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November 14, 2009

Z is for Zebra

        
     
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This week was all about zebras for KJ and we did some fun stuff. One of the highlights were these marble zebras that we made. Is a zebra black with white stripes or white with black stripes??? Hmmmm, I was inspired to do this zebra marble craft after reading a super cute poem by Shel Silverstein on Homeschool Share (see the lapbook link below). I loved the poem, but KJ didn’t really get it. But, she loved making our marble zebras to go along with it.

I printed off this picture of a zebra and cut it out and traced it onto a piece of black paper. Then I taped it into the bottom of a box. I added some white paint and KJ rolled the marble around in it to make the zebra stripes. We did the very same thing with a white zebra and black paint. (Note to self…next time cut out the zebra first and then roll the marble on it!!!) KJ also had fun doing some zebra addition and subtraction. I got the printable zebras from Homeschool Share (link below). I wrote out some problems on a white board for her to solve using the zebras.
We also worked on telling time and solved the mystery of the missing zebra stripes. We used this really cute book, The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes and a clock. KJ and I read the story and she helped to solve the case!!!! Very fun!!!! (The book also has many other zoo math problems and mysteries to solve.)

Here is our zebra lapbook. I also used the same zebra printable from above for KJ to color. I gave her a picture of a zebra and I told her to pay close attention to the details and directions of the stripes. Check out her version on the top right below! With the exception of the zebra used for this and the marble project, I found all of these great zebra printables here on Homeschool Share.
Here are some of the books that we used for our zebra unit.

Well, that wraps up our week of highlights featuring the zebra!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13395532136969657091 Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    Those Zebras look so cool! What a neat idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17970101432834731044 Ticia

    Looks like another awesome week. I love the idea of painting the zebras.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16700560573327016225 Isabel

    Thanks for sharing those great zebra projects. I’ll look forward to those when we reach Z. We just started homeschooling this year so a blog like yours is just so inspiring to me. Have a great week.
    Isabel

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for blogging and sharing! My sister and I are embarking on our first “homeschooling” adventure this fall, with the eldest of our children being almost 5. It’s great to be able to find crafts (and pictures!) like this online for ideas!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16700560573327016225 Isabel

    Thanks for sharing those great zebra projects. I’ll look forward to those when we reach Z. We just started homeschooling this year so a blog like yours is just so inspiring to me. Have a great week.
    Isabel

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17970101432834731044 Ticia

    Looks like another awesome week. I love the idea of painting the zebras.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13395532136969657091 Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    Those Zebras look so cool! What a neat idea!