Since this is our second time through the alphabet, I had trouble coming up with enough new activities to fill an entire week for both U and V, so I decided to combine them into one week. As I have mentioned before, we start out each week with an ABC Find It from 1+1+1=1. This time around, we did U on one day and V the next day. While we search for the matching images, we discuss the pictures and other words that start with the letter of the week. We also use Letters of All Sizes uppercase and lowercase handwriting worksheets from The Measured Mom. I include these in a binder with number writing worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler and a sheet with his name on it that I created. Each page gets its own sheet protector so he can practice writing with a dry erase marker.
We started with Royal Baloo’s U is for Unicycle activity, then moved on to Happy and Blessed Home’s letter U pack and discussed words that begin with the letter U. Then we started talking about animals that live underground. We did this lost work maze worksheet, and I created these underground animal three-part cards, along with an information sheet describing interesting facts about each animal. I found some clip art of burrowing animals and some animals that do not burrow, then we sorted and glued them on to a U-shaped underground tunnel made from construction paper (see photo below). While my little on matched the animals, I read off the facts about that particular animal. Then we had some fun building our own burrows on the couch!
The next day, we focused our time preparing for our letter V lesson. Since we were going to discuss volcanos, we constructed our paper mache volcano that was scheduled to erupt the next day. To build this volcano, I used a small soda bottle and taped some crumpled newspaper around it to give it some width. We then dipped strips brown packaging paper into modge podge and stuck them all over the bottle.
The volcano dried overnight and the next day we began talking about what volcanos looked like and what happens when one erupts. We watched a great Bill Nigh the Science Guy video on volcanos on YouTube. After that, my little guy wasn’t sure if he wanted his volcano to erupt because he thought it would be too loud…but I reassured him that ours was a quiet volcano so he was excited once again. In addition to volcanos, we discussed other types of landforms with the help of this free landforms dictionary and then moved on to learning about the parts of the volcano with this printout from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Then it was time for the volcano to erupt! He said he wanted blue lava, so I mixed some blue food coloring with a 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. This mixture was poured into the bottle. I then wrapped up about a 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda in tissue paper and let him drop it into the bottle. It took about a minute for the bubbles to come, but when the did, he loved it!