History: Conquistadors

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

We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting crazy filled.

We did mini reports on conquistadors and put them inside conquistador hats.

We used the big wall map to figure out where the Inca Empire was compared to the countries of today.

We watched several YouTube videos.

We built a Galleon out of Legos.

We went hunting for hidden treasure (chocolate coins).

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History: Russia and Prussia

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about Russia and Prussia 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 Russia on the big wall map.

We added to our timeline.

We did mapwork.

We watched YouTube videos about Napoleon’s attack on Russia.

We drew pictures of our idea of a great getaway palace.

We ate Chicken Kiev for dinner.

History: Enlightenment

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

We added to our timeline. Some pages are totally filled and others are just getting things glued on for the first time.

We watched a couple YouTube videos.

We made our own Enlightenment Encyclopedias.

We had an enlightenment era coffeehouse. We pretended we were in Williamsburg about 1775 and talked about all sorts of things of the time. We had hot chocolate and snacks and turned the lights down like we only had candles. It was so fun.

We picked where we would go on a tour of Europe.

We discussed a painting.

We watched a YouTube video of a 1930s auto assembly line.

We put together minifigures completely individually and then in an assembly line to show how an assembly line helps things go faster.

We made finger puppets of and discussed several men from the enlightenment era.

History: Renaissance England

Weeks 8 and 9 of school we learned about Renaissance England using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 5.

We added to our timeline.

We watched YouTube videos of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.

We made spoon people of Queen Elizabeth I and others in her life.

We learned about the Spanish Armada.

We learned about how the British Parliament is set up today.

We learned about Roundheads and Cavaliers.

We watched a YouTube video about the Great Fire of London.

We learned about the Gunpowder Plot and made an effigy of Guy Fawkes.

And then we went outside and burned it. I do wonder what our neighbor thought when he came out to his truck to leave to go somewhere and saw the six of us (my parents joined us for the burning) standing around this thing being burned in the middle of the street. But we were, you know, remembering the Fifth of November (a little early).