Monday, April 21, 2014

5th Grade Has Begun

We started 5th grade last week. We waited to start Science & History until this week, because we didn't get to the library the week before, so didn't get the books we needed. So, Jay's school days were a little shorter last week than they will be this week.

He is continuing Latin for Children Primer C. He has less than 10 lessons left until it's finished. Once he finishes it, he will start doing Rosetta Stone Latin. He is also continuing to use The Joy of Signing. He also didn't finish his Math book last year, so he is continuing with that. He is more than halfway through Life of Fred Beginning Algebra, and as soon as he is done with it, he will move onto LOF Advanced Algebra.

Everything else started out new with the new school year. He started Spanish with Rosetta Stone. He started level 6 of All About Spelling. He start Caught 'Ya! Grammar With a Giggle. He started Write With the Best vol. 1. He started Vocabulary Cartoons, and he started his new Logic workbooks.

This week, he started Science & History. For Science, he is doing both Chemistry & Forensics. This week, we are starting off with a fun chemistry fiction book, The Summer I Shrank my Grandmother, a nonfiction book from the library, Crazy Chemistry: A Weird History of Science, the elementary school level Chemistry games at Chemicroc, and the multimedia materials at ACS. I had thought about incorporating ACS into his Science for the year more thoroughly, but changed my mind. We'll already be using both The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe and Carbon Chemistry from Ellen McHenry, which both have a fair amount of activities. Plus, I have several additional experiments, demonstrations, and activities planned. The lessons in ACS each included an activity to do related to the lessons concept. Trying to fully incorporate that activity-heavy program with the 2 activity-heavy programs we're using, plus the additional activities I have planned, would just be too many activities to try to fit into a study that is only planned to take about 2/3 of the school year. So, we'll use the multimedia materials only. The basic plan for Science is 3 weeks of Chemistry then 2 weeks of Forensics.

In History, we are picking up where we let off last year, right after the Civil War. This week, we start with reading about the 13th amendment, & the 15th amendment will follow as soon as we finish (so either this week or next).

He's loving his new school year. He is so excited about the new materials & is actually enjoying Grammar, so far. Science is what he was looking forward to most, and was the first thing he asked me about doing today. I love how excited he gets about school!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Required Reading - 4th grade

These are all the books Jay read for Required Reading in 4th grade. The Required Reading list was only for a part of Language Arts. It does not include the books read for any other subject or for other aspects of Language Arts.

Yes, I realize that this list is a strange collection. The books range from 4th grade level to about 8th grade level. Some were books I really wanted him to read. Some were books that I thought he'd be interested in, but was sure he wouldn't pick up on his own. My main purpose in having a 'Required Reading' list is to make sure he reads from a wide selection of genres, authors, styles, etc., and that he does not stay stagnant in his reading abilities. I don't mind him reading books below the level at which he can read (his comfort level is a bit below his ability level), but wouldn't want him to only read books at those levels & never challenge himself to get out of his comfort zone. The list had 48 books. Of those, he read all but 7. Here are the ones he did read:

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters
Secret of the Andes
The Incredible Journey
Al Capone Does My Shirts
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Pepins and Their Problems
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf
Never Cry Wolf
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Call of the Wild
The Five Ancestors: Snake
The Hobbit
The House of the Scorpion 
White Fang
Homeless Bird
The Ability
The True Meaning of Smekday
The Alchemyst
Kissing Doorknobs
The Giver
The Summer of the Swans
Simon Bloom the Gravity Keeper
Julie of the Wolves
A Long Way From Chicago
The Wednesday Wars
The Cricket in Times Square
What Would Joey Do?
The View From Saturday
Alabama Moon
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Number the Stars
Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes
The Canning Season
Touching Spirit Bear
The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic

Early U.S. History - 4th Grade

This was for U.S. History from Columbus' landing through the Civil War.

13 Originals
PBS Liberty!
Life in the 13 Colonies
Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial House
PBS Jamestown
Pilgrims & Puritans
Thanksgiving Interactive
Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Colonial Pennsylvania
Settlement of Pennsylvania
Nat Geo Roanoke
The Lost Colony
Nat Geo Salem Witchcraft Hysteria
Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch Trials
Salem Trials Archive
Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Trials
Salem City Guide
Eyewitness to History Salem Witch Trials
Witch Trials
Secrets of the Dead The Witches Curse
America's Story
Salem Witch Trials Salem Witch Trials
Constitution Society
The Charters of Freedom
American Revolution
American Revolution
Portraits in Revolution
Kid Port
American Revolution
The History Place
Francis Scott Key
U.S. Flag
History .com Industrial Revolution
Fact Monster Industrial Revolution
The History Guide
Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
Eli Whitney
Lewis & Clark
NatGeo Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark
Erie Canal
Erie Canal
Oregon Trail
End of the Oregon Trail
Oregon Trail
Pony Express
Pony Express
Pony Express
The Alamo
The Alamo
Daniel Boone
American Tall Tales
American Tall Tales
Women Pioneers
Mr Donn
Pioneer Life
Pioneer Life
PBS Gold Rush
California Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
PBS Africans in America
Indentured Servitude
Servants & Slaves
Slavery & Indentured Servants Library of Congress
Indentured Servants
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman
Nat Geo Kids Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Civil War Treasures NY Historical Society
Civil War Women
Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation
Civil War Center
Gettysburg Address
Civil War Photographs
Slavery Images
Slavery Pictures
Civil War
Civil War
Civil War
Civil War
Gettysburg Address
Gettysburg Address
Abe Lincoln

Columbus Reaches the New World
Christopher Columbus
The Mayflower Compact
The Colonial Cook
Colonial Cooking
Making Thirteen Colonies
The Explorers and Settlers
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist!
Daily Life in Colonial America
The Establishment of the Thirteen Colonies
1607: A New Look at Jamestown
Roanoke: The Mystery of the Lost Colony
Colonial Days
Kids in Colonial Times
Colonial Life
The Dreadful, Smelly Colonies
How the Colonists Lived
Colonial American Home Life
You Wouldn't Want to be at the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Massacre
African-Americans in the Colonies
Building a New Land
Anne Hutchinson
The French and Indian War
Mysterious Encounters: Witches
The Salem Witch Trials
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
Witchcraft Trials
Figures of the Salem Witch Trials
The Witchcraft of Salem Village
You Wouldn't Want to be a Salem Witch!
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem WitchTrials
The Salem Witch Trials
In the Days of the Salem Witchcraft Trials
The Declaration of Independence from A to Z
Liberty or Death
George vs George
Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats
The Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
The Essential Lewis & Clark
Cooking on the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Plants on the Trail with Lewis & Clark
Animals on the Trail with Lewis & Clark 
The Lewis & Clark Trail Then & Now
Lewis & Clark's Journey of Discovery
Lewis & Clark: A Photographic Journey
The Foul Filthy American Frontier
Donner Dinner Party
The Donner Party
Oregon Trail Cooking
You Wouldn't Want to be a Pony Express Rider
You Wouldn't Want to be An American Pioneer
Off Like the Wind
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party
Westward Expansion
The Oregon Trail: A Photographic Journey
Westward Expansion: Primary Sources
Which Way to the Wild West
The Oregon Trail & the Daring Journey West by Wagon
How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush
The Great American Gold Rush
The Fools of '49
Life During the Gold Rush
The Gold Rush
Harriet Tubman: The life of an African-American Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage
Escaping Slavery on the Underground Railroad
Traveling the Freedom Road
Slavery & the Slave Trade
Life on an African Slave Ship
Years of Slavery
Civil War Cooking: The Union
Going to School During the Civil War: The Confederacy
Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln
Going to School During the Civil War: The Union
Strange but True Civil War Stories
Dred Scott v. Sanford
Lincoln in His Own Words
Civil War A to Z: The Complete Handbook of America's Bloodiest Conflict
Robert E. Lee: The Story of the Great Confederate General
The Battle of Gettysburg
You Wouldn't Want to be a Civil War Soldier
You Wouldn't Want to be a Nurse During the American Civil War
You Wouldn't Want to be in the First Submarine
Those Courageous Women of the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham & Mary
Growing up in the Civil War
The Massachusetts 54th
Civil War Cooking: The Confederacy
The Terrible, Awful Civil War
John Wilkes Booth & the Civil War
Slavery Time When I was Chillun
Ulysses S. Grant
No More! Stories & Songs of Slave Resistance
Civil War Medicine

Historical fiction:
The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce
John's Story: 1775
Will's Story: 1771
Worlds Apart
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Sacrifice
Beyond the Burning Time
Tituba of Salem Village
My Brother Sam is Dead
Where the Great Hawk Flies
Streams to the River, River to the Sea
Lewis & Clark & Me: A Dog's Tale
Sarah, Plain & Tall
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World
The Untold Story of the Mayflower
Colonial House
History Channel: War of 1812
The Crucible
In Search of History: Salem Witch Trials
Three Sovereigns for Sarah
Witch Hunt
Secrets of the Dead: Witches Curse
Unsolved History: Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch Trials
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
Underground Railroad
Abraham Lincoln
Rough Crossings
America & the Civil War
Abraham & Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
The War That Made America
Slavery & the Making of America

Create a colony - plan a charter, flag, how many people you will send, what product(s) they will send back, etc.
Write diary entries of someone traveling over to a new colony
Colony population bar graph