Homer Price by Robert McCloskey is a good book. Here’s what we did for our book study.
By Robert McCloskey
Chapter 1: The Case of the Sensational Scent
Shaving Lotion: Put shaving lotion on the table and let the kids doodle with it.
Smell Pots: Put several different scents onto a cotton ball and have the kids identify the smells.
not in any certain order: lemon, cinnamon, cloves, peanut butter, banana, orange peel, vinegar, mint, cocoa, onion, maple, and mustard
Make a skunk. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/stinky-skunk-670229/
Skunk Facts: library books, encyclopedia
Make a pulley.
List of twisted words: thool of spread, rodio rabers, shocks and soes, Jom and Terry, whack and blite, Koanna Jay, goys and birls http://kleckmusic.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/fomething-sunny/
Chapter 2: The Case of the Cosmic Comic
Hero Discussion: What makes a hero? What qualities does a hero have? Ultimate hero?
List of Impossible Tasks: raise one eyebrow, wiggle your ear, touch your nose with your tongue, tickle yourself, sneeze without closing your eyes, lick your own elbow
Race Cars: Race several cars on a track. Who’s the fastest?
Comic Strip: Definition, examples (Peanuts, newspaper, comic books)
Design your own comic strip. http://donnayoung.org/art/comics.htm
Possible comic strips: The 3 Little Pigs, a sporting event, Christmas, birthday party, bedtime routine
Chapter 3: The Doughnuts
Make a “sandwich” advertisement. Design a front side and a back side. Connect the two with string and link over your shoulders.
How do you make doughnuts? Fill in the blanks to complete the doughnut recipe.
Drink some coffee.
Labor-saving Devices: Walk about the house and find things that save you time.
Jewelry Hunt: Search the house to find the missing jeweled bracelet.
Chapter 4: Mystery Yarn
Eat some fried chicken.
How big a ball of string or yarn can you wind in 5 minutes?
Yarn Pictures: Use a piece of felt for the background. Cut various lengths of yarn and create pictures.
Chapter 5: Nothing New Under the Sun (Hardly)
Play the game Mousetrap.
Learn to play a song on the recorder.
Read the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Eat some cheese/crackers.
Make a mouse out of chenille stems. http://www.craftideas.info/html/chenille_mouse_c.html
Make a raspberry sundae.
Chapter 6: Wheels of Progress
Discussion: What makes a town?
Eat All-American foods: fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, root beer floats.