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Ten Terrific Weeks! By: Susan Wandishin & Suzanne Opp In conjunction with the Home Office Reading Adventure Programs
Origins of Ten Terrific Weeks!
Summer Around the World –Christmas 2002, Zach & the globe –May 2003, PANIC! Camp Fair – teamwork results in BIG ideas!
Ten Terrific Weeks! What is it? Themed set of books Curriculum for 10 weeks, 5 days a week –What to read –Topics for discussion –Additional correlated activities Any needed worksheets, supply lists Certificate of completion List of additional Usborne titles to complement each set (including younger reader participation titles)
Current programs Preschool/Lower elementary –Adventures of the Fairy Princess (August availability) –Adventures of the Human Body Upper elementary –Adventures in Ancient Egypt –Adventures Around the World (August availability) –Adventures in the Arts –Adventures in Creativity –Adventures of the Human Body –Adventures in Knighthood –Adventures in Literature –Adventures in Space
Adventures of the Fairy Princess (August availability) Books in set: Fairy Cooking, Fairy Tale Jigsaw Book, Fairy Things to Make & Do, Little Book of First Stories, Little Book of Fairy Stories, Princes & Princesses Overview: –Week 1: Crowning the Princess –Week 2: Magic! –Week 3: Decorating the Castle –Week 4: Getting your Fairy Wings –Week 5: Puppet Show –Week 6: Fairyland –Week 7: Butterflies –Week 8: Flowers –Week 9: Getting Ready for a Party –Week 10: Fairy Princess Party
Adventures of the Fairy Princess (August availability) Skill set: –Imagination –Fine-motor skills –Sequencing –Visual-spatial awareness –Artistic abilities –Following directions – Math skills –Self-expression & intrapersonal skills
Adventures of the Fairy Princess (August availability) Sample week: Week 7: Butterflies –Monday: Read “Rumpelstiltskin,” from First Stories, page 49. Suggested topics for discussion / journaling: Where do you think Rumpelstiltskin went? What did he do next? Make up a story about what happens to Rumpelstiltskin next. –Tuesday: Make Fairyland Butterflies, from Fairy Things to Make & Do, page 14. –Wednesday: Put together Fairy Jigsaw and read “The Tooth Fairy,” from Little Book of Fairy Stories, page 39. Suggested topics for discussion / journaling: What do you think “Out of the ordinary comes the amazing” means? Have you ever had a toy that everyone else thought was ordinary, but was amazing to you? Can you think of anything else that starts out ordinary, but becomes amazing? –Thursday: Cook Butterfly Cupcakes, from Fairy Cooking, page 24. –Friday: Make Fairyland Caterpillars, from Fairy Things to Make & Do, page 30.
Adventures of the Human Body Preschool / Lower elementary Books in set: First Encyclopedia of the Human Body, Flip-Flap Body Book, Going to the Dentist, Going to the Doctor Kid Kit, Science & Your Body Overview: –Week 1: Skeletal System & Your Joints –Week 2: Muscular System & Your Skin –Week 3: Circulatory System –Week 4: Digestive System & Your Teeth –Week 5: Eating Healthy –Week 6: Respiratory System & Your Voice –Week 7: Your Senses –Week 8: Nervous System & Genes –Week 9: Being Healthy –Week 10: Exercise Olympics
Adventures of the Human Body Preschool / Lower elementary Skill set: –Basic science / biology –Health & fitness –Nutrition –Following directions –Sequencing –Process of discovery –Safety skills
Adventures of the Human Body Preschool / Lower elementary Sample week: Week 3: Circulatory System –Monday: Read blood, from First Encyclopedia of the Human Body, page 26. Put your ear on someone’s chest. Can you hear their heartbeat? –Tuesday: Read your Heart, from First Encyclopedia of the Human Body, page 28. –Wednesday: Pretend you are a blood cell. Make an obstacle course of your body to travel through. Don’t forget to include a place to enter the heart, an exit to the lungs, back into the heart and then out to the different parts of the body. –Thursday: Do internet-links from First Encyclopedia of the Human Body. Print out and do activity pages. –Friday: Do pumping blood, from Science & Your Body, page 18 (blank heart rate chart included). Check and record each person’s heart rate for each category. When does your heart beat faster? Why do you think this happens? Make a chart of other activities that would make your heart beat fast and slow (chart included). Children that can’t write can draw pictures of the activities.
Adventures in Ancient Egypt Books in set: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, Mummies & Pyramids, Pharaohs & Pyramids, Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Egypt, Who Built the Pyramids? Overview: –Week 1: Ancient Egypt & it’s Leaders –Week 2: Everyday Life –Week 3: Education & Hieroglyphics –Week 4: Fashion & Shopping –Week 5: Food, Feasts, & Entertainment –Week 6: Pyramids –Week 7: Mummification –Week 8: Burial Ritual & Chamber –Week 9: Mythology & After-Life –Week 10: Archaeology & Great Discoveries
Adventures in Ancient Egypt Week 9: Mythology & the Afterlife –Monday: Read “Beastly bodies,” from Mummies & Pyramids, pages 28 – 29; “Religion and Festivals,” from A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Egypt, pages 50 – 51; and “Religion in Daily Life,” from Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, pages 96 – 97 and explore internet-link. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Many of the beliefs that the Egyptians had still survive in a small way today. How did the Egyptians feel about a shooting star? What do many people today do when they see a shooting star? What did the Egyptians wear for good luck? What symbols today do people use for good luck? Come up with your very own good luck symbol. –Tuesday: Read “Egyptian Religion,” “More About Myths,” and “Gods and Goddesses,” from Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, pages 86 – 89 and 138 – 139 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: If you were an Egyptian, which god would you most often ask for help? Why? Which Egyptian god do you think you are the most like? Why? Create a myth about the Egyptian god you are most similar to!
Adventures in Ancient Egypt –Wednesday: Read “Did the Egyptians believe in god?” from Who Built The Pyramids?, pages 24 – 25; and “Gods and Goddesses,” from A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Egypt, pages 28 – 29. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: List all the Egyptian gods and goddesses you have read about and come up with someone in your life that you feel has similar attributes to each one. Why did you make your choices? –Thursday: Read “Temple Life,” “Buildings Fit For Gods,” and “Great Cult Temples,” from Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, pages 90 – 95 and explore internet-links. Pretend you are the Egyptian god that you decided you are most like on Tuesday. Plan a temple in your honor. Draw pictures of what it would look like. Who would be your priest? What would your daily rituals be like? What architectural details would it have? What statues would it have? What reliefs would be on the walls? –Friday: Read “Temples,” from A Visitor’s Guide to Ancient Egypt, pages 22 – 23, “Visiting a Temple.” from Pharaohs & Pyramids, pages 12 – 13, and “Where did they worship their gods and goddesses?” from Who Built the Pyramids?, pages 26 – 27 and explore internet-link. Now that you have chosen to be an Egyptian god and have a temple in your honor, you need to have a festival! Plan one that the people would hold in your honor every year. What would it celebrate? What would the festival entail? Would there be a mystery play about you? What would it be about?
Adventures Around the World (July availability) Books in set: Children’s World Atlas, Children’s World Cookbook, Mini Stories from Around the World, Mini First 1000 Words in French, Mini First 1000 Words in German, Mini First 1000 Words in Spanish, Mini First 1000 Words in Japanese, Wild Animals Spotters Guide Overview: –Week 1: Mexico –Week 2: Spain –Week 3: France –Week 4: Japan –Week 5: England –Week 6: Australia –Week 7: Kenya –Week 8: Germany –Week 9: Brazil –Week 10: Canada
Adventures Around the World (July availability) Skill set: –Geography –Map skills –Spatial awareness –Language skills –Following directions –Sequencing –Math skills –Self-expression & intrapersonal skills –Zoology
Adventures Around the World (July availability) Sample week: Week 1: Mexico –Monday: Using Children’s World Atlas, find Mexico on the world map, pages 18 – 19. Read about Central America on pages 28 – 29 and in the Gazetteer, pages 119 – 120. Explore internet link on page 29. –Tuesday: Cook guacamole, tomato salsa, refried beans from Children’s World Cookbook, pages 14 – 15. –Wednesday: Learn to count to ten and your colors from Mini First 1000 Words in Spanish. –Thursday: Read “The Singing Toad,” pages 45 – 50 in Mini Stories From Around the World. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Why do you think the toad only helped the youngest son? Has there ever been a time when you could have been kinder to someone? What do you think might have happened if you had been kinder? What would you wish for if you had three wishes? Draw pictures of what you would wish for. –Friday: Zoo day! Take the Wild Animals Spotters Guide to the zoo and try to find the peccary page 19, ring-tailed coati page 28, ocelot page 31, jaguar page 33, spectacled owl page 40, king vulture page 42, boa constrictor page 48, iguana page 50, aardvark page 55, and giant armadillo page 57.
Adventures in the Arts Books in set: Acting & Theatre, Complete Book of Chess, Cooking for Beginners, Introduction to Music, Starting Face Painting, World of Ballet, World of Shakespeare Overview: –Weeks 1 & 2: Chess –Week 3: Dance –Weeks 4 & 5: Music –Week 6: Acting & Theatre –Weeks 7 & 8: Cooking –Weeks 9 & 10: Shakespeare
Adventures in the Arts Skill set: –Logic & higher-level thinking –Planning ahead –Rhythm –Story telling –Self-expression & intrapersonal skills –Critical thinking –Music history –Emotional awareness –Creativity –Following directions –Sequencing –Math skills –Receptive and expressive language skills –Literary awareness
Adventures in the Arts Sample week: Week 5: Music, continued –Monday: Read “The Story of Opera I,” “The Story of Opera II,” “Music for Movies and Television,” and “Sound Reproduction,” pages 54 – 61 and explore internet-links. Go to the library and check out some titles from the “Music to listen to” sections. Listen to theme music for movies and television and think about how they help to set the mood. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Think of your favorite song. Can you think of a television show that it would be a great theme for? Describe it. –Tuesday: Read “How instruments work,” “The Orchestra,” “Stringed Instruments,” “Woodwind Instruments,” “Brass Instruments,” “Percussion Instruments,” “Keyboard Instruments,” and “Electric & Electronic Instruments,” pages 62 – 71 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: What is your favorite instrument? Why? Have you ever tried to play it? How many of the instruments on pages 66 – 71 have you ever seen or heard?
Adventures in the Arts –Wednesday: Read “Learning an Instrument,” “Reading Music I,” “Reading Music II,” and “Reading Music III,” pages 72 – 79 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Which instrument would you be most interested in learning to play? Why? Which would you not want to learn at all? Why? –Thursday: Read “Classical Composers I,” “Classical Composers II,” and “Classical Composers III,” pages 80 – 85 and explore internet-link. Choose a composer that you would like to learn more about. Go to the library and find some of that composer’s music and some information about them. –Friday: Read “Music on the Internet I,” and “Music on the Internet II,” pages 86 – 89 and explore internet-link. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Ask an adult about how they listened to music when they were your age. Now, ask a grandparent, or older adult. How are they different from what you listen to? How are they similar? When you are an adult or older adult, how do you think young people will be listening to music?
Adventures in Creativity Books in set: Collecting Things, Decorating T-Shirts Kid Kit, Making Models, Paper Engineering, Puppets, Starting Painting, What shall I be?, What shall I cook? Overview: –Week 1: Fish crafts –Week 2: Animal crafts –Week 3: Food & drink crafts –Week 4: Travel & transportation crafts –Week 5: People crafts –Week 6: Career crafts –Week 7: Pirate crafts –Week 8: Nature crafts –Week 9: Fantasy land crafts –Week 10: Castle crafts
Adventures in Creativity Skill set: –Creativity –Art skills –Following directions –Sequencing –Visual-spatial skills –Fine motor skills –Organization –Imagination
Adventures in Creativity Sample week: Week 1: Fish Crafts –Monday: Do “Making new colors,” from Starting Painting, pages 6 – 7. –Tuesday: Do “Potato prints,” from Decorating T- Shirts, pages 2 – 3 and cook “Chocolate octopuses,” from What shall I cook?, pages 2 – 3. –Wednesday: Make “Wiggling eel,” from Making Models, pgs 26 – 27. –Thursday: Do “Shadow puppets,” from Puppets, pages 16 – 17. –Friday: Read “Shells,” from Collecting Things, pages 14 – 15 and make a shell picture frame or a jar with shells on top.
Adventures of the Human Body Upper elementary Books in set: Complete Book of the Human Body, Genes & DNA, Science Encyclopedia, Science & Your Body Overview: –Week 1: Building Blocks of You –Week 2: Skeletal System & Joints –Week 3: Muscular System –Week 4: Circulatory System –Week 5: Digestive System –Week 6: Respiratory System –Week 7: Nervous System –Week 8: What are Genes? –Week 9: Genetics –Week 10: Health & Medicine
Adventures of the Human Body Upper elementary Skill set: –Science / biology –Health & fitness –Nutrition –Following directions –Sequencing –Process of discovery –Self-expression & intrapersonal skills
Adventures of the Human Body Upper elementary Sample Week: Week 9: Genetics –Monday: Read “Gene science today” and “The human genome,” from Genes & DNA, pages 28 – 31 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: How do you feel about genetic engineering? Are there times when it is okay? Are there times when it should absolutely not be done? –Tuesday: Read “Genetic engineering,” “GM foods,” and “Genetic medicine,” from Genes & DNA, pages 32 – 37 and explore internet- links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Can you think of a time in history that people protested against something new? Did the new thing turn out to be a problem? Why?
Adventures of the Human Body Upper elementary –Wednesday: Read “Designer babies,” “Cloning,” and “Living forever,” from Genes & DNA, pages 38 – 43 and explore internet- links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Do you have a pet that you really love? Would you want to clone the pet so you could have it forever? Do you think it would look exactly the same? Would it act exactly the same? What are some things that could make the cloned pet act differently? –Thursday: Read “DNA testing,” “Right or wrong?” and “Perfect people,” from Genes & DNA, pages and explore internet- links. Read some of the “Big questions” on page 47 and think about how you feel. –Friday: Read “Making money,” “Making monsters,” and “Into the future,” from Genes & DNA, pages 50 – 55 and explore internet- links. Consider how you feel about the study of genetics. Write a persuasive speech to try and get others to agree with you.
Adventures in Knighthood Books in set: Castles, Encyclopedia of World History, Knights, Knights & Castles, What Were Castles For? Overview: –Week 1: About the Times –Week 2: Life Outside the Castle –Week 3: Life at a Manor –Week 4: Become a Page & Explore the Castle –Week 5: The Feast –Week 6: Become a Squire & Learn About Chivalry –Week 7: Become a Knight –Week 8: The Tournament –Week 9: Build Your Castle –Week 10: Defend Your Castle
Adventures in Knighthood Sample week: Week 7: Become a Knight –Monday: Read “Simon becomes a knight,” from Knights & Castles, pages 22–23. Suggested topics for discussion / journaling: Being knighted was one of the biggest events in a knight’s life. What have been the biggest events in your life? What made them so special? What big events do you think you will have in the future? What will make them so special? –Tuesday: Read “Chain mail and shields” and “Plate armor,” from Knights, pages 8 – 11 and explore internet-links. Design a shield for yourself. –Wednesday: Read “Heraldry & coats of arms,” from Castles, pages 60 – 61 and explore internet-links. Play the heraldry game to help save the king. –Thursday: Read “Coats of arms,” from Knights, pages 26 – 27 and explore internet-links. –Friday: Read “Who or what were knights?” from What Were Castles For? pages 10 – 11. Using all that you learned this week, make your own coat of arms. Make sure to choose colors and symbols that represent you. Why did you choose your background color and symbols?
Adventures in Literature Books in set: Egyptian Echo, Explorers, Greek Myths & Legends, Jane Eyre, Juggling Kid Kit, King Arthur’s Knights Quest, Prisoner of Portcullis Castle, The Perfect Pony, Haunting of Dungeon Creek, True Survival Stories Overview: –Week 1: Fiction –Week 2: Legends & Characters –Week 3: Horror & Setting –Week 4: Mystery & lead –Week 5: Fantasy & Plot –Week 6: How-To & Order –Week 7: Non-fiction & Imagery –Week 8: News & Purpose –Week 9: Biography & Research –Week 10: Classics & Tenets of Writing
Adventures in Literature Sample week: Week 2: Legends & Characters Read Greek Myths & Legends. Greek mythology is full of amazing characters and their stories. The characters are so strong, that they each have their own personalities, jobs, symbols, and legends. The stories of mythology would not have been nearly as interesting if the people in them had not been so compelling. –Monday: Journal topic: Here are some things that belong to one person: Time magazine, briefcase, 400 rock cd’s, 20 take out menus for different restaurants, a cell phone, and a box of baseball cards. Give that person a name and describe them, based on their things. How do they feel? What is their job? What do they love to do in their free time? What other things do they own? To have strong characters, you must know a lot about them. Rather than writing a story, write a short biography of a character you made up. Use the character sketch first to get some ideas. –Tuesday: Journal topic: “I have a hard time trying to deal with…” Keep going. What does your character have a hard time dealing with? Continue developing him or her by writing about their difficulties.
Adventures in Literature –Wednesday: Journal topic: “I have an easy time trying to deal with…” Keep going. What does your character have an easy time dealing with? Continue developing him or her by writing about things that are easy for them. –Thursday: Journal topic: Benjamin Franklin once said, “There are no ugly loves, nor handsome prisons.” What do you think he meant? Do you agree or disagree? Why? How does your character feel? Based on your character’s background, what would he or she do if: they saw a bully picking on a younger child or if they found a wallet with money and identification in it on the sidewalk? Think of some other tricky situations your character could be in and how they would react. –Friday: Journal topic: Do a character sketch on yourself. Choose a number between 1 and 15. Now, look at the included cast of characters. Whatever number you picked is your character. Create a character sketch for him/her and a very short biography.
Adventures in Space Books in set: Book of Astronomy & Space, Pocket Scientist (blue), Science Encyclopedia, Space Overview: –Week 1: Universe, Galaxy, & Solar System –Week 2: Sun –Week 3: Stars –Week 4: Inner Planets –Week 5: Earth –Week 6: Earth, continued –Week 7: Moon –Week 8: Outer Planets –Week 9: Asteroids, Comets & Meteors –Week 10: Space Exploration
Adventures in Space Skill set: –Science/astronomy –Critical thinking –Creativity –Following directions –Sequencing –Process of discovery –Fine and gross motor skills –Self-expression and intrapersonal skills
Adventures in Space Sample week: Week 3: Stars –Monday: Read “About the stars,” from Pocket Scientist, pages 108 – 109; “Stars,” from Science Encyclopedia, pages 158 – 161; and “Star Groups,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 46 – 47 and explore internet-links. Do “See for yourself,” from Science Encyclopedia, page 159. –Tuesday: Read “Life of a star,” from Space, pages 32 – 33; “Birth of Stars” and “Life of a Star,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 50 – 53 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Create a baby announcement for a new star. Remember to describe what kind of star it is and how it came to be.
Adventures in Space –Wednesday: Read “Variable Stars,” “Star Patterns,” and “Describing Stars,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 54 – 58 and explore internet-links. Suggested topics for discussion/journaling: Write a biography of a star. Include information about its size, brightness, color, if it is a part of a pattern, and how it died. –Thursday: Read “Maps of the Stars,” “Home Astronomy,” “Star Photographs,” and “Telescopes,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 60 – 80 and explore internet-links. Go stargazing! Take binoculars or a telescope if you have them, or just go for it! Can you recognize any of the constellations? –Friday: Read “Looking at stars,” from Pocket Scientist, pages 158 – 159; “Stargazing,” from Space, pages 36 – 37; and “Famous Constellations,” “Stars at-a-glance,” “Landmarks of Astronomy,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 82 and 84 – 89 and explore internet-links. See how many of the “Questions and Answers,” from Astronomy & Space, pages 90 – 91 that you know.
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