Science: Satellites

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about satellites using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.

We painted comets in space.
Science: Satellites

We drew the orbit of a comet.
Science: Satellites

The boys each picked a person or thing to give an oral report on. Cameron picked Sputnik, Fritz chose Jean Mueller, and Adrian picked Edmund Hally.
Science: Satellites

We made a comet using dry ice, dirt, rocks, and water. (And then the boys had lots of fun with the rest of the dry ice.)
Science: Satellites

We learned about comets, asteroids, and centaurs.
Science: Satellites

We demonstrated how meteors leave craters.
Science: Satellites

We showed how when meteors enter the earth’s atmosphere they heat up due to friction.
Science: Satellites

We learned about what satellites look like and where they orbit.
Science: Satellites

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Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

We have completed the final 8 days of Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (see days 1-8 here and days 9-16 here).

On Sunday the 17th, he boys took treats to their primary teachers.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Monday the 18th, we taped change to a vending machine.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Tuesday the 19th, we paid for someone else’s food at Kneader’s.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Wednesday the 20th, we attempted to put carts in the corrals at Target and HEB, but there were none to put away. So, instead, we rearranged the carts in the corrals at HEB so they’d be easier for the employees to take back up to the store.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Thursday the 21st, we took food to the food bank.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Friday the 22nd, we left microwave popcorn on Redbox machines.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Saturday the 23rd, we candy cane bombed a parking lot.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

On Sunday the 24th, we used hug coupons to get hugs from each other.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 17-24

Geography: Balkans

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Balkans using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.

Each boy picked a famous person from the Balkans to give an oral report on. Cameron chose Nikola Tesla (and had us watch a documentary about him), Fritz picked Aristotle Onassis, and Adrian chose Mother Teresa.
Geography: Balkans

We watched a video tour of the Danube and an… odd, yet talented, dancing group.
Geography: Balkans

We did mapwork.
Geography: Balkans

We made travel brochures. Both Cameron and Adrian put in that a guy we used to do taekwondo with is from the Balkans as one of the reasons people should visit there.
Geography: Balkans

We had a snack of feta cheese and kalamata olives.
Geography: Balkans

We watched a video about Albanian animals.
Geography: Balkans

We watched a couple videos of Greek dancing.
Geography: Balkans

We made a martenitsa doll.
Geography: Balkans

History: Crusades

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Crusades using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.

Some of our timeline pages are getting really full!
History: Crusades

We looked at St. George and the Dragon artwork.
History: Crusades

The boys played Crusaders and Kings (Fritz and Adrian both died, but Cameron lived on to a great age).
History: Crusades

The boys each picked a different type of person who would have gone on a Crusade and made up what happened to them on the journey. Cameron chose a merchant. He outfitted others who were going on Crusades, but stayed home and got rich. Fritz chose a nobleman. He fought and returned injured, but successful. Adrian chose a peasant man. He went part of the way and then ran away back home before any fighting happened.
History: Crusades

We talked about and looked at Rhodes.
History: Crusades

The boys came up with a folk remedy (heat) to cure the Plague.
History: Crusades

We showed the path of the spread of the Plague on a map.
History: Crusades

Using glitter to represent plague bacteria, the boys infected each other with plague by shaking hands and high fiving.
History: Crusades

We made an army of Knights Hospitallers.
History: Crusades

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

We’ve done another 8 days of #24RACKs (for the first 8 days, go here).

On Saturday the 9th, we took cat and dog treats and toys to the Animal Defense League. Lola helped us deliver them because that’s where we adopted her four years ago.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Sunday the 10th, we held the door for other people.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Monday the 11th, we brought up our neighbors’ trash cans and left candy canes for them.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Tuesday the 12th, we gave a lottery ticket to a stranger.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Wednesday the 13th, we picked up litter.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Thursday the 14th, we took cookies to our pharmacist.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Friday the 15th, we fed the birds.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

On Saturday the 16th, we took socks to the homeless shelter.
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, Days 9-16

Science: Earth and Moon

Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about the Earth and Moon using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.

We made a model of the earth’s layers using play-doh.
Science: Earth and Moon

We demonstrated how the earth is not quite a sphere, but bulges in the middle.
Science: Earth and Moon

We demonstrated how the earth wobbles a little bit using a spinning top.
Science: Earth and Moon

We showed how the earth, moon, and sun make days, seasons, and eclipses. Adrian was the sun, Cameron was the earth, and Fritz was the moon.
Science: Earth and Moon

We talked about solstices and equinoxes.
Science: Earth and Moon

We demonstrated that the moon doesn’t give off it’s own light but rather reflects the sun’s light. In a dark room, we shined a flashlight, representing the sun, on a small mirror, representing the moon. Only when the flashing sun was on and aimed at the small mirror moon did it reflect light onto the bathroom mirror.
Science: Earth and Moon

We watched a video about the first moon landing.
Science: Earth and Moon