Little Toot Lesson Plan

This weeks lesson plan was on the book Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky.  I picked it up at the library and Kiley told me that she had read the book with Meme at night before bed.  At the time I didn't recognize it, but once we started reading the book, I remembered it.  When I was little I remember Disney having a cartoon version of the story.  (Which I found on youtube!  That was a special treat to watch again!)
Little Toot is a cute story about a little tugboat who comes from a hardworking tugboat family.  But Little Toot loves to act silly and scoot around making figure 8's.  No one takes him seriously and often pokes fun of him.  Little Toot ends up being the only tugboat able to save a big ship stuck on some rocks.  Showing himself and others that he has what it takes to be a great tugboat like his dad and grandfather.

Family Tree
In the book it touches a bit on family lineage and Little Toot's grandfather likes to tell him "back in the day" stories.  Kiley picked out pictures and made her own family tree.  She was pretty proud of it and put it up in her bedroom.  Last time we went camping, at night we'd sit at the fire and tell stories about when Robert and I were little and when we met.  Kiley loved hearing the stories and asked many questions.  We think it's important for Kiley to experience this from her family.  So many of our family members received email's asking them to share a story.  Kiley has received a few so far and has enjoyed them. The idea is, to put all the stories in a book for Kiley so she can have them to always remember.

Bodies Of Water
The tugboats work on a river and in the ocean.  We have a river in Ogden.  Not an ocean, but we do have a huge salt lake!  I declared Wednesday field trip day for the week and we went around learning about bodies of water in our area and the difference between each.  First we went to the Ogden River over by the park.  The river goes all through the canyon, travels through Ogden and makes it's way all the way to the Great Salt Lake!  Second we went to Wheeler Creek trail, hiked up a bit and then climbed down to the creek. We played in the water for a while, which was super cold! 
Thirdly we went to Pineview Lake, which was close by.  It's a freshwater lake and happens to be the one that Kiley caught her first fish out of!  Our last visit was to The Great Salt Lake.  There is an island on it called Antelope Island.  It's about a 7 mile drive over the water from the shore to the island.  We found a beach and had a nice picnic lunch.  Then we drove around looking at the scenery.  Antelope Island has a lot of buffalo on it.  We found them everywhere!  The water was a pretty blue color with a white shoreline.  It was kinda smelly the closer we got to the water.

I found a cool website that talked about tugboats, had a tugboat coloring page to learn all the different parts and a tugboat tic tac toe game to print out.  Kiley learned to play tic tac toe.  She likes it most when she wins.  Robert gave her some tips and after that she kept beating him and just laughed and laughed.

We talked about wind, what it is, what it does and how it effects ocean water.  To see the effects of wind for herself, Kiley made her own pinwheel out of paper, a pencil and a nail.  She was very excited to see it spin in the wind.  


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