March 27, 2015

Random 5 on Friday: Exodus Edition, Part 1

This week's Random 5 on Friday, is a bit different. I decided that I would use the post to share a special unit study we've been working on this week, and will continue next week. It's always fun to study the Exodus and the 10 Plagues of Egypt!
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1. This is the time of year when we start adding a study over the Exodus in our school plan. This is the first year that I have included Baby Britches in our studies and I love seeing the whole story fresh and new through his eyes...especially the 10 plagues of Egypt. We are studying the story every morning during our week as part of our Bible time. I decided to read the account from The Bible Story book that has the BEST illustrations in it by famous MAD magazine illustrator Basil Wolverton. His illustrations of the children of Israel and the Egyptian plagues are pretty awesome and very memorable.

Plagues #1, 2, 3 and 6 depicted in these great illustrations.
2. I started the story with Baby Moses and love the craft I found for us to do over on Danielle's Place. She gives the directions very clearly...I only needed to design our own baby since I didn't have a membership to her store to get the template. But that baby is very simple to make. Make sure you check out her directions, so you can make your own! The only thing we added--Little Britches added a prop up piece to the back to make sure Baby Moses' basket didn't tip over.

Baby Moses in the Basket Craft
Isn't it darling?
3. We started our plague study and we are doing 1-2 plagues a day, depending on whether or not we are doing an extra craft with them or how long it takes us to make our plague numbers. I found the very awesome plague number template from Teacher @ Home's blog. I fell in love with them, and though they were tedious to pre-cut for two (because cutting takes forever otherwise), it is worth it because they really like making them. I did change up one thing so far. I used chia seed for the 3rd plague of lice (or biting tiny insect of some sort) because it's really more like what it would be like...and because the pattern included bug bodies that were a pain in the butt to cut out. LOL.

Plagues of Egypt Craft
5 of our first 6 plagues we covered this week
4. I love those flying frog snowflakes. We cut those out AS WELL as did our number for the plague. When I saw them HERE, I knew we needed to add them. We just made ours out of green thin construction paper and added googly eyes. She gives a nice template for the frog shape.

5. We have the first 6 plagues done. Next week, though we will be on "Spring Break" of sorts, we will continue to finish out the Exodus story. I have a great craft I found for when we do the crossing of the Red Sea...I'm pretty sure we will do it unless I find something I like better. Baby Britches is loving our studies and can name the 6 plagues we've already done, even without using his number cues for help. He is just fascinated with the story. I look forward to when the classic Charlton Heston version of The 10 Commandments makes it's annual appearance on TV next week or so, so he can see a movie version of several of the plagues we've studied. It think he'll really enjoy it...I know that I always do!

Our classroom window is starting to really get full of plagues!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will check back in next week for Random 5 on Friday: Exodus Edition, Part 2 where I will share what we do next week!