Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Idea Swap: Cycle 1 Week 1

Because I'm a better community organizer than Barack Obama (these are the jokes, people) I had our community put together an idea swap, which I'm going to post here, too.  

Here's Cycle 1 Week 1, which was submitted by One Happy Mom

History Sentence: Tell Me About Commandments 1-5 Geography: Fertile Crescent
Math: Skip Counting 1’s and 2’s
English: Definition of a Preposition

Latin: Noun Cases
Science: Classification of Living Things

Week 1 History: Tell me about commandments 1-5.
This has all 10 commandments. If I was going to do this myself, after reading the background I'd brainstorm house rules we have with my kids and print off the examples they have in this lesson of house rules and/or community rules and discuss why it's important to have these rules and what could happen without them. I'd print off three copies of the commandment mini-booklet from this link - one to color for each child in your family and two to have them use as a memory game during the week.

Week 1 Geography: Fertile Crescent
V ocabulary:
**Consider doing this the week BEFORE you want to teach this
concept. That way something will be growing when you start teaching it** Get two pots or cups - in one, put lots of rocks, a tiny bit of soil (maybe even the Virginia clay from your yard) and don't water it. In the other, get good a smal amount of good potting soil and plant the same seeds or beans you planted in the rocky cup. Water as needed. When it's time to teach this lesson, point out that one is growing and the other isn't and ask for ideas of why that might be. Point out that the seeds that are growing are in FERTILE soil, which means "Producing or capable of producing abundant vegetation or crops." The other soil wasn't able to do that. (This would be a great object lesson to also teach about he Parable of the Sower from Matthew 20

Crescent: For the younger student - bake a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls and discuss what a "crescent shape" is - point out that other things can be crescent shaped (the moon, a sandwhich that has been eaten or cut into that shape, etc), show on a map where the Fertile Crescent is located. For a hands-on activity, have them make a map out of play-doh of this
region. Here is a recipe for homemade play-doh:
http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/geography.html (lots of links to make more elaborate lessons from)
(Be a Farmer in Mesopotamia - on-line game)
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/the-ancient- world.cfm -
Week 1 Math: Skip Counting the 1’s and 2’s
This looks totally awesome -make sure to do this sometime BEFORE the new CC year starts so you're ready to go for Week 1. You could also do this using pen & paper, but this looks so much more fun!

http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/skip-counting-balloon- pop.html?1&
(Skip counting free on-line games)


Week 1 English: Prepositions
Schoolhouse Rock Prepositions
A 23 page cute printable packet on prepositions. You will need to sign-up for a free membership to this site to access it.

Week 1 Latin: Noun Cases
These first two links are not necessarily for the kids, this helped ME understand what we are learning this week!
"A DECLENSION is essentially a fixed pattern of endings or a set of endings. There are only six regular declensions in Latin, five for nouns and one special one for some pronouns and adjectives that has an -ius in the genitive case form. You can see detailed explanation and practice pages on the five regular declensions in Latin through this link." (the links in this passage don't work, use the ones below)
http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/languages/classical/latin/tchmat/grammar/g- caseid.html
http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/languages/classical/latin/tchmat/grammar/w hprax/w2-d1.html
flashcard game: http://quizlet.com/824589/latin-first-declension-nouns- flash-cards/
http://www.headventureland.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist &layout=category&task=category&id=20&Itemid=115
These are children's short stories online that are written in Latin. You should sit with your child and read the latin and see if they can guess the meaning based on the picture or the sound of the word. Another activity is to go through these stories and see if you can both locate any of the words from Week 1 and then go back to the stories in subsequent weeks and look for those words.

Week 1 Science: Classifications of Living Things
Mnemonic Devices:
"King Phyl Came Over For Good Spaghetti"
"King Phillip's Children Ordered Fries, Gravy, and Shakes"

how to eaxplain taxonomy & a nice visual
http://www.invertebratesclassification.com/wp- content/uploads/2012/05/Invertebrates-Classification-4-Phylum.jpg
visual of this concept- this link does not work, but the picture cited is located on the next page.
worksheets, activities and visuals of the 5 kingdoms
classification activity for older students, but can be modified for younger students 
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