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

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Science: Metals

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about metals using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.

We looked at the Periodic Table and where the different metals are located on it.
Science: Metals

We used a 9-volt battery to start a fire in steel wool. We didn’t get a fire going, but we did get several sparks which was pretty cool. (My dad joined us at the table for this one because… fire!)
Science: Metals

We compared the conduction of metal, plastic, and wood by putting things made of those materials in hot water. The metal definitely conducted the heat the best.
Science: Metals

We copper plated a nail. We put copper pennies (1982 and earlier) in vinegar mixed with salt for a while. Then we took out the pennies (they turned green over the rest of the day) and put a silver nail in the salted vinegar. After about an hour, we took the nail out and discovered that it has turned copper. It was really neat how it worked.
Science: Metals

We put random metal things in vinegar and waited a while to see what would happen. Not much did, but the screwdriver did get all bubbly.
Science: Metals

We made a circuit using a battery, lightbulb, and wire. It took a bit, but we got the lightbulb to light up.
Science: Metals

We made edible glass using sugar similar to how silicon is made from sand.
Science: Metals

We watched a video on how steel is made and a video on how metal is recycled.
Science: Metals

 

Geography: Hungary

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Hungary using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.

We labeled several cities on the map of Hungary.
Geography: Hungary

The boys gave reports on famous Hungarians. Cameron chose Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Fritz picked Franz Liszt, and Adrian chose Erno Rubik.
Geography: Hungary

We watched a video about the history of Hungary (focused mostly on World War II).
Geography: Hungary

We ate Hungarian Goulash (with some paprika my parents brought back several years ago from Szeged Hungary).
Geography: Hungary

We looked at Hungarian Easter eggs my parents brought back from Hungary. (We also looked at some from Romania.)
Geography: Hungary

We decorated hard boiled eggs like Hungarians decorate Easter eggs.
Geography: Hungary

We went on a virtual tour of Hungary via YouTube.
Geography: Hungary

We looked at pictures from when my parents went to Hungary.
Geography: Hungary

History: Eastern Europe

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Eastern Europe using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.

We added to our timeline.
History: Eastern Europe

The boys gave oral reports about famous eastern Europeans (Cameron picked John Junyadi, Fritz chose Peter Delyan, and Adrian picked Alexander Nevsky).
History: Eastern Europe

We did mapwork.
History: Eastern Europe

We compared what Vajk (who became St. Stephen I) and Koppany were fighting for.
History: Eastern Europe

We designed defenses for our imaginary cities. Cameron’s involved lookouts on towers. Fritz used lots of cannons and soldiers. Adrian skipped weapons and instead went with diplomacy to reach a peace agreement with his neighbors.
History: Eastern Europe

We learned about Transylvania.
History: Eastern Europe

We built a Lithuanian castle out of popsicle sticks.
History: Eastern Europe

We made help wanted posters to hire people to work with us on our way as traders.
History: Eastern Europe

We watched a video on the history of Poland.
History: Eastern Europe

We looked at the Cyrillic alphabet and pictures of Serbian illuminated texts.
History: Eastern Europe

We made salt dough and formed it into a relief map of the Thracian Plain.
History: Eastern Europe

The boys each chose a Bulgarian king to draw a picture of and write some facts about.
History: Eastern Europe