Friday, October 26, 2012

Homeschooling Halloween Day #5

We have been having so much fun with our homeschooling Halloween unit and we just had to keep going!



Today we made Blood Boil for science today (OK-- so we didn't really make blood boil; but we made a red lave lamp & the kids thought that was really neat!).

You'll need a plastic bottle, some water, oil, food coloring and alka- seltzer tablets.

Fill the bottle half- full with the oil, add water until you're within an inch of the top and enough food coloring to turn it red (about 10 drops).  Break an alka- seltzer tablet into pieces small enough to fit through the hole.

You'll start to see the colored water bubble to the top through the oil.  The boys noticed that the water & oil kept separating even after we shook it to try and combine them.  We added the oil first but the water always sunk to the bottom.  So we talked about density too.


For math the older boys worked on a Pumpkin Square Sudoku- like game I found on- line.  They each chose a gridded board (or 2) since the board ranged from 3x3 to 6x6 (I let them pick one easy one to start and then challenged them to try a harder one.)



The board looks like a giant Bingo board and they have a set of colored pumpkins the object is to make sure each row and column only has one pumpkin of each color.

Evan did a number maze today just to try something different.   It's almost like dot- to- dot meshed with a maze.  You have to follow numbers 1 - 15 to find your way out of the maze.    He finished it pretty quickly and then asked for a dot- to- dot!  So I challenged him to do one that went from 1- 56.  He needed quite a bit of help but I didn't mind coaching him.

For art we made paper plate ghosts.

A very simple, yet fun activity.

 The plate is the body of the ghost.  I had the boys glue streamers off the bottom using glue sticks.  They then drew arms out of sturdy white paper and glued them on the sides of the plate.  They wanted to use googlie eyes again, and they used my makeup to give the ghost rosy cheeks.

 We drew a mouth out of black paper and glued that on as well.

They;re quite spook- tacular!


We read Jumanji, a chapter in our Kitten book, and a book called Scary, Scary Halloween.  We hope to watch the movie Jumanji later after lunch or perhaps for movie night tonight.  I can't wait to have them compare the book and movie though.  They're so very different.



For lunch we made spiders out of cut hot dogs and spaghetti.  I hated to give them hot dogs again today but they really wanted to make mummies again and I'm trying real hard to make all our lunches a bit different and fun this week.  So I enticed them with spiders.

While they're still eating some hot dogs it's mostly spaghetti and they have the added bonus of having sauce so I know they're getting some sort of vegetables in there too.  We cut hot dogs into even chunks and threaded them onto spaghetti (it's really not that hard as long as the hot dogs are completely thawed.  Then drop them into boiling water for about 6 min. or until spaghetti is done.  We heated sauce in another pan and they happily dunked their spiders in it and ate them.
  
We made some oatmeal cookies and put the Hershey spice kisses on top as an added treat today. Not to mention extra kitchen science and fraction/ math practice.  I had them read the recipe and show me which measuring utensils to use.

  Others in this series:

Halloween Homeschooling day #3
Halloween Homeschooling day #4     

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4 comments :

  1. What a great list of ideas. I hope you got to watch Jumanji! It's one of my grandkids favs!

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    1. It was a great movie; did you see there is a Jumanji II coming out where college kids get sucked in a Jumanji video game? My boys are anxious to see that when it comes out.

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  2. Those ghosts look fun and easy! I'll have to remember that for next year!

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    1. They were quite simple and so adorable. It was great fun to make them.

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