Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk

    While laying low this week and staying close to home it's still been tough to enforce schooling here since the boys know all of their friends are on spring break.  However, I have promised them a week off and lots of field trips once all the local schools are done with their break.  We used to take our breaks at the same time but I found most places were crowded and we never really enjoy them.  However, if the boys make plans with friends or get invited somewhere we do drop schoolwork to accommodate; this week no one has plans so I'm trying to find either super fun or super quick activities for us to complete.  I think the boys really enjoyed our day's activities though and so: go mom! 

       Hunt for sight/ spelling words-- Easter Egg hunt with words! I hid scrabble tiles inside blue and green eggs for Evan to hunt for.  Once he found all 12 eggs, he broke them open one at a time and tried to match them with his sight word cards.  He had to put the tiles in order, spell the letters out loud and read the words to me.  He had 12 sight words to work with today; some old and some new.  For the older boys I had to use letter tiles from our Word Wave game (because I ran out of "good" scrabble tile letters) and I hid 6 words for Ian and 6 for Alec.  Since they don't have sight words or even assigned spelling words I figured this would be a bit more challenging for them than it was for Evan who was only matching words.  I tried to concentrate on consonant blends and mostly hid 5 or 6 letter words that they'd have to unscramble, decode, and spell.  I used words like snack, light, glance, paddle, width, problem, joyous, scarf, etc.  They had so much fun hunting for eggs and assigning each boy a color or two left no room for arguing.  They quickly worked through their words and enjoyed this quick spelling/reading activity.
I got one!

Found one!

spelling his words

spelling sight words

    Math--Ian picked another page in his workbook to complete while Evan and I played Addition Bingo using his Leap Frog Bingo kit.  The older boys both worked on another math minute today too and Alec passed his 6 times tables!  He has three more fact tables to work on while Ian just has his 12 times tables.  I'm getting excited that we'll be finishing up with these facts just as the really nice, warm, spring/summer weather is here to stay and we'll get to celebrate with a nice, big, ice cream party!! 
    Science-- we made egg shaped sidewalk chalk.  We followed the instructions found here and made some turquoise, red, black, and pink sidewalk chalk.  It was messy fun.  The boys measured, poured, and mixed all on their own.  I gave them a few lessons on using plaster of Paris and talked about not inhaling any of it, eating it, etc.  I smooshed the eggs together to make the chalk into the egg shapes and soon realized it wasn't as easy as it looked!  We also watched an episode of Wild Kratts and learned about the powers of an osprey and Ian noticed that two of our caterpillars are going into their chrysalises! 
Mixing up some red chalk

filling our egg halves  

Mixing up some black chalk

putting our eggs together

Our completed eggs; we removed the plastic after 3-4 hours
and then let them sit and dry overnight before using them

Our caterpillars entering the chrysalis stage

   Reading-- the boys each read a book (or part of a book) to me today.  Alec finished reading Song Lee in Room 2 and Mr. Harrison is Embarrissin'!  Once Alec was done with the book, Ian decided to read the first two chapters.  They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Weird School series.  It's a guaranteed battle over books so we always request several from our library at the same time so everyone has one to read.  Alec also started reading Frindle today and within 5 minutes was already reading chapter two (so I guess he likes it!).  We also listened to Son of Neptune in the car while running errands and heading to our library for another family vacation movie day (today's showing was Cloudy with  a Chance of Meatballs 2). 

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