Summer Fun

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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Summer Fun Day 5: Bubbles

Summer Fun Day 5: Bubbles

Bubbles Today we made some awesome bubbles.  We also had fun with writing, math, and science. Read:   Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely Discuss: A bubble has a very thin liquid skin filled with air, like a balloon has a rubber skin filled with air. The rubber skin of a balloon and the liquid skin of a bubble will stretch when filled with and will eventually pop if fill with too much air. If you let the mouthpiece of a...

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Summer Fun Day 4: Watermelon

Summer Fun Day 4: Watermelon

Watermelon My boys love watermelon so we decided to make it our Summer Fun Day 4 activities.  We found lots too do with math, language, and art today. Read: Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt Discuss: Watermelon is 92% water. Watermelon is actually a vegetable and not a fruit. It is cousins to cucumbers,pumpkins and squash. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown in 96 countries worldwide. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it...

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Summer Fun Day 3: Baseball

Summer Fun Day 3: Baseball

Baseball J played T-ball again this year so we decided to include it in our Summer Fun unit.  We included some math, writing, reading, and geography in today’s activities.  I also introduced the boys to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” which they loved. Read: On the Team Baseball by Mason Burdick Discuss: Let’s talk about good sportsmanship, what are some ways to show good sportsmanship? playing fair following the rules...

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Sumer Fun Day 2: Water

Sumer Fun Day 2: Water

Water Today for our Summer Fun unit we learned about water. We had fun with water experiments and learning about the three states of water.  We decided to save all of our water balloon fun for another day of our Summer Fun unit. Read: Water by Kate Walker Discuss: Let’s talk about all the ways our family uses water. Take a bath, do the dishes, wash the clothes, fill up the swimming pool, cook with is, drink it… We should drink 8...

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Summer Fun Day 1: The Sun

Summer Fun Day 1: The Sun

The Sun We started our Summer Fun unit study by learning about the Sun.  We studied all about the sun, made a human sundial, a craft, and a huge Reese’s sun cookie.  Both of the boys enjoyed the activities for the day although T is still too young to understand much about the sun. Read: Where Does the Sun Go at Night? By Amy S. Hansen Discuss: The sun gives us energy, light and heat. The Earth moves around the sun. The sun is a star,...

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Summer Fun Unit Study

Summer Fun Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about some summer fun activities. This unit study is geared for elementary students with 9 days worth of lessons.  I did the unit study with my 1st grader and would recommend it for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Summer Fun Unit Study Day 1: The Sun Day 2: Water Day 3: Baseball Day 4: Watermelon Day 5: Bubbles Day 6: Lemonade Day 7: Water Balloons Day 8: Ice Cream Day 9: Swimming Summer Fun Book List Books can be...

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