Geography: Central America

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Central America using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 13.

We watched one YouTube video of beautiful places to visit in Central America and then another about the extreme poverty.

We found Central America on the map and then did mapwork.

We read part of Grandpop’s Book about the boys’ great-great-grandfather’s 1910 trip to the Panama Canal while it was being built and then watched a documentary on how the Panama Canal works.

We watched some YouTube videos about places in Central America.

We erupted a volcano.

We had Papusa for dinner.

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Geography: Peru and Bolivia

Weeks 18 and 19 of school we learned about Peru and Bolivia using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 12.

We found Peru and Bolivia on the big wall map.

We did mapwork.

We watched YouTube videos including on one the Nazca Lines.

We made our own Nazca Lines designs.

We decorated hats.

We watched lots of YouTube videos, including several on Machu Picchu.

We ate Bolivian Silpancho for dinner (it was so good!).

Geography: Baltic States

Week 17 of school we learned about the Baltic states using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 11. That was our last one week unit of the school year.

We found Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the big wall map.

We watched several YouTube videos.

We did mapwork.

And then colored the countries with the colors on their flags.

We used toilet paper tubes to make a cross like you might find on the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.

We had Latvian potato salad with dinner.

Geography: Central Asia

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 10. We did both week’s worth of lesson in one week so we could have an extra week of Christmas vacation.

We found the three countries on the big map on the wall.

We made launch pads for a space shuttle.

We colored the Turkmenistan flag.

We tried a drink made of plain yogurt, water, salt, and mint extract. And by we, I mean Fritz, my mother, and me. The other two boys refused to even take a sip. It was gross.

We watched several YouTube videos about life in Uzbekistan.

We did mapwork.

We had Palov for dinner (it was really good!).

Geography: Korea

Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about Korea using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 9.

We found the Korean peninsula on the big wall map.

We looked at the Korean characters on Fritz’s black belt (they are upside-down in the picture since they were facing the boys across the table from me).

We did mapwork.

We played a game of Yut.

We watched a YouTube video of a fan dance.

And then we made our own fans.

We watched several videos on why people do or do not defect from DPRK.

We made Ddakji discs, or as Adrian pronounces it, “ormigami.”

We had Bibimbap for dinner.

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.