As we read about beavers in our chapter these past couple of weeks, I was intrigued by their similarities to us, and decided we needed to do some fun beaver activities.
I was intrigued by this picture in the Apologia: Land Animals book. The diagram of a beaver house reminded me a lot of a human house. AHA! We’ll draw them side by side and label the similarities.
The two biggest similarities to my mind was the entry ways, and the ventilation shaft, which to my mind looked a lot like a chimney. So they drew out the houses, along with occupants apparently, and identified everything.
On the inside they wrote down one way we were different. I assume this is Batman’s, and the big difference he wrote down: Beavers have to swim into their house. We walk into our house.
I had originally wanted for us to go and build a dam at a nearby park, but the weather hasn’t been cooperative for the past couple of weeks for us to build a dam outside on the days we’ve been able to go. Isn’t that just the way it goes? So we improvised.
We built it out of pillows and blankets. Actually we did it twice. Once where the kids did it on their own, a second time where I acted as the current attempting to cause their dam to float down river. Naturally there are no pictures of the second version because I spent it all tangled up in kid arms and legs as they tried to stop me.
We used pillows as sticks, and blankets as mud. There have been nonstop requests to repeat this activity……. I wonder why.
Let’s see what others did this week:
Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
I love this study for density. it’s a great explanation, and I loved how they added things in afterwards to see what would happen. (Make sure to scroll down to the footer, for a fun laugh)
This is a great idea for Dental Health month right now (yes as a former teacher I am required to know when Dental Health month is), make your own toothpaste. Or you could do it as part of a study of anatomy, like I’m going to do next year.
Here’s a great chance to gather some electricity theme resources. I certainly did a happy squeal when I saw a Jean Fritz book AND a Magic School Bus book, but that just might be the nerd in me………
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