Week 28–Sedimentary Rocks & Fossils

I spent the weekend lounging around feeling blah, and now I’m struggling to remember last week.

It ended up being a less productive week in some ways due to the boys’ dentist appointments on Tuesday, and my appointment with the psychiatrist on Wednesday.

L has been learning more about 2 and 3 digit multiplication.  He’s doing fairly well with the multiplying part, but still makes careless mistakes adding the partial products.

We’ve been working on Spelling Power and Caesar’s English [vocabulary] consistently.  I think the spelling level we’re on is too easy.  He’s had 2 or 3 daily tests where he’s gotten them all correct.  I’m not sure if I misunderstood the placement procedures, or if it’s just his inconsistent spelling ability.  Some of the lists coming up look more challenging so we’ll see.  As for vocabulary, he’s doing well, but really has a thing about the “quizzes”.  There were tears and tantrums on Friday about it.

Our “Changing Earth” unit has us exploring sedimentary rocks and to a degree fossils.  We virtually explored the Grand Canyon, did a simulation of initial sedimentary rock formation, ate “sedimentary sandwiches” [sandwich with layers], hammered some rocks to check for cleavage, and scratched others to test for hardness.

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The rock shattered; probably sedimentary.

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Some rocks come from outer space. Here we explored impact craters from various sizes of meteorites.

 

L also finished reading “Holes” by L. Sachar.  He seemed to have missed the major connection between the two main characters though, so I worry what else he missed.  However, it has brought up lots of interesting points of discussion:  palindromes, desert survival, Latvia, the measurement of “stones”, fossils of water-dwelling creatures in long-dry areas, traits of leaders, life goals, women in leadership roles, racism, vigilante justice, the fine line between bravery and stupidity, the difference between lifting a weight over your head vs. pulling it up from below you [HEALTH!!!--lift with your legs], switchback paths, how to find water in the desert, homelessness, and sticking up for your friends.  Over the weekend we started watching the movie based on the book, and then finished it on Monday.  More on that next week.

In addition, there was PE class on Wednesday, a visit to the library, and co-op on Thursday.

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On Monday, L spontaneously got out his bike for a bit.

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C is putting words in the correct order to match a spoken sentence.

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On Friday, we drove down to College Park to see T’s robotics team in action. All the kids are so nice and inviting. These guys offered to let C drive their little FTC robot. Another team showed the boys their Lego models of tools and their larger FRC robot [I took pics, but can't upload them at the mo'].

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I ordered this dough cutter of Pangea and an extra mat or two. I didn’t realize the cutter was already packaged with a mat, and they sent me at least 2 more extra mats than I ordered, so I now have 5 mats! The mats have maps and tons of info on both sides plus QR codes to more info. They’re made and sold by Texas Christian University and their Idea Factory program. www.ideafactory.tcu.edu

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