Thursday, 27 January 2011

CURRICULUM - Remember Me Pockets: January ~ AUTHORS: J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  His "claim to fame" is as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 

Tolkien was the second author that Alisdair and I completed for our Remember Me Pocket for January.  In order to complete the Tolkien activity puzzle, we printed three separate pages from the downloaded template on to cardstock.  One had the picture puzzle on one side of the various squares.  On the other side (we had to print back-to-back) were brief answers to, as yet unasked, questions about Tolkien's life.  The actual questions were printed, in full, on the third page of cardstock.

Some of the 16 questions were:

What did Ronald's father die from?  Rheumatic Fever
In World War I what did he serve as?  A signals officer
What type of illness did he get while serving in the War?  Typhoid Fever
When did Ronald begin his book writing?  While recuperating from Typhoid Fever
How old was J. R. R. Tolkien at the time of his death?  81 years old

Once Alisdair selected a question on the grid and found the corresponding puzzle piece with the answer on it, we could glue the question and answer side together.  This created a two-ply picture puzzle, which the creators at Fortunately For You Books call a "Mini Wall of Time."

Alisdair and I both learned a lot and it was also a good "taking off point" for some interesting conversations.  Since Alisdair did not know what rheumatic fever was, having never heard of it before, I suggested he call his Grandfather and ask him about his own experience with this illness many years ago.  After Grandpa was done telling Alisdair about his own sufferings with this illness, Grandma told Alisdair about her sister Charlotte having been bedridden during much of her teen years due to this ailment.

Now, after having learned a little about J. R. R. Tolkien, we will have to find the time to read some of his incredible literary works!

Biography Page - J. R. R. Tolkien

Completed "Wall of Time" puzzle

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