Posts made in October, 2012

Christopher Columbus: Day 7

Christopher Columbus: Day 7

This is the last day of our Christopher Columbus Unit.  Today we reviewed a lot of map skills that we learned throughout this unit.  We have come to the end of our Christopher Columbus Unit.  There are many more lessons in Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker that we didn’t do.  Be sure to look through them before the end of the unit to see if there are any that you want to add to your own Columbus study. Read: “The...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 6

Christopher Columbus: Day 6

We learned about Columbus’ other trips to the New World (4 total) and about the end of his life.  We review some vocabulary words and a little about sailors of the time using our book, Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker.   We also made a paper world map from Columbus’ time as well. Read: “Shipwreck!” on page 20 and “Honored in Spain” on page 24 of Hands on History Christopher Columbus by...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 5

Christopher Columbus: Day 5

Today we explored with Columbus farther South to Cuba and Haiti. We also learned about his return to Spain after his discovery of the New World and what a Coat of Arms is. We learned about another landform, mountains.   The boys had fun making a mountain cake and eating it! Read: “A New World” on page 17 of Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker pages 38-43 in Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire Map...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 4

Christopher Columbus: Day 4

Today we learned where Columbus landed and about the natives that he met when he arrived in the New World.  We learned about islands and that he was not in India like he thought he was.  Today we read and had a lot of discussion time, we also had fun with a few art projects. Read: “King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella” and “Getting Ready” on page 12 and “Trouble on Board” on page 15 of Hands on History...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 3

Christopher Columbus: Day 3

On this day we learned about Columbus’ 3 ships the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.  We learned what life was like for the sailors on the ships and actually measure out how big the ships were.  J also learned about navigation in Columbus’ time and  got to explore outside with a compass. Read: “At Home in Portugal” on page 9 and “Off to Spain” on page 10 of Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker. pages 22-30 in...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 2

Christopher Columbus: Day 2

Today we learned how and why Columbus left Italy.  We also studied early beliefs about the earth being flat and how they thought the world map looked 500 years ago.  We had fun with making and floating our own boat crafts and writing letters to the King and Queen of Spain. Read: “A Boy Named Christopher” on page 6 and “A Sea Battle” on page 8 of Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker pages 13-21 in Columbusby Ingri and...

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Christopher Columbus: Day 1

Christopher Columbus: Day 1

For the first day of our Christopher Columbus unit study we became more acquainted with his early life.  We learned that he was from Italy over 500 years ago and that he loved to sail.  We read a little from the book Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire each day of this unit. Read: pages 4-13 in Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire.  Map Skills: Have the students find Italy on a world map or globe, then the city...

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Christopher Columbus Unit Study

Christopher Columbus Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about Christopher Columbus and his journey to America. We also learned a little geography and about some different landforms including peninsulas, islands, and mountains.  We used the books Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire and Hands on History Christopher Columbus by Mary Tucker to accompany our daily lessons. This unit study was made for elementary students and has 7 days worth of lessons. I did...

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Fall Fun Day 7: Bonfire

Fall Fun Day 7: Bonfire

Bonfire For our last day of our Fall Fun unit study we learned about bonfires since we always have one on Halloween.  J had his cousin over again for today’s fun. Read: Fire Safety by Nancy Loewen Watch: Fire Safety with a Fireman Discuss: Build bonfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves. Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the bonfire when you’re done. Stir it and douse it again...

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Fall Fun Day 6: Apples

Fall Fun Day 6: Apples

Apples J had his cousin over for the apple day of our Fall Fun unit study.  We had a lot of fun with math, science, and art today. Read: How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro Watch: Life Cycle of an Apple Tree Discuss: Apples are a fruit. Apples belong to the “rose” family. Apples come in almost every shade of red, green and yellow. The size of apples varies from a the size of a golf ball to the size of a...

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