Friday, March 23, 2012

Week 27 (MFW wk 26): Westward Trails, States of Matter

This week was more of the same with our Language Arts...spelling, writing, and grammar. Nothing new...just moving on! We completed our third chapter in Health this week. I plan on including the next two chapters (table manners and taking care of your body) sometime before the end of the end of the year. These should be really interesting chapters! In math this week we continued to work on multiplication facts 0 through 5...again, he's doing really well. Now, the fun stuff...History! We studied the Santa Fe Trail, The Oregon Trail, and the California Trail...we also added the state of California to our map. While reading about the various trails west, we completed a Lapbook using the book "If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon


We also started studying the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas). I thought we could do something more than what MFW includes in their curriculum, so I purchased an e-book from Evan-Moor to use both this week and next. The book is one of ten units in the Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids series. We learned that water occurs in three forms in nature, and that cold changes water from a liquid to a solid.

Here we see that water expands when it changes from a liquid to a solid...and that solid water (ice) is lighter than water (the ice floats in the cup of water).

I really liked this book from Evan-Moor, and will probably purchase the Energy e-book to use in the upcoming weeks.

And lastly, here are the books that we read this week...again, a favorite part of our day!

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