Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away? These powerful cats can run up to 50 miles per hour in short bursts! Yet they rest up to 20 hours a day. These are just a few fun facts about lions, the subject of today’s nonfiction book, Lion Lessons by Jon Agee. What does it take to become a lion? Explore together with your child in this fun book.
After reading the book, I played a video of a real lion roaring. I don’t know about you, but every time we go to the zoo the lions are resting. We only get to see the twitch of their tails. Definitely no roaring, so I thought a video was in order.
Lion roar https://youtu.be/MWY7qLfVHIs
The number of the day is 7. Why? Since talking about lions means learning where Africa is located, why not learn the seven continents (see Geography below).
Let’s learn which numbers add to make seven.
- To do this, trace both of your child’s hands, and have him/her cut them out.
- Next glue the hand cutouts to another sheet of paper, but do not glue down the fingers. This is so we can bend the fingers down to present the numbers we are adding.
- Now bend down three of the fingers and glue them to the palm to represent seven.
- Below the hands I wrote the problems lightly in pencil so my daughter could trace them. She attempted to write the answers on her own. If your child is further along, they can write the equations on their own.
For our kindergarten writing, I help my daughter draw a picture of a subject. I do this by showing her step by step on the whiteboard as she copies it to her paper ( keep the drawings simple). Then we write a phrase/sentence about the subject (we build to lengthen the “stories” as the year rolls on).
Next we sound out and write the words as they sound (except known sight words). Keep it simple at first and change it up to match your child’s level as he/she grows and learns. For example, it may be enough to just sound out and write the word lion. Or you may need to let your child write 2 or 3 sentences about lions. For today we wrote “A lion can sleep and sleep.” Notice we did write sleep with two he’s. This is because right now she is learning, “when two vowels go a walkin’ the first one does the talkin’.”
Pre-K – 1st: Practice with the letter L. I like these two free packets from Teacher Pay Teachers:
There are 54 countries and 9 territories in Africa! It is the second largest continent. In our school room I keep up a world map (and USA map) all the time so we can always refer to it when we come across a country/city in our reading. So first I asked her to point to our home. Then I showed her where Africa is located. We talk about the climate and some of the animals found there. Then I introduced her to the seven continents before listening to this catchy tune by Hopscotch called Seven Continent Song.
Books on Africa
Here are a few books my family likes about Africa. These can be added in over the week.
One Child, One Seed, A South African Counting Book by Kathyrn Cave – This book is hard to find. I was fortunate to have found it by chance at our local library. There’s a recipe for pumpkin stew in the back of the book. We made it which added to the experience. I think it also taught a little empathy as often this was all the boy in the story had to eat. So a gentle reminder that we could be having pumpkin stew, eliminates complaints at the dinner table.
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway, is based off a true story of how a boy with a small loan and hard work created a big difference.
Yoga using African Animal Poses is a fun way to teach kids about yoga. I like this video by Smile and Learn. It’s 4 minutes long.
If your children like the yoga class and you would like to do a longer session, this video is 15 minutes long. This version is nice because it gives more instruction, and tells what part of the body is being strengthened. It teaches 3 poses: cat, dog and cobra. These poses are done 5 times in a row.
A book that is sure to get young kids moving, is We’ve going on a Lion Hunt adapted by Margery Cutler. We always act out all of the actions.🙂
Remember how I mentioned that a lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away! So let’s experiment with sound.
What is sound? Sound is made up of sound waves that we can hear. Sound waves are formed by objects vibrating (shaking back and forth). The sound waves travel through air, water, and solid objects as vibrations. Inside our ears we have a delicate piece of skin called the eardrum. When the sound waves reach our ears, the waves make the eardrums vibrate, allowing us to hear the given sound.
Experiment with the voice box – Have your child place a hand over the front of his/her throat. Ask him/her to speak. Perhaps ask them to say this alliteration: “The lovely, little lion licked a lemon lollipop.😉” Now ask them, “What did you feel? Yes, your voice box (vocal chords) is vibrating. What do you think makes that vibration? Yes, the sound of your voice.”
Make Straw Pan Flute by watching this video. Bonus, math is incorporated into this activity with measuring of the different lengths of the straws!
Here’s a Hands-on Activity: Seeing and Feeling Sound Vibrations from Teach Engineering for 3rd through 5th grade.
Lion made from construction paper
- Draw and cut out a lion’s face.
- Cut strips of different colored construction and curl the ends around your finger or pencil. Then glue the tip, flat end, of the curl to the back of the head piece.
- Once the mane around the face is complete, glue the head to a piece of paper, the background.
- Lastly glue another row of curls around the outside of the lion.
Your child may feel inspired to join in the music with his/her straw pan flute🙂. We played some music while working on our pan flutes and while working on our art projects.
Beautiful African Relaxation music with nature sounds.
Have a great school week!