Updates about our life of learning!

We have been working on week 2 of our Inventions unit. It has been a lot of fun! The kids have been learning so much and having fun doing it!

Just a disclaimer: I don’t normally plan this many activities in one day! But because we are in summer mode, we go lighter on “basics” and spend more time on our KONOS activities!

Below is what we have covered/have planned.

Unit: Resourcefulness
Sub-Unit: Inventions/Energy/Electricity
Week: 2 of 6
Focus: Simple Machines

Bible: pg 3 #1, 2,3
Songs: Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill

Family Reading: Robinson Crusoe (have been reading aloud, but also found an audio version for free on http://www.librivox.org –there are several, but we are listening to Robinson Crusoe Anew for Children by James Baldwin)

Wheels, Pulleys & Levers by M. Seller
Experiments with Simples Machines by S. Tocci
Inclined Planes by Anne Welsbacher
Archimedes – Greatest Scientist by D.C. Ipsen
Seesaws, Nutcrackers, Brooms by C. Lampton
Archimedes Takes a Bath by J. Lexau (10 yr old son has to read this)
Pioneers of Science- Archimedes by P. Lafferty (13 yr old daughter has to read this)

Great site with kid friendly info on Inventors:

Bible verse/story
Read books on activity topics
33 (p10) one per day– problem solving

(done with family)
Bible: read through and discussed Exodus 33 & 34 (not unit related)
Read: Listened to track 1-3 of Robinson Crusoe recording
Seesaws, Nutcrackers, Brooms
Archimedes-Greatest Scientist (read first chapter)
Wheels, Pulleys & Levers (read part about levers)
33 (p10) a–read over and discussed
14 (P32) lift father
15 (p32) lift rock/box
16 (p32) practice with levers
17 (p32) experiment — hypothesize
18 (p32) experiment
23 (p33) Archimedes – discuss
39 (p35) design catapult (didn’t get to this yet)

(with co-op family)
Introduced/reviewed some basics about what a lever is
23 (p33) Wrote quote from Archimedes on the whiteboard, then had the kids draw what they thought it would look like if he tried it. Then I showed them a print out of an artwork depicting the saying. They wrote the quote on their drawings.
Went over the different types of levers. Drew examples on the whiteboard. Handed out pages for them to keep in their notebook about the differences.
(found on: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/physics/machines/Levers.shtml )
20 (p33) sawhorse & board (had to do small scale–used dolls instead)
21 (p33) play on seesaw (see above)
22 (p33) various activities with seesaw (on small scale)
24 (p33) sort levers into classes
25 (p34) types of levers
26 (p34) find levers in house
40 (p36) “Lever Day” – chores (discussed as group)
32 (p35) row boat – dramatized and discussed
33 (p35) fishing – dramatized and discussed
37 (p35) crack nuts (discussed but didn’t get to do it)
38 (p35) observe levers in toilet (observed and discussed)

(with co-op family)
Read: Inclined Planes
Experiments with Simple Machines
*discussed slopes, work and inclined planes, uses, etc.
44 (p36) find in house
47 (p37) stairway experiment
52 (p37) stairs/slope
53 (p37) ladder (leaned up against different things–didn’t have sawhorse, started on the flat ground first)
54 (p37) climb mountain (discussed–will try to go to a nearby hill later on)
49 (p37) ramp experiment (vary height and discuss)
48 (p37) car ramp (varied slopes–kids spent a long time doing this after we were done also!)
* Leonardo Da Vinci’s Crossbow, looked at and talked about, discussed design and kids drew their own solution to a problem they were given — contraption to move a telephone pole one mile).

(didn’t get to this day yet, but these are what we have planned)
56 (p38) find screws
57 (p38) make screw
61 (p38) spin
63 (p38) the work a screw does
64 (p38) cork
72 (p38) practice using screwdriver
58 (p38) triangle/pencil
59 (p38) triangle spirals (TP tube)
66 (p38) spring shoes
62 (p38) compare screw pitches and work
67 (p38) types of screws
74 (p39) wedges in home
84 (p40) take apart pencil sharpener
77 (p39) types of knives
80 (p39) use knife to carve balsa wood or soap
76 (p39) make cookies with cookie cutters
82 (p39) sculpt plaster of Paris with hammer & chisel


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