Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
This was such a cool find at the thrift store, and all the cards are intact. Each card lists state facts on one side and shows the region on the other side. We are sure that the population data is way out of date, though, since the printing date for the set is 1962!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
We ordered the caterpillars here http://www.earthsbirthday.org/, and when they arrived, they were all safe and sound in a cup with food. The Earth's Birthday website also has some nice downloads of activity sheets. The boys all have a folder to keep up with everything: they have been drawing pictures of the different stages of development we have observed, and they have measured the caterpillars daily until the chrysallis stage. The caterpillars doubled in size after the first day and grew to a whopping two inches long before heading to the top of the cup!
These are some more great resources to accompany a butterfly study:
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Stone Mountain, Georgia is the location of the world's largest high-relief sculpture, the Confederate Memorial Carving which you can view here http://www.stonemountainpark.com/outdoors-recreation/outdoor-detail.aspx?attractionid=486.
There is also some pirate lore associated with Georgia, and Blackbeard Island may still conatin some lost treasure http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-929.
There are some teacher resources to accompany the Magic Tree House guide to Pirates here http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/magicth/guides/researchguide.html#pirates.
Here are some more good reads about pirates:
Monday, May 17, 2010
This is a nice series which you can probably find at your local library. Full color photographs and many fun facts make this a great choice for younger learners to investigate the states. The book about Delaware contains large renderings of the state flag and state seal, making it easier for students to draw their own in their state notebooks. Also included are a timeline of the state's history and virtually everything you would want to know about the state if you care to go beyond the typical state facts. There are even writing prompts and art project ideas, as well as science, technology, and math projects related to the study of the state.
These books are a nice starting point with plenty of information to lead to further study about key figures and events. For instance, we read that Howard Pyle, the "father of American illustration," was from Wilmington. One of his students was N. C. Wyeth, father of Andrew Wyeth. This led us to check out the book The Brandywine Heritage by Richard McLanathan and read more about these great American artists. We also discovered that some of Wyeth's works are housed in our neighboring city's art museum which we will be visiting this week. We found Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates and flipped through it to see all the detailed illustrations.
We also read about Thomas Garrett, an abolitionist who helped thousands of runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. To learn more about the Underground Railroad in Delaware, go to http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/underground/de2.htm.
It is such fun to go on these scavenger hunts where one thing leads to another which leads to another. Discovery learning rocks!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
"Don't ever be your own worst critic. Always try to be your own best ally. There are times when it helps to acknowledge that: 'I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.'"
Thursday, May 6, 2010
If you want to spend some time learning more about Connecticut, this state unit study is loaded with links and printables, including virtual visits to some of Connecticut's historical sites http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susct.htm.
This link will take you to a page with some free coloring/labeling printables of the state map, state bird, state animal, state insect, a dot-to-dot map activity, and a flag/quiz activity (note that some of the printables require membership to the site, but these I have listed are available for free) http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/connecticut/.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The Constitution State was the fifth state to become part of the United States. It's capital, Hartford, was the home town of Noah Webster who published the first American dictionary in 1828.
Orange, Connecticut is home to the PEZ company and you can view an interacitve timeline here http://www.pez.com/history/. We learned that PEZ was originally intended to be marketed to adults as an alternative to smoking, and PEZ even produced dispensers that resembled cigarette lighters!