Science: Bending Light

Week 12 of school we learned about bending light using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 8. Cameron did not join us because he had a work meeting he needed to be at.

We learned that the angle the light of a laser pointer is aimed at a mirror is not exactly the same as the angle at which the light is reflected (though it is very close).

We stood where we could not see a coin in a bowl and then added water until the light bent enough that we could see the coin.

We put a straw in a glass of water and saw that the light bending made the straw look bent.

We watched some YouTube videos on bending light.

We made light bend with water.

We played with Jell-o Jigglers to see how light going through it changed depending on thickness and shape.

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Geography: Indonesia

Week 12 of school we learned about Indonesia using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 8.

We found Indonesia on the big wall map.

We did mapwork.

We learned about the volcanic eruptions that have happened in Indonesia in the last about 30 years.

We colored on pillowcases.

We made masks.

We watched lots of YouTube videos about Indonesia.

We had satay for dinner.

Science: Light

Week 11 of school we learned about light using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 7.

We designed an experiment to prove that light travels in a straight line.

We found transparent, translucent, and opaque things.

We discovered that light shining through a prism still makes the temperature rise (2 degrees in 2 minutes).

We watched several YouTube videos.

We cooked a chocolate bar in the microwave for about 30 seconds until two spots started to melt and then we measured the distance between them to learn the approximate half length of the waves made by our microwave (135mm). (And, yes, I totally cleaned the microwave before we did this experiment. As it turns out, microwaving a cup of lemon water for 5 minutes really does make it super easy and fast to clean the inside of a microwave!)

Geography: Netherlands

Week 11 of school we learned about the Netherlands using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 7.

We watched lots of YouTube videos about the country.

We looked at pictures from my parents’ 2012 trip to the Netherlands.

We did mapwork.

We learned about their government.

We found the Netherlands on the big wall map.

We tried gouda, edmam, and limberger cheeses.

We made mock delftware using blue sharpies. It turned kind of green in the oven.

We ate kroketen for dinner.