Let’s Visualize and Connect! OPTIONAL!
Students spent their week visualizing their learning and making connections. They have requested that I write up a few fun lessons from our week on our blog.
Lesson #1 Social Studies connection
1. Take an orange and write all the continents and oceans. Slice the orange into hemispheres! This can be tricky so parent guidance is welcomeJ Take another orange and write all the continents and oceans. Now carefully peel the orange so you can see the world as a map and not as a globe!
Lesson #2 Science connection
Take an apple. Tell your parents that the apple represents the Earth. Highlight food and shelter as two ways we depend on the Earth.
1. Slice the apple into quarters to explore how much of the Earth’s resources are available to support our lives.
2. Set aside the three-quarters that represent oceans.
3. Slice the remaining quarter into two pieces.
4. Dispose of one piece: it represents the land that is inhospitable (can’t live there! - unwelcoming) for humans.
5. The remaining 1/8th represents the land where people live or find shelter.
6. Slice the remaining 1/8 into four sections and set aside three of the sections. They represent areas too rocky, too steep or too cold to produce food.
7. Carefully peel the remaining 1/32 slice of the Earth. This peel represents the very thin skin of the Earth’s crust or soil that grows the food we need to live. This layer is less than five feet deep, and is capable of producing a relatively fixed amount of food. In addition, this thin layer of apple peel – which represents the soil- supports the world’s entire population which is currently 7 billion people and growing.
8. Can you divide this piece into 7 billion pieces?
9. Engage in a family discussion about your findings!
Lesson #3 Descriptive writing!
We have been looking at developing our writing skills by adding descriptive language!
Find a picture or image around the house or online. Try to write a sentence with as much description as you can without creating a run on sentence.
The definition of an adjective is a part of speech that is used to describe a noun.
A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things or persons which are not similar. The simile is usually in a phrase that begins with "as" or "like."
Add – personification
Personification is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human or, in some cases, to something that isn't even alive.
Add – alliteration
The definition of alliteration is a grammatical term meaning two or more words in a row starting with the same sounds.
Challenge – Each day try to add detail to your sentences that you say! For example:
Dad what’s for dinner”
Example given by student: “Hello my absolutely awesome dad, what scrumptious delight are we having for dinner?”