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Term 3 Summary 2016

17 Sep

So what have we been up to in our school work?

All sorts of things.

Lots of reading.

Lots of written narrations and essay writing.

Lots of discussions.

Lots of documentaries.

Lots of books.

Lots of exploration and research

All of which just leads to more questions and more investigation.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure (and my personal records)

below are the things we did together as ‘official’ schoolwork over the last ten weeks.

🙂

 

Bible:

 

–  Read the gospel of Luke

–  Finished reading “Big Truths for Young Hearts”

 

Math:

 

– Read half of “String, Straight-Edge, and Shadow:  The Story of Geometry”

– Daily work on Math Mentals

– Daily Math work from “Dimensions Mathematics” (highschool Singapore Math)

– Watched youtube videos for Math review

– Watched youtube about builders using 3-4-5 method of making right angles

– Visited the Science Centre to explore the “Measure Island” exhibition

– Watched “Story of Maths” documentaries

 

Language:

 

– Independent silent reading

– Daily sentence parsing, diagramming, punctuation, spelling and cursive activities

– Daily work on current essays and written narrations

– Listened to audio “Dandelion Fire”

– Listened to audio “Chestnut King”

– Listened to the audio “The Day of the Triffids”

– Watched the dvd of “The Day of the Triffids”

– Listened to audio “Oliver Twist”

– Continued reading The Brothers Grimm original Fairytales and discussed the stories

– Read a children’s version of “The Phantom of the Opera”

– Read “Treasure Island”

– Read “Hamlet” from “Stories from Shakespeare” by McCaughrean

– Watched the movie “Hamlet” (with Mel Gibson)

– Read all of Beatrix Potter’s 23 original tales

– Watched a Globe theatre dvd of Twelfth Night

– Attended the QLD Shakespeare Ensemble’s performance of “The Twelfth Night”

– Read Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”

– Read Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”

– Read “Mark Twain” a biography about the author

 

Latin:

 

– Daily lessons in Visual Latin (Ethan) and Latin’s Not So Tough (Braydeon)

 

Science:  

 

– Watched the dvd series “Science of Stupid” (about the physics of stunts)

– Watched “My Brilliant Brain”

– Watched “Superhuman” (about the human body)

– Read “Snowflake Bentley”

– Read “The Secret Life of a Snowflake”

– Read “Curious about Snow”

– Read “The Snowflake:  Winters Frozne Artistry”

– Explored the lowest temperatures in Australia and Australian snowflakes

– Watched videos of snow crystals being grown in a laboratory

– Watched videos of very large snowflakes falling

– Read “What Makes Your Body Work”

– Explored human reaction times

– Read “Complex Circulatory System”

– Read “Invincible Microbe” (about tuberculosis)

– Watched the dvd “The Deadliest Killer in Human History” (about tuberculosis)

– Watched two youtube videos on Heart Anatomy from “Dr Fabian’s Human Anatomy Lectures”

– Watched the David Attenborough dvd “Life That Glows” (about bioluminescent animals)

– Watched “Particle Fever” (about the Hadron Collider)

– Watched youtube videos to explain particle theory and Boson-Higgs particle

– Experimented with pendulums and their swing times

– Visited the Science Centre to explore the “Measure Island” exhibition

– Read “Bones”

– Read “Lungs”

– Read “The Breathtaking Respiratory System”

– Watched the dvd “The Theory of Everything” (about Stephen Hawkings)

– Watched the dvd series “Pain, Pus and Poison”

– Did water quality testing at Wivenhoe Dam as part of excursion

– Read “Jonas Salk:  Creatorof the Polio Vaccine”

– Watched the documentary called “The Polio Crusade”

– Watch documentary about Martha Mason (who lived out her life in an iron lung)

– Watched an episode of “Cosmos”

– Read “The Flu” (about the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic)

– Watched “America’s Forgotten Pandemic” (about influenza pandemic)

– Watched “Victorian Pharmacy”

– Read “The Electrifying Nervous System”

 

Geography:  –

 

– Read “Hachiko Waits”

– Watched the movie “Hachiko”

– Read about the Australian Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundegai to compare it to Hachiko

– Read original poems that began the legend of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

– Read the picture book “Dog on the Tuckerbox” (about pioneers and their faithful dogs)

– Watched “Lost Treasures of the Ancient World:  Samurai Japan”

– Read and discussed “Sky Sweeper” (about Japanese gardens and the value of work)

– Watched “Rapa Nui” (about Easter Island and the moais)

– Read “Shipwrecked” (about shipwrecked Japanese fisherman who are picked up by Americans)

– Read “Commodore Perry and the Land of the Shogun”

– Watched some youtubes videos of the “Black Ships Festival” that is held in Japan

-Watched “Japan:  Memoirs of a Secret Empire”

– Read “The Way We Do It In Japan”

– Read “Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll”

– Read “Japanese Traditions”

– Read “The Big Wave” (about an earthquake and tsunami in Japan)

 

History:

 

– Read D’Aulaire’s “Columbus”

– Read “Queen of Scots”

– Read “Encounter” (about Columbus from a natives’ perspective)

– Read “Legend of St Christopher”

– Read “Forgotten Voyager” ( about Amerigo Vespucci)

– Read” Along Came Galileo”

– Watched the dvd “Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens”

– Read “The Sea King” (about Sir Francis Drake)

– Watched “Amazing Grace” about William Wilberforce

– Watched “The Map Makers” ( about The Waldseemuller map, the Mercator map and the maps that were made for D-Day)

– Watched “The Empire of the Sea” (about the history of the English navy)

 

Civics & Finances:

 

– Discussed voting; Went to the polling booths

– Read “Journey Through the Pipes” (about getting water to and from homes)

– Went on an excursion to tour Wivenhoe Dam and the Mt Crosby Water treatment plant

– Explored the website “Up a Dry Gully” (to learn about catchments, dams, and treating water)

 

The Arts: 

 

– Attended theatre performance of “The Peasant Prince”

– Attended a theatre performance of “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”

– Attended a performance (at the museum) by a Thursday Island music and dance troupe

– Attended the QLD Shakespeare Ensemble’s performance of “The Twelfth Night”

 

Tech & Design:

 

– Assisted with weekly computer programming class at a school (Ethan)

– Provided phone support to school teacher teaching a HTML class

– Daily worked on computer programming assignments (30 minutes a day) (Ethan)

– Attended LittleBits electronics workshop (QUT Stem workshop)

– Attended Lego Robotics workshop “Driving into the Future with Lego Robotics” (QUT Stem Workshop)

– Programmed and used Mindstorm Lego Robotic kit at home

– Made a reaction time program on the computer using Scratch (Ethan)

– Began working with the Raspberry Pi to set it up as a working computer (Ethan)

– Read “Australia’s Best Inventions”

 

Health & PE:

 

– weekly park plays

– bike riding, frisbee games, table tennis, walking

– monthly trips to Skyzone for trampolining and laser tag

– Read “Slow Death by Rubber Duck”

– Watched the dvd “That Sugar Film”

– Watched the dvd “Unacceptable Levels” (about chemicals in our day to day life)

– Read “Drink and Drugs and Your Body”

– Watched youtube videos of healthy lungs and smoker’s lungs

– Watched a number of smoking commercials on youtube

 

Excursions:

 

– Two trips to Dreamworld

– Attended theatre performance of “The Peasant Prince”

– Attended a theatre performance of “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”

– Participated in a QUT Stem workshop using Little Bit electronics

– Visited the Science Centre to explore the “Measure Island” exhibition

– Participated in a Lego Robotics workshop “Driving into the Future with Lego Robotics” (QUT Stem Workshop)

– Attended the QLD Shakespeare Ensemble’s performance of “The Twelfth Night”

– Went on an excursion to tour Wivenhoe Dam and the Mt Crosby Water treatment plant

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1 Comment

Posted by on September 17, 2016 in Homeschooling Days

 

One response to “Term 3 Summary 2016

  1. Joanne Keane

    September 19, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Thanks heaps, Tracey. Inspiring and informative once again. 🙂

     

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