Solar System model review

Since we’re studying astronomy this year I knew I wanted a good solar system model for the kids to be able to look at. So, I drove down to our local Mardel’s and sat there studying the 10 different models they had.

And to make sure I had a really good comparison I then walked down the street to the Hobby Lobby and compared the ones on their “educational models” aisle. And I found our “perfect” solar system model: Geosafari Motorized Solar System (affiliate link).

Solar system model to learn about the planets

 

What I wanted in a solar system model

  • Sturdy, very sturdy.  I’ve bought a couple of models recently that did not hold up to my kids rough handling, and since we’ll be referring back to it all year long, it needs to be sturdy.
  • Somewhat to scale.  Nothing in the price range I’m willing to pay will be anything close to scale, but I want them to understand there is a huge size differential between Pluto and Jupiter.
  • Not Styrofoam.
  • Nice to have: motorized so they can see the planets move
  • Nice to have: light up
  • Nice to have: easily removable so they can look at the planets in more detail

(In case you’re wondering my best friends and I came up with a 10 page long list of what we’re looking for in a guy, everything from MUST have, to it’d be nice but it’s not a deal breaker, so I have a long habit of making lists like this, and much longer)

solar system model

I sat in Mardel’s for a good 30 minutes staring at all of the models, I got the salesperson to let me take them out of the boxes to examine them more closely, and finally decided on the Geosafari Motorized Solar System (affiliate link).

 

Putting together our solar system model

solar system model materials

That random pile of stuff is all you need for the model.  The kids looked bored out of their minds because I wouldn’t let them touch the model until I’d laid all the pieces out.  Poor Superman was not happy, he wanted to just start pulling pieces out willy nilly.

 

solar system model construction

And yes we have taken this apart and put it together several times since this first time.

But once we started putting planets in they were happy as clams and went took turns putting all 9 planets in.  That’s right, I’m still going to call Pluto a planet even if the national association of astronomers says otherwise.

There was some deal-making between the kids because they decided they liked different planets more than others, but in the end we had the planets all put together.

Now comes the fun part of the solar system model: playing (learning) from it

solar system model measuring the planets distance

As we put it together and looked at all of the cool pieces we learned a few things.

  1. The planets are widely different in size.  Little bitty Pluto is smaller than a marble.
  2. Jupiter is rather cool with its’ giant red spot.
  3. The rings of Saturn led to much discussion of what they could be made of.
  4. We were all fascinated to see how the planets moved around, and how they were placed on different dates.
  5. It takes planets wildly different amounts of time to go around the sun (and this is with the sizing being off significantly).

solar system model chart

Then we looked at the planetary features chart.  That was fascinating (I may have watched too much TOS Star Trek growing up).  I was intrigued by the symbols, and my kids were amazed at how long the different years are, and the length of days on different planets.

Eventually I just let them have fun looking at and playing with our new solar system model, and they had at it.

solar system model observation

Batman in particular spent a great deal of time looking at it.  He’s the reason we’re studying astronomy this year because he wanted to learn all about space.  He spent a lot of time looking at how the planets are not in a row and how they rotate at different angles.  I can’t wait for his mind to be blown to realize they don’t even all rotate in a single plane, Neptune is actually on a completely different axis.

Once I’ve put it back together again I’ll let you know about our other astronomy model, that one has not been as big of a hit, and is part of why I was so picky on our solar system model.

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Science Sunday

 

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Now link up your SCIENCE posts, new and old, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by. At the end of the month I’m going to feature the best posts linked up.

Make sure to include a link back to my blog so people can come back from your post to see what others have done.  By linking you are agreeing I can feature your posts in a round up post later (I may use a picture to feature, but will link back).


How to make a Senet board game

how to make a senet game

As part of our Ancient Egypt study we made a Senet board game in our history co-op last week.  That took so long, I didn’t end up doing any of the other acitvities I had planned, but all of the kids really enjoyed learning about the history behind the game.

 

History behind Senet

senet game

Senet is a lost game, that means we have the pieces, the board, and paintings of people playing it, but we don’t have the original rules.  People have reconstructed the rules from frieze’s on the wall, and paintings they’ve seen, but since we are reconstructing it, there is not complete agreement on the rules.

 

It is generally agreed everyone played the game, but the only copies we have left are from the Pharaoh’s tombs we’ve dug up.

 

Making  Senet game pieces

 

To make a Senet game you need: 4 popsicle sticks, 10 figures to decorate (I chose peg dolls), fabric you can decorate (or just paper)

decorate your senet pieces

First go through and decorate your pieces for Senet.  Color one side of your sticks, and make two teams of 5 figures.

{Side note, since most of the people at our history co-op have siblings, they each made their own team, sticks, and board, that way they have to work together to have a whole game.}

 

Make a Senet board game

how to make a senet board

Draw a rectangle on your fabric, and divide it into 30 spaces.  Ideally they’re uniform, but as you can see in mine the spaces don’t HAVE to be perfect to make a Senet board.

 

For ease of identifying spaces number the squares in an “S” pattern (left to right for 1-10, right to left for 11-20, left to right for 21-30).

 

On space 15 draw an ankh.

On space 26 draw a bird.

On space 27 draw 3 squiggly lines.

On space 28 draw 3 dots in a triangle.

On space 29 draw the Eye of Horus.

 

How to play Senet

I searched all over the internet, and these are the best instructions I found for Senet.  Here’s the incapsulation of what I learned.

senet game

Set up your figures in an every other player, starting with player 2 on square 1.

 

playing senet

Throw your sticks:

  • 4 marked side up- move 5 spaces and throw again
  • 3 marked side up- move 3 spaces
  • 2 marked side up- move 2 spaces
  • 1 marked side up- move 1 space

You can choose to move any of your pieces you want.  Here are some handy rules to know:

  1. Two pieces cannot occupy the same space, so if you move to a space your opponent is on, your opponent will move back to where you were.
  2. If there are two of your opponent’s pieces in a row, you can not make them move back.
  3. Some variations say you cannot move beyond 3 of your opponent’s pieces in a row.

special spaces in Senet

What to do with the special spaces in Senet:

  1. Space 15 (House of Rebirth)- If you land on space 27 you are sent here
  2. Space 26 (House of Happiness)- every piece must stop here.  I saw variations where you had to throw a certain number to leave this space.
  3. Space 27 (House of Water)- if you land here, you are sent back to the House of Rebirth.  If you fail to throw the correct number on space 28 or 29 you are sent here.
  4. Space 28 (House of Three Truths)- a piece may only leave here if they throw a 3, otherwise you are sent back to House of Water.
  5. Space 29 (House of the Re-Atoum)- a piece may only leave when they throw a 2, otherwise you are sent back to the House of Water.

How to win Senet

You win Senet when you successfully move all of your pieces off the game by reaching square 30.  For a shorter version successfully get 1 piece to square 30.

 

If you’ve read the The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan {affiliate link}, then you’re familiar with the book.  It plays a major roll in The Throne of Fire {another affiliate link} where they play it with Bes and to win concessions they need.  I think it’d be interesting to compare the rules in the book to the rules I found online.

 

linking up over at a bunch of cool places, that I will look up online later today:

All Things Beautiful, Hearts for Home, Ultimate Homeschool Link Up

Must have hands on learning supplies

 

 My Must have hands on learning supplies

If you’ve read my blog for long you know I’m a big fan of hands on learning.  If there’s a way to make something hands on learning, I’m going to try my best to do it.  Sometimes this works out, sometimes it doesn’t.  I wanted to walk you through my favorite hands on learning supplies that we use over and over again.

 

Hands on Learning supplies we couldn’t live without

These are ones we use almost every week, and they are rarely put away

1. Legos

As you can see from the video, we use Legos A LOT.  Partially because my boys have received them for many different Christmas and birthday presents, and I had a lot growing up.  Also because Legos are versatile.  They can be used in many different ways for hands on learning.

 

2.  Army soldiers

hands on learning supplies: soldiers

Second to Legos, these are our most used item.  The kids, especially my boys love to use these to act out battles from history, like the Battle of Bull Run.  It helps them better understand why battles were won, and why wars sometimes must be fought.  A great hands on learning supply.

3.  Blocks and building materials

blocks and building supplies hands on learning materials

My kids remember lessons best when they can act it out.  Yesterday we build the city of Jericho so they could act out the Israelites walking around it and the city being knocked down.  They told me the whole story without me adding a thing.  It was great to watch.  The picture above is acting out the 12 spies story.

 

My good to have hands on learning supplies

These are the supplies I bring out on a frequent basis, but it’s not all the time.

Art Supplies

hands on learning supplies

I’m just gonna lump all of this together, but sometimes you just need to draw/paint or just create the idea behind the lesson.  This is a great way to do a book report for young kids who may not be writing yet, or don’t like it.  Or, like in this post deal with heavy subjects like the Holocaust.

 

nearby park

hands on learning supply: park

Sometimes you need to move to get the lesson through your head, case in point: Minoan bull jumping.  That’s not a lesson I want to teach at my house.  A good awareness of local parks and what equipment they have can help you with your lessons.  Imagine a lesson on prepositions taught at the park: On the slide, under the slide, between the slide and the bench.  Do you think they will remember that lesson?

Our must haves for homeschool

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What would you add for your hands on learning supplies?

Hands on Minoan lesson plans

Hands on minoan lessons

We read the lesson on Minoans in Mystery of History, and it’s good, but I wanted to do more this time.  I looked ahead in our Illuminations {affiliate link} lesson plans and the next week was Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.  Excellent, we’d covered that pretty thoroughly in our study of Genesis.  So, I did a quick review and headed back to the Minoans.

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Minoan Lesson 1: Read Theseus and the Minotaur

I’ve been rereading the Percy Jackson series, so I think some of this is my having the Minoans on my mind and how crazy King Minos was…….

{Completely unrelated, but I’m super excited,The House of Hades is coming out soon, and I can’t wait!, ok back to the post}

But, we started off all these Minoan lessons by reading two versions of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Theseus and the Minotaur

Here’s the exact editions we used {Amazon links, one is not available on Amazon}: Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths and Legends and Greek Myths.  They both told slightly different versions which opened up the discussion of oral tradition and passing down stories that way.

As a side point, Theseus is rather callous, and doesn’t come off well in this story.

This of course lead to:

Minoan Lesson 2: Build your own Minotaur Maze

minotaur maze challenge

I gave the kids a time limit of “however long it takes me to make lunch” to create their mazes, with the rules:

  1. The mini-figure has to be able to walk through the maze.
  2. Your maze must be completely enclosed.
  3. There must be a monster at the center of your maze.

Pretty simple, I wanted to give them space in this lesson to do other things.  This was obviously one of their favorite Minoans lessons.

Minotaur lego maze

I partiuclarly loved Superman’s maze.  He included so many details, including skeletons of previous people who’d entered the maze and not succeeded.  A jail for people, and a rather innovative minotaur.

Afterwards we talked about how the legend of the minotaur probably came from:

Minoan lesson 3: Bull Jumping

Yes, they took the idea of bull fighting even further, and would jump over the bulls and do all sorts of crazy stunts.  This idea actually features rather prominently in Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1) {affiliate link, have to include Pendragon Cycle so you know the name of the series, I read that so much in college, skews my thinking of Atlantis legends somewhat}.

Back to the Minoan lesson and bull jumping.  We weren’t going to jump real bulls, I know such a downer.  So, we went to a local park with some building stuff, and had at it.

Minoan bull leaping

There wasn’t really any profit from the bull leaping, unless you count the energy my kids burned before we went to lunch.  But, we all had lots of fun.  The kids all decided it’s hard to leap over bulls, even if they’re standing still and only 2.5 feet tall.  They couldn’t imagine doing it with a real bull.  I figure the bulls they were using were smaller than ours of today, because I can’t imagine how you do it with the cows of today.

 

Minoan lesson 4: Watch Atlantis

 

Our final lesson, and the one we’re going to do today is watch Atlantis – The Lost Empire.  I love this movie, if the kids were older and we’d already watched Stargate SG-1, we’d watch Stargate Atlantis, but that’s a good 60 hours worth of TV, so that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.

 

Bonus Minoan lesson for older kids: read the original writings of Atlantis

Plato, the Greek Philosopher first wrote about Atlantis, and that would make a great internet search for older kids to look into.  Start at the Wikipedia page for Atlantis, and go from there.

Science Sunday: learning the names of bones

learning about the bones in your body

We finished up our study of bones with some really fun activities.  They’re a rather confused mish mash of activities, but overall I think they helped the kids understand what we talked about.

 

how do joints move

First we learned about joints using the chicken we were about to mummify.  The kids each took a turn identifying a ball and socket joint and a hinge joint.  They really enjoyed moving the chicken parts around.  Later on I called out different joints and had them figure out what type it is.  They thought that was another fun way to learn also.

Expect to get some videos of the kids identifying different joints and such when I put together my mummification post.  Right now the chicken mummy is sitting in a bag and slowly dehydrating.

make a skeleton picture

Next we went through and put together a paper skeleton (the ones we used I found among my files from teaching, here’s a similar skeleton printable I found).  I had originally thought they’d glue it onto black paper for a cool effect, but the kids all took one look at it, and dragged out the brads, and put together their very own skeleton puppet.  I had to rather laugh because I’d nearly printed it on cardstock so they could do that, but thought, “No, they’ll like this version.”  Shows what I know.

Skeleton in the Closet game

Finally we played a game I’ve been hiding for 3 years (we played it once when the boys were in kinder, but a piece broke and I never opened the replacement copy): Skeletons In The Closet Game.  Can I just say it was a huge hit!  I love that it has several ways to play.

Skeleton in the closet game steps

The variation we played was just an identifying game.  They spun it, and had to correctly name the piece, then find it amongst the skeleton pieces.

Skeleton in your closet game suggestions

Eventually you will spin a bone you already have, so then you draw a card which has various results, which my kids thought were fun.  One of the variations you can play you earn pieces by answering T/F questions.  I think we might try that next time.

 

I’m looking forward to pulling “Skeletons in My Closet” out again in a few weeks when we haven’t just been studying skeletons to see how much they remember.

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.

4 Kids, 2 Guinea Pigs, One Happy Family shared a great Fall activities post, with lots of hands on ideas, art projects, and a great science lesson.

Does anyone else feel like they find the great activities after they’ve studied a subject?  The TIger Chronicle shared some great ideas for river dwellers, and I LOVE them!

Connect the Dots shared a great rain forest terrarium.  She provides some great examples of questions to ask your kids to keep them engaged.

 

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Science Sunday: studying bones

 

 learning first aid for broken bones

This week we continued our study of broken bones, since we’ve learned how important bones are to our body, and what the different parts of the bone do (when we made our play dough bone model), now it’s time to learn first aid for broken bones.

I took inspiration from Angellicscalliwags again, and used her bone first aid lesson.

Fist I made a quick printable reference for the kids about different injuries: broken bone, dislocated bone, and sprain.  Which apparently I did not save, so I won’t be sharing that with you…….  Sigh.

what to do for a broken bone

Then we acted out what to do.  The treatment for a broken bone and for a dislocated bone is remarkably similar, so I’ll spare you the different pictures.  The kids loved getting a chance to both play the injured person, AND the person taking care of them.  Though, I don’t think I’d really want my kids to treat me if I were injured, they’re a little over eager.

practice first aid for sprains

Then we practiced first aid for a sprain, which is what the kids were really looking forward to, pretending to wrap an ace bandage on someone, or themselves, why yes that sounds very fun.  We practiced this several times, because this is actually one they will probably have to do at some point in their lives, or several times depending on how accident prone they are…  Knowing my kids, several.  We emphasized how you need to keep the pressure even, and make sure you give extra support to the ankle.

 

This was of course their favorite part of the lesson.

labeling a skeleton

They weren’t as big of a fan of labeling a skeleton, because that required actual writing.  I think they’ll like it better when we put together a paper skeleton next week and they get to play a game with it.  Then they’ll enjoy it.

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I leave you with cute picture of Princess reading.  Because I like it, no other reason.

 

Let’s see what others did this week:

Gift of Curiosity shared a great visit to the aquarium and tide pool this week.  I love how brave her kids were.

 

 

 

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Now link up your SCIENCE posts for the week, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by.

Bible: 12 Spies go into Canaan activity

Moses sends 12 spies activities

We’re almost done with Moses, and the kids have really enjoyed studying him.  Especially since for this nearly last lesson we got out our peg doll Bible people for the activities.

 

This is one of the lessons I feel is great for the parent of a young child to read, because it helps me to think, “If God couldn’t get the Israelites to follow directions, I can take hope when my kids are going crazy.”  Or maybe that’s just me…

reading our Bibles

We started off the lesson time reading our Bibles, and putting together memory verse puzzles.  It really cracked me up when Batman got out the magnifying glass because the print in my Bible was “too small.”

acting out the 12 spies

Then we acted out the story of the 12 spies with our peg dolls.  The kids loved getting a chance to prove how much they knew and playing with the dolls.

 

find the 12 spies game

Finally we played the “Find the 12 spies game,” which is a variation of the game I put in the 12 spies story, but I didn’t really want to try having one of the kids hide and the others find him, so we hid the spies all over our “city,” and they each found their 4 spies.  They thought it was great fun.  It could easily be adapted to use any 12 figures you have, or let one kid take turns hiding and then the others find them.

 

I had a few ideas online that I’d looked at doing, but they were all printable type things, and the kids just weren’t in that mood, so no need to print it off and not use it.  If you want to use them, grab the 12 spies storybook.

12 spies storybook

If you’d like to get your own copy, click on the picture above or 12 spies story.

 

For more Exodus (Moses) ideas, check out my Exodus pinterest board.

How we have too much going on right now

Or so it seems to me, this is again an odd congolomeration of a couple of weeks because I forgot to add stuff in last week, and they’re fun pictures. Aaaaaaand we’re off!

Princess at the park

We started off with a field trip day to celebrate “Not Back to School.”

more zilker park fun

The kids loved playing at Zilker park with no time restraints.  I loved the ideas they came up with.  The sticks became part of a very elaborate town they created.  The fire truck became the basis for all sorts of different games.  It was a blast.  We didn’t end up going on the train because we timed our attempt wrong, so instead we headed off to:

fun at the childrens museum

The Children’s Museum, for our last trip there until it reopens in a new location in a few months.  The kids loved playing with all of the different exhibits.  It amuses me how their favorite exhibit visit after visit is the train table and the giant play kitchen with ALL THE PRETEND FOOD.  We spend at least 30 minutes there every time.  I really hope the new museum has another play kitchen and another inventing room because those were my kids favorite rooms.

nuyear calendar for math skills

We’ve been using our NuYear Calendar for Math almost every day, more on that next week (on Thursday I think, I’m trying to plan ahead a bit more in my writing too, it sometimes works).

build a ziggurat out of Legos for ancient sumerians

We learned about the Sumerians and created several Ancient Sumerian activities.  The kids loved getting an excuse to use Legos in school.

play dough bone model

We started our study of bones with making a play dough bone.  The kids thought that was the best study ever.

 

making duct tape weapons

The kids enjoyed making a new round of duct tape weapons for their first week of history co-op (I figure this will let us act out and show what the different fighting styles were like).

 

quick reading tip

I picked up a couple of reading helps for Batman.  They’re two different sizes, the smaller yellow one works better.  I think the color works better for him, and it only shows one row at a time.  It’s helping him track where he is on the page better, and provides a color cue.  I picked mine up at Lakeshore Learning when I stopped by to do some laminating.

 

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I am routinely amused at what Princess brings to entertain herself while at her brother’s Kung Fu class.  This time she brought a pencil box of scrap paper, a jar of colored pencils, and happily sat there creating tickets from all of those scraps to make different games to play with me.

silly montage

I absolutely adore this silly montage of pictures I got of Batman and Princess cuddling with me.  I’m not sure where Superman was at that time, but these pictures just make me smile.

giant cans of tomatoes

I found these giant cans of tomatoes at Sams when we went there the other day, I’m gonna use them to make spaghetti sauce, but I have to admit, at the very least I got them because I was tempted by what we could make with these giant cans…….  Or build!

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We’ve been listening to the Lord of the Rings at night for our family read aloud, and the kids have been loving it.  They are eagerly looking forward to finishing it so they can watch the movies.

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Oh, and the kids quite amused me by eagerly and happily licking the beaters when I made MASHED POTATOES, I don’t get that many eager kids when I make cookies to lick the beaters, but mashed potatoes, they’re gone like that.

We made 5 pounds of potatoes for lunch that day, just for our family.  Here’s what’s left at the end:

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Not much, is it?  Superman LOVES loves loves mashed potatoes, and eats it by the pound.  At least he’s crazy about a relatively cheap food to make.

So that’s our week in random picture collages.  I’ve got my dress pretty much done, just a hem or two to go, but the kids apparently didn’t find my sewing as amusing to take pictures of as they did my cutting out fabric.  I’ll be glad to get it done, then on to the next project: Princess’ flower girl dress mock up.

 

Anyone have any suggestions for fitting in spelling tests?  I keep forgetting to have our spelling test each week.

 

linked up to:

Collage Friday

Ancient Sumerian activities

We spent the past week in history studying Ancient Sumerian.  Which of course led to lots of Ancient Sumerian activities.

Ancient Sumerian activities

Ancient Sumerian Activity 1: Tower of Babel

First we read about the Tower of Babel, which has been theorized to be somewhere in the area of Sumeria, and some have even said it’s a forerunner of the Babylonian empire (several thousand years later).

 

I was going to have them build the tallest tower they could out of various building supplies, but that particular day we ran out of time.  So, we moved on to the next lesson: Ziggurats.

 

 Ancient Sumerian Acitivty 2: Zigguerats

After reading about Ziggurats, we got out the Legos and started building with them.

ancient sumerian building activity

But, I very quickly noticed their building didn’t look like the ziggurat we discussed building.  It looked like a fort, with modern fortifications.  THAT was not the assignment.  So we started over, with me showing them how to build on a smaller scale, one that won’t fit a guy, but fulfills the assignment.

build a ziggurat out of Legos for ancient sumerians

Ancient Sumerian Activity 3: Cuneiform tablets

The next day we learned about their writing style.  The Sumerians wrote on clay tablets because they didn’t have paper (not invented yet) or papyrus (wrong area).

The kids were somewhat intrigued by this, and since I’d just bought a giant tub of air dry clay, and the kids hadn’t used it up yet.  We dug it out and created our own tablets.

 

creating cuneiform tablets

Ancient Sumerian Activity 4: Epic of Gilgamesh

Our last activity we learned about the epic of Gilgamesh, I’d recommend watching it first because there’s a few things I’d prefer weren’t in there.

And of course then I remembered there’s a Star Trek Next Generation episode with Gilgamesh in it, I’d rather forgotten that it was only a few minute reference over halfway into the episode.  So we watched that too.

Which led to the usual discussion between Jeff and I if it’s reasonable for an entire language to be made of metaphors.

Final Ancient Sumerian activity: Notebooking what we learned

notebooking for ancient sumerians

Then when all of the hands on learning of the Sumerian activities was done, we printed out pictures and wrote briefly about them in their notebooks, with much groaning and rolling of eyes (you know that is torture, right Mommy?  I thought we agreed no writing.).

 

Oh the horrible whining and complaining, but they got it done, unfortunately, being my kids, some of their pages were lost……  The pictures above are a compilation of all three kids’ things.

 

Linking up to:

History and Geography linkie

Entertaining and Educational

Science Sunday: parts of the bone model

One of the lessons I’ve been looking forward to is our bone study, because I couldn’t wait to make our parts of the bone model.  I’ve pinned several good ideas onto my anatomy board:

make a model of the bone with play dough

I had plans to use a pool noodle for ours, but we didn’t get one at the store, so Plan Play dough came into being.  I mixed up a batch of play dough, separated it out into 3 bunches and let the kids start mixing the colors in.  Eventually their hands were covered in dye, but we had 3 distinct colors.

 

Layers of the Bone model supplies: toilet paper roll, 2 different colors of play dough, roper or yarn

making the layers of the bone model

First we flattened out two different colors of play dough, making one layer slightly thicker than the other.  Then we cut up the toilet paper tube to be able to put the layers inside together.

Then we placed the two layers on top of each other, with the thicker layer on the outside, then rolled the play dough around the rope.  We didn’t press too hard, so the colors could be easily separated out again for play time.

play dough bone model

And Voila!  A nicely made layers of the bone model, we talked through what each of the layers were and what its’ job was (perisateum, compact bone, spongy bone, and marrow).

Then after taking pictures the kids happily played in play dough for an hour.  I waited a few days, and then did the follow up activity (this was more because we went tubing on Wednesday and didn’t get home until long past bedtime).

labeling layers of a bone model

You’ve made all those layers of a bone, now can you remember what they were?  To make sure they didn’t freak out too much, I put all of the names up on our dry erase board, and they copied and labeled away.  Poor Superman had just woken up from an impromptu nap, and was not happy.  I got him a cup of hot tea, and a few minutes to calm down, and he finished the assignment.

 

I was very happy to discover that a few days later they still remembered the various parts (with some prompting on names) and could tell me what they did.  A lesson well learned.  Come back next week to see all the first aid information we’re going to learn, or if you don’t want to wait, then check out the Angelicscalliwags post I linked to earlier.  I’m freely stealing from her great ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fantastic Five shared a great hands on rocks lesson.

Finally, I love the idea of doing a nature study at night like they did over at Angellicscalliwags.

 

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