Weeks 18 and 19 of school we learned about sedimentary rocks using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 12.
We watched YouTube videos about sedimentary rocks.
We let a piece of chalk soak in water and checked its weight every 5 minutes. In 15 minutes, it gained 2 grams. This showed us that some rocks can absorb water.
We mixed sand with epsom salts dissolved in water and left it in the window that gets the most sun for a week to turn it into a rock (we weren’t sure it would work because we were in the middle of several very cloudy days that week).
We demonstrated how layers of sediment separate.
We dissolved some chalk in vinegar.
We identified sedimentary rocks.
We learned how a surface coal mine works.
Weeks 18 and 19 of school we learned about Peru and Bolivia using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 12.
We found Peru and Bolivia on the big wall map.
We did mapwork.
We watched YouTube videos including on one the Nazca Lines.
We made our own Nazca Lines designs.
We decorated hats.
We watched lots of YouTube videos, including several on Machu Picchu.
We ate Bolivian Silpancho for dinner (it was so good!).
Weeks 18 and 19 of school we learned about settlers using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 12.
We added to our timeline. Some pages still have some space. Some are completely full.
We did did mapwork about Jamestown.
We watched YouTube videos about Roanoke and the Mayflower.
We watched YouTube videos about Plymouth.
And on building a wetu.
And then we made a model of one.
We did some mapwork.
We ate hasty pudding for lunch.
Week 17 of school we did a creative kids unit using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 11. That was our last one week unit of the school year.
We made a sugar syrup and cooled one container of it in the freezer and one on the counter to show different types of crystals.
We watched YouTube videos on rocks.
We made rock candy by putting together various things representing minerals and then covering them in chocolate. They turned out yummy.
We sorted igneous rocks.
We learned about how igneous rocks form.
We made magma goo and extruded it through our fingers.
Week 17 of school we did a creative kids unit using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 11. Cameron didn’t join us because he had a work meeting he needed to attend. That was our last one week unit of the school year.
The boys chose to design a dream backyard
It involved a giant seesaw and a swing with a chain as long as you want it.
Adrian insisted on including a food stand that gives you any food you want, even foods that don’t exist.
Sounds like a pretty awesome backyard to me!
We decided to get away for a little vacation the week before Christmas (and before the government shutdown meaning we have no idea when Jamie’s going to get paid for the work he’s been doing as he’s essential). We took the little guys and headed to Corpus Christi. We had a fabulous time!
We went on a tour of a CBP location Jamie’s done work at in the past.
They boys requested a hotel with an indoor pool so they could do lots of swimming.
We went to the Texas State Aquarium.
We toured the USS Lexington.
We went to the beach at Port A. This man was there making some incredible sand sculptures.
Jamie and the boys went swimming in the Gulf (it was only in the 60s – they are crazy!).
I taught Fritz how to successfully get the basketball in the basket most of the times he tried.
On the way home, the boys were fascinated by the rest stop we stopped at. Adrian found a compass on the floor and just had to stand on it and point toward the north.
Week 17 of school we learned about the Baltic states using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 11. That was our last one week unit of the school year.
We found Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the big wall map.
We watched several YouTube videos.
We did mapwork.
And then colored the countries with the colors on their flags.
We used toilet paper tubes to make a cross like you might find on the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.
We had Latvian potato salad with dinner.