Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 6

Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 6
I'm blogging my way through our four year curriculum program so I don't forget everything that worked for us! Please feel free to use what works for your family and share in the comments anything you would add. For more on Classically Catholic Memory go here.


Lesson 1
For this week's lesson we listened to Angel Food's A surprise for a King, which is on what we can do to love God.

Lesson 2
You can also check out Family Catechism's lesson on loving others.

We are learning the Salve Regina by watching and listening to this version on youtube. I like this one because it has both Latin and English subtitles, as well as beautiful art.


Lesson 1: Shakespeare
We began our history lesson on William Shakespeare by reading Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare. We followed that up with making our own Globe Theatre using a printout from Paper Toys. No, this was not an easy project. Yes, it is very small. Yes, my children think it is the coolest. They added their own flag to fly on days when the theatre is open.

Bean also read several Shakespeare Can Be Fun! books. She liked the comedies the best.

Finally, it would have been really cool to make this free Shakespeare lapbook from Homeschool Helper Online, but I'm thinking I'll save that for when Bean does Gamma Year again in 6th grade.

Lesson 2: Roanoke
For our lesson on Roanoke we began by reading Roanoke: The Lost Colony

Kevin and the kids then brainstormed what they would need if they were to start their own colony. After a very animated and passionate brainstorm, which included things like "friendly indians" and "beer and wine", they mapped out their colony.

We lumped science into one lesson this week because you use multiple materials multiples times and I didn't want to drag them out again.

Here are the many supplies you'll need. (P.S. This is a really fun lesson.)

This lesson is broken up into three stations.

At the first station the kids use red and blue litmus paper to find out if a substance is an acid or a base. Instead of using multiple paper cups like suggested, we used a Styrofoam egg carton for the different substances and then charted our results.

At the second station the kids used red cabbage juice to determine if a substance is an acid or a base. You can either make your own juice, which apparently doesn't work as well as the alternative of purchasing jiffy juice powder for $20.00 (after shipping) on Amazon. 

BUT here's what I suggest... buy the My First Mind Blowing Science kit from Amazon for $15.00 (it's Prime eligible) or at Michael's with a 40% off coupon, it comes with a small pouch of jiffy juice powder and a whole host of other stuff for experiments. Smart, right? I mixed a small amount of the powder with a cup of water, basically until the juice was a deep red, and there is still plenty of it for other experiments from the kit.

The kids used a pipet to mix the juice with substances because pipets are fun.

Finally, at the third station, the kids used pH indicators to determine pH levels.

Be careful when buying your strips because many of them only test from level 4.5-9, or something limited like that. You want to get strips that run the full range from 1-14.

When we finished with the things we were asked to test, I let the kids pick out one item from the fridge to test. Bean picked syrup and Paul went for ketchup. It made for quite the colorful egg carton when we were done.

After we completed the experiments we took our graphed results and made a... um... thing for our chemistry lapbooks that we are slowly collecting... things for.

We wrote the memory work on the front and the corresponding results behind the flap.


Lesson 1
To review the multiples of 7 we played a version of paper football.

The kids flicked the football to the end zone and if it made it into the marked off rectangle then they scored 7 points. We didn't include field goals to keep things simple. Each player got 4 downs (3 tries) to try to score. If they did not score we marked 0 points and the player had to turn the ball over to another player.

Chefs = Chiefs. Bean is not the first to make the Chefs mistake. Great googly-moogly.

Lesson 2

For our second lesson I had the kids cover all of the numbers on the chart BUT the multiples of 7. You can download the chart, and several other worksheets for learning the multiples, at Currclick.


Lesson 1

This week was a great week to play Timeline Pictionary because the cards are very easy to illustrate. Here is Bean's rendition of the nativity. She was having so much fun with the pictures I just let her keep going.

Lesson 2

Putting the pictures into our timeline book this week was quite interesting because all of the events happened in rapid succession, so above is what we came up with.

Since May we have been studying one state per week to go along with our study of North American geography. Here are the states I've blogged about so far. You could pick one thing from each lesson or just do something fun about a few states each week. I'll keep linking to the state studies as we move through our Journey Across America!

New York
New Jersey
West Virginia

Great Words I
We finished off our memorization of The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson this week using this cute picture book by Tracey Campbell Pearson!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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