- Jessie spent the week working with the commutative, associative, and distributive properties as well as using factoring to simplify expressions in Foerster's.
- Violet completed her 3rd section of math in her textbook and workbook at the beginning of the week and spent the remainder of her time completing the corresponding IP section.
- Benny completed his Singapore textbook/workbook section on addition and subtraction with numbers in the thousands and moved on to the corresponding IP section this week as well. In Miquon, he has been working with fractions using number lines to add, subtract, or multiply and learning how to identify equivalent fractions of 1.
The girls read about Noah Webster this week in What Do You Mean by Ferris. They learned about sectionalism, mapped the Missouri Compromise, and summarized the section of SOTW 3 covering Nat Turner's Revolt. Jessie read Freedom's Sons: True Story of the Amistad Mutiny by Jurmain while Violet read Amistad Rising by Chambers. Each completed a longer summary of these events.
Benny and I learned about James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine reading James Monroe by Bains. We read the same SOTW section on Nat Turner's revolt as the girls and then used the TruthQuest commentary on slavery as the basis for our discussion of the topic. We did read the same book as Violet on the Amistad mutiny, and Benny enjoyed listening to an audio version of Uncle Remus stories. For hands on this week, we chose another pioneer craft and dried apple slices.
Jessie continued working on chapter 3 this week on measurement covering topics such as accuracy versus precision, the use of scientific notation, and conversion of units. We also caught up on our lab work.
We looked at two chemical reactions, burning sugar and mixing vinegar and baking soda,
and compared them to two physical reactions, dissolving salt and creating heat by stretching a rubber band.
We also did some measuring and she learned to use our digital balance. (She's trying to hide the bubble wrap in her hands which seems to have been just as interesting as the balance.)
Then we moved on to bonding and made marshmallow models of lithium and chlorine to illustrate ionic bonding
as well as hydrogen and oxygen to illustrate covalent bonding in water.
ART / MUSIC
For art see the previous post. For music, Benny listened to a CD of Handel's music. The girls began learning about the Baroque period of music and added to their lapbooks.