Weeks 31 and 32 of school we learned about American peoples using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 18.
We added to our timeline.
We did mapwork.
We made spirit wheels.
We glued popcorn on pictures of maize.
We made sand clay, made an earth mound with it, and built a house on top.
We built an igloo out of sugar cubes.
We watched a couple YouTube videos.
We made totem poles.
We looked at pictures from my parents’ trip to a Native American museum in Anchorage Alaska.
We did sand art.
We watched some more YouTube videos.
Weeks 26 and 27 of school we learned about radioactivity and salts using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 15.
We soaked a piece of potato in plain water and a piece of potato in salt water and compared how different they felt after about an hour.
The boys gave oral reports on famous scientists (Cameron-Geiger, Fritz-Curie, Adrian-Hahn).
We watched a couple videos on YouTube.
We dissolved magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) in water and sodium carbonate (washing soda) in water until clear and then combined them. The water instantly turned milky. We strained the water and what was left was magnesium carbonate!
We used saltwater to complete a circuit and light up a flashlight battery. (Daddis helped get this one to work.)
We mixed sand and salt and then dissolved the salt in water. We strained out the sand, leaving behind just saltwater. Then we boiled the saltwater, leaving behind a dry, powdery salt.
We made ice cream.
We tried lots of different types of salt. It was interesting to discover that some kinds of salt were more salty than others. (My parents brought several salts with them when they moved and they certainly came in handy for this!)
Weeks 22 and 23 of school we learned about textiles using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 13.
We watched videos on how various types fabrics are made (animal, plant, mineral, synthetic).
We watched a video about the cotton gin.
We looked at cotton before and after it’s made into fabric.
We wove construction paper like fabric gets woven.
We watched more videos on how thread is made.
We played with nylon.
We tie dyed t-shirts.