Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about carbon chemistry using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We drew a carbon atom and a butane molecule.
We made models of diamond and graphite structures.
We tried to set a sugar cube on fire (it didn’t work).
Somehow we ended up with the boys roasting marshmallows over a fire in a bowl on our dining room table. Because of this, we discovered that Adrian is terrified of fire.
We set fire to powdered sugar mixed with baking soda. It was supposed to blacken and puff up, but only little bits of it did.
We made a “lava lamp” with soda water and raisins. The carbon dioxide bubbles got caught in the wrinkles of the raisins and they rose to the top and then fell down again as the bubbles popped.
We made lime water. We breathed into it through straws. It turned cloudy due to the presence of carbon dioxide in our breath.
We watched a video of cool things to do with dry ice.
Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about textiles using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We watched videos on how various types fabrics are made (animal, plant, mineral, synthetic).
We watched a video about the cotton gin.
We looked at cotton before and after it’s made into fabric.
We wove construction paper like fabric gets woven.
We watched more videos on how thread is made.
We played with nylon.
We tie dyed t-shirts.
Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about Mali using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We did map work.
We watched some videos about Mali.
We made flags of Mali.
We talked about the importance of the Niger River.
We watched some more videos about Mali.
We tried mangoes.
Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about African Kingdons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We did map work.
We added to our timeline.
We watched watched an Anansi Spider video and make out own spiders.
We attempted to do some mud dying, but it didn’t work.
We watched some videos on YouTube.
We made sand pictures of Mansa Musa.
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We drew pictures of the fantastic beasts the Europeans might have found in Africa.
We watched more videos on YouTube.
We carved Lalibela Churches.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about printmaking using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
The boys gave oral reports. Cameron chose Rembrandt, Fritz picked William Hayter, and Adrian chose Katsushika Hokusai.
We used scratch foam and ink to make prints.
We made stamps using yarn.
We used the stamps and paint to print on paper.
We made stamps by cutting away bits of potato and stamped them on paper. We were all impressed that Cameron managed to make his look like the inside of a tomato.
We drew designs using glitter glue on one-half of a sheet of paper and then folded it and pressed the sides together to make a design on both sides. They all turned out looking a bit like butterflies.
We watched a video of a guy making a rather impressive woodcut stamp.