Friday, September 12, 2014

A for Archaeology

Although we made it from A-Z in our Alphabet in Simple Science, I decided that I'd add some here and there.
Science Notebook Page (Click the picture to print).

Since we were studying about Ancient Egypt, we talked about how archaeologists are the ones who studied the old culture and found the mummies.  We talked about how sometimes studying the past is like a big puzzle.  Archaeologists have to piece together a lot of clues to figure out how people lived.

Ancient Egypt Archaeology Dig
1 cup sand
1/2 c cornstarch
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup water
Ancient Egypt Toob (or any other small figurines)

Inspiration for this activity came from Coffee Cups and Crayons.  First I mixed the sand, cornstarch and cream of tartar.  Then I added them to a pot with the water and warmed it until the water was cooked in (kind of like cooking play dough).  Once it was nice and thick, I let the mixture cool for a while, then wrapped the Toob figurines in the dough.  I like them dry for about a day.  
Then I put the "fossils" in the sand box and told Xander he needed to hunt them down.  I gave him a shovel and a sifter and he went searching.  If you don't have a sand box, you could hide the fossils in any sort of sensory bin.
After he dug them all up, I set up some "archaeology tools" on a tray for him to dig out the fossils.  They were basically some play dough tools and a little paint brush.  He had so much fun digging out all of the toys!  We will definitely be doing something similar in the future!
I also picked up Temple Trap for him (50% off coupon at Michaels).  He needs some help, but likes the idea of avoiding the alligators.  The premise of the game is that you're a person stuck in a temple and you have to try to escape without getting eaten by alligators.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Egyptian Theme

Finally finished out second theme!  (Check out these posts for our learning goals and how our school work will be organized.  I'm hoping to make our themes fun and hands on).  Earlier this summer Xander picked up the book The Runaway Mummy at a garage sale.  He has been obsessed with mummies ever since, so we decided to do an Ancient Egyptian unit.

We started out by reading some of the great books we got to review (see the review here).  Xander absolutely loves the Look Inside book and the sticker book.
Of course, we also read the Runaway Mummy, as well as Ms. Frizzle Adventures in Ancient Egypt.

Then I found some great printable activities from 3 Dinosaurs.  We did some graphing and a number puzzle.
Royal Baloo Also had some fun printables.  Here we were deciphering hieroglyphs
For some vocabulary building we used my Ancient Egypt Vocabulary Cards and the Ancient Egypt Toob.
Sensory Play
I finally got him some Kinetic Sand (Michael's with a 50% coupon).  It is fantastic with Learning Resources Geometric Solids.
He made the Pyramid of Giza and the "Sphere of Giza."
He also played with his Ancient Egypt Toob in the kinetic sand.
Visual Spatial
We built some pyramids... lots of pyramids.  First he made them out of Magna-Tiles.
Then he asked me to make the Sphinx.  I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but don't think I did too badly.
He built the Pyramids of Giza behind the Sphinx.
Then we made a pyramid out of Playstix.  He asked to bury all the yellow pieces inside the pyramid.
We also made some pyramids out of Wedgits, but for some reason, I forgot to take a picture.

We added another page to our science notebooks with A for Archaeology!  I'll post the full list of activities soon!

Couldn't have an Ancient Egypt week without turning him into a mummy.  Before I wrapped him up I reminded him that they only made mummies out of dead people.  Then we talked about how they'd first take out all the organs (and throw away those worthless brains).  Then they'd put the bodies in salt for a long time to dry them out.  Then mummies would be wrapped with fabric and amulets.
We're still (slowly) working on All About Spelling.  Here Xander was making kissy noises to "warm up" for his lesson.
Then after spelling each word correctly, he had to get up and do a happy dance.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

D for Density

Although we made it from A-Z in our Alphabet in Simple Science, I decided that I'd add some here and there.
Science Notebook Page (Click the picture to print).
To go with our Ocean Theme, we did D is for Density.  I have two different science notebook pages with different levels of definition.  For Xander, I mostly said density was the amount of stuff you have in a certain amount of space.  As a demonstration, I showed him cotton and aquarium sand in two different bowls.  There is the same mass of each, but very different volumes. 
Showing me a small amount of space, and then spreading his arms to show me a large amount of space.
We also watched some YouTube videos.  Xander is a big fan of Sick Science.

Egg Density Demonstration
Two glasses of water

Fill both glasses of water.  Mix enough salt into one of them to complete saturate the water.  Ask your little one what they think will happen if they put the egg in just the water.  Try it out and observe what happens.  Then ask them what they think will happen if you put the egg in the salt water.  Try it out and observe what happens.  Then ask why they think the egg sinks in the regular water and floats in the salt water (the egg is more dense than regular water, however, it is less dense than saturated salt water).  If you're really good you can put salt water on the bottom of a glass, regular water on the top, and get the egg to float in the middle.  I, however, am not good at stacking liquids.
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