I first discovered Five in a Row in January. I was looking for something that I could use to teach all three kids at the same time. The premise of FIAR is that you take a children's book and read it aloud every day for five days. Each day you pull something from the book to learn about. Geography, Art, Life Skills, Science and Math. We us lapbooks as a way to keep all our activities for each book organized and documented.
Lentil by Robert McCloskey was first. We learned about Ohio (that was the setting) and how they have a Buzzard festival every year to celebrate Spring. We thought that was kinda gross! We also learned about the different kinds of taste, taste buds and where they are located on your tongue. Lentil lived in a town, so we talked about the differences in towns, cities and rural areas. For science, we learned about sound as Lentil played his harmonica in the bathroom and we discovered that acoustics are better in there. Lentil also had a grouch that lived in his town and we brainstormed ways to be nice to a grouchy person and how to make their day brighter.