The Arts: Kinds of Art

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week seventeen of school we did unit 10. Our arts topic was kinds of art.

We did some mixed media art (Adrian’s qualifies because the N is colored pencil and the O is crayon).

We watched YouTube videos of different kinds of sculptures.

They designed candy bar wrappers.

They designed their dream vehicles (flying car for Adrian, teleporter for Fritz).

They did a bit of collaborative art.

Science: Mountains

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week seventeen of school we did unit 10. Our science topic was mountains.

We folded a piece of paper as many times as possible.

We used Play-Doh to demonstrate how rock layers can fold into mountains.

We learned about types of mountains.

We watched YouTube videos on mountain formation, Mt. Everest, and how we know the age of the earth.

We learned about delamination

Geography: Heartland States

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week seventeen of school we did unit 10. Our geography topic was the heartland states.

We did mapwork.

We learned about the Great Lakes.

We learned about Chicago’s Great Fire.

We learned some facts about Indiana.

Jamie told the story of how he had to go on a business trip to Indiana four days before Adrian’s due date and I wouldn’t let him stay overnight just in case so he went for about an 18 hour day. It turned out Adrian wasn’t born until 12 days past his due date so Jamie could’ve spent two weeks in Indiana and still made it home before the kid was born.

Adrian identified all of the Great Lakes on a blank map from memory.

We added the flags of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to our passports.

The Arts: Abstract Art

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week sixteen of school we did unit 9. Our arts topic was abstract art.

We made some Kandinsky-style art using concentric circles.

We learned about Picasso.

We made some art in the style of Picasso’s Cubism.

We made art to music, drawing whatever we felt like the music was telling us to draw.

Abstract Music Art

We did scratch art.

And we made pieces of abstract art however we wanted to make it.

Science: Volcanoes

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week sixteen of school we did unit 9. Our science topic was volcanoes.

We learned about how volcanoes erupt.

We erupted baking soda and vinegar.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Eruption

We learned about the parts of a volcano.

We squeezed toothpaste out of a tube like it was magma.

Magma Toothpaste

We labeled a volcano.

We watched some videos of volcanic eruptions.

We squeezed Jell-O out of a baggie like it was lava.

Jell-O Lava Squeeze

We learned about types of volcanoes.

We played with a non-Newtonian fluid, cornstarch and water.

Non-Newtonian Cornstarch and Water

Geography: US Economics

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Week sixteen of school we did unit 9. Our geography topic was US economics.

Fritz told the story of The Three Little Pigs and we used it to discuss opportunity cost.

We learned about supply and demand.

We learned about marketing.

We planned a birthday party by selecting things we wanted for it, but staying within a budget.

We learned about scarcity.

We learned about giving.