Science: Carbon Chemistry

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.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

We made models of diamond and graphite structures.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

We tried to set a sugar cube on fire (it didn’t work).
Science: Carbon Chemistry

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.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

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.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

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.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

We made lime water. We breathed into it through straws. It turned cloudy due to the presence of carbon dioxide in our breath.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

We watched a video of cool things to do with dry ice.
Science: Carbon Chemistry

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The Arts: Textiles

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).
The Arts: Textiles

We watched a video about the cotton gin.
The Arts: Textiles

We looked at cotton before and after it’s made into fabric.
The Arts: Textiles

We wove construction paper like fabric gets woven.
The Arts: Textiles

We watched more videos on how thread is made.
The Arts: Textiles

We played with nylon.
The Arts: Textiles

We tie dyed t-shirts.
The Arts: Textiles

History: African Kingdoms

Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about African Kingdons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.

We did map work.
History: African Kingdoms

We added to our timeline.
History: African Kingdoms

We watched watched an Anansi Spider video and make out own spiders.
History: African Kingdoms

We attempted to do some mud dying, but it didn’t work.
History: African Kingdoms

We watched some videos on YouTube.
History: African Kingdoms

We made sand pictures of Mansa Musa.
History: African Kingdoms

<p style="text-align:center;"The boys gave oral reports on leaders of Aksum.
History: African Kingdoms

We drew pictures of the fantastic beasts the Europeans might have found in Africa.
History: African Kingdoms

We watched more videos on YouTube.
History: African Kingdoms

We carved Lalibela Churches.
History: African Kingdoms

The Arts: Printmaking

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.
The Arts: Printmaking

We used scratch foam and ink to make prints.
The Arts: Printmaking

We made stamps using yarn.
The Arts: Printmaking

We used the stamps and paint to print on paper.
The Arts: Printmaking

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.
The Arts: Printmaking

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.
The Arts: Printmaking

We watched a video of a guy making a rather impressive woodcut stamp.
The Arts: Printmaking