The Thirtieth Week of School (Video)

Watch our 30th week of school in a bit under 5 minutes!


The Arts: Folk Music

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about folk music using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17. Cameron didn’t join us the second day we learned about folk music because he was on his way to Florida for some work training.

We listened to lots of clips of folk music from around the world.

Adrian wasn’t so sure about Apples and Bananas.

But he quite enjoyed Joan Baez.

Science: More (chemical) Reactions

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about more (chemical) reactions using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17.

We played with pH papers. Fritz especially had a good time with that.

We watched tons of YouTube videos (including one of Cameron doing the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment almost a decade ago).

We put glow sticks in hot and cold water and then let them sit for a while. The one in cold water didn’t glow as brightly, but the one in hot water didn’t glow as long.

We put Alka Seltzer in water and watched how the temperature changed. It went from 72* to 64* in less than a minute.

We mixed baking soda and vinegar and timed how long the reaction continued while stirring and while not stirring. It took 8 minutes for the reaction to end when we let it sit, but less than a minute when we stirred it.

We did the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. The fountain it made was impressive.

We mixed diced potato and diced liver with hydrogen peroxide to see which contained more catalase. The result: Definitely the liver!

History: Boston Tea Party

Weeks 28 and 29 of school we learned about the Boston Tea Party using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 17.

We added to our timeline. For the first time we had to put some on the facing page because the main timeline page is completely full.

We did mapwork.

We decorated cookies to demonstrate taxation without representation. After they spent some time making their cookies as pretty as they could, I told them I was taking a tax of one cookie each and they had no choice in which I took. Then I told them we were going to vote on having a cookie party later in the day and on how many cookies they would each contribute to the party. They got to choose which ones they wanted to contribute. We talked about how the first way was like taxation withOUT representation and the second was taxation WITH representation.

We made a model of Faneuil Hall.

We watched lots of YouTube videos including the Boston Tea Party episode of Liberty’s Kids.