Five Chimpanzees and “This Word Called, Wonder”

Luke was working on a few pages in his workbook that taught about the dictionary which he already knows about but I thought it would be a good refresher.  On one page he had to look up and write down the definition of three words and then use each word in a sentence.  Here are Luke’s sentences.  The words are in italics.

1.  I had to look up the word chemical.
2.  I had to search for electric too.
3.  I even had to look up this word called, wonder.

Sheesh, but I don’t blame him.  I remember in school thinking that making sentences for our vocabulary words was lame.  I would even try to make each sentence somehow be about vitamins just to make it more interesting.

Luke and Isabel made up their own lyrics for the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas…very creative…and weird.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
12 monsters chomping
11 mustached men
10 happy people
9 pencils writing
8 boxes of candy
7 hopes of happy
6 trampolines
5 chimpanzeeeeeeeeees
4 toy soldiers
3 packs of gum
2 Lego games
and a baby in a bassinet.

We also made this N0-Cook Recipe: Peppermint Fudge.  (I love how you throw it in a Ziploc gallon bag and let the kids mix it with their hands.  And of course the No-Bake part)

Peppermint Fudge

Several Candy Canes
3 one-gallon reclosable bags
rolling pin
1 pound of powdered sugar
1 stick of butter (or margarine)
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Place the candy canes in a reclosable bag.  Use a rolling pin to crush them.

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a second bag, add the crushed candy, and zip it.  For extra protection, double-bag the ingredients by placing the zipped bag inside a third bag.

3.  Pass the bag around and have each child squeeze and knead until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and pull away from the sides of the bag.  Spread the mixture in an 8-inch-square pan, refrigerate until cool, then use a cookie cutter or knife to cut into pieces.


2 thoughts on “Five Chimpanzees and “This Word Called, Wonder”

  1. yeah, I used to think making up senteces was lame, too. Seems like a perfectly reasonable thing now. I love the 12 days of Christmas song, especially the chimpanzeeeees. So clever!

  2. I remember my senior year in high school, I thought it was a little sick of writing sentences for each vocabulary word, so I ended up making my vocab test into a story about a guy who robbed all the frozen pizzas from all the local convenience stores. I got a kick out of it, and the teacher ended up reading it to the whole class before she gave it back to me.

    Anyway, you could encourage Luke to see what kind of story he could make up using his vocab words.

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