We have been having so much fun while learning with the Picture Book Explorer Pack Paddington Bear, one of many lit-based unit studies from Branch Out World.
This downloadable unit study contains 5 days jam-packed full of fun and engaging learning activities for ages 5-10. Over the course of the week, you will learn about migration, be able to identify England and Peru on a map, experiment with foam, and so much more!
Each day has a different focus:
- Day One: Exploring the Setting
- Day Two: Exploring the Words
- Day Three: Exploring the Pictures
- Day Four: Exploring Science
- Day Five: Exploring Maths, Crafts & More
The downloadable pdf file also includes a supply list and suggestions for additional books and movies/shows to add on to the study.
How We Used Branch Out World Lit-based Unit Studies
We started the week by reading Paddington together. We already owned this book, but hadn’t read it in quite awhile! The boys really enjoyed the story the first day, but were not at all interested in re-reading the book every day. So after two days, we decided to not read the book in whole again, instead only focusing on the pages that were referenced in the activities we were doing.
The first day, we tried to do all of the suggested activities, but we discovered that is was too much for us to all at once. Monkey didn’t have the patience to complete all of the activities in a day. Instead, we reviewed the activities for the ret of the week and chose the activities that were the most appealing to him. The mapping activities were a great way to bring perspective to the story and just how far Paddington had traveled.
Our favorite activities were those that involved foam – both inedible and edible! First, we examined foam shaving cream in comparison to dish soap lather and learned how and why they were different. We were all elbow deep in foam, so sorry, no pictures of this activity!
The next activity we did with foam was making edible “foam” meringues. I had never made meringues before, so I was a bit worried they wouldn’t turn out, but the instructions were easy to follow. Our meringues turned out a little over cooked (I think? They were a rose gold color instead of white), but they tasted lovely! Do note, that since Branch Out World is a British company, it does use metric measurements in the recipes and a few terms that required a quick google search to understand.
The unit study also included a recipe for homemade marmalade! We gave it a try, but the boys weren’t convinced… Booger decided that his taste buds must be different than Paddington’s! Luckily, Nana really likes marmalade, so we packaged it up and took it over to her house.
I really liked making the food foam. That was so cool! The eggs changed from runny to foam right in front of my eyes!
I learned that I didn’t really like marmalade, even though I wanted to like it because Paddington liked it so much.
I liked that all the activities went along with stuff in the book, but I got bored reading the book so many times. Maybe if it was activities for a different book, or a long book that you only read a little bit of every day. Maybe that would be better.
Overall, we enjoyed working with the Paddington Bear unit study. I would highly encourage you to try out one of the many lit-based unit studies from Branch Out World. I’m particularly excited about the “The Day The Crayons Quit” unit study!
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