Today…

Math

Elisha completed a worksheet review of the two times tables.

Moses worked through a review of the 2+ tables.

Malachi worked through a counting 1-10 worksheet.

Language Arts

As a group we talked about verbs. We read sentences and discussed what the verbs were.

PE

We got rained out today! It has been pouring rain all day.

Native North Americans

Again we read from various resources about the Pacific Northwest Coast Natives (a resource list will come). The boys had a hard time sitting for the reading but we are trying to use this time as character building for them to learn to sit and/or wait in other situations. We started to discuss the people of this native group. We will continue this tomorrow as we did not get quite finished. Today the boys learned how to weave with a cardboard loom and yarn. It was challenging, but they all persevered. The boys had fun once they caught on to the weaving. The boys finished painting their canoes this morning.

Miscellany

Malachi worked on puzzles this morning and can successfully complete puzzles up to 24 pieces.

Moses did a great deal of independent reading today.

Elisha has been reading more lately. He has read two novels this week already – Squanto by (? need to check the author) and Moose Master by Adam Sharp.

Today Elisha watched some videos from United Streaming and here are their descriptions –

Atomic Structure: Mapping an Invisible World

The invisible world of the atom is brought to life in this program that examines how models of the atom have changed over time. It also shows how radioactive isotopes are used to detect and fight disease, monitor the flow of pesticides through the environment, and date fossil remains. Students’ understanding that the nucleus of the atom contains most of its mass will be reinforced by the illustration of Rutherford’s nuclear atom. Use of the Bohr model of the atom further enhances understanding of atomic structure.

Discovering the Elements

Our bodies and all the world around us are made of chemical elements. Scientists have now discovered over one hundred of these elements, such as oxygen, calcium, and iron. Others are extremely rare and can only be found in small quantities in laboratories. Elements can exist in pure form, but more often they are combined into compounds and mixtures. Some are metals and others are non-metals. A few are highly reactive and burst into flame when immersed in water or exposed to air. Elements with similar properties can be grouped into families, and the families arranged in a Periodic Table. After a general introduction to the chemical elements, students are challenged to play a game in which they must identify elements based on their appearances and spoken clues. The game builds skills of observation, note-taking, and use of reference data. When played in teams, the game promotes cooperation and group discussion. The exact rules are flexible and can be altered to match the skill level of the players.

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