Thursday, September 21, 2017

Story of the World Ancient Times: Chap 10: Ancient China - Lei Zu and the Silkworm


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Below you will find our lesson and some helpful resources for the section on Lei Zu and the Silkworm in Chapter 10 of Story of the World.    You can see all my lessons and Story of the World resources here.

Paragraph 1 - 4:  The Yellow River Valley
(Paragraphs based on Revised edition)

We used the world map from Map Trek - Ancient Times (part of their free sample pages) to find all the places mentioned in paragraph 1-3.  He remembered quite a bit...and  it's nice seeing some recall finally kicking in.  All the repetition really helps.

At paragraph 4 we also stopped to look at some pictures of Chinese boats in the "Great Waterways" section in DK Ancient China (a book we found at our library).   If you are breaking up the section into smaller parts for younger learners, this is a good place to stop and take a break.

Paragraph 5 - End of Section
When we read paragraph 5 about Huang Di we also stopped and looked at the page in DK Ancient China on "Health and Medicine", since Huang Di is said in legends to have discovered medicine.

It's important to note that there was more than one Huang Di...another, Shi Huangdi is talked about in chapter 32 of SOTW...he was the Huang Di who conceived of the Great Wall of China and had the terra cotta soldier's built.  So if you are looking for info online about Huang Di, you may also find info on him.


In stead of reading the story in the book about Lei Zu we read Silk Princess by Charles Santore.   This was a fun story, which my son enjoyed, and I loved the illustrations, but it added magic elements and changed the tale in other ways, such as moving the discovery to the princess in stead of the queen (which I had a little less problem with, since in the last pages it explained that in some ancient tales the discovery was attributed to Huang Di's daughter, not wife).   I sort of wish I had stuck with the story as told in Story of the World, or taken the time to find another picture book that left out magic and just stuck with the plain story.   It's not that I mind magic in folk tales, but there's so few stories of ancient inventors, and even less so of FEMALE ancient inventors, that I would have liked to leave more of this in the rhelm of the conceivable, than make it into just another fable. 


Here is a time lapse video of a silkworm making a cocoon (I've started it at minute 2:10...you can go back and also watch them munching leaves and such, but that may take too much time for most kiddos).  




Here's a picture of silkworms....



Generally in the making of silk the silkworms are killed before emerging as moths to prevent them from chewing through the pod, thus damaging the silk strands.  But if they are allowed to emerge, the moth looks like this....


Pictures from Pixabay


Activities

At our co-op we drank some Chinese tea together, and someone brought in actual silk worm pods for the kids to touch and play with.  Silk worm pods are used as a beauty product and as such can be ordered inexpensively online.



Depending on the season you can also sometimes actually buy silk worms online if you would like to watch the whole silk worm cocoon making process.

ONLINE GAME
Color a silk worm and moth online.

FREE PRINTABLE
Life Cycle of a Silk Worm



 







More graphics for pinning or sharing...



Friday, September 15, 2017

Free Online Spanish Resources For Kids

Learning resources for kids online....

OnlineFreeSpanish.com
Kids can learn Spanish with their free online tutorial with audio, cultural notes, grammar, vocabulary, verbs drills, games and links to helpful sites.

Duolingo
More for adults than kids, but I love the way this teaches.  I use it myself.

Mi Mundo en Palabras
A wonderful interactive site. This is completely in Spanish, but very engaging. Children who can not read/write yet will need assistance.

Salsa
Videos in Spanish designed to teach kids.

Oh Noah! at PBS KIDS GO!
Short humorous videos to help teach Spanish.  There are teacher resources here.

Basho & Friends 
Videos and songs to help teach Spanish.

Perro y Gato
Videos to teach Spanish.  All are bilingual.   The dog or the cat repeats most of the things they say, so one says it in Spanish and one in English.


Spanish Games
Learn numbers and parts of the face.   Games are kinda old style but some might be helpful.

Spanish Hangman I
Spanish Hangman II
Just hangman in Spanish.  May be helpful for some older kids.  Both sites do similar things so I grouped them together.









Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What They Made Wednesday

(Sort of like Wordless Wednesday but with kids work...)
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My husband, was trying to teach them shading...he did the death star in the right.   My youngest copied it, but then half way through finished it as a bearded guy in stead of the death star, and my oldest added the mustache.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Resources Combining History and Science

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Do you love combining History and Science?

The following are  resources I've found for integrating history with Science.   I've marked it by free and paid resources so you can easily tell those apart.  I'd love more suggestions to add to this list, so if you know of anything you think belongs here, please leave a comment about it!   Enjoy!


KEY
All resources will have one of the following graphics next to it.  Note that books are classified as a "paid resource" even though many can be borrowed free at your local library, and resources are classified as free even if they require free registration or subscription.  Experiments requiring supplies are only counted as "paid" if the supplies are part of a purchased kit. 

Free Resource

Paid Resource



Various/Mixed Eras
  
On This Day in Chemistry
Learn what chemistry discoveries happened on today's date in history.

The Chemistry of Pottery
Pottery is so widespread in history that this could cover various eras.




Ancient Times 

All of Ancient Times / Multiple Eras or Civilizations

CURRICULUM:  Science of the Ancient World 
Full 90 hours long Christian curriculum covering the scientific work of natural philosophers who lived from about 600 BC to the early AD 1500s.   It's marketed as K-6th but the lesson text length and complexity is more for, I'd say 2nd at earliest, and you could probably go through 8th easily).  There are free sample pages on the site. 


BOOK:  Ancient Science by Jim Wiese
Book for children age 8 -12 with fun science activities related to pre-history and the ancient civilizations of  Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Aztecs, Mayans and Native North America. 



Pre-history/Stone Age/Nomadic



The Stone Age Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Cave Art - Various Activities
Various science activities related to cave art.

Dangers to Cave Art
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Prehistoric Pigments



Mesopotamia

Make Plaster of Paris
Used since ancient UR


Egypt


Science of Ancient Egypt
These units by Dr. Dave's science are crammed with info about science in ancient Egypt, with very kid friendly writing.  They come in various topics, from mummies to metals.  Age level 4th - 7th.

Nile River
Free sample of part of the Nile River unit by Dr. Daves Science.  Other units available for purchase here.

Nile Silt Activity
Just scroll down - activity is toward the bottom of the blog post.

Ancient Egypt Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Egyptian Mummies:  Egg Mummy Experiment
 

Egyptian Mummies:  Apple Mummy Experiment


Egyptian Mummies:  Chicken Mummy Experiment


VIDEO: Crash Course Kids - Following the Sun
Video talks about how ancient peoples used the sun to tell time (pictures Egyptians).

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Egypt

Make Plaster of Paris
First used in Mesopotamia

Egyptian Art
A guide to ancient Egyptian art, with science vocab bolded. (Also in PDF form...scroll to bottom for link).

Egyptian Materials and Pigments
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Making Paint with Minerals


Egyptian Blue (Chemistry of Color)
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Conservation of Egyptian Art
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page. 



Minoans/Mycenaean/Greece 

Restoration of Minoan Artwork

Ancient Greece Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Ancient Greece + Earth and Space Science
This is an outline I made of how we combined our Story of the World lessons on the history of ancient Greece with a study of Earth Science and Space Science.  Could be used by those not using SOTW just by looking at the topics covered.

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Greece



BOOK:  Classical Kids
This book is not primarily about science, but among it's many activities has a few really good ones on Greek scientists, presented excellently for younger kids.

Greek Architecture STEM Activity


Greek Art Techniques and Pigments
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.
 

Science of the Ancient World - SAMPLE PAGES
The free sample pages for this curriculum cover several scientists from ancient Greece and their discoveries.


Roman Empire

Ancient Romans Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages. 


Making Verdigris Copper
Copper and copper alloys like bronze will corrode with long exposure to the air.  When it corrodes the copper takes on a blue-green colour. The Greeks and Romans deliberately corroded copper to make a pigment called verdigris.

Make Concrete
Invented during Roman Empire.

Making Invisible Ink
Ovid (43 BCE-17/18 CE), a Roman poet wrote about invisable ink in 18BCE

Roman Glass and It's Chemistry
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Roman Commerce in Pigments


BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Rome


BOOK:  Classical Kids
This book is not primarily about science, but among it's many activities has a some good activities involving Roman inventions.

Americas
Because south and central American regions are generally studied along with Spanish conquest, links for Mayas, Incas, Aztecs and others will be listed under Middle Ages to Early Renaissance below.




Middle Ages to Early Renaissance
Aprox 400-1600

All of Middle Ages / Multiple Eras or Areas

CURRICULUM:  Science of the Ancient World
Full 90 hours long Christian curriculum covering the scientific work of natural philosophers who lived from about 600 BC to the early AD 1500s.   It's marketed as K-6th but the lesson text length and complexity is more for, I'd say 2nd at earliest, and you could probably go through 8th easily).  There are free sample pages on the site.


Europe 


Experiment With the Vikings
A 57 page unit study combining a Viking narrative with various experiements and activities to show the science behind Viking history.

Viking Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.  

BOOK:  Technology in the time of the Vikings




Medieval Chemistry



Making Medieval Ink

  


The Tudors Idea Web 
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Making Invisible Ink
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), used invisible ink and ciphers to communicate with Catholic supporters.

Make Plaster of Paris
Used to make frescos

Making Paint With Minerals




Middle East

Golden age of Islam Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Americas


Aztecs and Mayas Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of the Maya
 

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of the Aztecs



Early Modern Period


The Victorian Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Mercury Poisoning and the Origin of the Phrase "Mad as a Hatter"

Making Blueprint Paper
Blueprints use the cyanotype process invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842

Herschel Infrared Experiement




Late Modern Period to Contemporary Times 
(1850 - NOW)



WWII Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Making Invisible Ink
Invisable ink was used by secret agents in WWII