Sunday, October 2, 2011

(Week 11) Adventures Week 7: Pilgrims in Michigan

This week we continued to learn about the Pilgrims, this time focusing of the French Pilgrims who explored the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and established Michigan.

Read Alouds:

Other Read-Alouds

  • Butterfly or Moth, How do you Know?
  • Katy and the Big Snow
    • Our FIAR book this week
  • An Egg is Quiet by Diane Aston

Geography

Most of our studies this week were geographical.

IMG_0011We did several mapping activities this week, between our FIAR unit (Katy and the Big Snow) and our MFW studies, Treyton made his own imaginary city map, we drew a map of our own neighborhood, drew the rivers and a few cities in Wisconsin and labeled the Great Lakes.     IMG_0012

One fun thing Treyton learned this week is the meaning of the word ‘portage’. Portage, Wisconsin is where Mommer and Papa live, so Treyton is very familiar with the term. We drew the rivers on a map of Wisconsin to show why Portage is named exactly that. He didn’t really understand what I was telling him, about portaging the canoes between the rivers until he saw it for himself on the map. It was fun to see such a connection occur in his mind (hopefully it will stick) :)

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Science

We started using Pandia Press’ REAL Life Science this week. We are learning about the Human Body, this week we talked about the difference between living and non-living things, and how to tell the difference.     IMG_0025 On Day 1 we looked at 4 different objects and made a checklist of the 8 different characteristics of living things. We started our science journal, which Treyton created a beautiful cover for.

IMG_0085On Day 2 we went outside and did a plot study, identifying both living and non-living things within the plot.

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I am loving, loving, loving this science. It’s hands-on, to the point and written at Treyton’s level. It’s a 2-day a week program, with hands-on labs. 

Next week we will be learning about Benjamin Franklin, I have big plans, we’ll see how far we get :)

2 comments:

Monica said...

What do you think of the Pandia Life science? Pretty nice huh? I planned to use it this past summer but God had other plans for our family. I am looking forward to seeing your lessons.

Casey said...

I looks like a great week. I like your Wisconsin map and explanation of portage. I live in WI too!
Casey