Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Animal Research Reports


yoga and meditation outside on the grass

introduction of new educational games: Battleship (blue - math - coordinate graphing) and Word Teasers: Funny Sayings (yellow - language - idioms)

although I don't have them, there is an entire series of the Word Teasers card decks, including SAT vocabulary and word origins

introduction of the salt tray for penmanship practice

introduction of Philosophy as a Special subject: first topic, Nature

Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids

by Marietta McCarty

finishing up cover pages and table of contents on our Mathematics MLBs in preparation for a new Cultural block starting today:
Aesop's Fables and Puppetry for my younger group and
Ancient Mythology of India, Persia and Mesopotamia for the older

introduction to wet felting, making felted eggs in beautiful colors of wool, finger knitting lessons, adding lengths of finger knitting to our woven circular rug, knitting lessons, knitting verse, starting to a knit a chicken!

    Under the fence
    Catch the sheep
    Back we come
    Off we leap

Aesop's Fables:
"The Milkmaid" from Borrowed Feathers and Other Fables

acting out the story with a basket and our collection of hollow felted eggs


Extra Lesson: Yoga, activities for assessment (Elapsed Time Task Cards and Reverse Grammar Worksheet) in the morning

Circle Time:
Poem ("Substitute" by Aileen Fisher, from My Cat Has Eyes of Sapphire Blue)

    When Blackie lost her kittens,
    she sadly went to roam,
    And found a baby rabbit
    and carried it back home.

    She washed it and she fed it
    and brushed it till it shone,
    And burbled it a kitten-song
    and raised it for her own.

Math Facts (going around a circle skip counting by twos up to 100 twice, once with a group of seven people, and again with a group of five people, noticing patterns, realizing that with a group of five people you will always be saying the number that is ten more than the number you said before)

Morning Pages (using rich language to SHOW not TELL something)

Aesop's Fables:
adding The Milkmaid to our new Cultural main lesson books, hearing "The North Wind and the Sun" from Borrowed Feathers and Other Fables, acting out the story with our basket of silks as the costumes

Ancient Mythology:
beginning in Ancient India

watercolor paintings: before beginning the first story, paint India, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, the Himalayan Mountains, and the Ganges River, using pale blue for the shape of the entire peninsula and dark blue for the river, yellow for the surrounding water, and red for the mountains, and watercolor pencils to label each item on our map

We will be hearing stories from two collections of Ancient Mythology:

Hear "Manu and Atlantis" and "King Sangara's Horse" from Kovacs (morning). Hear "Baghiri and the River Ganges" and "Indra, the Warrior God" from Kovacs (afternoon).

follow up to yesterday's conversation, where the children decided (on their own) that they would each choose an endangered or otherwise mistreated animal to research and then present a report on that animal to the class. choosing of animals. group discussion of the criteria for the report.

Our animals:
African penguin, African lion, pit bull, horse, earthworm, sea turtle, spear tooth shark

Our research report criteria:

  • common and scientific name
  • where does it live (continent & biome)
  • what does it look like (picture)
  • size (height & weight)
  • locomotion (how does it move)
  • social habits (lives in groups, solitary, etc)
  • diet (what does it eat, is it predator or prey)
  • reproduction (how does it reproduce)
  • endangered status, how many are left, what is causing it to become endangered or mistreated
  • rescue efforts, does it survive in captivity or only in the wild
  • what is the relationship between the humans and the animal? (do we fear it or are we trying to protect it)
  • I thought some of the questions were extremely interesting. I've never before seen an animal research report, which are pretty typical in school, which included a discussion of what the relationship is between humans and the animal in question. That shows the influence of our Philosophy discussion from Monday! I couldn't be more pleased with how they have taken up the task of thinking deeply about Nature.

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