Monday, February 3, 2014

Studying the Winter Olympics!

 Today we started our winter Olympics unit. We have all sorts of wonderful books and movies to watch about the Olympics and I found quite a few printables about the Olympics that we'll be using as well.


The Resources we'll be using:

books:  













Movies: 

Miracle

Miracle (Full Screen Edition)

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge - Gold Medal Edition

The Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks Three-Pack (The Mighty Ducks / D2: The Mighty Ducks / D3: The Mighty Ducks)
Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings

We started our day and Evan read the book I Can to me and then worked on a coloring page.  I found a sheet on coloring the Olympic rings-- in order to color them in Evan had to read each of the color words.  He did great and finished it very quickly.

For math today I started teaching Evan how to subtract.  We did a few short examples and I made sure to use several different terms-- "take away,"  "minus," "subtract," etc. so he gets used to hearing all the different ways we refer to subtraction.  He then had an Olympic roll, subtract and cover sheet.


The older boys had a Olympian coloring sheet about parts of speech.

We started by reading the book Dearly, Nearly, and Insincerely;  What is an Adverb?  We reviewed nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  I left the book out for them to reference back to if they needed it and even looked up a list of prepositions for them and left that page showing on my laptop for them to refer to--- the worksheet was painful and they really struggled.  I'm not entirely sure why since they usually are pretty good at telling me which part of speech each word is, but maybe because it wasn't being used in a sentence?


 When they finally finished their Language Arts paper they played Knock It Off x4 since Ian's on his four times tables now.  They definitely had to work a bit harder to come up with the answers to the four times tables but they were able to figure them all out; I reminded them to be checking each other after I saw a mistake or two slide by and then the game turned real cutthroat.  I ground my teeth and tried to let as much slide by as I possibly could.  Once the game ended they both worked on their math minute.  The timer malfunctioned and so we have no idea how either of them did today. 


Once home from the library we read a few books and finished up our school day.  We read two Olympic books to get ready for the opening ceremonies.  We read Tacky and the Winter Games and G is for Gold Medal: An Olympic Alphabet. 

 Alec helped me make some Chex mix once school was done; the perfect snack for us to enjoy with the opening ceremonies. 

I was glad that Alec was, not only able to read and comprehend the directions, but applied math skills too when dealing with fractions.  He knew it would take three 1/2 tsp measurements to equal 1 1/2 teaspoons.  The Chex mix smelled wonderful when it was done.  We make a quick microwave version.

I don't typically measure any of the dry ingredients since we make it so often.

I just take out my largest Pyrex bowl and fill it with:

  • rice Chex
  • corn Chex
  • Cheez-it's
  • mini pretzels
  • bagel chips.  
Once the dry ingredients are mixed altogether:

1.  We use a small glass measuring cup to melt 4 tbsp. of butter.
2. Then we add 2 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice to the butter.  We add 1 1/2 tsp. of seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp. of onion powder and 3/4 tsp. of garlic powder to the liquid.
3. Once we have stirred all the seasonings into the butter mixture well, making sure there are no clumps, we pour it all over the Chex mixture and stir well trying to coat all the dry ingredients.
4. We then microwave it for 6 minutes on high, stopping to stir it every two minutes.
5. I spread out paper towels and let the Chex mix cool off for a bit and then we store it in a large Tupperware container.

  Something about the tangy smell of the snack has all the boys wandering into the kitchen.


   

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