In addition to the specific resources for this week, we are also listening to Story of the World (SOTW) on CD, watching selected episodes of Drive Thru History, and keeping a cummulative timeline of things we learn in history. I am planning appropriate activities for Mia that are a little less complicated than last year and giving PJ freedom to research the topics on his own and come up with a way to show me he’s learned something. We do all of our memory work to song. If CC doesn’t provide a tune, we find one on CC Connected (well worth the subscription in my opinion).
History & Geography: Fertile Crescent & Ancient Hebrews
Setting the stage for this year’s history, I want the kids to grasp the transition from nomads to civilization and how the fertile crescent played into it. The first chapter of SOTW does a great job of this. The components of civilization are listed at https://mrwinandsclass.wikispaces.com/Unit+2+The+Fertile+Crescent or http://www.mrdowling.com/603-civilization.html. Also check out Weslandia in the resources below as a great read aloud.
- Lesson plan with a croissant and rap. (-,+, A,K,V)
- Video on Ancient Mesopotamia and regional recipe (-,+, A,K,V)
- Article with audio (also check out the articles on Civilization, the Sumerians, and the Hebrews) (-,+, A,V)
- Unit Study (-,+, A,K,V)
- Website on Ancient Hebrews (+, V)
Science: Classification of Living Things
- Mnemonic: King Philip Comes Over For Good Spaghetti
- Good visual and explanation of each level of classification (-,+, A,V)
I’ll probably have Mia create a visual similar to the image using different sizes and colors of construction paper.
- Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (CitizenKid) (-,+, V)
This is by no means a complete list but resources we will most likely use. As I come across other helpful resources, I will leave notes in the comment section below so be sure to check back as the week gets closer. Also, feel free to leave a comment with any of your suggested resources.
+ older elementary
– younger elementary
V for the visual learner
A for the auditory learner
K for the kinesthetic learner