Sunday, June 16, 2013

Norse Mythology and Vikings in Action


Yggdrasil
 Just a few pictures of our Norse Mythology and Vikings Thematic adventures.I tend to forget until after the fact that I should take pictures. The viking bread wasn't half bad, here are some more recipes if you're up for traditional Viking fare.
Viking Farm Girl Mask
  Pigment activity. Instructions...they're important! I'm sure if we had used just onion skins and not the whole onion, it might've turned out better. We also used frozen berries. On the whole it was fun and she got the general idea.

Red onion, yellow onion, blueberries, blackberries.



Days of the week.

Runic Name Plates

Friday, June 7, 2013

Simple Machines and Inventions Unit

Wikipedia image:  Rube Goldberg Machine
Science being the main subject and the utter lack of Language Arts, I found it difficult to even call this a thematic, so I didn't.



Day
Subject
Activity

1
Math
·         Talk about counting inventions. Abacus, zero, fractions and decimals, mechanical calculators, binary, electronic calculators, computers. Article on numbers
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 1
·         Math journal 45.8 hours


Lesson
·         Newton’s Laws of Motion
·         Egg ‘trick’
·         Inclined Planes
·         Talk about wheelchair ramps, building the pyramids, slides.
·         Inclined plane experiment
·         Wedges

2
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 2
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Screws
·         Show a variety of screws and c-clamp
·         Activity 2 and 5
·         Lesson 8
·         Archimedes Screw

History
·         Archimedes
·         Archimedes Principle
·         Archimedes Eureka poem

3
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 3
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Levers
·         Cyber Chase Lever Snip
·         Lever Worksheet
·         Building a trebuchet

4
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 4
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Wheels and Axels
·         Wheel worksheet
·         Wheel and axel worksheet
·         Discuss spokes as levers. Build a water wheel.

History
·         Leonardo DaVinci
·         Talk about how he’s usually thought of for his art. View Mona Lisa and Last Supper
·         Guess What the Machine Does
·         Replica of Leonardo’s tank

5
Movie
·         Robots



Activity
·         Marshmallow/popcorn catapult

6
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 1. Charitable Cans to Paint
       Math journal:  10% discount


Lesson
·         Gears and Pulleys both worksheets.
·         Make a windlass
·         Gears activity
·         Bicycle gears

7
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 4. Gifts for the Family
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Electricity
·         Bend the stream
·         Experiment with Electromagnets
·         Building series and parallel circuits Additional http://www.tryengineering.org/lessons/serpar.pdfseries and parallel circuit activity
·          

History
·         The Story of Electricty

8
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 6. Inspecting the Deck
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Rube Goldberg
·         Honda Commerical
·         OK Go
·         Crème that egg
·         Page Turner

9
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 13. Brief Introduction to Trigonometry
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Rube Goldberg DIY project
·         Paper design and practice.

Choices
·         Put toothpaste on a toothbrush
·         Toast a slice of bread
·         Raise a flag
·         Other approved idea

Requirements
·         6 simple machines
·         Minimum of 2 energy transfers
·         1 chemical reaction

10
Project
·         Videoed implementation of Rube Goldberg Machine


Movie
·         Honey, I shrunk the Kids!





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