Summer

Tot-School Oceans

Tot-School Oceans

We decided to have some ocean fun since we are planning a trip to the Pacific Coast this summer for my brother’s wedding.  T didn’t like how loud the ocean was, but enjoyed playing in the sand.  We had fun with sea creatures, crafts, and snacks. Ocean Book List Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert Baby Donald’s Day at the Beach by The Walt Disney Company Oscar Otter’s Colors by Maurice...

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Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Team USA Today we learned about this year’s U.S. team.  Read:   page 42-45 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and explore the Team USA Home. Discuss: Team USA Facts 530 athletes Youngest: Katie Ledecky, 15, swimming Oldest: Karen O’Connor, 54, equestrian Females: 269 Males: 261 Mothers: 13 Fathers: 54 Five-time Olympians: 7 Four-time Olympians: 21 Comprehension Questions: What does USA stand for? United States...

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Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Sporting Events Today we learned about some of the events that athletes can participate in at the Summer Olympics. Read: pages 33- 41 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and some more information about the 2012 London Olympics. Discuss: The ancient Olympic Games were just a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days of events. The ancient Games...

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Summer Olympics Day 2: Modern Olympics

Summer Olympics Day 2: Modern Olympics

Modern Olympics Today we learned a little about London and some of the countries participating in the Summer Games.  We also learned what some of the modern events are.  We had fun with the Olympic Rings and the Olympic Torch too. Read:  page 17-32 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin Discuss: The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 and the first modern Olympics were held two years later in 1896 in Athens, Greece. The Olympic Games...

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Summer Olymics Day 1: Olympics History

Summer Olymics Day 1: Olympics History

Olympics History  We decided to start out our Summer Olympics unit study by learning the history behind the Olympics. Read:  page 5-16 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin Discuss: The first Ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC (about 3,000 years ago). There was just one race called a stade (180 meters long). Then more and more events were added. The Games were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of...

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Summer Olympics Unit Study

Summer Olympics Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about the Summer Olympics of 2012. We also created our own backyard Olympics and made a chart to keep track of the medal count. This unit study is geared for elementary students with 4 days worth of lessons. Here is the official site for the  2012 Summer Olympics http://www.olympic.org/.  I did this unit study with my 1st grader and would recommend it for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Summer Olympics Unit...

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Summer Fun Day 9: Swimming

Summer Fun Day 9: Swimming

Swimming My boys love swimming so today so too fun for them.  We spent most everyday of the summer swimming since it is so hot around here with record highs most days. Read: Swimming by Tracy Nelson Maurer Discuss: Let’s talk about water safety… Never get in a pool without an adult to watch you. Review CPR. Don’t go into deep water if you are not a good swimmer. Never push or dunk other children under the water. Always stay...

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Summer Fun Day 8: Ice Cream

Summer Fun Day 8: Ice Cream

Ice Cream We got to make handmade ice cream today.  We also had a taste test, played with money, and did some art projects. Ice Cream Read:  Ice Cream The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons Discuss: It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream. The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he...

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Summer Fun Day 7: Water Balloons

Summer Fun Day 7: Water Balloons

Water Balloons This summer we are in a drought and it has been over 100 degrees for weeks (that’s why our grass looks dead).  Needless to say, out water balloon day was so much fun and helped us cool off for a bit.  The boys had their Aunt to join in the fun for the day. Read:  Super Simple Things go do with Balloons by Kelly Doudna Static Electricity Suction Balloon Rocket Hex-nut In a Balloon Discuss: Water balloons are similar to...

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Summer Fun Day 6: Lemonade

Summer Fun Day 6: Lemonade

Lemonade We had fun making lemonade today.  We also tried some science experiments and did some literature activities. Read:  Lemons and Lemonade by Nancy Loewen Discuss: How to make Lemonade… First, slice the lemons in half and squeeze the lemons to get the juice out… We need 1 cup lemon juice. Next, add 1 cup of water to the lemon juice. Then, add 1 cup of sugar and stir it up. Last, add 1 cup of ice cubes and enjoy! Floating...

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