I am excited to be part of the Booking Across the USA collaborative blogging project. Over 50 bloggers have teamed up to highlight activities and crafts related to our great 50 states. I’m excited to share about the great state of Hawaii!
When I first heard about this project, I was so excited to join in. I was even more excited when I found out that I was going to get to represent Hawaii. Two years ago, Papa Bear and I went to Maui and Kauai for our honeymoon and ever since the boys (ages 6 and 8) have been obsessed with knowing any and everything about the state.
We were inspired by the book “Way Out West” from the Travels with Charlie series by Miles Backer and illustrated by Chuck Nitzberg. Blue Apple Books published this book as part of a four book series (Midwest,West, Northeast and South).
The book is filled with history, trivia facts, bright landmark illustrations while playing “look and find” with a little picture of Charlie the dog somewhere on each state page spread. Bones (6) couldn’t put the book down.
Hawaii Inspired Rock Building Challenge
After we read about Charlie and Hawaii, we took a trip to the Library and checked out more books about Hawaii. The boys just couldn’t get enough. Surprisingly, one of the things my boys were the most intrigued about were the rocks stacked along the beach. The couldn’t wait to attempt this on their own.
I am sad to say that when I went to write this post, my hard drive crashed and this is the only picture I was able to save. I hope to update this post as soon as I can get my files recovered. In the meantime, I am leaving you with some ideas the boys had for more activities on Hawaii.
Extension Activities for a Unit Study on Hawaii
Explore various Ocean Animals and Activites
Booking Across the USA Co-Hosts
Growing Book by Book, Everyday Snapshots, Teaching in the Fast Lane, The Educators’ Spin On It, Crayonbox Learning, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, 3rd Grade Thoughts, Mama Miss, Teaching Stars, Fabulously First, Lemon Lime Adventures, True Aim Education, Guided Math, Primary Inspired, Surviving a Teacher’s Salary, Second Grade Smartypants, The Brown Bag Teacher, The Preschool Toolbox, Country Fun, Picture Books & Pirouettes, One Lesson at a Time, The Resource(ful) Room, Creative Family Fun, Peace, Love, and First Grade, Edventures with Kids, Africa to America, Teach Beside Me, Elementary Matters, Inspiring 2 NH Kids, Pink Stripey Socks, Kid World Citizen, iGameMom, Second Grade Math Maniac, Rockin’ Teacher Materials, Great Peace Academy, Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies, Journey of a Substitute Teacher, My (Not So) Elementary Life, Stir the Wonder, Kidding Around Greenville, The Good Long Road, Kathy’s Cluttered Mind, Curls and a Smile, Dilly Dabbles, Mama Smiles, Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts, Sprout’s Bookshelf, All Done Monkey, Growing Firsties, ALLternative Learning, Delightful Learning, Kids Yoga Stories, and Where Imagination Grows.
Woo Hoo! A Giveaway!
Yep! You too, can win Charlie! You can enter to win a whole set of books! I know you will love the set just as much as we love our “Way Out West”.