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A dingo intent on making wombat stew receives cooking suggestions from the other animals, unaware that they are protecting their fellow creature.

Wombat Stew is currently out of print. You can usually find one for a good deal, though, so don’t give up hope if you think your student would enjoy the story and Wombat Stew study. It is worth finding this book.

Thanks to Sharon Pickard for preparing this Wombat Stew unit study for Homeschool Share.

Wombat Stew Unit Study Lessons

Here are some sample lessons from the Wombat Stew unit study:

Bible: Good Friends
The other animals were good friends to wombat; they saved his life. Discuss with your child what makes a good friend. You may want to refer to some stories in the Bible of good friends– Jonathan and David are a good example of friendship (you may also want to discuss Ruth and Naomi).

Choral Reading
After a few readings of this book, your student should be able to “read” some parts along with you. Be sure to pause to indicate where your student should chime in with the right phrase. Use your finger under the words (as a guide) to show your student the words that you are reading together. 

Alliteration is repetition of the same initial consonant sound. Some writers choose alliteration because it can make a text more fun to read; others may choose it because the repetition of sound helps the reader remember. Point out the examples of alliteration to your younger student. Let your older student find them herself:

Some examples from the text:
Big blobs and billabong mud
Bright Blue-Tongue
Creepy crawlies
Sliding of his sun soaked stone

Geography: Australia
Locate Australia on a map or globe.

Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world. It is an island located in the Southern Hemisphere, between the Indian Ocean and the Southern Pacific Ocean.

Its nickname is “the Land Down Under” and the capital of Australia is Canberra. It is also called “the Land of Oz” as well as “the Outback.”

Australia is also home to The Great Barrier Reef– 1,000 miles of beautiful sea life including corals, sea anemones, sea stars, fish, sea slugs, giant clams, seaweed, and sharks.

Science: Chemistry
Whether or not your child realizes it, making stew is a lesson in chemistry. Stew is a mixture, which is the combining of two or more substances in varying proportions, in which the original components retain their original chemical properties. In other words, when you put carrots, cabbage, and beef into a soup, you still end up with carrots, cabbage and beef after you cook the soup. A mixture is different than a compound in that a compound is two or more substances that combined, make a new substance. Have your child identify each ingredient in the soup before and after it is cooked. 

To access all of the lessons in this Wombat Stew unit study, grab your free copy at the end of this post.

Wombat Stew Lapbook Printables

  • Flag of Australia Mini-book
  • Characteristics of a Good Friend Accordion
  • I Can Taste! Matchbook
  • Who Added What to the Stew? Story Sequencing Flap Book
  • Names for Australia Tri-fold
  • Who Am I? Animal T-books (includes emu, dingo, echidna, platypus, wombat, kookaburra, and koala)
  • My Stew Recipe Pocket
  • My List of Words Ending in Y Mini-book
  • Where Is Australia? Mini-book

How to Get Started with the Wombat Stew Unit Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Wombat Stew unit study and lapbook.

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

Download Your Wombat Stew Unit Study and Lapbook

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Wombat Stew Unit Study & Lapbook

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