I…I mean Autumn…learned a lot with this unit.  It’s amazing how much I’ve been learning for the first time as we study for Five in a Row.  Almost all of the printables for this lapbook came from HomeschoolShare or EnchantedLearning.  For everything else, as well as lots of links to videos, etc. check out my Pinterest board.

Geography: Spain was a new stop for us with Five in a Row.  A lot of our geography time was spent determining what a peninsula is, learning about the flag, and making another “circle map” like we did for Mirette.  We also talked about culture, food, etc.  Also, ran across the cutest little paper dolls from all around the world.


Science: Noses and Smelling, Bath Salts

Since Ferdinand’s favorite thing to do is to “sit and smell the flowers,” we studied how the nose works and how we process scents.  Books from the library and an episode of The Magic School Bus helped with the explanations and then Autumn narrated back to me how it all works.  We made a shaped mini book showing all the work the nose does.  Then Autumn experimented with mixing different fragrances and seeing what she could come up with.


To go along with the scent study, we made lavender scented bath salts with purchased fragrance and Spanish lavender from our flower garden.  We mixed Epsom Salts, baking soda, and fragrance together and then jarred them up with some sprigs of fresh lavender.

Vocabulary: Bullfighting Terms, Vocab Cards, Spanish Books

Autumn learned lots of new words with this unit.  We also printed a couple Spanish books from Enchanted Learning.

Language Arts: Interjections, Repetition 

Since these are both used a lot in the book, we used this chance to learn about interjections and repetition.

Science: Cork Trees

  I was fascinated to learn about cork trees in this unit.  I had never even thought about a lot of the things we learned about, like how environmentally friendly wine corks are!  We found some great videos on YouTube and then did this mini book.  It also led to a bit of a rabbit trail on Iberian Lynx and Autumn insisted we add a picture of one to her book.

Math: Measuring Inches and Feet

In the book, a tree shows Ferdinand’s height as he grows.  We played with measuring tape and then worked on translating feet into inches and yards using Autumn’s MUS blocks.  I don’t even know how many measuring tapes she has.  Every time we go to Hobby Lobby, she insists on having her own 40% off coupon and buying another one!


Art: Drawing Cows and Picasso 

A drawing book from the library on how to draw farm animals was lots of fun for Autumn.  She enjoyed practicing drawing bulls and this is her version of Ferdinand.

As we have been every unit this year, we chose an artist from the country we were studying and read Mike Venezia’s book.  This time it was Picasso.  Then, we did this fun “Fractured Friend” activity from Discovering Great Artists.  Autumn started with a photo of one of her uncles then drew a picture.  Next she chopped it up and re-assembled it in the style of Picasso.


Crafts: Funny Hats and Poppies 

Inspired by the “five men in funny hats” in the story, Autumn made these hats using some cardboard hat kits I had picked up for pennies each during a clearance sale.  Her favorite by far is the one with flowers cutout from a gardening catalog.  Autumn also enjoyed making coffee filter poppies.


Spanish Feast: We had our feast at the very beginning of the unit this time, so that my mom and sister could take part as well.  We looked through lots of Spanish food recipes and tapas ideas and made this huge feast inspired by what we saw.  We were actually able to get several food items from Spain (Marcona almonds, candied walnuts, cheese, sausage) on mark-down at the grocery store.  Amazing what you can find when you are looking hard! Autumn and Miriam made banners to decorate the dining room and we cooked, and cooked, and cooked.  It was delicious and we were eating leftovers for a week.

Drama: We did drama cards again with this book, since Autumn loves them so much.  I think it inspired her, because one day after school she gathered up a bunch of her stuffed animals and items from her room and put on a “play” of Ferdinand in five acts.  She played several of the characters.  I was the only audience, but I did snap a few photos.  It was so cute.  This is also why my house is never clean – she pulls out EVERYTHING!!  Can you guess which scenes these are from the story?