Big Philosophy for Little Kids 

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A Reading and Writing Adventure Through Time

Fifth Grade Edition, California Standards

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Table of Contents
DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE BOOK HERE BigPhilosophyforLittleKidsALL-.pdf

Section One: Story and Timelines
Attention!  Teach Your Children to Focus, Persist, and Rest (2-4 Weeks)
[DOWNLOAD the entire “The First Secret Lesson” in PDF:-> FirstSecret-1.pdf]
 The First Secret: The Story of Wilma Rudolph and The Wisdoms of Failure
Vocabulary Preparation
Comprehension Preview and Creation
Writing Possibility: 
My [adult, e.g. Mom/Dad]’s heroics
Interviewing, listening, notes, writing, rewriting.
Quotable Quotes Quota: An Introduction
Taking it to heart: Self-Challenges
Creation of Charts, Evaluations, Reflections: StudentHood Report Cards
Timeline: A Personal Introduction (e.g., 11 years). Simple self-observation.
More World Stories on Attention!     
 Glenn Cunningham 
The Thirsty Bird
Helen Keller 
Sleeping on Brushwood
The Mighty Atom
DOWNLOAD ALL ATTENTION STORIES.pdf
Paragraph Construction: The Hamburger Model and The Four Great Voices Paragraph
CLICK HERE FOR A PRE-MADE RUBRIC FOR WRITING SELF-ASSESSMENT


 
My Fun Story (2-3 weeks)
[DOWNLOAD the entire unit for “My Fun Story” in PDF:->FunStory.pdf]
Writing: Draw, then Talk and Sketch, Draft, Improve, Rewrite, and Show
Prewrites for Set-Up and Setting
Prewrites for Character, Plot. 
Introducing the Coloring the words: 
Plain/Silver/Golden Levels of Writing
Figurative Language: Similes, Metaphors...
Hyperbole, Personification
Click on -> PlainSilverGolden.pdf to get PDFs for your bulletin board
Making it Shine: Publishing My Book; dvd



III. The Legend of English: The History of our Language (1-2 weeks)
[DOWNLOAD a PDF of this unit by clicking  LegendofEnglish.pdf ]
Vocabulary Preparation
Comprehension Preview and Creation: also Questions from the STARs
Charts: 
Download a 2’ x 10’ poster:-> TIMELINEEnglish.pdf
Download a 3’ x 6’ poster:-> The Body of English (life-size) Word Wall 
Making it Shine: Our Test! Kids Make up 10 questions for their parents to answer
Writing Possibilities: 
Word Research, Word Analysis


    IV.Taking it to Heart: Autobiography (1 weeks)
Prewrite via charting
Practice: Simple Paragraphs; Grabbers and Main Idea


Section Two:  Responding to Wise Sayings and Metaphorical Stories 
 

IV. Brief and Long Lasting Happiness/”True” Happiness (2-3 weeks)
Download this UNIT: KingMidasUnit.pdf
The Hellenic Story of: King Midas
How to write a simple 2-point paragraph
To Download all “True Happiness” stories in a word document click--> WorldStoriesonTrueHappy.doc     OR in PDF form: 3Happy.pdf                                                                                   
Supplemental Games About Happiness



V. Narcissus and Me (1-2 weeks)
The Need for Self-Knowledge and the Teacher’s Introduction: The Two Arms of Self-Knowledge
Clues on How to Look Up from the Pond
Hand Squeeze
Primary Theatre: Narcissus at the Pond
Writing Assignment
To download all Self-Knowledge stories in word document click):-> WorldStoriesofSelfKnowledge.doc OR in PDF form: 4SELFAWARE.pdf

VI. Ways to R-E-S-P-O-N-D to Quotable Quotes  (~4 weeks)
To DOWNLOAD the RESPOND  & Teaching to the QWIER UNIT, and all the Quotable Quotes in PDF  document click:-> RESPONDpacket1.pdf
Responsive Paragraphs
Practice: Grabbers, Topic Sentences, and Details
Teaching to the QWIER, the great concluding sentence
R-E-S-P-O-N-D to the following categories:
The Golden Circle of Behavior & Experience
Friendship
Excellence
Self-Knowledge
The Power of Thought
Perception
Speech
Restraint
Mind
Happiness & Appreciation


VII. The Golden Circle Of Behavior and Experience (1-2 weeks)
Three Laws of Science
Writing: The Golden Circle of Behavior and Experience
Writing: The Metaphor of the Charioteer: CyberWise, Captain Awake (in process)

VIII.Damonia and Destiny: The Tales of Twin Sisters (2-4 weeks)
DOWNLOAD this entire lesson:-> TWINSStory.pdf
Vocabulary Preparation
Writing Possibilities: 
Summation and Review
Framing the Story; Evoking the Characters
Coloring the words:
Plain/Silver/Golden Levels of Writing
Figurative Language: Similes, Metaphors...
Hyperbole, Personification
Rubric Creation and self-evaluation


Section Three: The Developmental Rainbow 

IX. What Is It To Really Grow Up?     (3-6 Weeks)
       A Real Talk for Kids Today about a Wonderful Future
To DOWNLOAD the entire unit for printing, click-> RainbowUNIT.pdf
Note Taking, Discussion, Paragraphs, Full Writing Process, Essay, Parallel Writing

For a Word document of the essay only, CLICK-> ReallyGrow.doc


SUPPLEMENTALLY, in process

X. Where did all this come from? Papa’s Universe Story 
Vocabulary Preparation; Word Research, Dictionary Explorations
Comprehension Preview and Creation
Question Stems from the STARs
Writing Possibilities: Responding to Text; The Topic Paragraph
Taking it to heart: Other Creation Stories
Download the unit (as is): Papa'sUniStory.pdf
Download “Papa’s Universe Story” in Farsi: Papa'sUniverseStory_Farsi-1.pdf

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