Geography: Germany

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

We did map work.
Geography: Germany

The boys each picked a famous German to research and give an oral report on. Cameron chose Gabriel Fahrenheit, Fritz picked Oscar F. Meyer, and Adrian chose Carl Benz.
Geography: Germany

We made German flag pins.
Geography: Germany

We looked at my chunk of the Berlin Wall.
Geography: Germany

We watched several YouTube videos on the Berlin Wall and the fall of it.
Geography: Germany

We watched a video about Oktoberfest.
Geography: Germany

We listened to songs by Beethoven and Brahms.
Geography: Germany

We made a little puppet wearing lederhosen.
Geography: Germany

We watched a video of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and then acted it out.
Geography: Germany

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History: Feudal System

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

The boys each picked a person or group to research and give an oral report on. Cameron picked the Knights Templar, Fritz picked William Tell, and Adrian chose Peter Abelard.
History: Feudal System

The boys acted out a fealty ceremony.
History: Feudal System

We watched videos about the castles William the Conquerer built.
History: Feudal System

We did mapwork about medieval trade routes.
History: Feudal System

The boys put together a medieval fair. Fritz sold drawings. Adrian juggled (or attempted to). Cameron sold invisible horses.
History: Feudal System

The boys each picked a guild they would be in and drew a symbol for it and came up with prices. Cameron would join the taekwondo guild, Fritz the art guild, and Adrian the video game playing guild.
History: Feudal System

The boys looked at a map of a typical village and chose where they would want to live. When given the choice between being a slave, a serf, or a freeman, they all chose to be free.
History: Feudal System

Science: Stars

Weeks 11 and 12 of school we learned about stars using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 7.

We learned about how stars are classified (our sun is a G).
Science: Stars

The boys researched famous physicists and gave oral reports on them. Adrian chose Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fritz pick Stephen Hawking, and Cameron chose Richard Feynman.
Science: Stars

We learned about the life cycle of stars.
Science: Stars

We learned about the zodiac, identified which one we each are, and all agreed that the strengths/weaknessses descriptions of people with each sign were silly. (Cameron’s Libra, Fritz is Cancer, Adrian is Gemini, Ani is Aquarius, my mom is Virgo, my dad is Capricorn, I’m Aries, and Jamie and Ani’s boyfriend are Scorpio.)
Science: Stars

We watched a video about how we are all connected and how amazing that is.
Science: Stars

For several nights we checked outside trying to see the stars, but apparently forgot we live in south Texas where, this time of year, there is always some cloud cover.

The Arts: Canterbury Tales

Weeks 11 and 12 of school we learned about the Canterbury Tales using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 7.

We read the prologue to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer in the original Middle English and then we read it in Modern English. It’s quite interesting to see how many words are the same and how many are very different and how many are different, but close enough that we could guess what they meant.
The Arts: Canterbury Tales

We watched the part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Hermione reads The Tale of the Three Brothers from The Tales of Beetle the Bard. It was inspired by the Pardoner’s Tale.
The Arts: Canterbury Tales

We watched a cartoon version of the Pardoner’s Tale.
The Arts: Canterbury Tales

We watched A Knight’s Tale.
The Arts: Canterbury Tales

History: Normans

Weeks 11 and 12 of school we learned about the Normans using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 7.

We did map work (Battles of Hastings and Stirling Bridge).
History: Normans

We added a whole bunch of dates to our timeline. Some of those pages are getting pretty full.
History: Normans

The boys each picked a different famous Norman to give an oral report on (Cameron looks TIRED!).
History: Normans

We looked at pictures of the Bayeux Tapestry.
History: Normans

We made a little paper castle and then put strips of paper describing good governmental actions inside (and threw away strips with bad ones).
History: Normans

We colored Edward III’s coat of arms.
History: Normans

We learned about William Wallace and then watched a clip from Braveheart.
History: Normans

We colored a map of the Hundred Years War.
History: Normans

We made cannons.
History: Normans

 

Science: Planets

Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about the planets using Layers of Learning, year 1 unit 1.

We painted styrofoam balls to look like the planets and the sun and then put them together in a solar system. (We included Pluto because you heard about Pluto? That’s messed up.)
Science: Planets

We demonstrated how temperature works on Mercury when it’s directly in the sun and when it is not. The thermometer directly in the light went up faster and more degrees than the thermometer on the edge of the light.
Science: Planets

We showed why Venus is only visible from Earth at certain times.
Science: Planets

We demonstrated why Earth’s atmosphere makes our planet perfect to sustain life. Under the lamp the thermometers both heated up the same, but after being removed from the light, the thermometer without the plastic wrap “atmosphere” cooled down more than the one inside the “atmosphere” because the plastic wrap helped keep the temperature more stable.
Science: Planets

We showed why the orbit of Mars looks regressive to us on Earth.
Science: Planets

 

We demonstrated why the asteroids in the asteroid belt keep spinning around in their orbits. We used a marble to represent an asteroid. First we spun it with construction paper in the bottom of the pie pan and then without. It spun for a long time without because the construction paper added friction and slowed it down. In outer space, there isn’t any friction to slow down the asteroids so they keep going around and around the sun.
Science: Planets

There’s a constant giant storm on Jupiter. It’s swirling like a hurricane. We showed how that works by putting tea leaves in water and stirring them. When we removed the spoon, they continued to spin like a whirlpool.
Science: Planets

Saturn’s rings are lots of bits of things, but they are easy to see. We demonstrated why that is by blowing some cornstarch into the path of a flashlight in a dark room. With the dark background, the cornstarch showed up very clearly even though it was tiny particles (they didn’t show up very well in the picture, though).
Science: Planets

We showed why Uranus is always spinning sideways using a paper plate and string. Giving it a spin before swinging it side to side made the plate move in a much less eratic pattern.
Science: Planets

We drew how Neptune’s orbit is elliptical instead of round.
Science: Planets

We spent some time looking at the Kepler Space Telescope website.
Science: Planets