Sunday, April 29, 2012

Week 30

Pics from the Week:

OUTING
We started the week by taking a trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest on Monday. It was a beautiful day to match the beautiful flowers. To see more pics check out this post on my Gardening blog.

MATH
Capt. N learned about perpendicular lines this week. I saw something similar to this on pinterest & decided to have Capt. N make our own version. I love the concept & love it when he can do more than just fill out a worksheet to learn. I hung this up near Gallon Guy.


GEOGRAPHY & SCIENCE
This week we "traveled" to Antarctica. We watched a few movies and made this fun painting. To find out how Capt. N made it click here.


TEST PREP
At the end of May Capt. N will be taking state testing, so I am having him work in a test prep book. He is driving me a bit bananas. He's missing some of  the easy questions on the prep tests. Why? I don't know. The kid can add, so why is he missing addition problems?...

... The little rascal. The next day I rewrite the problems on the white board that he got wrong exactly as they are written on the test. He doesn't have a multiple choice bubble to fill in, and he gets the answer correct. Every single one. Well, I guess this is why I'm having him take these prep tests - so I can help him with his test taking abilities.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ice Cap

From the Amazon Rainforest we traveled south to the ice cap of Antarctica on our trip around the world.


SCHOOL ROOM STUFF
We didn't have many Antarctic things laying around the house. But, we did find a penguin puppet & a few books.
Passport Stamp.
I know it actually doesn't snow much in Antarctica, but this stamp is the best I could come up with.

Front of Capt. N's postcard from Antarctica

He took quite an interest in leopard seal's this week. So that's what he chose to do his short animal report on.

I made up this mini-book just to give him another option for his reports. I like the small size so that it can be added to his animal notebook without taking up the entire page.

This is our method for measuring distance from one place to another.

One inch on our globe measure 660 miles. From the Amazon rainforest to Antarctica was about 9 inches or 5,940 miles.

Geography chart with ice cap info.

A closer pic (although not much better).

Just because I already had this put together & it is penguin themed, I had Capt. N do this antonym activity.

This file folder activity is from an Evan Moore Literacy Centers book.

Penguin artwork. To see how he made this painting click here.


OTHER


We didn't make it on an Antarctic themed field trip. But, we did watch 3 Antarctic movies:
March of the Penguins
This documentary didn't have near as much action as the shows my kids are used to watching, but they still enjoyed it very much. Capt. N even seemed to have learned a few things.

Encounters at the End of the World
I had high hopes for this one. I thought it would be so cool to see how the researches live day to day. Although, Capt. N & I both did learn quite a bit, the show itself was kind of boring. My two youngest didn't even stick around to watch half of it. Maybe it was that the guy narrating didn't have much drama in his voice.

Planet Earth: Ice Worlds
My kids love the Planet Earth shows. This one discusses both the North & South Poles.




Penguin Painting

I was having a difficult time finding a quick project based on Antarctica. After my searching, I came up with this easy-to-make painting.


We taped 9"x12" watercolor paper to my art board.

Next, I told Capt. N to lightly draw the horizon line about a third of the way up from the bottom. Then pencil in icebergs/glaciers. I also asked him to add one to the water. He drew two.

My bright idea was to have Capt. N use oil pastels as a resist. Well, the first problem with that was I couldn't find a white oil pastel. So he used a gray oil pastel & white crayon over the top. FYI: this part didn't work well.

Then we mixed purple & white poster paint with a bit of water & Capt. N spread that on the paper. I reminded him to go from one edge of the paper all the way to the other in one even stroke. Then he sprinkled kosher salt in the wet paint.

We mixed the blue paint the same way. I wasn't as concerned about the even strokes on this. While the paint was still wet he placed a small piece of plastic wrap in the water section.

The next morning the paint was dry so we brushed off the salt & pulled off the plastic wrap.

Unfortunately the resist technique didn't work well.

And the salt doesn't make a huge impact on the light color. It still added a bit of texture to the sky, though. Capt. N asked if he could add the many colors of the southern lights in the sky. This one was already dry, so I told him maybe we could make another one and he could add those colors.

I love how the water turned out using the plastic wrap.

Since the resist didn't work well, Capt. N painted over his glaciers/icebergs.

Then he dipped his thumb and fingers in the white paint to make little penguin bodies.

Oh ya, and I mixed up a little blue paint so he could put a thin line in front of the icebergs in the water to give them a little more depth.

Using black, orange & blue sharpies, Capt. N added details to the penguins. I love it!

The last step is to pull off the tape & display the piece of art proudly.

There's a lot of steps to this painting. But, they were all easy steps. The best part is that Capt. N is very proud of his painting.

Tropical Rainforest

After visiting North America, the next stop on our imaginary world tour was to the Amazon rainforest in South America. This part of the world is a favorite for my kids - as I'm sure it is for many kids. There is such an array of fun plants & animals. They love the big snakes, colorful birds & frogs, monkeys & big cats.


SCHOOL ROOM STUFF
Our geography center for the week.

We used our globe & multiplication to figure out approximately how many miles it is from the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest to the Amazon rainforest. We came up with 5,280 miles.

A few rainforest goodies. Toy animals from the boys collection, a Tropical Rainforest leveled reader from scholastic, Afternoon on the Amazon Magic Tree House book & a book from the library: Jan Brett's The Umbrella.

South America stamp in Capt. N's passport.

Every week Capt. N is "sending" a postcard to his dad who didn't travel on this trip with us. He decorates the front & writes a little message on the back.

The geography chart filled with info on the rainforest.


Capt. N chose to do his rainforest animal report on a toucan. The animal report wheel is from Enchanted Learning.

Rainforest collage made by Capt. N.




FIELD TRIPS
Our rainforest theme took us to the Oregon Zoo once again. To see my post on our trip through the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit click here.


OTHER


Continent Box - Antarctica

Oh no. Poor Antarctica has virtually nothing in its box. This is a box in progress.


This really is it so far. A few papers in the blue folder on possible art projects, maps, etc. Even the animal envelope has only one flashcard in it.

Check out our other continent boxes:
Africa

 
To learn more about our continent boxes click here.

Continent Box - South America

Here's our box about South America. It has some good stuff, but I'd like to add more. I don't have anything relating to the Amazon rainforest except a couple animals. As I add more items, I will update this post.


A flag wheel from Enchanted Learning.

Envelopes holding like items.
The animal & landmark envelopes are filled with flashcards. The currency envelope is money reproductions I printed from this site. And I printed a variety of pics from the web for the art envelope.




Check out our other continent boxes:
Africa

 
To learn more about our continent boxes click here.



Amazon Flooded Forest at the Zoo

As part of our Amazon Rainforest study we visited the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. This is a section we don't generally spend a lot of time exploring. So, this was a great excuse to look a little closer. I had Capt. N answer a few questions such as Which animal is the most colorful? Why? Which animal is the hardest to find? Why? Can you find all the colors of the rainbow in this exhibit? Mr. T had a piece of paper & a few crayons. He drew the animals. We spent a good 30-45 minutes examining this small exhibit. I would give this field trip an "A."


I'm not sure about you, but I never realized how high the waters get in the Amazon. I guess I never thought about it. The seasons in the Amazon are marked by the rain. During the rainy season the Amazon basin will flood, the waters getting extremely high. Eventually the water will recede showing off the forest floor. Some how the plants & animals have figured out how to adapt to these changes every year.

Red-handed Tamarin
Emerald tree boa in the background. It appears as though these two are in the same area, but really they are separated by glass.

Emerald Tree Boa

Green Anaconda

The exhibit has an area with little fish.

Also in the exhibit are these big fish called pacu. We learned that pacu in the wild eat the fruit from trees when the water is high, then poop out the seeds. When the water level recedes the seeds grow into new trees. Apparently these fish are an important part of the system.

Arrau Turtle
They are an endangered species.

Arrau Turtle. Look at her two little "whiskers." I wonder what they are.

Arrau Turtle. Scaly webbed feet and claws.

Dwarf Caiman. Not exactly the prettiest set of teeth.



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