Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leprechaun Juice

Last year for St. Patrick's Day we made Leprechaun Juice. We modified the recipe a little to match with the ingredients we had in the house. The easy to make and tasty drink was part of the Green Week Meal Plan on the Teaching Good Eaters blog.





Spinach, pineapple juice, banana, grapes, and kiwi - We put all the ingredients into the food processor and mixed. We've also included avocado, zucchini and apple. So simple - So tasty!





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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thirteen - Adding Game

Children practice adding playing the game Thirteen and don't even realize they are learning. Thirteen is played using Speed! cards and can be played with two to six players. The games last less than five minutes and are easy to sneak in at the end of a lesson.

Thirteen is similar to Speed! because it is also a race game. Players try to end with as few cards as possible in their hands. In addition, those who correctly add two cards which total thirteen and are the first to shout thirteen have a great advantage. In that case the other players must divide the played cards between them and add them to their hands.  


Instructions

Required Cards
First create two stacks of cards from Speed!
  1. Addend Cards - Gather the four lowest cards from each deck of Speed! cards. In other words, get the 2's from Two Speed, 3's from Three Speed and so on. Thirty-two cards in all.

  2. Answer Cards - Gather the following cards; 
  • From the Two Speed Deck - two 4's, two 18's, all the 4's, 6's, 8's, 10's, 12's, 14's and 16's
  • From the Three Speed Deck - all the 9's, 12's and 15's
  • From the Four Speed Deck - all the 8's
  • From the Five Speed Deck - all the 10's
  • From the Seven Speed Deck - All the 14's
Set-Up
  • Divide the Addend Cards into two piles and place them face down in the middle of the play area.
  • Deal 10 Answer Cards to each player. If six people are playing deal only 8 cards. Set the remaining cards aside.
  • The players hold all ten cards in their hands.


Play
Object - To be the player with the least number of cards in hand at the end of play.
Decide how many times to go through the Addend Cards. One time is a good number when learning the game.
  • Two players simultaneously flip the center decks completely over to start the game.
  • Players look at the cards in their hands and see if one of them is the sum of the two middle cards.
  • If it is they play it as fast as they can. Only one card can be played per flip.
  • If not they shout the sum of the cards.
  • Two players simultaneously remove one card from the top of each center deck and repeat the previous three steps.

  • If the sum is thirteen, the player who said thirteen first does not have to take any played cards. The other players must divide the played cards and add them to their hands.
  • When all the Addend Cards are removed the game is over unless players agreed to go through the Addend Cards more than one time.
  • The player with the least number of cards in his/her hand is the winner.



Note: There are no 5's, 7's, 11's, 13's or 17's in the 52 Answer Cards.




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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cell Unit Study - Week 13 - Body Systems

Week 13: We played body system memory and I pasted links below so you can print it and play it too.

This is our last week of cell activities. Next we will be moving onto the respiratory and circulatory systems while continuing to follow David Macaulay's The Way We Work as a guide for our activities.

Before playing memory we did a quick review. Throughout our cell activities we have discovered that;

atoms combine to make molecules
molecules combine to make proteins
proteins combine to make organelles such as cell walls, mitochondria, and DNA
organelles combine to make cells
cells combine to make tissues
tissues combine to make organs
organs combine to make body systems

Laying out the chain was a great way to help the kids remember what we have done.

The kids have been watching the Once Upon a Time Life videos as part of our science curriculum. Through the videos they have become familiar with several of the human body systems as well as the organs contained within the systems.

I had them name as many systems and organs as they could and then we drew lines to connect which organs went with which systems. I was surprised by how much they learned from the videos. They were able to name all but one of the body systems.


Then we played memory. I created this simple memory game and you are welcome to print it for your personal use.

Body Systems Memory Sheet 1
Body Systems Memory Sheet 2
Body Systems Memory Sheet 3

Be sure to check out our earlier cell activities.
Week 1 - Drawings
Week 2 - Atoms
Week 3 - Molecules
Week 4 - Cell Walls
Week 5 - Cell Structure
Week 6 - DNA
Week 7 - RNA and Ribosomes
Week 8 - Golgi Apparatus
Week 9 - Mitochondria and DNA
Week 10 - Cell Division
Week 11 - Types of Cells
Week 12 - Tissues
Week 13 - Body Systems





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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ancient Greece History Co-op - Week 18 - Greek Alphabet

Week 18: We learned the Greek Alphabet.

After the Trojan War was the Greek Dark Ages. Not a lot is known about Greek History during this time, although one thing that happened was the transition from the Linear B script to the Greek alphabet.

This week we all learned the Greek alphabet. This version of the Greek Alphabet comes from Math-U-See and is a great memory tool for learning and remembering the letters.

 

α - Alpha
β - Beta
γ - Gamma
δ - Delta
ε - Epsilon
ζ - Zeta
η - Eta
θ - Theta
ι - Iota
κ - Kappa
λ - Lambda
μ - Mu
ν - Nu
ξ - Xi
ο - Omicron
π - Pi
ρ - Rho
σ - Sigma
τ - Tau
υ - Upsilon
φ - Phi
χ - Chi
ψ - Psi
ω - Omega





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

3D Modeling - Google Sketchup

Google Sketchup is a free 3D Solid Modeling tool.

Before I became an educator I worked as a mechanical engineer. 3D modeling is a way engineers and others in technical fields explore new concepts, design products and provide instructions for manufactures. New parts are modeled in three dimensions by first sketching them in two dimensions and then giving them depth. For example, to create a cylinder the modeler would first sketch a circle and then extrude or pull the circle in one or two directions to create a cylinder.

I used both the design tools ProEngineer and Ideas to design parts and create drawings for the parts to be manufactured. Recently I discovered Google Sketchup and downloaded it to introduce solid modeling to my kids. I am amazed that this software is free. Although it isn't quite as powerful as professional software, it can be used to create realistic designs.

 My nine year old son created this house using Google sketch-up.

 Here's the view inside the attic.

He also created this fortified house with a glass room in the back.

The user can easily rotate and zoom in on the models to help when creating the designs.

This is free. Amazing. In addition, there are tons of video tutorials for users to learn how the software works.

When I first showed it to my son I told him this is what I used to do when I worked. He said "Really? You got to do really cool stuff. You got to sit and dink around all day." Then he worked the next 6 hours non-stop to create his first 3D house.

If you have any budding engineers or enjoy cool technology this is definitely something to check-out.





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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cell Unit Study - Week 12 - Tissues

Week 12: We built tissues.

When cells in our bodies get together they create tissues. Our bodies contain four different main types of tissues: epithelial, muscle, nervous and connective. Epithelial cells form the boundaries and exterior surfaces of parts within our bodies. When my daughter got a sudden fever back in August, it is possible that bacteria passed through her epithelial tissues. This doesn't normally happen, but her cells were very week from chemotherapy.

We have been following in chapter 1 in The Way We Work by David Macaulay as a reference for our cell activities.

Tissues are held together by anchor proteins, link proteins, bands of rods and membranes which are like a base of woven fibers. We used household materials to represent each of these elements.
Anchor Proteins = Clothes Pins
Link Proteins = Craft Sticks
Bands of Rods = Yarn
Membranes = Fabric
Cells = Peppermint Candies


Each child had several items to work with and was told to create a way for the cells to be held together so that their device could be carried into the other room and thrown back and forth in a game of catch. They were not allowed to for a bag from the materials and were required to incorporate each of the different materials into their design.

I sent each child to a different room so they could come up with unique solutions.

They each came up with different designs.

All the designs met the requirements.


They enjoyed this activity because they were able to do some engineering and they met the challenge.





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