October

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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Halloween Bonfire

Halloween Bonfire

We had a Halloween Bonfire again this year.  This time we set up a table outside with all the pumpkin carving tools and told people to bring their own pumpkins to carve. The boys actually helped us gut the pumpkins this year… in the past they have said it was too slimy for them. T really like looking at the candles in them. It was fun making jack-o-lanterns together! We roasted hot dogs and smores too. I bought carmel apples...

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Halloween Bonfire

Halloween Bonfire

We decided to have a bonfire for Halloween this year.  First we went to a nearby pick-your-own pumpkin patch to choose two big pumpkins.  We rode in a wagon pulled by a tractor to the pumpkin patch.  After choosing our two pumpkins we placed them in the wagon with T and pulled them to the car so we could take them home and carve them. My husband and I decided to try more difficult designs this year.  We each choose our design and dug in,...

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