The Fourth Week of School (Video)

Watch our 4th week of school in 4 minutes!

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History: Ottoman Empire

Weeks 3 and 4 of school we learned about the Ottoman Empire using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 2.

We added to our timeline.

We did mapwork to show how the Ottoman Empire grew.

We watched a YouTube video about harems.

We made toy soldiers and acted out a couple battles with them (the addition of a giant parrot made the battles extra fun).

The Arts: Fairy Tales

Weeks 1 and 2 of school we learned about fairy tales using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 1.

We acted out Sleeping Beauty.

We talked about Pinocchio.

We acted out Stone Soup.

We read the fractured fairy tale The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Szieszka.

We went over the three parts of a fairy tale (good, bad, magic).

We made Beauty and the Beast into a news report.

Science: Insects

Weeks 1 and 2 of school we learned about insects using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 1.

We put mushed up banana in a jar to start attempting to grow fruit flies.

We made clay insects and labeled the head, thorax, and abdomen.

We made a poster showing the life cycle of a butterfly.

After a week, we had caught some fruit flies, but didn’t see any eggs or maggots yet, so we left the jar to see if any ever appear.

We watched a YouTube video about 10 crazy types of spiders.

We completed two dichotomous key worksheets, one easy and one difficult.

We dissected a grasshopper. Cameron left the room before we even started and Adrian quit after looking at the mouth parts. Fritz, however, stuck with it and was both grossed out and fascinated the whole time.

Geography: Argentina and Chile

Weeks 1 and 2 of school we learned about Argentina and Chile using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 1.

We found Argentina and Chile on the world map.

We used the atlas to label a map of Argentina and Chile.

We watched a video of the tango.

We ate Asado for dinner.

We learned about the flags of Argentina and Chile.

We watched YouTube videos of the anthems of Argentina and Chile and about the geography of Argentina.

We compared some traditions in Argentina with similar traditions in the US.

History: Age of Exploration

Weeks 1 and 2 of school we learned about the age of exploration using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 1.

We added to our timeline book. It’s nice to have space on the pages as we start to move forward in time again.

We did mapwork.

We watched an Animaniacs song about Magellan.

We painted a globe and marked Magellan’s path in glitter.

We watched a couple youtube videos about Jacques Cartier.

We made an explorers treasure chest. Inside are facts they came up with about various explorers and what they did or did not discover.

We tried to find the Northwest Passage. End result: it doesn’t exist.