Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about African Kingdons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We did map work.
We added to our timeline.
We watched watched an Anansi Spider video and make out own spiders.
We attempted to do some mud dying, but it didn’t work.
We watched some videos on YouTube.
We made sand pictures of Mansa Musa.
<p style="text-align:center;"The boys gave oral reports on leaders of Aksum.
We drew pictures of the fantastic beasts the Europeans might have found in Africa.
We watched more videos on YouTube.
We carved Lalibela Churches.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about printmaking using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
The boys gave oral reports. Cameron chose Rembrandt, Fritz picked William Hayter, and Adrian chose Katsushika Hokusai.
We used scratch foam and ink to make prints.
We made stamps using yarn.
We used the stamps and paint to print on paper.
We made stamps by cutting away bits of potato and stamped them on paper. We were all impressed that Cameron managed to make his look like the inside of a tomato.
We drew designs using glitter glue on one-half of a sheet of paper and then folded it and pressed the sides together to make a design on both sides. They all turned out looking a bit like butterflies.
We watched a video of a guy making a rather impressive woodcut stamp.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about metals using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
We looked at the Periodic Table and where the different metals are located on it.
We used a 9-volt battery to start a fire in steel wool. We didn’t get a fire going, but we did get several sparks which was pretty cool. (My dad joined us at the table for this one because… fire!)
We compared the conduction of metal, plastic, and wood by putting things made of those materials in hot water. The metal definitely conducted the heat the best.
We copper plated a nail. We put copper pennies (1982 and earlier) in vinegar mixed with salt for a while. Then we took out the pennies (they turned green over the rest of the day) and put a silver nail in the salted vinegar. After about an hour, we took the nail out and discovered that it has turned copper. It was really neat how it worked.
We put random metal things in vinegar and waited a while to see what would happen. Not much did, but the screwdriver did get all bubbly.
We made a circuit using a battery, lightbulb, and wire. It took a bit, but we got the lightbulb to light up.
We made edible glass using sugar similar to how silicon is made from sand.
We watched a video on how steel is made and a video on how metal is recycled.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Hungary using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
We labeled several cities on the map of Hungary.
The boys gave reports on famous Hungarians. Cameron chose Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Fritz picked Franz Liszt, and Adrian chose Erno Rubik.
We watched a video about the history of Hungary (focused mostly on World War II).
We ate Hungarian Goulash (with some paprika my parents brought back several years ago from Szeged Hungary).
We looked at Hungarian Easter eggs my parents brought back from Hungary. (We also looked at some from Romania.)
We decorated hard boiled eggs like Hungarians decorate Easter eggs.
We went on a virtual tour of Hungary via YouTube.
We looked at pictures from when my parents went to Hungary.
Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Eastern Europe using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
We added to our timeline.
The boys gave oral reports about famous eastern Europeans (Cameron picked John Junyadi, Fritz chose Peter Delyan, and Adrian picked Alexander Nevsky).
We did mapwork.
We compared what Vajk (who became St. Stephen I) and Koppany were fighting for.
We designed defenses for our imaginary cities. Cameron’s involved lookouts on towers. Fritz used lots of cannons and soldiers. Adrian skipped weapons and instead went with diplomacy to reach a peace agreement with his neighbors.
We learned about Transylvania.
We built a Lithuanian castle out of popsicle sticks.
We made help wanted posters to hire people to work with us on our way as traders.
We watched a video on the history of Poland.
We looked at the Cyrillic alphabet and pictures of Serbian illuminated texts.
We made salt dough and formed it into a relief map of the Thracian Plain.
The boys each chose a Bulgarian king to draw a picture of and write some facts about.
Week 19 of school we learned about minstrels and plays using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 11.
We watched videos of different kinds of plays and things minstrels would perform.
We did a play in a reader’s theater format.