learning
Many of the animals in the story end up with band-aids for their bruises. Discuss safety and the importance of safety rules with your student. What are some of the rules in your house that help prevent accidents?
Only teach as much of this as you are comfortable with (depending on the age and maturity of your student)
Teach your student the Emergency Action Plan.
1. STAY CALM
-staying calm helps to allow the observer of the accident to stop, think, and act accordingly in an emergency
2. GET HELP
-get an adult or call 911
3. LOOK AT THE SCENE
-make sure it's safe to go near the injured person (no fire, watch for traffic, electrical wires, and broken glass)
4. GIVE FIRST AID (see below)
Lapbook Component: Emergency Action Plan Wheel
First Aid Basics
1. Gently wash the wound
2. Put on a bandage, or some object to suppress blood flow
3. Wash your hands
4. If bleeding doesn't stop, get additional help
1. Completely and carefully wash the wound area
2. Control any bleeding
3. Try to identify the animal.
4. Tell an adult immediately.
5. Do not worry about the well-being of the animal, your well-being is much more important.
1. Remove the stinger by scraping it with your fingernail
2. Wash the area with soap and water, and put ice on it
Bruises are not serious injuries in most circumstances. Just place a cool cloth to remedy pain or swelling.
1. Try to keep the person calm.
2. Remind the person to keep coughing (as long as they can cough, they can breathe!)
3. If he can not cough, do the Helimach maneuver.
Stand behind the person and make a fist with one hand and put it just above the navel (bellybutton)
Grab the fist with your other hand and pull up and in quickly
Repeat until the person can breathe
Lapbook Component: First Aid Basics Sidy by Side
Read a book on farm life. Help your student research a particular farm animal.
Farm Animal Craft/Book from Kizclub
Health: Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is a common disease. To help you student understand the causes and implications, this activity uses vinegar and egg shells (in simulation of teeth decomposition).
Place an egg shell in a
container. Explain to your student that tooth
enamel is made of calcium just as the egg shell is.
Pour some vinegar in the container (which represents
the results of food, candy, etc. left on our teeth),
enough to cover half of the shell. Put a lid
on the container and let it sit for several days.
Observe for several days and make note of the
changes. Eventually the acid will eat holes in
the egg shell in the same way that tartar/plaque
(caused by not brushing) will cause damage to teeth.
Discuss the different ways your student can take care of her teeth
1. Brushing (at least twice a day and always before bed)
2. Flossing (followed by a rinse of water)
3. Going to the dentist for professional cleanings twice each year
Label the Parts of a Tooth
Tooth Care Chart
Taking Care of My Teeth Shape Book