Life Science: This week in life science, we began our unit on animal classification. For the first lesson, he worked on classifying fictional creatures (called Blobonians in the REAL Science Odyssey curriculum). First he classified them based on his own ideas of which creatures belonged together, and then he classified them according to the provided classification chart. The goal was to find the male and female of each ‘species’.
Chemistry: In Chemistry, we worked on the parts of an atom. He learned about protons, electrons, and neutrons, as well as the nucleus and the space between the electrons and the nucleus.
Math: In Math, we continued our work on multiples of 5. We played a game called “Go to the Dump”, which is Rightstart Math’s version of Go Fish. A match consisted of 2 cards where the values added up to 10. We also began work on the addition board, completing the math facts from 1-10 of +1, +2, +5, and then all facts that add up to 10.
English/Spelling/Phonics : This week, Jedi continued working on beginning & ending blends in words 4-5 letters long. He also worked on adding suffixes to the ends of words (ed, ing, er). Jedi’s having a lot of trouble remembering the rules for adding suffixes, so we are taking extra time working on this.
Geography : This week in Geography, we began our unit on Australia. Jedi learned about what it’s life as a child in Australia, and also learned about the flag and geography of Australia. Finally, Jedi attempted to learn how to throw a boomerang…that is a lesson we’re still trying to figure out! 😉
History–In history, Jedi continued to learn about ancient Egypt. This week, we focused on the process of mummification and pyramids. Jedi *loved* learning about mummification (sounds about right…this kid loves things like mummies!). At the end of the week, Jedi sculpted a body out of clay and then dressed it in white cloth, King Tut’s mask, and then created a burial box, filled with “gold” treasures. Jedi really got into that (the project was supposed to just be the mummy, but he decided to go all out and create a box filled with treasures. 🙂 )
Art: In the first art lesson of the week, Jedi worked with water color crayons in order to create a picture using red, yellow, and brown. The goal was to make new colors by blending. In the second lesson, Jedi started his unit on places art can be found. This week’s lesson was on cave painting. First, we took a virtual tour of the Lascaux cave (http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml). Then, Jedi created his own cave painting out of brown paper and black/red/brown/yellow soft pastels.
Misc.: Jedi finally completed his puppet show writing project and performed it for the family this week!