Here is a free Blueberries for Sal Unit Study with printable notebooking and worksheet pages.
The unit study uses the classic book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey as its inspiration.
Read the book together as a family each day and complete the suggested activities. The printable unit study includes activities in science (bears and hibernation), math (counting and geometry), language arts (onomatopoeia and quotations), history with a language arts twist (historical setting), home economics (canning and cooking), art (analysis and drawing), and a field trip.
There are eight different notebooking pages and worksheets to fill out as you complete the activities.
Activities for Blueberries for Sal Unit Study:
Bears: The bears in the book are eating blueberries. Find out what else bears eat. Are they herbivores, omnivores, or carnivores? Why do they need to eat to store up food for the winter?
Hibernation: What is hibernation? Learn what animals need to do in order to prepare for it. Do bears hibernate? What other animals hibernate?
Counting: Use blue beads for your berries. Plop them into a bucket and count them.
You could practice counting your “berries” by twos or threes or…
Geometry: How many does it take to completely cover the bottom of your bucket?
Figure out how many layers of berries you could put in the bucket by measuring the height of the bucket and placing beads next to each other until you reach the same length.
Can you guess how many it would take to completely fill the bucket? (Show them how to make an educated guess based on the number it took to fill a layer multiplied by the number it took to get the height.) This wouldn’t be exact because the berries are round and will fill in the empty holes, but it will give them an introduction to the concept of volume.
Onomatopoeia: Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like their sound such as plop.
Find the onomatopoeia words used in this book. (The berries, crows, Little Bear’s mother)
Quotations: When something someone says is written down, we call it a quotation. Quotations begin with a capital letter and are inside quotation marks. Look for the quotations in the book and copy some of them down. This is a great way to practice handwriting while also learning grammar.
History with a Language Arts Twist
Setting: Is this book set in the past, present, or future? How can you tell?
Studying the pictures, especially the ones inside the front and back covers, look for things that are the same as your world today and things that are different. List what you find. For example, the cookstove is different from what most people use today, but we still use the same type of pots.
Canning: If you do home canning, involve your child in the process – especially if you are canning blueberries! If you don’t, learn a little about the process.
Cooking: Make a blueberry pie.
Illustrations: Study the drawings in this book and compare them to the drawings in a book by Eric Carle. Use descriptive adjectives to describe the illustrations. What differences do you notice? Which do you prefer? Which are more realistic? Which are more detailed?
Drawing: Draw a bear – There are many step-by-step guides online you can follow.
Visit a blueberry farm to pick some berries or find some in the wild. Notice how the berries from different bushes can taste different. Some are sweeter and some are more sour.