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Fossils that we found back in June 0

Fossils that we found back in June

These are the fossils we took over to show the scientistthis morning. LD and DD selected their favorites andwere excited to be able to show him their finds. Theyhad a large tray of fossils just like these on one of thecounters in the science lab! I also posted a pictureof where we were when we found the fossils– againthese pictures were from June (not from today!)

The Smelly Room 0

The Smelly Room

Mr. I let us take a look in the “container,” a sealed roomthat was VERY VERY smelly. These are some of theanimals and critters he has preserved. Some of his specimensare on display in the museum. He and some otherscientists worked hard for 7 weeks (8am-midnight) to setup the display at our local museum (which we went to lastweek if you want to scroll down aways). He said he’d liketo...


When birds are nearly done he wraps them in wool orbatting to help keep the feathers down, otherwise thefeathers stick up in all different directions. Below are the freezers where he has lots of specimansready to be worked on. In there were birds, lizards,snakes and all kinds of various animals.

A Hike at Standley Chasm 0

A Hike at Standley Chasm

Before the weather becomes unbearably hot, I’ve beentrying to take the kids out a bit. We had an especiallyintense homeschooling day on Monday so I felt great aboutgetting out the next day. On Tuesday I took the kidshiking at Standley Chasm. The hike is gorgeous. The “fern”type plants you see are called cycads and have been aroundfor millions of years. They survive here in the Outbackin the cooler gaps and...

Plate Movements on Earth Cause Earthquakes and Volcanoes 0

Plate Movements on Earth Cause Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Our last experiment (demonstration perhaps is a better word) was on plate movements. We looked at a map of the world’s plates, then made our own out of clay. On each plate was a continent (raised) and ocean (lower parts). We talked about how plates move around. Under each plate we put some magma (corn syrup and red food dye). When the plates are moving nothing happens to the magma (picture 1) Sometimes plates...

Natural Disaster — Putting the Book Together 0

Natural Disaster — Putting the Book Together

We’ve done a huge unit on natural disasters this term. LDhas been asking and asking when we could finally finishup the lapbook (which we actually put together with a combbinder). I got things ready and figured we spend theweek putting things together. LD decided he wanted todo it ALL on Monday. He barely even let me get a quicklunch together. He spent close to seven hours finishingthings up and getting...

Natural Disaster Book 0

Natural Disaster Book

Here are some of the pages from LD’s book. The natural disaster picture cards are available atwww.currclick.com for $2.00 US. We used some of the lapbook materials fromhttp://www.homeschoolshare.com/volcanoes.php andhttp://www.homeschoolshare.com/earthquakes.php


The cute exploding volcano was fromhttp://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=31815 All in all, LD learned a lot this term. He sure isproud of the final product! I was amazed at theenergy and focus he had to put everythingtogether. He’s been bringing it everywherewe go (including to Standley Chasm!) justin case there was someone there who mightwant to look at it.

Flower Book 0

Flower Book

We finally put together DD’s flower book. This is a bunchof activities that we put together in a booklet using acomb binder. Activities came from http://www.play2learnprintables.com/Theme%20Page.htmhttp://www.childcareland.com/free.htmlandhttp://kidssoup.com/ (and perhaps one more, but I can’t remember off the topof my head)

Flower Unit — 2 0

Flower Unit — 2

The cute flower counting clothes pin cards were fromhttp://www.play2learnprintables.com/flowers.htm For her booklet, I made a lot of pocket pages by staplingtwo pages together.