This month the topic is Dogs in our house! So far our Unit has been very fun and enjoyable!
Day 1. Golden Retrievers
We kicked off the first day watching this video on Animal Planet about Golden Retrievers.
History: After watching it, we researched where this breed originated and wrote down the physical features of this particular breed of dog.
Writing: Next we added key words of this breed onto the clipboard for the week. His words were: Large, Strong, Newfoundland and Canada, working dogs.
Reading: We started reading the story of Balto
Day 2: German Shepherds
He enjoyed the video so much yesterday he watched this one on German Shepherds.
History/Geography: Where did this dog originate? What is the history of his dog into the United States?
Writing: What is a purebread? What is a mongrel?
Math: Fraction worksheet Feed Jack! the dog from education.com
Reading: Finish the Story of Balto
Fun: Watch the movie Rin Tin Tin
Writing: Write 2 facts or things you have learned about the two breeds.
Activity: I created a Venn Diagram and he wrote comparisons between the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever.
G.S- good Cop/ really good noses
G.R- Soft mouths/needs to be brushed often
both-Farm dogs/easy to train
Living Math: Adding with decimals. Pretend you are bringing home a new puppy. Make a list of all the items you will need to care for your dog. Then I asked him to use Amazon or Petco to find the prices and add them up!
His list totaled $282.33! He said whoah! lol
Fun Activity: on Animal Planet he played Mutt Maker 🙂
English Springer Spaniel
Copywork: Quote- ” Dogs are not our while life, but they make our lives whole.”
Geography: Where did this breed originate and what is the language in this country?
How do dogs help in society? His answer: Working digs sniff out drugs, bugs and land mines! They aid in search and rescue missions and assist hunters. They help with livestock. Service and therapy, help the blind.
Next he watched this video on Springer Spaniels and then a video on How this breed is groomed and what tools were used.
Art: He colored in a drawing of an English Springer Spaniel
We picked up the book Eco Dogs by Judith Bauer at our local library this week.
I pre-read the book and left the following questions for him to research.
What is a scent trail?
How can Eco dogs find plants and animals that humans can’t?
Jamberry’s job is what?
How many scents do the Scat team learn in training? Name 3 animals they know the scents of.
Where else besides outdoors do Eco dogs work?
What scents are Eco dogs trained to know in airports in Germany?
I then left him the video “Maggie Diabetic Alert Dog in Training” It was an incredibly cute/educational video!
Baking: Next he made Doggy Treats!
Here is the recipe we used:
2 Cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 medium, egg
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients and then use cookie cutter for desired shape.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes