Homeschool Den Making Homeschooling Hands-On, Engaging, Meaningful & Memorable! Be inspired by all the possibilities!! Check out our unit studies, packets and printables! 2020-04-08T01:25:35Z http://homeschoolden.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[Clouds, Wind & Weather Packet]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=34147 2020-04-08T01:25:35Z 2020-04-06T03:17:36Z Learn about Clouds, Weather Symbols, Winds, Weather Fronts and More! Today I wanted to share our new 70-page Clouds, Winds and Weather Packet with you! This packet is currently FREE to download! Thinking of you in this tough time! ♥ In this packet, students will learn about: The Types of Clouds, Weather Map Symbols, High & Low Pressure Systems, Global Winds, the Jet Stream, Local Winds, Monsoons, el Niño and...

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Learn about Clouds, Weather Symbols, Winds, Weather Fronts and More!

Today I wanted to share our new 70-page Clouds, Winds and Weather Packet with you! This packet is currently FREE to download!

Thinking of you in this tough time! ♥

Clouds Winds Weather Worksheets - PacketIn this packet, students will learn about:

  • The Types of Clouds,
  • Weather Map Symbols,
  • High & Low Pressure Systems,
  • Global Winds, the Jet Stream, Local Winds,
  • Monsoons, el Niño and la Niña conditions,
  • Air masses (and how they are named), and
  • Cold fronts, warm fronts, occluded fronts

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Weather Unit - Clouds Weather Fronts Winds and More

When we started this unit, I thought we would just review the types of clouds. We then went into much more depth about weather in general!  This packet ballooned from 25 to almost 70 pages!

Clouds and Weather Packet

We went on to talk about weather map symbols, the major types of winds, and finally wrapped things up with a study of the weather fronts.

Weather Worksheets - Global winds, jet stream, high and low pressure systemsWe talked about global winds, the jet stream, land and sea breezes. We also talked about monsoons, el Niño and la Niña conditions. We went into depth about cold fronts, warm fronts and occluded fronts. And then touched on weather conditions caused by low-pressure systems.

This packet includes student pages (fill-in-the-blanks) with full teacher notes (that you can give as hand outs instead if you prefer).

This Weather Packet includes a cloud booklet, activities and worksheets.

Do I need any other books/materials?  No, but you may want to get some basic books out of the library on clouds, weather, wind, etc.  We often read other sources and watch documentaries when we do our units.  I have some suggestions of things we watched on youtube, but if you hunt around you’ll find dozens of great resources!

For example, we watched this video about the Jet Stream:

Weather Packet - Winds, Weather Fronts and moreBONUS! With this download, you will also receive our Natural Disasters Packet:

Our Natural Disasters Packet has notebook pages and worksheets as well as some hands-on activity ideas covering the following events:

  • Flooding
  • Mudslides
  • Tsunami
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane, cyclone, typhoon
  • Blizzard
  • Heat Wave
  • Drought
  • Wildfire
  • Sinkholes

Natural Disasters WorksheetsNatural Disasters Interactive Notebook PagesThese two packets are currently FREE to download!  I know this is a tough time for everyone and I wanted to do something to support the homeschool and educational community!  If your students enjoy this packet, I would love to hear from you! ~Liesl

P.S. The Clouds, Winds and Weather Packet took approximately two months (or more?!) to put together (and I’m not including the Natural Disasters Packet in that time frame!). Just in the last week, I spent about an hour and half to two hours most days working on it… and today I worked on it for another 6 hours.  Plus, I purchase many of the images that are included in our packets. As you’ll see, I went crazy with various pictures about the fronts and land & sea breezes… I’m a visual person as you can tell!!  Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much time and effort goes into creating these packets. It’s a labor of ♥love♥ for sure! I truly hope this is useful and that your kids learn a lot!  ~Liesl

Weather Unit 70 page packet on clouds winds weather fronts and moreJust to warn you, there is a good chance I will be doing EDITS on this packet. This means that when I update the packet you will get an email from SendOwl (the delivery service I use) telling you about any changes I made and sending you the link again to download the updated packet. This packet is currently free, but if you get edits in the future, the email will talk about your order number or might say thank you for your purchase or what have you… even if you paid $0.00. 🙂 Just wanted to be clear!!

$0.00 Clouds, Winds & Weather Packet AND the Natural Disasters Packet

Clouds Winds Weather Packet and Natural Disasters Packet

$4.99 Water Cycle Unit  Quick Preview or visit post or view image

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Water Cycle Unit - Worksheets Notebook Pages and Activities 6.99 Layers of the Atmosphere Unit (50+ pages) – Quick Preview  or Visit Post or view image to enlarge. See BUNDLE options in our Store.

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Layers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook Pages $5.99  Magnetism Packet: Magnets, Magnetic Fields, the Magnetosphere and Animal Migration Quick Preview or Visit Post or View image

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Magnetism Unit - Magnets Magnetic Fields Magnetosphere Migration $4.99  Environmental Studies: Trash and Recycling Unit  Quick Preview or visit post or view image  I’m just adding this unit in here because it’s close to Earth Day!

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Trash and Recycling Worksheets Trash and Recycling Unit

See more of our packets in Our Store.

Over the years, we have studied various units relating to weather.

For example, last year we did a fairly in-depth unit on the Water Cycle

Water Cycle UnitWater Cycle Notebook Pages and Worksheets Water Cycle BookletWe also did a unit on the Layers of the Atmosphere, which we referred to as we talked about the various types of clouds, the jet stream and things like that.

Layers of the Atmosphere PacketLayers of the Atmosphere Printable Activity

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Here are 12 Hands-On Science Activities that you can do with minimal preparation!

12 Hands-On Science Activities

It can be daunting to know just where to start with science, but in our household it has been one of the kids’ favorite subjects. Why? Because of hands-on activities!

With so many parents now wondering what to do and how to get their kids intrigued and excited, turning to hands-on activities can be just the secret sauce you need!

I want to highlight some of the posts that highlight the hands-on activities we did for various science units.

These hands-on science activities are fun even if you don’t do an entire unit around them!

Oil and Water Activity This is a HUGE hit whenever we did this!

Oil-and-Water-FireworksColor Explosion in Milk – My kids also really liked this. You can print out instructions at this post.

P1230991-milk-fireworksColorExplosion-in-MilkChanges in States of Matter – Activities with Dry Ice

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Hands-On Activities about Liquids (When you talk about the States of Matter)

States of Matter Activities about Liquids

Fun Chemistry Experiments

Capillary Action in Plants - Xylem Activity

Earth Science Hands-On Activities:

This was one of our favorite units through the years. When the kids younger, we focused primarily on the activities. Then as they got older (we did this unit ever few years again), we went in more depth add in interactive notebook pages and things like that. You can see more of these Earth Science activities here:

Earth Science Unit Hands-On Activitiesplate-movement-earth-science-activity

Science Club!

One of the times we did the Earth Science unit, we had a Science Club… we did some of the hands-on activities with other 9-14 year olds (the age range of my kids at the time).  I’ll link to the posts I wrote about that.  In general, we did three activities each week… one relating to Earth Science, one relating to Scientific Classification & Taxonomy & one Engineering Challenge.  The Science Club was a big hit! 🙂  It might be something you might want to consider!

  • Science Club Week 1 – Solar System Projects, Layers of the Earth, Introducing the microscope, introducing Mealworms, Engineering Challenge

Solar System Projects

Mealworm Activities

  • Science Club Week 2 – plate tectonics; taxonomy + mealworms and flatworms (These are really neat! They are especially interesting if you have a dissection microscope)!

Planaria-Playhelminthes phylum

Taxonomy and Classification Activity - Domain Kingdom Phylum

Heat Rises, Cool Sinks

Earth Science - Earthquake Vibrations

Waves Activity

  • Science Club Week 6 – Earthquake Waves – Body Waves, Surface Waves + Annelids/Platyhelminthes

Earthquake Waves Worksheets

Learning about the different types of earthquake waves

Earthworms-vs-Flatworms

Sea Monkey Activity

Observing Oysters and Clams

Fish-Dissection-Activity

And here are a few more hands-on science posts:

Magnets:  Kids of all ages really enjoy doing activities/experiments with magnets. If you have a good set, you might bring those out for the kids for the afternoon! Cut up some pipe cleaners & place them in a plastic tub, show how magnets attract & repel one another, see how many paper clips you can hold with a magnet. We did an entire unit on Magnets, Earth’s Magnetism & Animal Migration here.

Magnet ActivitiesYou can make magnets even more fun with iron filings like these: (affiliate link)

Iron Filings

Rocks – The Three Types of Rocks Activity Ideas

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Free downloadable 3 Types of Rocks worksheets:

3 Types of Rocks Worksheets

Note: Remember we have a Human Body BUNDLE here (and there are pictures & explanations of all the hands-on activities we did along the way in each of the packets).

Human Body Systems BUNDLE

Hands On Activities for the Skeletal System

Skeletal System Activities Bones Joints Cartilage

Circulatory System Activities

Circulatory-System-Project

Digestive System Activities

Small-Intestine-Activity

Make your own Dinosaur Fossils (Scroll down to the bottom of that post for the recipe!) Isn’t ED cute!! She was about 2 1/2!! She still loves dinosaurs (at age 12!)

Hurricane Hands-On Activities

Creating spiral bands of a hurricane

Make Your Own Crystals

Make sugar crystals instructions

Hands-On Activities about Gases

States-of-Matter-Gas-Activity-WeightWeather Experiments about Air

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Learning about the Solar System- Fun Hands On Kit

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Simple Machines: Wedge Activities

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Hands-On Activities about Levers

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Hands-On Activities about Pulleys (My kids really loved this day!!)

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Squishy Circuits or Make Your Own Art Bot!

Squishy Circuits Anglerfish

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I hope these 12 Hands-On Science Activities were helpful! (Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I snuck in more than twelve!!)

Be sure to grab this free download too: Hands on Teaching Strategies and Homeschool Teaching Strategies with ideas you can use in other parts of your homeschool… lapbooks, plays, dioramas, role plays, simulations and many more!

Hands-On Activity Ideas - Homeschool Teaching Strategies - Free Printable LIst

Free Science Unit Checklist: Want a free checklist of Science Units/Topics we hope to cover in Elementary and Middle School? You can grab that here:

Homeschool Science Checklist - elementary and middle schoolWell, that’s way more than enough for today, right?!!  I hope you and your kids have a TON of FUN exploring hands-on science! -~Liesl

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These FREE Math Board Games will help your kids practice their math facts!  This version includes multiplication & division cards for the 2s through 10s!

My kids played a version of this game for years and would always beg to play “just one more round.” (That’s a win for Mom!!) By the way, the Addition/Subtraction version is here. It is also free!

I wanted to make this set available FREE because it is such a tumultuous time.  I hope this game makes homeschool life just a little easier and more fun for your family! 🙂 ~Liesl

To save, just click on the link or picture below. Enjoy!

FREE Math Game Board – Multiplication – Division Version

FREE Math Game Board - Multiplication Division

Multiplication and Division BUNDLE!!

If you are interested in even more fun, colorful worksheets and games be sure to check out our HUGE Multiplication/Division BUNDLE!

At just $7.00 it’s an amazing deal! You get well over 300 pages of materials and more than 20 pdfs in this math bundle!

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You can visit this Multiplication/Division Bundle page for more details or scroll down below for more pictures of what is included.

Multiplication Worksheets 2s 3s 4s

Multiplication Bundle (300+ pages of materials)

$7.00

   Be sure to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

You can see more of the packets we have available in Our Store.

Multiplication Division Worksheet Bundle 2s thru 9s

Buy our COMPLETE Multiplication & Division bundle, 300+ pages, 20 pdf files (and growing!), for $7.00. These fun packets include fun, colorful worksheets, games and activities!

Here is what is included. I’ll include some closer pictures as well.

  • 2s Monster Truck Theme! (12 pages)

2s Multiplication and Division Worksheets

  • 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s (8 Pages) – Bugs, Butterfly and Flowers Theme
  • Flower and Bird Theme (25+ pages total) 13 worksheets specifically for learning the 3s; Plus it also has 8 pages of mixed practice for reviewing the 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.
  • Flower and Bird Theme File Folder Games (2s through 6s)
  • The 4s Packet has a total of about 25 pages.

Multiplication By 4s Worksheets-Animal-Theme

  • The 6s Packet is 10 pages.
  • Multiplication by 7s Packet and Review Pages, 10 pages. (Only available in this bundle.)

Multiplication Worksheets 6s 7s

  • 8s packet (seen below) is 37 pages.
  • The 9s packet has  a total of 19 pages.
  • Mixed Multiplication Practice Pages (9 pages) – (Only available in this bundle.) Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction plus introducing the new skill – double-digit multiplication (a few problems on each page).

Multiplication Worksheets 8s 9s

  • Multiplication (and Division) Review Packet, Ancient Egypt Theme (25+ pages)
  • Easter QR Code Reader Multiplication Card Packet (12 pages)
  • Multiplication and Division Practice Packet – Doodle Animals (25 pages)
  • Seasonal Math Multiplication & Division Worksheets – Valentine’s Day (10 pages)
  • Skip Counting, Multiplication & Division Practice Pages – (15 pages)
  • Fall Multiplication Solve and Color Worksheets (7 pages) (Only available in this bundle.)

Fall Math Worksheets - Multiplication Practice

Multiplication and Division Worksheets

Mixed-Math-Practice-Introducing-Double-Digit-MultiplicationAncient-Egyptian-Theme-Multiplication-WorksheetsDivision Worksheet Packets - 2 pdfs with math fact worksheets - Valentines and Desert Themes

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[Free Math Game Boards!]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33975 2020-03-23T02:11:49Z 2020-03-16T03:00:05Z The Ultimate Math Game Board! ♥ Your kids will love practicing their math facts! ♥ I have made some new math game boards… and with everything that’s going on, I wanted to brighten your day by offering these for free! We used these types of versatile game boards a lot when my kids were little. The best thing about these games was that my kids would BEG to play “just...

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The Ultimate Math Game Board!

Ultimate Math Game Board - FREE!♥ Your kids will love practicing their math facts! ♥

I have made some new math game boards… and with everything that’s going on, I wanted to brighten your day by offering these for free!

We used these types of versatile game boards a lot when my kids were little. The best thing about these games was that my kids would BEG to play “just one more round.” What a win, right?!!

This version has various playing cards (depending on your child’s needs).  There are number recognition cards (for ages 3-6), number word cards, addition cards and subtraction cards.

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Free Math Game BoardsYou can have your kids play together, just choose the type of math problems that challenge them!

Tomorrow (or so), I hope to add in cards for older students who are working on multiplication and/or division. Update: The Multiplication/Division version is here. It’s also free!

This 20+ page packet is free. Just click on the link or the picture below!

Have any questions or comments, feel free to email me! ~Liesl

Grab your Free Math Game Boards here:

FREE Math Game Board – Addition Subtraction Version

If you like these, please share the word!

FREE Math Game Board - Addition - Subtraction

AbacusIn the packet, I mentioned that you might want to let the kids use an abacus. We used the version that has 5 beads of one color and 5 in another. That way, kids can practice counting by 5s & 10s and start to get familiar (visually) with 6 being 5+1 and 7 being 5+2, etc. You can find an abacus like that here. (affiliate link)

K-2 Math BUNDLE

Be sure to check out the 20+ pdfs (300+ pages) included in our K-2 Math BUNDLE. This math BUNDLE is currently $5.50!!

You can find out about our K-2 Math BUNDLE here. It includes addition & subtraction worksheets & activities as well as fact families, clocks, fractions, calendar activities and more!

K-2 Math BUNDLE

Days of the Week Months of the Year Seasons Worksheets and Booklet

Pirate-Math-Packet-Games-Worksheets-MathCards-Activity-IdeasSpace Watercolor Animals - Addition and Subtraction Packet

And many other pdf packets in the K-2 Math BUNDLE!

Dinosaur Unit

If you have younger kids, you might be interested in our Dinosaur Packet. This packet is over 100 pages and like many of our materials, is suitable for a family with kids of various ages… roughly 3 to 8 or so.

Dinosaur Unit - Activities Lapbook Games and More

Dinosaur Unit Activities

Consonant Blends: Are your kids working on blends?  You might check out these fun activity packets:

Consonant Blend BUNDLE - L-BLends R-Blends S-Blends

Long A Sound Words a ai ay ei ey eigh silent e Activities

Be sure to check out many of our other units in our store or with the links below:

What science topics could I teach my 5-7 year old - Homeschool Science CurriculumHere are some suggestions!

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Homeschool Den StoreHappy Homeschooling, everyone!!  ~Liesl

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Tips and Strategies for Doing School at Home

10 ways to transition from School to HomeschoolAround the country and around the world, there are widespread school closures because of the coronavirus. Students and parents are facing a huge transition from a daily school routine to life at home.

How can you help your students transition and even thrive given this huge change? Assuming (and that’s a big assumption here!) that you are able to take time off from work and/or can work from home along-side your kids, here are 10 suggestions for navigating this challenging time:

10 Ways to Transition from School to Homeschool

1. Expectations: Your school will probably have a plan in place. Be sure you know what is expected of your student/s. Will they be meeting online? Do they have packets of materials to complete? Do they have the books and resources they need? Do you need to get them library books or other materials? Do they have due dates?

Make sure that they know that their teacher/s are counting on them to be amazing students… even (or especially) now!

School ExpectationsNote: If you are new to homeschooling and are not jumping into school at home because of COVID-19, remember that YOU have the ability to create your own curriculum & decide on what your kids will study.  I have some helpful (free) 30+page homeschool resource guides for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and high school. I will link to them below at the very end of this post!!

2. Accountability:

What do I do? When do I it? How will it all get done?!

Your kids will have to adapt to this new setting.  Schooling at home is a big change from the traditional school schedule. In fact, many homeschoolers spend some time “deschooling” ie., getting away from the rigid schedule and expectations of the school environment.  No matter how you slice it, doing school at home is different than being in a class with lots of peers.

Make sure you have some open & frank discussions with your kids about the schedule you want to create.  You have the flexibility to make this work for your family! This is especially important because you may be juggling work with this new-found responsibility.

Many homeschoolers will tell you that we don’t follow a strict schedule (by time). But many (like our family) have a clear set of things  to achieve by the end of the day. We don’t always get everything done, but we have something to aim for.

Things to think about/talk about with your kids

  • What subjects will you cover?
  • Will you do it in the same order each day?
  • Do you want to do all subjects each day or alternate days with certain subjects?
  • Do you want to spend more time on some things and less on others?
  • Do you want to add any new topics/subjects/skills to your day? (ie. do the kids want to use something like the (free) Dance Mat Typing to learn to type?

You might want to provide them with a daily planner or student checklist. I’ve taken a half dozen pages from our Free 150-page Homeschool Planner  that might be of use. These are some pages that have worked well for my kids.

Click on the link or the picture to download the Free Student Planner printable by clicking the link or picture below:

Free Student Checklist Pages

Free Student Planning Pages & Checklists

Here’s a quick glimpse of my youngest (12-year-old’s) current checklist. Remember we’re homeschoolers, so her checklist will look different from your child’s (for example, my girls are learning two foreign languages. It’s a long story, but you know, we’re homeschoolers so we can do crazy things like that!)

EDs Current Schedule

Once you know what the kids need to do, create a checklist or a visual planner so both your kids AND you know what has to be done!  You have a really important role overseeing their educational progress.

Remember to put some fun things on this list too… things that your kids will really look forward to. My daughter, for example, is really happy that Art/Drawing/Crafts and Soccer practice/training is on her list so she can go outside “during the school day” to get some exercise. Other things you could add are things like engineering challenges or science experiments (like this post with fun, simple experiments that introduce younger kids to chemistry):

Chemistry in the Early Years

3. Routine/Boundaries:  Set some routines and boundaries right away. As many teachers or camp counselor’s know, it really helps for there to be clear expectations right from the start.

Think about how you want your new school-at-home life to look like:

  • Do you want the kids to get up at a specific time?
  • Do you want to keep a daily routine?
  • Do you want to work with the kids during set hours?
  • Do you might want to make a family rule that there is no electronics or TV during school hours (unless it is school related)?

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10 Ways to Transition from School to Homeschool Tips & Strategies Free Checklist

4. Working Space/s:  It is quite different to spend the entire academic day at home.  While your kids might have their own desk or a normal spot where they have traditionally done their homework, there’s a good chance you’ll be using more of your home.  I have found that we use many areas of our home… not just our designated homeschool room (and the tables there), but also the kitchen counter (where my son is doing his online math class), the dining room table (where we tend to do writing and our foreign language grammar work), a spot in the living room (for online classes)… where we set up 3 chairs and have a laptop propped on the couch arm for their online/live classes. The kids also go to their own rooms to do some work and we gather on the couch to read our lit book and/or discuss history.

You’ll find your own rhythm, but moving to a different space can help your kids transition from one subject to another.

5. Bonding Experiences & Making Learning FUN & Engaging: This obviously isn’t the time to add in field trips, but there is a lot of meaningful learning that happens when a family learns together!

When I was in third grade, our local school district went on strike. We were out of school from early September until after Thanksgiving. What I remember from that time is how our family read aloud Macbeth together (my older Sis was in high school at the time).  My Mom broke that play down so that I could understand, even as an 8 year old!  I still remember my Mom’s voice as she said, “Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”  Now, you might not want to delve into Shakespeare, but reading can be such a great way to share a common experience.

What are some ways to make this time especially memorable?

  • Read a novel together. (I’ll add some suggestions/resources/book lists below… for all ages!)
  • Do fun, engaging science experiments together. We just did a really, really fun unit on electricity and circuits that my 6th grade daughter especially loved! Have your kids make squishy circuits and an art bot!

Squishy Circuit Flowerstem_-how-to-make-an-art-botWe also have some free materials on Natural Disasters that you could download and do with your kids!

  • Do hands-on activities (Be sure to scroll through all the amazing pictures and activities on this hands-on activities page for fun ideas from dioramas, hands-on geography ideas and more!)

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Digestive System Hands-on Activity

FREE Printable List of Engaging Learning Activities

Hands-On Activity Ideas - Homeschool Teaching Strategies - Free Printable LIst

  • Play games!  We play all kinds of games in our homeschool (related to things we are studying).  I love when the kids BEG to play just one more round!  Here’s a FREE math game board set I made recently! This can be used with *any* math facts. Currently I just have addition/subtraction facts & number recognition, but later this week I hope to add in a set of cards for multiplication/division.

Ultimate Math Game Board - FREE!

We’ve played games for all kinds of things from spelling to music, German vocabulary or learning about the explorers of the Age of Exploration like DaGama and Magellan!

er-sound-word-sort-and-gamesBingo Games

  • Now might be the perfect time to start your kids on a foreign language. My kids started learning German and Spanish in elementary school… we just did it in a fun, interactive way! You can check out German store or our Spanish store for what we have available.

Spanish Worksheets for Kids Mi familia - My Family - SpanishSet1

German Worksheets for Kids - die Familie the Family

  • Add in some critical thinking activities instead of the same old math worksheets! Every now and then, we step away from our regular math curriculum to work on some Critical Thinking Skills like math riddles, analogies and more. These are some of the resources our family really enjoyed (including the free Math Riddle Page I made for the kids)!
  • Have the kids do their own research projects (like a power point presentation) on something they are REALLY interested in.  Then share their slide show with the family.
  • Watch history movies together. Depending on the age of your kids, you can start some amazing discussions by watching age-appropriate films.  For example, this post has books & movies about the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Watch a classic movie such as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago or Ben Hur… and here’s a list of 20 classic movies to watch with older kids.
  • Dive into a documentary series together. My kids have *loved* the science documentaries put together by David Attenborough – Planet Earth and Blue Planet. We combined that with a study of biology/ecology and a study of the ocean.
  • Send the kids outdoors to explore! Spend time writing outside or grab our Free Nature Scavenger Hunt printable and send them on out with a bag to collect neat stuff! (By the way, this pic was from quite some time back!! My daughters are now 12 and 14!!)

Free Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

6. Work with your Kids: Your kids have been in a school setting. Chances are they are used to doing a lot of work surrounded by people.  Don’t expect this new school-at-home setting to work the same as homework time. It may be that your kids are really good at getting all of their homework done independently, but you can’t necessarily count on them to be completely independent with the work they’ve been assigned from school.

Remember back to your school days when you’d say to a teacher (or a friend), “I don’t understand.” Hopefully, you think back to a warm, caring teacher/friend who spent an extra moment or two giving you a couple more pointers and reassuring you that you could do the work.  Your kids need that help & reassurance too… even your high schoolers!

Even if some of the work is confusing (for you!), your being with your student and trying to figure things out will give them self-confidence to keep going.  Ask good questions like, why are you doing that? Wait, what’s happening here?  Good questions often help them to figure out the answers!

7. Use a Timer and/or Alarms: We have found that a timer works wonders in our homeschool! We often set the timer for a given amount of time… to work on writing or math or whatever.  Then there is a clear starting AND stopping point. That can really make it easier to focus.

8. Exercise and Movement:  It takes some extra effort to make sure the kids are being active. You can incorporate movement and fun into your learning. Here are 4 active math activities for kids to practice their math facts (for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or even preAlgebra):
MathSpongeToss

MakeMathActive-Chalk-Math-CircleEncourage your kids to spend time outdoors if you can. (Though probably stay away from the local playground for now!) Go to a park and take a hike. Have the kids ride their bikes. Jump on the trampoline.  Do some workout videos together… from easy stretching to dance videos.

9. Friendships: Make sure your kids are able to connect with their friends. It doesn’t necessarily have to be through social media… my daughter enjoys sending and receiving REAL letters in the mail.  And even if they can be together in person, they can use video to be with, talk with, and spend time with their friends.

Some kids may thrive at home, but others may really miss their friends. Be sure that you are spending time talking with your kids about their feelings. This is a huge transition for them, especially if you want them to continue to do some time on regular academics rather than seeing this as an extended holiday or snow days from school.

10. Go beyond the basics!  This is a really unique opportunity to let your kids explore their own interests! Be sure to let them explore and use this time. Let them take apart an old radio.  Have them grab some old boards and create a giant bridge outside.  Let them to learn some computer code/programming.  Challenge them to make the biggest paper mache project they can think of!!  Let them be creative and encourage them to try new things!

Many years ago, the kids and I made this giant dinosaur made of trash we had laying around (packing paper, wire fencing, sticks and more).  It was a big hit and we still talk about it!

Dinosaur trashosaurus

Good luck!! You can help this time be AMAZING! Have questions or comments?  Feel free to reach out to me by email! ~Liesl

Helpful Resources:

Get them reading a compelling book series: My daughter recommends the Harry Potter Series, the Warrior Series and the Percy Jackson series.

Plus some novels she highly recommends include Poppy, The One and Only Ivan and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. (affiliate links)

Wonderful Books for KidsMy other daughter has really loved these books this year: The War That Saved My Life and The Inquistor’s Tale

Wonderful Books for Kids 2Here are some other posts I’ve written with book recommendations:

Math Bundles:

Check out the K-2 Math BUNDLE (with 20 pdfs, 300+ pages) with games, activities and worksheets for learning the addition/subtraction facts, place value, time, shapes, time/clocks, calendar work (days of the week, months of the year) and more

K-2 Math BUNDLE

or the

Multiplication/Division BUNDLE to help your kids get their math facts 2s through 10s down cold!!

Multiplication Bundle worksheets-games-activities-skip-counting-mazes-and-moreMultiplication Worksheets 8s 9s

Younger Kids

Preschool at Home: Learning activities you can do with 2-5 year olds!

Free Alphabet Packet and other materials Alphabet Worksheets and Cardssh-ch-th-Free-Word-Sort-and-WorksheetsConsonant Blends - L-Blends - Worksheets Games and ActivitiesFree Solar System Packet:

Free Planet Worksheets - Solar System Unit

Hands-On Science:

If you want to dive in with some fun, hands-on science units, you might explore what we have available in our store.

My kids *loved* the Earth Science Unit. There are so many fun, hands-on activities you can do with that unit! This unit is suitable for a wide-range of ages. Younger kids will love all the hands-on activities while older kids can learn a lot of details about the layers of the earth, plate tectonics, faults, earthquakes, volcanoes and more!

Earth Science UnitIf your kids are a bit younger, they might enjoy the free living-nonliving activities

Free Living and Nonliving Cards Worksheets and Activities

as well as this Animal Unit

Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spidersMy kids loved learning about animals… and we spent a lot of time learning about animal classification, vertebrates-invertebrates and more when they were younger!

Invertebrate-Groups-Activities

or this fun Simple Machines Unit

Simple Machines Unit

Plus, we have lots of other units from the Human Body to Chemistry (States of Matter, Properties of Matter, Middle School Chemistry Unit on the Periodic Table), biology, botany and more!

Biology Bundle of 5

We first did the cell unit when my older two were 9 and 11. They learned all the organelles of the cell and things like that (be sure to watch the video of my 9 year old spouting them off. It’s cute!). Then we returned to it several years later when my son was in 9th grade. I once again updated the packet, so like many of materials, our Cell Unit is suitable for a wide range of ages!

Cell Unit -- Plants vs Animal Cells -- Eurkaryotic vs Prokaryotic Cells Organelles

Chemistry BUNDLE

Spring Printables: Finally, Don’t Miss These Spring Printables! including the free Spring Skip Counting Mazes printables, our free Egg-Speriment Packet and more!!

Skip Counting Worksheets 2s 3s 4s 5s 10s

Free Egg-Speriment Pack!

Egg Experiment Packet

Learn about the Parts of the Seed/Parts of a Flower with our Botany Packet:

Parts of a Flower Parts of a Seed Worksheets and Notebook Pages

Life Cycles: This 50+ page Life Cycles Packet helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug.

Life Cycles Worksheets and Activities

See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts.  You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group.  Don’t forget to check out Our Store as well. :)

Homeschool Den StoreHappy Homeschooling, everyone!!  ~Liesl

P.S. These are the FREE Homeschool Resource Guides I mentioned above. These are more for homeschoolers who are trying to decide what to teach their kids and at what age/grade. Feel free to look through them if you’re not homeschoolers, but if you are doing school at home because of the Coronavirus, these might not be as relavant to you.

Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: These are some resources I made that might be helpful as you create your own homeschool plans.  These are somewhere between 30 and 50 pages and are FREE to download :

Homeschool Curriculum Kindergarten Grade 1

Homeschool Science Curriculum Grade 2-3

Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum Grade 4 - 5

Homeschool Curriculum Grade 6-8

High School Homeschool Resource Guide - Subjects, Topics of Study - Grades 9-12Plus, here is another popular free resource:

If you are wondering in general what science topics/units to cover, this is a free checklist of the units we hoped to cover K-8 Homeschool Science Unit Checklist for Elementary and Middle School (free printable)

Science Homeschool ChecklistIf you have questions, just drop me an email! ~Liesl

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIES – Math Materials and more]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33922 2020-03-13T04:54:33Z 2020-03-13T04:54:30Z With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a new freebie with you and also highlight some of the other free St. Patrick’s Day materials we have here on the blog! Some of our free St. Patrick’s Day math printables include number words, skip-counting, addition, multiplication, division, fractions, and more! I just made this math review set for my daughter. It is probably best for grades...

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St Patrick's Day FREEBIES

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a new freebie with you and also highlight some of the other free St. Patrick’s Day materials we have here on the blog!

Some of our free St. Patrick’s Day math printables include number words, skip-counting, addition, multiplication, division, fractions, and more!

I just made this math review set for my daughter. It is probably best for grades 6 or 7 or so. This set includes a page on factors & sums, complementary and supplementary angles, and one mixed review page with prealgebra (like the distributive property) and math review (like fractions & long division).

You can grab this freebie by clicking on the link or picture below:

Math Review – Grade 6-7 St Patrick’s Day Theme

St Patrick's Day Grade 6-7 Math ReviewDon’t forget we have a free complementary/supplementary angles packet here:

Free Complementary and Supplementary Angles Worksheets

Free St. Patrick’s Day Number Word Activities: These are some St. Patrick’s Day sheets I made for my daughter a few years ago. It includes number matching (1-one, 2-two, 3-three, etc.), skip counting, and a number word game.

StPatricksDayMathNumberWordsSkipCountingAddition Fact Activities: This next set includes game boards that I made for my daughter to practice some of her addition facts. There are three different game boards. One to practice making 9 (4+5, 6+3), one for making 14 (10+4, 7+&) and one for making 15 (7+8, etc.). There’s also a blank game board and game cards to make your own game.

Download your free math game boards here: St Patrick’s Day — Addition Fact Math Game Boards

StPatricksDay-AdditionFactGamesMultiplication Packet: Here are some multiplication pages I made for DD when she was working on memorizing her multiplication facts several years ago. I put together a number of different practice pages.  There are 8 pages. It is free to download.

St Patricks Day Multiplication Pack

StPatricksDayMultiplicationPackFree St. Patrick’s Day Division Board Game

DivisionGameFree Equivalent Fraction Game  and Fraction Cards (4 in a row game)

Free Equivalent Fraction GameActivity Village has St. Patrick’s Day activities such as mazes, word searches, coloring pages, craft ideas and much more!

StPatricksDay-Puzzles-MazesMake your own Shamrock activity — use these for math fact practice, sight words, word families, scavenger hunts, etc.

Shamrock-Templates-Blank

ShamrockTemplatesShamrock-word-family

Roll and Cover Numbers Game

I made these game boards for ED when she was in PreK.  It’s a race to 50 (or a race to 100).

  • Print out one game board for each player.
  • The players take turns rolling the die (use a 20-sided die in the race to 100) and covering the squares on their game board with tokens.
  • The first to cover their entire game board wins the game.

You can download these free here:

St Patricks Day — Race to 50 or 100 Preschool Counting Game

Race-to-50-or-100When I first printed these out, ED (who was 4 at the time) wanted to play right away. She decided we only needed one piece as we raced back and forth across each row to the end!  We also wound up closing our eyes and choosing balls from a bingo game which worked just as well as a 20-sided die. She loved it when she moved forward 26 spaces and it was great to have her practicing carefully counting and moving that much.

Race-to-50-100-Gameboards

A couple of years ago, I added a new subtraction game to the K-2 Math Bundle:

St. Patrick’s Day Subtraction Games to the K-2 Math Bundle. There are 2 game boards– one for practicing easier subtraction problems (like 5-3, 7-4, 10-6, etc.). The other game has more challenging problems (13-7, 15-8, 16-7, 18-9, etc.) These can be printed out in either color or black and white.  This packet also has sorting mats and a few subtraction worksheets. See details at this post:St. Patrick's Day Subtraction Game - Easy St. Patrick's Day Subtraction Game - ChallengingClick here for more information about this HUGE K-2 Math Bundle which now includes 20+ pdfs!:K-2 Math BUNDLE

We also have some St. Patrick’s Day Multiplication & Mixed Math Worksheets that I added to the Multiplication/Division BUNDLE:

St. Patricks Day Multiplication and Mixed Math Practice Worksheets

Click here for more information about our Multiplication/Division BUNDLE which now includes 20+ pdfs!

Multiplication Bundle worksheets-games-activities-skip-counting-mazes-and-more

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[Addition – Subtraction Cars and Trucks Packet]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33873 2020-03-01T21:03:41Z 2020-03-01T20:05:20Z Help your kids master their addition and subtraction facts with this fun 35+ page Addition & Subtraction Cars & Trucks Worksheet Packet! This set is perfect for kids who are working on their Addition & Subtraction Facts up to 10 and/or up to 20. It will also help them as they work on their  double-digit addition and subtraction skills. This Car & Trucks Themed Math Packet includes simple addition &...

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Help your kids master their addition and subtraction facts with this fun 35+ page Addition & Subtraction Cars & Trucks Worksheet Packet!

This set is perfect for kids who are working on their Addition & Subtraction Facts up to 10 and/or up to 20. It will also help them as they work on their  double-digit addition and subtraction skills.

Addition Subtraction - Cars Worksheet PacketThis Car & Trucks Themed Math Packet includes simple addition & subtraction worksheets to 10 and addition & subtraction facts to 20. There is a doubling board game.  There are practice worksheets for making 12 (1+11, 2+10, 3+9, etc.) through 18 (9+9, 8+10, 7+11, etc.). Plus, there are Montessori-style addition and subtraction pages with no regrouping or with regrouping (carrying), with no borrowing and with borrowing.

Addition & Subtraction Facts to 10, to 20, Doubles & Doubles +1:Cars Worksheet Packet - Addition Subtraction FactsThere are some fact family worksheets for making 12, 13, 14 ,15, 16, 17, and 18:

Addition Fact Families - Car WorksheetsWhen my kids were working on double digit, we used a lot of Montessori-style math worksheets. It really helped them with the color coded digits and the larger font.  The Cars & Trucks Addition-Subtraction Packet has a number of those worksheets. They include addition with no regrouping (ie. no carrying) and with regrouping. And there are subtraction worksheets with no borrowing and with borrowing.

Montessori Style Addition and Subtraction WorksheetsThe Cars and Trucks Addition-Subtraction Math Packet has been added to the K-2 Math BUNDLE (more details below). ($5.50)

Note: If you purchased the K-2 Math BUNDLE previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the download link or just drop me an email and I’ll get that to you! ~Liesl

K-2 Math BUNDLE

The K-2 Math BUNDLE includes the Addition & Subtraction Cars & Trucks Worksheet Packet shown above!

K-2 Math BUNDLE: $5.50

Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link.

The K-2 BUNDLE includes 20+ pdfs with more than 300 pages of math activities, games, worksheets and more!

Addition-Subtraction BUNDLE 20 pdfs and growingFor example, with Easter right around the corner, you kids might enjoy these Jelly Bean themed activities

Easter - Jelly Bean Addition Subtraction Activities

More about the K-2 Math BUNDLE:

One classroom teacher said “My class loved these!

I hope your kids enjoy them too!! ~Liesl

Why so many pdfs (at such a low cost)?  I just really enjoy making fun worksheets and hope your kids find many activities, games and fun worksheets that inspire them! 🙂

My girls really loved having “fun” worksheets and begged to play the games over and over! That made math time a win for me too!

Here’s more about what’s included in this huge Math BUNDLE of 20 pdfs:

Visit this post K-2 Math BUNDLE! (over 300 pages of materials,  20 pdfs!) or scroll below:

This was formerly called the Addition-Subtraction BUNDLE but it now contains SO much more! 🙂 In  addition and subtraction to TONS of worksheets, games and activities, there are also files that cover the

  • fact families,
  • shapes,
  • fractions,
  • temperature,
  • time/clocks,
  • days of the week, months of the year

There are lots of seasonal packets from Fall themed pages to holidays, winter math fun, Valentine’s Day, Jelly Beans and more!

Here are a few pictures of some of the pdfs included

Addition-Subtraction-Game

Froggie Addition - No Carrying or WIth Carrying

Subtraction Packet - Spring Theme

Days of the Week Months of the Year Seasons Worksheets and Booklet

Pirate-Math-Packet-Games-Worksheets-MathCards-Activity-Ideas

math board games addition doubling

Mixed Math Practice for K-Grade 1

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Again, you can see more details here: K-2 Math BUNDLE!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email. ~Liesl

You might also be interested in our Multiplication/Division Bundle (also including 20+ pdfs) or any of our science, history, spelling or other packets in our store!

Multiplication Division Worksheet Bundle 2s thru 9s

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[Tissue Volcano Activity]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33852 2020-02-24T01:35:24Z 2020-02-26T11:13:27Z This Tissue Volcano is a hands-on activity we did several years ago when we were doing our Earth Science Unit. It’s such a fun project (for any age!) that I wanted to share it again! Our Earth Science unit has more than a dozen hands-on activities. We did three or four different volcano activities and several fun earthquake activities… as well as activities on convection currents, the layers of the...

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This Tissue Volcano is a hands-on activity we did several years ago when we were doing our Earth Science Unit. It’s such a fun project (for any age!) that I wanted to share it again!

Volcano Activity

Our Earth Science unit has more than a dozen hands-on activities. We did three or four different volcano activities and several fun earthquake activities… as well as activities on convection currents, the layers of the earth and more!

This first volcano craft is an idea I first saw over at Our Worldwide Classroom. We did this over the course of several weeks because of the Christmas holidays. It probably doesn’t take *that* long, but it will take a number of days to let things dry between each step.

Have the kids draw a rough outline of a volcano on a thick paper (like watercolor paper).  Create a glue-water mixture. Wad up tissues, get the tissue completely wet and place it on the paper.  Cover the entire volcano with tissues.

TissuePaperVolcano

After the tissue has thoroughly dried out (this may take 3 or 4 days), you are ready to paint the sky area blue and the volcano brown. Set it aside for a day or so to dry.

TissueVolcano2

Now the fun part begins. Bring out red, orange, yellow and grey paint and let the explosions begin!

Tissue-Paper-Volcano

The kids were pretty proud of their final projects!

Volcano Activity

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Tissue Paper Volcano - and other Earth Science Activities

What else did we do for this portion of our Earth Science unit?

We filled out these pages from the Earth Science Packet I made for the kids:

Parts of a volcano worksheet Volcano Worksheets and Notebook Pages Volcano-Lapbook-Interactive-Notebook-Pieces Volcano Worksheets-Notebook Pages- Volcanic Hazards Types of Volcanoes Worksheets and Interactive Notebook Pages Types of Volcano Interactive Notebook ActivityEarth-Science-Packet 150 page - worksheets hands-on activities and more

If your kids keep science notebooks or are creating a volcano lapbook or Earth Science lapbook, they might enjoy creating this “Exploding Volcano Flapbook” that I found at scholastic.  Cute, isn’t it?!

ExplodingVolcano-LapbookPage

Be sure to check out our Gelatin Volcano Activity!!

Gelatin Volcano Activity - Hands-On Earth Science Activities

Other hands-on Earth Science activity ideas:

Earth Science Activities

Don’t miss our 150+ page Earth Science Packet!! (Lots of new resources have been added recently!)

Learn how to make a earthquake shake table, more than a dozen hands-on activities on the layers of the earth, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate movement and more!

Topics include: Solar System, Layers of the Earth, Earth’s Axis and the Seasons, Latitude and Longitude, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains

Click here or visit our store to find out more:

Earth Science Packet

Earth-Science-Packet 150 page - worksheets hands-on activities and moreLayers of the Earth - Interactive Notebook ActivityMaterials-Convection-Current-ActivityCreating a Convection Current ActivityConvection Currents in the Mantle WorksheetEarth Science Unit - Layers of the Earth Activities Types of Volcanoes Worksheets - Interactive Notebook PagesFaults Earthquake Waves WorksheetsWaves ActivityEarthquake P-Waves with a slinkyVolcano Worksheets Notebook PagesVolcano-Lapbook-Interactive-Notebook-Pieces

The Earth Science Packet can be BUNDLED with the Layers of the Atmosphere Packet. (See Our Store for details).

Earth Science BUNDLE

Click here to check out our Atmosphere Packet: Layers of the Atmosphere Packet 

Layers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook Pages Layers of the Atmosphere Printable Activity Earth Systems - Atmosphere Geosphere Hydrosphere Notebook Activity - Earth System Lapbook Pieces Earth's Atmosphere Packet 50+ pagesYou will find this packet and more in our Store!

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~Liesl and the Kids

You Might Be Interested in These Related Posts:

Earth Science Unit - Earthquake Shake Table

EarthSciencePacket-EarthsAtmosphere

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[Electricity and Circuits Unit]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33829 2020-03-01T23:19:06Z 2020-02-23T22:08:11Z I have updated our Electricity and Circuits Unit, adding in new worksheets and quite a number of new hands-on activity ideas! This is such a fun unit because the kids can build so many different projects! In the first part of this unit we went over The parts of an atom Electric currents Conductors and insulators Parts of a light bulb Batteries We then spent several days, making various circuits!...

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I have updated our Electricity and Circuits Unit, adding in new worksheets and quite a number of new hands-on activity ideas!

This is such a fun unit because the kids can build so many different projects!

Electricity Unit

In the first part of this unit we went over

  • The parts of an atom
  • Electric currents
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Parts of a light bulb
  • Batteries

We then spent several days, making various circuits! There are a half-dozen activity ideas (with photos) included in the packet.

One of the first activities we did was a graphing activities. ED had to test all the mini-LED lights and graph them by color.

LED light activity - Electricity and Circuits UnitThen she went on to try building more complicated circuits.

In addition to the mini-LED lights and lithium coin batteries, you can use all kinds of materials from copper tape (1 roll is plenty for a family) to alligator clips and conductive thread! (affiliate links)

Electricity and Circuits Hands On Activity IdeasThe Electricity & Circuits Packet also covers these topics:

  • Volts, amps, ohms
  • Electrical circuits: Power source, load, conductor
  • Simple Circuits
  • Direct and Alternating Current (DC and AC)
  • Resistance, Resistors and How they work.
  • Anode, cathode
  • Electrical Symbols
  • Open and closed circuits
  • Short circuits

Squishy Circuits

The kids had a lot of fun when we talked about conductors & insulators because we made our own conductive and insulating play dough!

Here’s ED’s Squishy Circuit… an Anglerfish!

Squishy Circuits Anglerfish

I added in a new worksheet and sorting cards on conductors & insulators. (See pictures below.)

Plus, I included various activity ideas as well as the recipes for making your own conductive and insulating dough. You can use commercial Play-doh (for the conductive dough).

Be sure to purchase a 3 or 4-battery holder or a 9-volt clip so there’s enough power for your bulbs to glow well! This set has 1- , 2- , 3- and 4-battery holders at a good price. (affiliate links)

Conductors and Insulators Squishy Circuits ActivityConductor - Insulator Sorting Cards

Conductors and Insulators Activities Sorting CardsThis was a squishy circuit ED and her friend made together! Pretty, right?!Squishy Circuit Flower

Art Bot:

This is another really fun hands-on activity! This packet includes  instructions on how to make an art bot or visit this post. That’s super fun!

how to make an art botYou’ll need to purchase a mini-motor, but you might consider getting this mini-motor kit because it comes with accessories like switches and propellers and it isn’t that much more than purchasing the mini-motors on their own. (affiliate link)

As I said above, this set has 1- , 2- , 3- and 4-battery holders at a good price. (affiliate link)

Here are some other pictures from this unit: electricity-circuits-symbols-schematic  hands on electricity activities

Electricity and Circuits WorksheetsNote: If you purchased this packet or the Chemistry BUNDLE previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the update (which will have your download link) or contact me and I’ll get that for you! ~Liesl

The Electricty & Circuits Packet is now close to 50-pages. It is also included in our Chemistry BUNDLE.

Electricity and Circuits STEM Unit

$5.99

Be sure to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

Electricity Unit

Remember, the Electricity & Circuits Unit is included in the Chemistry BUNDLE.

See more details about the Chemistry BUNDLE here:

Chemistry BUNDLE

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This is just a real quick post to let you know that I’ve done a small update to the Ancient Greek Gods & Goddesses Packet.

This packet is now about 50 pages and includes a number of activities including

  • Notebook pages about Ancient Greece, the Olympians
  • Lapbook/Interactive Notebook Pieces (with descriptions)
  • Ancient Greek gods & goddesses project cards, writing paper, board game and more!

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses PacketIn this update, I added in a overview page at the beginning of this packet (pages 3-4) with a student (fill-in-the-blank page) and a full-version page. I also added in a couple other options for the lapbook/interactive notebook pages.

If you purchased this packet previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the update (which includes your download link) or email me (Liesl) and I’ll get that to you!!

If you would like to learn more about this packet (and see lots more pictures of what is included), you can visit this post: Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses Packet.

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses ActivitiesAncient Greek Gods and Goddesses Unit - Mythology Packet

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Is it time to spice up your homeschool with something a bit different?  Engineering Challenges have always added some excitement to our homeschooling. In general, they don’t take much time, but they sure are fun & call for some creativity.

My daughter said she wanted to add some engineering challenges into our homeschool day again.  I’ve been trying to come up with some new challenges to add into our homeschool week. (Even my older two got into the action!)

I have a list of various engineering (and STEM) challenges printed out and hanging on our bulletin board. She works on these when she has time. We’ve all been getting in on the action!

I thought I would share a few engineering challenge ideas to get your started! These are engineering challenges we’ve done through the years.

I’ll add in more engineering activities as we get to them. Hope you find something fun!


The Domino Engineering Challenge:

The kids have created many variations of the domino challenge lately! I’ll share just one photo of their domino creations, but be sure to check out the amazing videos. The Frenetic Kinetic’s video will add a new dimension to the things your kids can do with this challenge!

Make a creative domino line with as many dominoes as you have around.

Domino Challenge

Then do it a second time adding in other materials such as craft sticks, string, straws, paper and/or various items of your choice.  This video will inspire your kids to be creative!

THIS is an amazing Domino Line!


Engineering Challenge: Make Your Own Car

The challenge is to make a car that rolls!

If your kids need some material ideas have them gather a toilet paper roll, tea candles, Q-Tips, paint and other things from around the house!

Engineering Challenge - Make your own car


Duct Tape Engineering Challenge

Duct Tape StackSet a roll of duct tape on the table.  Ask the kids to create something practical… anything from a wallet or purse to duct tape shoes!

Duct Tape Challenge


Marshmallow Tower Engineering Challenge

Challenge your kids to think creatively with this quick activity.

Build as tall a tower as you can with marshmallows and straws… or with small marshmallows and toothpicks.

This was what the kids did when they were 2, 4 and 7:

Marshmallow TowersAnd here were there creations more recently! 🙂

Marshmallow Tower Challenge

A related engineering challenge: Create your own marshmallow dinosaur!

Consider this as you make your creation: Why is the tail important?

Engineering Challenge - Make your own dinosaur


Silverware Tower Engineering Challenge

Build the tallest tower you can with silverware. Surprisingly, ED (age 4) was the first to assemble something that stood upright. After that LD took the lead. These challenges are supposed to get kids to work together, but in this particular challenge the kids and I all worked on our own towers.Silverware Tower Engineering Challenge


Engineering Challenge: Build a Post-It Note Tower!

The challenge is to build a post-it note tower at least 10 inches tall

STEM-Activity-for-Kids-PostIt-Note-Towerand… here’s a similar challenge the kids did another time.

Engineering Challenge: Build an Index Card Tower!

The challenge was to build a post-it note tower at least 10 inches high out of index cards and no more than 10 inches of tape that can support an “animal.”

Engineering-Challenge-for-Kids

Engineering-Challenge


Make a Boat that can Float!

Using material you have around the house build your own sail boat and test it out!  How much weight can it hold?

Make a Boat Ancient Greece seas


Engineering Challenge: Create your own Marble Run

Use materials you have around the house!

This was one DD made when she was 8 or 9. 🙂

Build-a-Marble-Run

And this was a marble maze the kids made another time:

They each took a big piece of cardboard, sticks (or whatever) and a glue-gun and went to work!

Make-a-Marble-MazeThey had fun trying to complete each other’s maze courses!  Anyway, that’s just a quick, fun idea you might enjoy doing with your kids some time!

The sticks were quite a challenge to glue down. It would probably be easier with wooden dowels or project blocks or something. Even aluminum foil (which could be bent into various shapes) would work well!

Marble-Maze

There was a really cool version that was popular on Pinterest this past holiday season that used candy canes instead of sticks! 🙂


Egg Drop Challenge

We’ve done this a number of times. It’s always super popular and fun!!

Build a parachute that can safely transport objects down from a 12 foot drop.

Supplies you might provide: cups, yarn, tape, plastic bags, scissors, and a hole puncher.

P1160575supplies-parachutes

They got busy building and testing their parachutes out with coins.

P1160588parachutesThen they were ready for the big test — a long drop with raw eggs.

ParachutesOur Results?

I’m happy to report all eggs survived the drop!

egg-survivor

Egg Drop Challenge

Create a way for an egg to drop safely to the ground. This was another version the kids made one time.

EggDrop

If you are interested in doing even more egg-tivities, be sure to grab our free Egg-speriment Packet

Egg Experiment PacketFree Egg-speriment Packet


Engineering Challenge: Make your own flashlight!

One time, the girls went to an engineering camp. They made these really neat flashlights. It probably wouldn’t be too difficult to gather the materials to do this project at home, so I thought I’d share a picture of their light.  It was made with batteries, wires, a small light bulb, brad, aluminum foil, paperclips (on top of the battery to connect the wire to the battery). It turns on when they place a paperclip across the two brads. Neat, right?!

flashlight-projectIf this sounds fun, you might want to check out our Electricity and Circuits STEM Unit! We did a number of hands-on activities exploring paper circuits, art bots and more!  We learned about things like batteries, volts, amps, ohms, electrical circuits: power source, load, conductor, simple circuits, direct and alternating current (DC and AC), resistance, resistors and how they work, anode, cathode, electrical symbols and more!

hands-on-electricity-circuits-stem-projectsElectricity UnitMy youngest is actually in the middle of this unit now (as of Feb. 2020) and is having a lot of fun! Here’s one of the activities she did last week. I’ll be sharing more about her activities soon! 🙂

LED light activity - Electricity and Circuits UnitYou can purchase your own clear multi-colored mini-LED lights here and button batteries here. (affiliate links)

We’re going to be moving on to paper circuits this week! Fun!


Make your own window blinds

Most every house has curtains or window blinds to keep the heat or cold at bay.

Window blinds made from horizontal slats were developed as we know them in 1794. They received the name Venetian blinds because they originally came from Venice, Italy. These Venetian blinds replaced or were used instead of fabric curtains or shutters.

Can you make your own set of window blinds that opens and closes?

Use a cereal box to create your window, then use these supplies to make a set of blinds that opens and closes: index cards, string or yarn, paper clips, straws or other materials you find around the house.

Simple Machines Pulley Hands-On Activities Make your own window blinds


Think Outside the Box!

Set the timer for two minutes.  Write down all of the things that you can do with a brick and a blanket!

Now come up with two other random things and think of all the things you can do with those items!

If you liked this challenge, you might enjoy some of the other questions in this free printable:

10 Creative Thinking Questions for Kids – Free Printable

CreativeThinkingQuestions-ForKidsMath Riddles

Math-RiddlesYou might also like this post on Critical Thinking Activities and Math Circles


Here are some of the Engineering Challenges the kids have on the horizon:

I’ll add in pictures as we get to these or share your pictures here and I’ll add your kids’ projects to the post!

Make your own Windmill

Read The Boy who Harnessed the Wind and/or watch the video below!

The first challenge: Make your own pin wheel.

The second challenge: Make a windmill that works outside.


String Art

Give the kids a hammer, nails, a board and yarn and have them create their own piece of art!

String Art


Watermill Engineering Challenge

Water wheels have been used through history.  In ancient china, waterwheels were used to power the bellows of the blast furnace.

Waterwheels gained widespread use in the Middle Ages when an acute shortage of labor made machines such as the water wheel cost effective. Waterwheels were used to power various types of mills including grist mills (for corn), sawmills and others.

Watermill Engineering ChallengeTake a look at some old watermills.  Using supplies you find around the house, see if you can make your own waterwheel!

Watermill Challenge


Engineering Challenge: Build the longest cantilever you can!

Materials: Use a bag of straws or a box of spaghetti plus a roll of scotch tape to build the longest cantilever you can!

A cantilever is a rigid structure anchored at one end. (Think of a diving board as an example.)

Cantilever Engineering Challenge


Simple Machines Unit

If your kids are in elementary, they might enjoy doing a Simple Machines unit.  This is such a fun hands-on unit… using wedges, leavers, pulleys and more! You can find out more about this unit here: Simple Machines Unit

Simple Machines Unit

Simple Machines Hands-On Activities Wheel and Axle Activities - Make your own car and paddleboat


Since my kids are now a bit older, I bought a couple of new STEM resources. These two books are packed with engaging hands-on activities.

STEM Books for Middle & High School


You might be interested in this related post:

Do you all know about these Free Engineering Units? Our family has used a number of these and they are truly wonderful. They might be really fun for summertime… there are units on bubbles, rockets, and much more! They have free units for Grades 3-5 and for Grades 6-8.

Engineering-is-Elemental2


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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[German Clothing Worksheets for Kids – die Kleidung]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33718 2020-02-10T03:35:47Z 2020-02-10T03:15:16Z die Kleidung – Vocabulary Worksheets, Cards, Writing Pages and More! I created a new German Worksheet Packet on die Kleidung (clothing). My kids are review adjective endings and I wanted a set of colorful, bright worksheets that the we could use for review, discussion, and writing! This new set is in full color and is about 25-pages. It includes fill-in-the-blank pages (where students can write in the word/s in German),...

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die Kleidung – Vocabulary Worksheets, Cards, Writing Pages and More!

die Kleidung - German Vocabulary Worksheets for ClothingI created a new German Worksheet Packet on die Kleidung (clothing). My kids are review adjective endings and I wanted a set of colorful, bright worksheets that the we could use for review, discussion, and writing!

This new set is in full color and is about 25-pages. It includes fill-in-the-blank pages (where students can write in the word/s in German), matching pages (German word to pictures), picture cards (to use in conversation practice), and writing pages.

There are also a few pages with clothing related adjectives (einfarbig, bunt, gestreift, etc.) if your kids are ready to master words like that.

die Kleidung - German Worksheets for KidsMy kids are going over the tricky adjective endings, so I included the adjective ending charts I made for the kids.

German worksheet Adjective Endings

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German Worksheets die Kleidung Clothes Clothing

The German Clothing Worksheet Packet has been added to German BUNDLE 1.  In this bundle, you will also find the other Kleidung – Clothing Packet which I made for the kids some time back.

The other Kleidung packet includes bingo cards which my kids ♥loved♥ playing!

die Kleidung Clothing German Worksheets

As you can see from the picture above, the other Kleidung worksheet packet has black and white clothing items (for the most part). I had the kids color in some of the clothing cards and used those for conversation practice… not only for colors, but also pretending we were in a shop and asking the shopkeeper how much things cost.

Wie-viel-kostet-es

What else is included in German BUNDLE 1?

You can visit our German Store for more pictures and more details and to check out German BUNDLE 2 and 3 as well.

German BUNDLE 1 includes ALL of the packets listed below (for photos you can click on the Quick Preview or scroll below for more pictures.

  • German Conversation Packet – die Familie (2 pdf files)
  • German Conversation Packet 2 – das Wetter die Jahreszeiten die Monaten
  • Weather & Seasons Conversation Starters (Bonus Packet!)
  • Weihnachten und Farben
  • German Weather Packet -Winterwörter-Krankheiten-Schmerzen
  • German Conversation Packet 3 – Kleidung – Clothing
  • die Kleidung Packet (in color)
  • German Vocabulary Builder – Valentinstag
  • German Worksheets – Easter Spring Words – Ostern und Frühling
  • die deutschen Zahlen, die Farben

German Bundle 1: $7.99

Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download links! There are 12 pdfs in German BUNDLE 1.

Visit our German Store to check out our other German BUNDLES.

Below are some pictures of what is included in German Bundle 1. Click on the pictures to enlarge!

German Worksheets for Kids - Matching Pages die Familie - the Familydie Familie - German Matching Cards and Games for KidsGerman Weather & Seasons Conversation StartersWeihnachten und Farben German Worksheets for Kids

german-worksheets-winterworter-winter-wordsgerman-worksheets-krankeiten-schmerzen-sick-hurtdie Kleidung Clothing German WorksheetsGerman Clothing Worksheets and Cards - die KleidungValentinstag - German WorksheetsGerman Worksheets Easter Spring Ostern FruhlingGerman Worksheets - die deutschen Zahlen - NumbersGerman Worksheets - die Farben auf DeutschYou can visit our German Store to check out our other German Bundles.

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Freizeit - Hobbies - Was machst du gerneFreizeit das Haus Was machst du - German Worksheetsdas Haus German Worksheets ArbeitsblätterRooms in the House Worksheets - German Worksheets das Haus UnitSommer Wortschatz - German Worksheets and Activities for Kids

Click here to see what is included in this growing bundle: German Bundle 3

German Bundle 3German Bundle 3 currently includes

German Body Parts Worksheets die KörperteileGerman Worksheets - die Körperteile Body Parts - Organe Knochen

German Worksheets for Kids - Tiere Animals Tiere im Wald Forest Animalsder Ozean - Unterwasserleben German Worksheets for Kids - the ocean beach marine life

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Bis bald!

     ~Liesl

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This 30-page Plurals Packet has worksheets and games to help your kids learn how to form plurals easily!

To form some plurals you add an -s; for others you add an -es. Sometimes you change the f and add -ves… or other times the spellings are irregular!

Here are some worksheets and games to practice all that!

Plurals Spelling Games and Activities

This 20+ page Spelling Packet includes two game boards, 10 pages of word cards, two sorting mats as well as a half-dozen practice worksheets.

Some of the words include those that add an

-s such as cat, snake, muffin, nests and others

es such as box, glass, church, buzz

words that end in o that add an -s such as radio, video or -es such as volcano, potato, zero, hero

words that end in y that add an -s such as valley, monkey or change to -ies such as pennies or cherries

 Plurals - Irregular Words or Changing f to vThis packet includes a half-dozen worksheets. Some pages have clipart, but I also provided a plain page (with no clipart) as well.

Plurals Worksheets - Add -s or -es

Note: If you have purchased the Spelling Bundle previously,  I have updated this file to include more words that end in -o or -y! Be sure to check your PayPal email address for the updated file! 🙂 ~Liesl

$3.00 Plurals – Worksheets, Activities & Games for adding -s or -es to create plurals. Plus, there are activities for practicing irregular spellings & words that change from f to -ves. (This file is included in our Spelling BUNDLE. See this page or details below.)

Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

Our Spelling BUNDLE currently consists of 8 pdfs. Pictures are provided below or here at this Spelling Bundle Page!

1. Long A & Long I Packet

2. Long E Packet

3. ou/ow oy/oi au/aw Packet

4. /er/ Sound Packet

5. /k/ Sound Packet

6. /ul/ Sound Packet

7. ie/ei Words Packet

8. Plurals – add -s or -es

Glance through pictures of all of the spelling games/activities listed below.

$4.00 Long A Sound and Long I Sound Word Sorts and Games (plus the bonus packet: Word Sorts for Activities for r-wr and n-kn)

$3.00 Long E Sound Word Sort and Games

$3.00 ow ou oy oi aw au Word Sort Activities and Games

$3.00 /er/ Sound Word Sort and Games

$3.00 /k/ Sound Word Sort Activities and Games (c, k, ck, ch, cc, que – spellings)

$3.00 /ul/ Sound: Word Sort and Activities for words ending in -le -el -al -il -ol -ile

$3.00 ie ei Words – Worksheets, Activities & Games for words spelled ie (such as piece, chief, yield, ancient, science, glacier, goalie) and words spelled with ei (such as receive, beige, foreign, ceiling, receipt and more!)

$3.00 Plurals – Worksheets, Activities & Games for adding -s or -es to create plurals. Plus, there are activities for practicing irregular spellings & words that change from f to v.

$18.99 Spelling BUNDLE – Buy all of the packets listed above (and any that I create in the future). The Spelling Bundle includes: 1. Long A & Long I Packet 2. Long E Packet 3. ou/ow oy/oi au/aw Packet 4. /er/ Sound Packet 5. /k/ Sound Packet 6. /ul/ Sound Packet 7. ie/ei Words Packet 8. Plurals – add -s or -es Spelling Packets – Quick Preview or see more details at this page: Spelling BUNDLE

Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by email! ~Liesl

Spelling BUNDLE - Activities and GamesLong A Sound Words a ai ay ei ey eigh silent e Activitiesow ou oy oi aw au Word Sort-Activitieser-sound-word-sort-and-games

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Liesl - Homeschool Den http://homeschoolden.com/ <![CDATA[World War II History]]> http://homeschoolden.com/?p=33635 2020-02-01T16:05:20Z 2020-02-01T15:55:22Z This semester we have been studying World War II history. It’s been such a fascinating unit, I wanted to share with you what we’ve done so far! We have jumped ahead in time to pick up where we left off last spring in modern history.  Last year we studied the growth of imperialism & nationalism, WWI, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression and some Chinese History. We read a number...

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This semester we have been studying World War II history. It’s been such a fascinating unit, I wanted to share with you what we’ve done so far!

We have jumped ahead in time to pick up where we left off last spring in modern history.  Last year we studied the growth of imperialism & nationalism, WWI, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression and some Chinese History. We read a number of wonderful books from The Jungle & the Great Gadsby to The Grapes of Wrath and Red Scarf Girl.

World War II History: 1930s Germany & the Holocaust

World War II History - Holocaust (TV_miniseries) with Meryl StreepThis semester, we started with 1930s Germany.  We spent quite a bit of time talking about the buildup of anti-Jewish sentiment as Hitler came to power. We watched the powerful (award winning) mini-series, The Holocaust (affiliate link) with Meryl Streep & James Woods. It follows a family as they face growing antisemitism.  One family member winds up in a concentration camp, others are expelled from Germany and spend time in the Warsaw ghetto. It covers many of the chilling aspects of this history: Krystalnacht, the Gestapo, the laws that prohibit Jews from working, gassing of people with mental/physical disabilities, the Nuremberg Laws, the Einsatzgruppen, uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto and of course the mass extermination of people in Auschwitz.  It is a powerful series (but of course, with horrific content and absolutely *not* for young kids!)

As we watched the series (which we had to do even on the weekends b/c it is so long!), we also went through and talked about those topics. 

World War II - 1930s Germany

I made the kids note-taking pages (as well as notebook pages). The kids taped the topic/picture on top of some blank note taking squares (see the flaps down in the picture below?).  I also made a page with answers provided.

World War II History - Notebook PagesI taught a course on the Holocaust for a number of years (remember in my pre-homeschool life I was a history teacher on the high school & college level.) What a grim topic. 🙁

World War II History: The Race for the Atomic Bomb

World War II History - Bomb By Steve SheinkinFrom there, we went on to talk about the race for the atomic bomb.  We read Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (affiliate link) by Steve Sheinkin.  This has a 5 star rating on Amazon and it is well-deserved!! It is a Newbery Honor Book and won the Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year title. It’s intriguing and exciting! My kids *loved* it!!

This book shows how the race between America and Germany to develop a powerful atomic bomb played out not only with the race by physicists around the globe, but also with spies, espionage, and sabotage.  It shows Allies’ desperate struggle to prevent Germany from developing the bomb and the Soviet Union’s equally desperate struggle to steal the plans for the atomic bomb.  After reading this, one completely understands how/why the Cold War developed immediately after the War (since distrust and fear were already growing during the war itself!)

I also created some notebook pages that we covered over the past week or so.

Race to Build the Atomic Bomb Worksheets

The World War II packet is not ready to share as we have not completed the military history of the war itself, but feel free reach out to me if you’re currently doing this unit and I’ll provide what I have at a deeply discounted rate (since it is incomplete). ~Liesl


World War I Packet

I mentioned above that last year we studied nationalism, imperialism, WWI and the Russian Revolution last year.  You can find out more about our 100+ page World War I unit here:

World War I Unit with Worksheets Notebook Pages and More

Imperialism Notebook PagesCauses of World War I and How WWI Broke Out Worksheet - Notebook PagesWeapons and Strategies of WWIBattles of WWI Interactive Notebook ActivityRussian Revolution Worksheets - Notebook Pages

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