Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: Week 23

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: Week 23


  • Print out the ‘Your State Here’ Saint Funpack and fill it out for this week!

State Patron Saint Fun Pack


  • “Two thousand pounds equals one ton. One ton equals to thousand pounds.” Did you know your car manual tells you how much your vehicle weighs?  See if your older kids can turn those lbs into tons. Which car in your family weighs the most tons?

Language Arts

  • This week, students learn the parts of a paragraph.  You can easily practice identifying the parts using three different colored highlighters and a newspaper.  Have your students read an article and highlight what they think is the topic sentence (pink), supporting details (yellow), and conclusion (blue).
  • Of course, an obvious thing to do this week is to have your own students write a paragraph with very clear parts of a topic sentence, supporting details, and conclusion.


  •  On Netflix, there is a video of five Eric Carle Books being read and put to his art that was somewhat animated.  It’s hard to describe, but it’s a really nicely done cartoon, and worth watching. The stories are: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Mixed Up Chameleon, and I See A Song.
  • If you don’t have these, borrow them from your library or get your own copies.  Your students can read these along with the video! I’ve linked you to mostly board books because from my experience they hold up better than the paper ones (plus they’re cheaper!).  If you have only older students and don’t plan on making anymore students 😉 , then you may want the bigger hardback or paper books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic to me.  I’ve used it to teach the days of the week, colors, and counting to 5 to my preschooler.  And this week you can use it to show some of Eric Carle’s artistry to your older students!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (The World of Eric Carle)

The Mixed-Up Chameleon Board Book 1st (first) Edition by Carle, Eric [1998]

The Very Quiet Cricket Board Book

I especially loved the creativity in this one, there are few words, just lots of beautiful swirls.  My babies like this one!

I See a Song (Blue Ribbon Book)


  •  Last week I linked you to some Ragtime dance instructional videos.  This week, let your students decide their own dance moves for Rag music.  Have a short discussion about the music. Does it make them want to dance slowly and elegantly or fast and crazy?  Is it a solo dance or do you dance with a partner?  Challenge them to come up with a routine for The Maple Leaf Rag (or a part of it) and have them teach each other the moves.  Then put on a show for Mom/Dad/Your CSH group meeting!  Make sure you explain why you chose that style of dancing!


  • Teach about your state’s culture this week using food! Check out this site to see traditional foods from each state, along with recipes!  What is your favorite food from your state?
  • Take a field trip this week to your local library.  Often, libraries will have a special area with history about your state or city.  We have a whole little room with displays, books and pictures of historical Alabama stuff.  Even if you don’t have a special room for your state, you’ll find plenty of books about your state history there- just ask a librarian for help!
  • Learn all 50 states in this fun Youtube video!
  • I’m including this again this week in case you didn’t finish it last week or hadn’t had a chance to fill it out!

State Notebooking/Lapbooking Printables

  • Don’t forget about the geography brochure- fill it out for someone visiting your state! (Print it 2 sided, and fold it in thirds)

Geography Brochure Printable


  • Do you realize how prevalent electromagnets are in our world?  They are in so many things! Anything that you plug in that rotates probably has one (vacuum cleaners, blenders, mixers, ceiling fans) they’re everywhereMake a list of as many objects in your house as you can think of that have electromagnets.
  • One of my favorite electromagnets is the crane at a scrap metal yard.  If you know of one near by, you may choose to drive by and watch the electromagnet crane work.  I don’t suggest asking for a tour, but sometimes you can see them from outside the gates and watch how when the magnet is turned on, the scrap metal sticks.  Once they move the crane over the conveyor belt and turn off the electromagnet, the metal drops.  Neat! (I don’t know any little boys who don’t love these).
  • Here’s a youtube video in case you can’t see one in real life.

Thanks as always for reading!

Did you miss week 22? Check it out here!

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