My Five in a Row+ method part 2…

If you missed the first two days of my Five in a Row+ for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, go here first, then return to finish out the week of this fantastic book, and our own version of Five in a Row!!  If you are returning then, thanks for coming back, and I hope you have enjoyed what we have done so far, now on to the finish:

Five in a Row+

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.


Day three:

Re-read the story again, stopping after a few pages to see if any one will fill in the next part, likely someone will remember the words, and this is good.

Crafting is such a fun part of FIAR, and a personal fave in our house too, and making a rain stick is right up our alley(sadly I do not have pics of this, grrrr)  It is done here and well captured, but you can manage without too many directions, I have faith in you:-)

For this craft just a simple bunch of household items will be used, paper towel rolls, or toilet paper rolls, rice, dry beans, spaghetti(the broken bits from the bottom of the box are fine),pipe cleaners twirled into long “springs”, scrap papers, glue sticks, stickers, crayons, etc.  Also needed, for use by parent is plastic wrap in 2 squares, and packing tape.  Tape 1 plastic wrap square over end of paper towel roll, then allow child to fully decorate the roll, except for the top(un-plastic wrapped end).  Once fully decorated help the child place into the roll 1 or two of the twirled “spring” pipe cleaners, these should be stretched out to be about the length of the roll itself.  Next you will add a  handful of rice and some spaghetti and dry beans.  Tape the other small square of plastic wrap over the end, and finish the decorating of that end too.  Wrap in string or yarn if you like, tie on feathers etc, whatever you like to finish off your newly created rain stick.

During this I would choose to read about traditional african instruments, or listen to traditional drumming, many pieces are available online.  This entire project will end with a colorful and rowdy parade of rain stick and singing.  Possibly the poetry from yesterday can be adapted to song and a new tune created:-)

This can be done with drums too, just use paper plates stapled and then glued together, everything else for supplies the same.  Math can be added in here, measuring how much rice you pour in, how much pasta, how long, or short your paper rolls are, or make many rolls, and compare them.

Day Four:

Re-read the book again, allowing the kids to fill in whole stanzas, or pages if they can, they should really know the story by now.  Today is all about science, rain cycles, drought, animal migration, all science, so out come the atlases again.  It is easy to go online and find maps that show comparative amounts of rain fall(math and computer work), compare your hometown with Kenya, North American plains with African savannas, other deserts with the plains of Africa, lots of choices(science and geography).  Tailor to your childs age also.  It is also a great time to look at the hugest animal migration on the planet, how many animals are involved, what varieties, where they come from, where they are going(NOVA and Discovery have some great shows on Netflix that show this migration, they are well done and not too bloody, it helps to give a feel for the vastness of the savanna and the beauty of its inhabitants, this counts as science in our house).

Geography can also explored, without ever drilling countries and capitols.  Seriously, this is not an ad for them, but I love Enchanted Learning, and they have TONS of printables there to assist you in your teaching endeavors, check them out.

Then move on to rain, and different cloud types, how clouds form and deliver their life giving moisture.  If you have older kids you can point out the local weather person, and how they use clouds and wind patterns(meteorology) to predict what the temperature will be for the weekend to come.

Also easily explored here are seasonal shifts, and how this part of the world sits near the equator, and what that means, (global geography).  Again for this you can go to this site and get lots of great printables!

Below is a picture of a graph one of the girl created(math) on comparative rainfall(science) for our town(geography) and the rainfall of Kenya for last year. These numbers are easy to come by, just do a quick search of rainfall totals on, also a good one is average temperatures for your city and Kenya.  Little Man did an easier version, he did the comparative number of sunny, rainy and cloudy days for the last month at our house, good solid 1st grade work, found this on the local weather site as well.


















Day Five:

Day five is the most fun, the kids will know the book, happily throw out the lines and clamor to point out when you skip a portion(intentionally), you are looking for narration at this point, they should be able to tell the story of Kipat with a great deal of accuracy, it has become their story now, success achieved.

Art is always the last day for us, and this book is so full of beautiful illustrations to inspire your kids and mine.  For this I print out African savanna animal coloring pages, full page size for coloring.  I let my kids use pastel crayons for blending and saturation, or use water color pencils for work on subtle coloring, blending and color gradation.  During this time I also read traditional myths, or lore from Africa, play more music, and generally wrap up the story and African Plains study.


















I hope you have enjoyed this Five in a Row+, check back later this week for a great Five in a Row+ for Little House in the Big Woods, it should be lots of fun for all of the littles and bigs in your house, maybe even lots of fun for you too:-)

Let me know what you think of this Five in a Row+, just leave a quick comment and thank you for reading.  If you want to read the first half of this five in a Row+ just go here.

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