Monday, February 15, 2016

Earth Science: The Incredible Changing Earth Week 6

  • Complete Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Geology, Grades 1-3 "The Surface of the Earth Is Always Changing - Erosion" (pages 46-47).
  • Watch The Magic School Bus: Catches a Wave! DVD ("Rocks and Rolls" episode) by Scholastic from Netflix.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Earth Science: Rocks Form in Different Ways Week 5

So none of the books I was looking for this week were available, and as such we opted just to play with the experiments in the book.  I mean who doesn't love food science!

So here is our counter space, all in the name of science this week.  I love it! :)

Lollipops were fun but definitely a spectator sport for Giraffe - that candy mess got hot! LOL!  We cooled them but didn't get the respected results, possibly because I halfed the recipe.  The girls definitely did not like the sugar on a stick! LOL!  (fun to make - not very tasty!)


Giraffe enjoyed making the layer cake.  We have peanut allergies in the house and considered using pretzels instead of nuts, but opted for Raisins instead.

These were fun.  Turned out a little like Biscotti.  Read the description from the book to Giraffe while we assembled them, and she correctly surmised that the flour was kind of like the limestone.  We'll have enough for snacks for the next couple days.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Earth Science: Properties of Rocks Week 4

Moving Right along!



So we got distracted and ended up doing this our own way.  A fun way that worked for Giraffe.  The books weren't a favourite but we read the basic points and then had fun with testing the rocks.

these were the categories we opted to test for based on a kit From Young Scientists that Ketchup used earlier this year.
Amused by the floating rock (pumice)

Equally amused by the magnetic rock (magnetite - Lodestone)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Earth Science: Earth's Crust & How Soil is Made Weeks 2 & 3

Working on getting back on schedule and doing Science and History together.  So far it is working that we are doing History Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Science is happening Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, if we need an extra day.  It seems to keep things fresh for Giraffe.


Wednesday (because following schedules doesn't always happen, especially when pre-arranged classes get transfered around. -- Tuesday Giraffe, Daddy and Ketchup collected items for the observations that we made today.  One of Frog's classes got put back a couple hours and ran longer than it should have - so Wednesday became our Science day and we did some History reading too!)

FTR - I've posted links to some of the videos that we use during our lessons.  Some are available at our library and some were present in full online - I found them while searching for more material and the links were available at the time I posted this!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Ancient History: Stone Age Cave Dwellers

  • Read Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.
  • Completed draw and color.

  • Looked up and defined HO dictionary word for Lesson 2, Main Lesson Part 1.
  • Read  The First Dog by Jane Brett.

  • Completed "Make a Cave Painting" from the SOTW activity guide.
  • Read - Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne.


  • Read Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki.
  • Examined real fossils.
  • Completed handprint fossil activity from Fossils Tell of Long Ago.

Other Resources of Interest
Ug - Raymond Briggs
Little Grunt and the Big Egg - Tomie dePaola
Rocks and Fossils - Chris Pellant
Me Want Pet - Tammi Sauer
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Fossils DVD - Disney
Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow DVD ("Fossil Fred" episode) - PBS Kids

Cave Painting

We didn't have any kraft paper but had received a few workbooks and packages with loose paper packaging this week so I snagged the paper and let her have fun with it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Earth Science: Layers Week 1

Don't love this time of the year.  Things happen, illness happens, everything gets behind and I feel pressured to catch up and then no one is happy, but it is the cycle of our life at this time of the year, so I'm slowing down, sitting back and not forcing things.



  • Read Planet Earth/Inside Out by Gail Gibbons.
  • Complete Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Geology, Grades 1-3 "The Earth Has Layers: Crust, Mantel, Core - Locate the Layer" activity and worksheet (page 6).


  • Read The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole.
  • Complete Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: Geology, Grades 1-3 "The Earth Has Layers: Crust, Mantel, Core - A Trip to the Center of the Earth" activity (page 7).


Not a lot of things to take pictures of this week, so please for give the text only post!

Giraffe was not entirely interested in learning about the different layers - so the clay/play dough models didn't happen - it's not her favourite medium so we worked with only the descriptions and the pictures in the Evan Moor book.

Ancient History: Archaeology

A little delayed getting History started - we've been more focused on getting the reading, writing and math going before jumping into History.  But here goes.


  • Complete – History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3:  "What is History?" history pocket according to HO, Lesson 1.


  • Define - HO Dictionary Word for Lesson 1Looked up and defined HO dictionary word for Lesson 1.
  • Read - Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke 
  • Complete draw and color.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Archaeology 


  • Watched The Magic School Bus: Super Sports Fun DVD (Shows and Tellsepisode) by Scholastic from Netflix.


  • Read Fancy Nancy: My Family History by Jane O'Connor.
  • Completed "All About Me: Family Tree" 
  • Me and My Family Tree - Joan Sweene

We were going to do the Mini archaeological dig from "A Dirty Dig" from SOTW activity guide, I was unable to find any play sand, so we looked at videos and several books that described digs.  We may hit the local Science Museum in a couple weeks and see if we can put our skills to work there, but for now, I think she gets it.