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|Posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM||comments (7)|
Hi folks, I hope you are doing well! Grandma heard quite a bit on the news last night about Russia taking over Ukraine. This is a very bad move on Russia's part because United States will not allow for their power to exist and they will retaliate in every way possible upon this happening. It definitely may come into a 3rd World War. Grandma has a book and an activity for Ukraine and Russia for Easter. However, it will have to wait. We will have to finish two other books on Ireland and start on activities for the Pioneer's and Native Americans. Grandma has at least 4 more for Vietnam and Korea to finish up also. She has more days leading up to Jesus death to assign to you also before Easter
. However, I found a book on the power of Vinegar, and I already know what garlic can do. Therefore, I hope to give you as much information on this as I can. The first link is on Vinegar and Honey. The next link is on the PH balance of Vinegar, next the power of Vinegar with Baking powder, with Other Cleansers 1, and Other Cleansers 2. Then add the power of Garlic and what do you have. Not to bring in the value of Green vegetables and fruits to the situation. I will leave those up to you. A little note here, the book I read on the different Vinegar's and its power along with a section of its use with garlic says when it is talking about Vinegar Supplements to be careful because since it is the acetic acid of vinegar that is suppose to help people which is at a "level of 11 percent, acetic acid can cause burns to the skin. And at 20 percent, it is considered poisonous. Against what was said the acetic acid content actually ranged from 1.04 percent to 10.57 percent. They recommended it was best to go natural on vinegar. The information I read was out of a little pamphlet in my mom's home called The Healing Power of Vinegar by Gayle Alleman, M.S., T.D. (Publications International, Ltd. 2007). However, Grandma's mother has recommended it for years
Grandma will now move to the Calendar History of March 20 which is actually the first day of Spring considering with all the snow we are getting it doesn't feel much like Spring.
March 20 is also National Agriculture Day which Book (1) brings it out in Animal behavior saying, "Young (children) will enjoy celebrating National Agriculture Day by taking turns imitating different farm animals while classmates guess what they are. Also have the kids draw and color pictures of their favorite barnyard animals, then bind them together into a book."
The first birthday on March 20 is of Bill Martin, children's author in 1916. Book (1) says to "Use Bill Martin's The Ghost Eye Tree to introduce children to "round-trip" stories--stories that begin and end in the same place. Provide your (children) with circles divided into quarters. Then have them retell The Ghost Eye Tree by drawing pictures depicting scenes from the book in sequence around the circle. Tell them to begin at the top and go clockwise.
The next birthday on March 20 is of Mitsumasa Anno, children's author and illustrator, born in 1926.
The next birthday on March 20 is for Fred Rogers, host of the TV show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood", born in 1928.
The next birthday on March 20 is for Lois Lowry, children's author, born in 1937.
The last birthday on March 20 is in 1945 for Pat Riley, basketball player and coach.
Big Bird, "Sesame Street" character was also began on this day of March 20.
An event for March 20, 1852 included Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was published.Book (1) says, "Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, stirred deep discord among Northerners and Southerners before the Civil War. Ask your students to do a time line (which we have) beginning in 1852 with the publication of Stowe's novel and ending in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation."
One last event happened in 1883 in which the inventor Jan Matzeliger received a patent for his Shoe-Making Machine.
Now Grandma is going on ahead with an Irish book called "Clancy's Coat by Eve Bunting (Frederick Warne
& Co. 1984, 44 pp.)
Tailor Tippett and Farmer Clancy are the best of friends. But, when Tippett's cow, Bridget, tramples Clancy's garden, the two friends become enemies, fast. Only when the cold March winds force Clancy to take his overcoat to the tailor for mending does the friendship begin to mend as well.
Before Reading Clancy's Coat
After Reading Clancy's Coat
For Argument's Sake
Clancy and Tippett each thought he was right. Neither could see the other's point of view. Ask students to group themselves into those who think Clancy was right and those who agree with Tippett. After they discuss the merits of their points of view, have them role-play, reversing roles to try to see and express the other viewpoint.
Irish Tea Party
In Clancy's Coat, the two men mend their friendship over tea and bread, and the Irish, like the Russians, Chinese, Scots, and English, are closely associated with tea drinking. (The children) will enjoy celebrating their friendships with an authentic tea party."
"Visit a health food store to purchase decaffeinated Irish tea bags. Plan to serve tea with cream, sugar and honey. Then, help the children make an Irish soda bread, according to the following recipe, to sample with their tea (children can take turns measuring, mixing, shaping the loaf, and timing the baking, but you or another adult will have to do the cutting with a very sharp bread knife to achieve the thinnest slices):
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached is best)
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon double acting baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk
1/8 cup caraway seeds and/or 1/4 cup dried currants(optional)
Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough (like biscuit
dough) that will hold its shape. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth. Form into a round loaf and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut a cross on top with a sharp knife and bake at 375° for
35 to 40 minutes. (The loaf is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.) Let cool completely before
slicing very thin and serving with butter.
Because Tippett is a tailor" buy some sack dish towels at Walmart and find embroidery patterns to trace on or iron on the the dish towels to practice on with your children. Try to do a whole set of towels together.
That is all for tonight! Have a good night.
|Posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM||comments (7)|
Good Morning folks; I hope everything is well with you. Reminder of chores; Childrobotics; Physical Education, Health, or Dancing; Language of ABC's, sounds, words, vocabulary; extra reading; math; science; writing; yearbook; family scrapbooks; journal writing; and the newspaper. Grandma is only going to give you the Calendar History today and as many exersizes for the stories as she can along with a small section out of Book (57) on Peanuts.
Today is March 14 and the first birthday on this day is for Lucy Hobbs Taylor, American who became the first female dentist, born in 1833. Book (1) says, "When Lucy Hobbs Taylor was born in 1833, dentistry had not yet become a profession. It wasn't until 1840 that the first dental school was established. Besides having top-notch academic skills, a dentist must also possess good manual dexterity. Have (the children) list activities and hobbies that help develop manual skills (sewing, model building, drawing, painting). What other professions require specific physical skills? How can those skills be acquired?" Here is a link to "Dealing with Stress" which is only one manual skill, Life skills is part of it, bicycle tricks and skateboard, Grandma is getting the idea it has to do with developing control of our bodies and especially our hands in order to develop skills for our body to control it's functions. They showed a lot of sports skills in this section on Youtube. It is hard for Grandma because she can't find her control box for the speakers since the move and can't hear the videos. One skill taught is taking the Blood Pressure which does take skill. Being able to relax and bring that pressure down is all part of Stress management.
The next March 14 birthday is of Casey Jones, American railroad engineer, born in 1864. Book (1) tells the story, "American folk hero-John Luther "Casey" Jones gave his life to save his passengers when the train he was driving, the "Cannonball Express," collided with another train blocking the tracks near Vaughan, Miss. Invite your students to tell about their heroes. Has someone ever helped them in an extraordinary way? How can they help other people?" Grandma knows this first link is partly a sales promotion for Fisher price toys, but it teaches us a lot of ideas. Maybe Grandma can even make connections with them to help us. Grandma was looking for a link to the "Casey" Jones story for you when I found it. Here is one link of a cartoon version of the story and the song. Here is another cartoon version of the story. The next three links Ninja Turtle 1, Ninja Turtle 2, and Ninja Turtle 3 may be very fun and interesting to learn. There were more movies and cases "Casey" Jones falls in as a good example for children. The idea of "Casey" Jones could definitely lead children into the discussion of their heroes and what makes real heroes. A very good lesson for learning which ties to reading comics to drawing the characters and other cartoon characters. Grandma found this so full that it would be a good idea to send children directly to it through youtube to get the full learning they might want and you could develop from also.
The rest of the birthday's include:
Albert Einstein, German-American physicist, born on March 14 in 1879.
Marguerite DeAngeli, children's author, born on March 14 in 1889.
Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist who created "Dennis the Menace", born on March 14 in 1920(?).
Quincy Jones, American composer and musician, born on March 14 in 1933;
and Billy Crystal, American comedian and actor, born on March 14 in 1947.
Events on that day include:
The First Town Meeting in America was held at Fanevil Hall in Boston on March 14 in 1743.
Then on March14 in 1794 Eli Whitney patented the Cotton Gin.
It is also National Peanut Month which Grandma has a lot to give you about. First of all Book (1) has to say in ""Peanuts galore"-Peanuts have been growing in South America for more than 1,000 years. (Natives) along the Chicma River in central South America were the first people to realize the plant's food value. But it was George Washington Carver who found the most uses--more than 300--for peanuts. For example, Carver used peanuts to make fuel, medicines, cosmetics, inks, and dyes. Have your (children) cut out peanut shapes from brown construction paper, then list on them as many uses for peanuts as they can think of. (Grandma thinks they could make great letter characters). Post the paper peanuts on a bulletin board to mark National Peanut Month.
Ok, now Grandma has information in Book (57) to give you about peanuts in a section called ""Peanut Power" by Teddy Meister,
Say it With Peanuts
Peanuts are full of proteins, minerals, and vitamins (However, be careful because some children are allergic to peanuts). Find out about their other benefits and create a billboard advertisement convincing people to eat more of them. Use a lot of descriptive adjectives in the ad.
Create word pictures about nuts. For example, a walnut might be pictured as a nut growing on a wall. Can you think of something for a cashew nut? Chestnut? Beechnut? Butternut?
Create some interesting sentences using NUTS as the starting letters for each word. For example, Ned Uses Toy Soldiers.
"I'm nuts about you!" "You're making me nuts!" Think of other "nut" sayings that can be written on mural paper and hung up for a class graffiti wall.
"Polly Pickens plays perfectly practiced piano pieces." This is an alliterative sentence because each word begins with the same letter. Write others for "p" (peanuts) or "n"(nuts).
Peanuts in the Laboratory
In a series of picture flash cards, show how peanuts get from planting to harvesting.
Gather different varieties of nuts. Look for pictures and information about them in reference books. Record facts about their growth, harvest, and use. Collect all of this in a "nut" book. Display it in the library(at your home).
Which varieties of nuts were grown several thousand years ago? Find out about ancient legumes and how they were used. Prepare a poster showing these ancient types and the parts of the world they came from.
Brainstorm a list of other plants that ripen underground. How are they like peanuts? How are they different?
A World of Peanuts
Using an outline map of the United States, show major areas where peanuts are grown. List states and countries beginning with each letter in the word peanut. For instance, "p" might be Panama and "e" could stand for Egypt.
Create a "World of Peanuts" chart showing different countries where peanuts are grown. Which country distributes the most?
Create your own island shaped like a peanut. Identify different geographical forms, lakes, rivers, etc. Name the island after yourself.Cities and towns might be named after peanuts, such as Gooberville, New Legume, and so on. Describe the main sights to see on your island that might attract tourists. Be sure to include a legend, scale of miles, and compass. (This could also be put in the middle of our little town we had started to make in the beginning of classes.)
What is the largest peanut-producing state in the United States? Check product maps. Develop a campaign slogan which that state could use to create more national interest in the purchase and use of peanuts.
Peanuts and People
Ancient tripes found many uses for varieties of empty shells. List ways they might be used today. Can you brainstorm ten new uses?
Peanuts, or goobers, comes from the Congo word nguba. First sold commercially in 1870, it was an important food source for soldiers during the Civil War. (This could be added to our timeline sheets.) The song "Eating Goober Peas" is from this period of history. Learn the words and prepare a song tape for the class. Make lyric cards so they can sing along. (Here is the link to the song "Eating Goober Peas")
Hot peanut salad is a Chinese specialty. (My husband loves them roasted in a skillet by tossing them around in a slight bit of oil or sprayed pan on the heat. Grandma had some in Mexico that a gentleman or Senior had soaking in lemon water. They were real good.) Look up recipes using peanuts (especially the Mexican cookbooks. They call them Cayotes). Can you find any unusual ones native to other countries? Make a "Peanut World Recipe" file. Interview parents and friends for their favorite recipes using peanuts. Visit restaurants specializing in ethnic foods and ask if they serve dishes using peanuts.
Peanuts were first used over 2000 years ago in South America. Read about this period of ancient history. Find out about the culture of these early people and the uses developed for peanuts. Write a brief report to share with classmates.
How do you think growing peanuts in the United States began? What theories do you have? Write them down and explain why you feel this way.
Peanuts by the Pound
Collect candy recipes involving peanuts, and select your favorite one to try at home. How might the recipe be improved? What could be added? (Grandma says to be careful here because a lot of these recipes and foods bought has corn syrup and soy bean; therefore they can be part of the Monsanto and GMO threats and could be used as a precaution for foods not to eat.) What proportions of nuts to other ingredients are used?
The average person eats about three pounds of nuts a year! How much would this be per month? Per week? Conduct a survey...and find out approximately how much they eat a month. Compile the results, and construct a graph to show your findings.(Now peanut butter might be a good thing to eat and use in many recipes good for us.)
Visit your local food market produce section. Examine the jars of shelled peanuts. What is the price per weight of each jar? Examine the bags of unshelled peanuts. How much do they cost for the same amount of shelled? Which is the better buy? How do you account for the difference?
Peanuts are a commodity on the stock exchange. Look up the phone number of a local stockbroker. Call and ask someone to explain what this means. Perhaps you can arrange for a speaker to talk with the (children) about stocks, bonds, and commodities. (Maybe you could dress as one.)
Which peanut manufacturers are the most popular in terms of sales? Make a list of the different brands of peanut companies you can think of. (A visit to your local supermarket will be helpful!) Interview family members and friends to see which company's products they prefer. Write a letter to the company you find most popular telling them about your interviews.
Roasted, salted, ground into peanut butter, candy, baked goods, cooking oil--over 300 uses for the peanut were discovered by George Washington Carver. Create a collage using peanut product pictures from magazines and newspapers.
Borrow an ink pad from your teacher. Press your thumb into the pad and make several thumb prints on art paper. Turn these into "peanut people" by adding lines to create faces, arms, legs, etc. Add color to the finished prints.
Examine the symbol of the company using the peanut man. What could you do to add to the symbol and make it different? Try some original ideas to improve the symbol, or make up a totally new one.
Collect peanut shells. Brush them off and give them several coats of varnish. Create "shell" jewelry or pictures. Use shell halves or the outside texture of the shell itself. Dip into paint and press on paper for shell prints."
Considering Monday is Saint Patricks Day and also the birthday of Grandma's daughter, Andrea, we will be given some Ireland or Irish links for your usage. She is not only part German heritage, but Scotch Irish and English along with Grandma. We actually descend from the Parr family of the last queen of Henry VIII even though she died giving birth to her child that died later. However, the father to that baby was from Spain. Grandma's granddaughter Eva also has Mexican blood involved in her, if you have not been able to tell yet she is pretty partial to her but situations this year have separated us and Grandma is very sad over it. Read any books over the weekend and be prepared for a fun little home parade given in Book (1) for that day with all kinds of things they can bang on and pretend they are drums.
The first link is a little history; some more information about Ireland; and of course the movies made tell of the wild folklore along with Folklore1, Folklore 2, and Folklore 3; and a little more.
Grandma also want those children that are older to start reading at least part of the Little House on the Prairie and or Sarah Plain and Tall. Other shorter stories we will read are the Ox Cart Man, Wagon Wheels, Molly's Pilgrim, and The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
However, for today Grandma will give you activities to go with The Empty Pot by Demi about China.
"Before Reading Activity
Would you be honest even if it meant you might get in trouble? (Discuss.)
This is a story about a boy named Ping who lived in China. He has to choose whether or not to be honest. Listen to what happens to him and how he is the same and different from you.
After Reading Activity
What did Ping do about being honest? (Discuss.) How is he the same as and different from you? (Discuss.)
Group Activity: Predicting Outcomes
Do you think Ping would make a good emperor? Why, why not? (Discuss and list ideas... . Model writing sentences from student responses.)
Pre-writers: Draw a picture showing what kind of emperor Ping would be. ...copy and complete this sentence:
"Ping would be a __________________________________emperor because__________________
Beginning Writers: Draw and write about what kind of emperor Ping would be and why.
Experienced Writers: Write a paragraph explaining what kind of emperor Ping would be and why. Illustrate your work when done.
You will Need:
This activity deals with the characters, problem and solution presented in the story.
Before Reading Activity
Who were the characters in the story? What was the problem Ping had to face in the story? How did he solve it? Listen for these things in the story again.
After Reading Activity
Who were the characters in the story? What was the problem. Ping had to face? What was the solution? (Discuss and list ....)
Student Assignment: Children fold paper into horizontal fourths. Tell each child to write his or her name and the title and author of the book on the first quarter. On the second quarter, write the word "Characters," and across from it list and draw the characters in the story. In the third quarter, write the word "Problem." Across from it, write and illustrate the problem in the story. In the last quarter write "Solution," then write and draw the solution of the story.
You Will Need:
Estimation/Measuring/Graphing Snow Pea Pods
The Chinese use snow pea pods in many of the dishes they prepare.
Sorting, Sprouting, Planting Seeds
You Will Need:
Sorting, Sprouting, Planting Seeds
3. Here are the different parts of a bean sprout. Draw your bean sprout. Find the parts.
4. Taste you bean sprout. What did it taste like?_________________________________________
5. Tape a different kind of seed to the outside of each cup. Draw the seed taped to each cup. Draw the
plant you think will grow.
6. Put potting soil in each cup. Plant the seeds in the right cup. Water it. Put it in the window.
You Will Need:
Locate the continent of Asia on (a) map..., then locate China on it. Color China.
Chinese New Year
This traditional celebration is a centuries-old spring festival. The Chinese lunar calendar determines the date so it usually occurs between the middle of January and the middle of February.
Note: Arrange four oranges as a New Year display--three on the bottom, one on top. Red lucky money envelopes can be found at many Asian food markets. Chinese fortune cookies are not a Chinese tradition; they are an American invention.
To Make a Dragon: Invert the plastic laundry basket, cover it with red butcher paper (leaving holes for the eyes), and decorate it with paint and construction aper to look like the head of a dragon.
For the dragon Dance, have children line up in single file, arms on the waist of the child in front of them with blankets draped over themselves to form the long, snake-like body of the dragon. The child in the lead holds the dragon's head over himself or herself and leads the parade dance by dramatically dipping and swaying the large head from side to side. The rest of the children follow the leader as they are led in serpentine movements around the classroom and outside.
You Will Need:
Chinese writing is traditionally done with a brush and black ink on paper. The Chinese don't use an alphabet as we do; they use characters that have meaning by themselves. The words are written from top to bottom. There are thousands of Chinese characters.
Link to First Chinese Characters and in that area of you tube is a whole bunch more.
Have a good day!
|Posted on March 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM||comments (11)|
Today is Thursday, March 6 and Grandma hopes it will be a good one at that! Get your tasks done, Childrobotic, music, dancing of physical education done. For a health lesson you could talk about your skin and what nutrients can do for it. Also research and find out what is being said about anti-bacterial stuff and is non exposure to a little germs the best for us or if some exposure develops antibodies in our system. Grandma should do some research along with you. I will see what I can find. Link to anti-bacterial products first.Then look into osteoporosis. Lets add some animation to the scene. Now look at what Coconut oil and Turmeric can do. Now look at Histamine and what it does. What about Beta Glugen for our immune system?
What have they got to say about mulching newspaper and cardboard? What does Ginger do for our system?
Next Dr. Whiting has something to say about smoking and other things. Ok, and what does our diet and metabolism have to do with everything? Then there is our liver, what do we do about it?
We will move from here to our Bible. There was a part for yesterday about the Temple in Mark 11:12-19 to read. Then lets read "Jesus anointed by a Sinful Woman, Luke 7:36-50; Jesus talk with a Samaritan Woman, John 4:1-26; Life in Bible Times-Carrying Water--Getting each day's water supply was the job of women. Each day they came to the town well, filled their jars, and then carried the full water jars home on their heads." from Faith Alive. Read a lesson "Samaritan Opposition, Luke 9:51-55; The Disciples Rejoin Jesus, John 4:27-38; Many Samaritans Believe, John 4:39-42; Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37; Did You Know? What was a Samaritan? Luke 10:33 A Samaritan was a person who lived in Samaria, a district between Judea and Galilee. The Jews did not like the Samaritans, who were foreigners. Jesus' story reminds us that, with his love in our hearts, we too can help any person in trouble, whatever his or her race or religion or nationality." as written in the Faith Alive Bible.
We will cover the Calendar History for the day now.
The first birthday is that on March 6, 1475 on which Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and artist was born. Book (1) goes into depth about Michelangelo in say he was the world's greatest artist but also a distinguished architect. He was the chief architect of St. Peter's Church in Rome which Grandma did a painting of in junior high and gave to a teacher. She can tell you it is a very articulate building indeed. Book (1) says to research about Michelangelo's buildings that he designed.Then list the features that are common to his work and to the Renaissance style. Other styles include classical, Gothic, Art Nouveau, postmodernist? Which one do you know of seeing. I also want you to check out his famous paintings and some of his sculpture.
Another person born on March 6 is Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet, married to Robert Browning. She was born in 1806.
In 1877 on March 6 Rose Fyleman, children's author was born.
Then in 1937 Valentinia Vladimirovha Tereshikova, Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space was born on March 6. This might be a good time to introduce the planets to the children and talk about some of the competition we have with Russia and why.
Then on this week of March 6 is Return the Borrowed Books Week and remember it is also Newspapers in education week. Discuss how newspaper are very good for topics of research, debates, and as topic discussion or theme writing.
The first event for March 6 is in 1716 when An Aurora Borealis lit up the skies from western Holland to central Russia.
In 1834 on March 6 The city of York, Canada, was incorporated as Toronto.
In 1836 on March 6 which we will also learn about in our history book this next week along with the pioneer times; that The Alamo fell after a 12-day siege by 4,000 Mexican soldiers.
Next we will learn what we can about China. What about the Empty Cities; The Empire; their Rise in Economy; how they Fooled the World; how they Want To Become Military Superheros; their Supermarkets; the Shock of their thinking; China and Japan; Death Row Interviews;while U.S. is trying to cut down arms Russia, China, and Iran are building theirs. Then check out their beliefs after death under China.
We will be covering the following books tomorrow Eyes of the Dragon, Grandfather Tang's Story, How the Ox Star Fell From Heaven, Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, Lon Po Po, Our Home Is the Sea; along with books about Vietnam, Korea, and maybe others.
This is all for today folks! Have a good day.
|Posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM||comments (181)|
Good Morning Folks! I hope you had some fun yesterday and you are ready for a new day. Do your tasks for the day, Childrobotics, music, dancing or physical activity or you can use the health lesson Grandma will present today. Don't forget your writing, language-words, alphabet, sounds, sentence structure, yearbooks, journal writing, reports, extra reading, and newspapers as well as weather and news broadcasts.
Grandma will start with the calendar history of March 4 first.
The first birthday is in 1678 on March 4 of Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer.
The next is in 1748 on March 4 of Casimir Pulaski, Polish count and American Revolutionary War hero.
The last is on March 4 in 1906 for Meindert Dejong, children's author.
It is National Nutrition Month; therefore, List your (childrens) favorite foods then look for its nutritional value, some are on the containers. Afterward, the kids can create jingles or bumper stickers advertising the healthfulness of their favorite foods.
It is also National Shoe Week; therefore, you can "discuss the meaning of the saying "It's hard to fill his shoes." Then ask each (child) to name a person he or she admires. What qualities would be needed to fill that person's shoes? Next, give each student a large sheet of paper, scissors, and colored markers. Have each child draw a large shoe, color it, then cut it out. Inside their shoes, the kids should write the name of the person they admire and the qualities needed to fill his or her shoes." Display the shoes for others to see. This could be included in your fair.
The events for the day are as follows:
On March 4, 1493-Christopher Columbus landed at Lisbon, thus completing his first voyage to the New World.
On March 4, 1681-England's King Charles II granted William Penn a Charter for what is now Pennsylvania.
In 1789 on March 4-The First U.S. Congress convened in New York City.
On March 4, 1791 Vermont became the 14th State.
On March 4, 1793-George Washington was inaugurated for a second term. It is the Old Inauguration Day.
Then in 1801 on March 4 Thomas Jefferson became the First president Inaugurated in Washington D.C. Book (1) says Thomas Jefferson helped plan the city of Washington, D.C., describing it as "a very agreeable country residence." He also selected the architecture for many public buildings and presided over the design competition for the Capitol. Using a pseudonym, Jefferson submitted his own architectural plan for the White House, but it was rejected. Ask your (children) what might have pleased him about the design of the Jefferson Memorial.
And in1809 on March 4 George Clinton became the First Vice President to serve under two presidents.
Grandma is going to assign the reading in the Bible and Faith Alive information next. First answer the question from Faith Alive matching with Mark12:1 "Did You knows?-What are parables? A parable is a special kind of story. It teaches a lesson by saying what something is like. When we know what the things in a parable stand for, we can understand what the parable is teaching. Each person in the parable in Mark 12 stands for someone: the man who planted the vineyard--God; the farmers--religious leaders; the servants--God's prophets; the son--Jesus. Jesus was telling the story of salvation in this parable." Read "Parable of the Sower" Mark 4:1-20, Mathew 13:1-23, Luke 8:1-15; "Crowds Follow Jesus" Mark 3:7-12; "Jesus Mother and Brothers" Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21; "Lamp of the Body" Luke 11;33-53;"A Lamp on a Stand" Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18; "Parables of the Weeds" Mathew 13:24-29, "...of the Weeds Explained" Mathew 13:36-43; from Faith Alive comes "Life in Bible Times-Sowing Seed--Farmers in the first century didn't use machines to sow their fields with seed. They took handfuls of seed and with a sweeping motion, threw it on the ground they had plowed. A skillful sower could spread gain seeds very evenly." Next read "Parables of the Seed" Mathew 13:1-30; "Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast" Mark 4:30-34, Mathew 13:31-35 from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Mathew 13:36 What is the parable of the weeds about? The parable of the weeds means that Christians live in the world alongside unbelievers. God does not want to lose anyone who will believe in him, so he lets the world go on until the time for Jesus to return." Luke 13:18-21 and do out of Faith Alive "Let's Live It! Luke 13:18-19 Two Ways To Grow--God's plan for all living things is for them to grow. Ask your mom or dad how many inches long you were when you were born. Mark that many inches on a wall. Then stand by the wall and mark how tall you are now.
People grow spiritually too. Talk with your parents. Ask if they can see ways you have grown spiritually in the past two years." Next read "Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl" Mathew 13:44-46 and "Parables of the Net" Mathew 13:47-52. Next read a lesson called "A Prophet Without Honor" Mathew 13:53-58, Mark 6:1-5.
Here is some more work you can do this spring tied to what we have learned about Japan. Book (57) says under ""Wonders of Nature" Japanese children learn to appreciate nature at a young age and are trained to observe many things most Western children do not. In order to help your (children) gain a greater appreciation of nature, (when the weather allows us) take them out on a "nature appreciation" walk. Point out simple aspects of their natural surroundings, things usually taken for granted: the rhythm of nature's sounds, the simple elegance of a blade of grass, the complexity in the form of a pine cone.
Let each (child) collect one natural object, such as a stone or twig, which under normal circumstances would be most insignificant. Upon returning to class, have each student study his or her object, taking into account not only its visual aspects but its feel and smell as well. Write a list of words describing it. Using the list of descriptive words, have each student write an account as if he or she were that object. Have students consider what affects them in the form of the object, their likes and dislikes, the influences of nature and the seasons upon them, whether there are friends or enemies in their natural habitat. Let your imaginations take you on a creative journey through nature!
Following are two examples of Haiku Poetry:
The caterpillar A sudden shower
Rests upon the barren leaf The big green frog jumps into
In the morning breeze. The pond with a splash.
"More examples can be found in Come Along, by Rebecca Caudill (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)."
"As an exercise in free verse, suggest that each (child) write a line about spring that he or she considers to be poetic."
Below are some Japanese words for American and given the Japanese Pronunciation
English Japanese Pronunciation
BOY OTOKO NO KO OH-TOH-KOH NOH KOH
GIRL ONNA NO KO OH-NAH NAH KOH
CHILD KODOMO KOH-DOH-MOH
MOTHER HAHA HAH-HAH
FATHER CHICHI CHEE-CHEE
TEACHER SENSEI SEN-SAY
SCHOOL GAKKO GA-KOH
HOUSE UCHI OO-CHEE
GARDEN NIWA NEE-WAH
FLOWER HANA HAH-NAH
BOOK HON HOHN
JAPAN NIPPON NEE-PON
WATER MIZU MEE-ZOO
YES HAI HI
NO LIE EE-EH
You can take this unit on Japan that we have been working on and divide it up into categories as these
below and make booklets of each category.
Any of these categories you want more of you can usually get off of Internet. You can print out pictures or take a colored picture to a printing place for them to print out. Look in magazines etc. for pictures. You can do this with almost any country you want to learn about or keep a record of.
Book (57) also covers "National Pig Week" given to us from our Calendar History Book (1). Book (57) has a recipe with popcorn as follows:
For each treat you need:
a. Name it.
b. Make a candy pen for it.
c. Show it to a friend. (Don't get too close!)
d. Write a story, poem, or limerick about it.
e. Use it as a centerpiece on your table or desk at home.
f Write directions on how you made it, in correct sequence, with complete sentences.
g. Make up your own ideas of how to use it.
h. Write an advertisement selling it.
i. Or eat it!
Other Pig snacks
1. Buy pink-frosted animals crackers at your grocery store.
2. Buy a pig cookie cutter. Make cookies and decorate with pink frosting and other goodies."
Draw a picture of a pig for each child with no face if you wish and let them either color and cut clothes to fit on it or draw and cut clothes on the paper. Draw their faces on them.
Make a pig picture they can fit their own face in either paper, brown paper, colored papers, pictures, cardboard windows etc.
The Three Little Pigs
Read the contemporary version with an urban setting by Tony Ross (Pantheon, 1983).
Then have your (children) "fracture" the classic story . Change the story about.
A couple of sarters....
1. Early one morning in the summer of 1987, three little pigs set out on their Kawasaki 100s to......
2. Everyone knows Mother Pig sent out her three little darlings to find a new home. However, not too many people know of their recent whereabouts: Hollywood, CA--where they are currently making a new movie called...
Get in the MUD for national Pig Day
1. Make name tags for your students___they can create their own piggy names for the day.
John Mud, Jennifer Swine
2. When pronouncing the week's spelling words, use them in sentences about pigs, and put them in sentences about pigs.
1. Farmer Frank Pig______________to the farm of his brother Hamdell.
2. Hamdell had _________________to live on a bigger farm.
3. Hamdell had been___________________for a month.
4. Frank has_________________to get his brother.
5. Hamdell_____________________out of the pig house with his radio and skateboard.
6. Frank______________________wearing his old hat.
7. Frank and Hamdell_______________________down the road.
8. Hamdell____________________down in the ditch.
9. Frank had to _________________________after him!
10. Frank____________________some lunch along the way.
11. Handell had already____________________so they went home!
Let's Pig Out on Some Good Pig Books
Have books and simple book report forms available. (clovers, pigs, flowers, umbrellas, rain drops) Display book reports. Each book report can include a fun activity.
1. Paint a picture of your favorite part of the book.
2. Use colored pencils and sketch this story with a completely different beginning or ending.
3. Using some colored sequins from the jar on your teacher's desk, dress up the pig in your story in a _____.___________________________________________________________________________
4. Uniquely design something from the book using felt-tip markers.
tell how the pig in your story would use it.
With a specific book in mind, very creative projects can be created!
Two activities here and one from the information on Japan in Book (57) mentioned doing a spring bulletin board. If you wish you can do something like this for spring putting Japan , pigs, flowers, etc. on it. Even a poster board is fun You could use poster board. Play games, puppets, skits, etc. Grandma also has things about National Parks , zoos, and animals out of Book (57) starting this week also. Please take care and have a good day.
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Good morning folks! We are starting on March lessons and ready to go with a new week. After doing your tasks for the morning, Childrobotics, music, dance lessons or physical education (which includes any health lessons), we will start on Grandma's lessons for the day.
Grandma wants to start with some science experiment lessons about Magnetism from her Book (12).
The first one is called ""Field lines";
Lay a sheet of drawing paper over a magnet-of curse you already know how to make a magnet-and scatter iron filings on it. Tap the paper lightly, and a pattern forms.
The filings form into curved lines and show the direction of the magnetic force. You can make the pattern permanent. Dip the paper into melted candle wax and let it cool. Scatter the iron filings on it. If you hold a hot iron over the paper after the formation of the magnetic lines, the field lines, the pattern will be fixed.
The next experiment is called ""The earth's magnetic field";
Hold a soft iron bar pointing to the north and sloping downwards, and hammer it several times. It will become slightly magnetic.
The earth is surrounded by magnetic field lines, which meet the earth in Great Britain and North America at an angle between 60° and 80°. When the iron is hammered, its magnet particles are affected by the earth's magnetic field lines and point to the north. In a similar way, tools sometimes become magnetic for no apparent reason. If you hold a magnetized bar in an east-west direction and hammer it, it loses its magnetism."
The third experiment is called ""Magnetic or not?"
Many iron and steel objects are magnetized without one realizing it. You can detect this magnetism with a compass. If a rod is magnetized, it must, like the compass needle, have a north and south pole. Since two unlike poles attract and two like poles repel, one pole of the needle will be attracted to the end of the bar and the other repelled. If the bar is not magnetized, both poles of the needle are attracted to the end."
The fourth experiment is called ""Compass needle"
Stroke a sewing needle with a magnet until it is magnetized and push it through a cork disk. Put the needle into a transparent plastic lid containing water
and it turns in a north-south direction. Stick a paper compass card under the lid.
The needle points towards the magnetic North pole of the earth. This lies in North Canada, and is not to be confused with the geographical North pole, round which our earth rotates. The deviation (declination) of the magnetic needle from the true north is 8° in London and 15° in New York (in a westerly direction) and 1° in Chicago and 15° in Los Angeles, (in an easterly direction).
The fifth experiment is called ""Dip to the pole,"
Magnetize two steel pins so that their points attract each other strongly. Push them into the ends of a piece of foam plastic about as thick as a pencil and balance this by means of a sewing needle over two tumblers (by shifting the pins and pulling off pieces of plastic). If you allow this compass to swing in a north-south direction, it will come to rest with the end facing north sloping downwards.
The compass needle comes to rest parallel to the magnetic field lines which span the earth from pole to
pole. This deviation (dip) from the horizontal is 67° in London, 72° in New York, 60° in Los Angeles and at the magnetic poles of the earth 90°."
The sixth experiment is called ""Magnetic ducks",
Make two ducks from paper doubled over and glued and push a magnetized pin into each one. Place the ducks on cork disks in a dish of water. After moving around they line up with their beaks or tail tips together in a north-south direction. The ducks approach each other along the magnetic field lines. Their movement is caused by different forces: the attraction of unlike magnetic poles, the repelling effect of like poles, and the earth's magnetism. Set the magnets so that two poles which will be attracted are placed in the beaks."
Grandma is going to give the lessons from Faith Alive for Bible reading now. From now on most the things Grandma gives you out of the Bible to read will either be Parables or Lessons Jesus gave. The first one to read is lessons called "Woe on Unrepentant Cities" Mathew 11:20-24; "Rest for the Weary"
Mathew 11:25-30 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Yokes--Wooden yokes were worn by
teams of animals. Oxen yoked together shared the load. Jesus promises to share our load and work beside us." Also read from the Bible "Blessings and Woes" Luke 6:17-26; "Seven Woes" Mathew 23 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Phylacteries--When Jewish men prayed, many tied special boxes holding Bible verses to their arm and forehead. These were called phylacteries. Jesus criticized men who did this to make people think they were especially holy.";
"Did You Know? Mathew 23:28 What are woes? Woes are sorrow, grief or trouble. Jesus uses this word to warn the teachers of the law and Pharisees. He tells them seven reasons why they are in trouble with God.
Next read a works of Jesus in the Bible that Grandma thinks she missed called "A Crippled Woman Healed On the Sabbath" Luke 13:10-17 along with a Lesson called "Lord of the Sabbath" Mathew 12:1-21; Mark 2:22-28; and Luke 6:1-11.
Next read from the Bible"Jesus and Beelzebub(Satan)" Mark 3:1-6; Mark 3:20-36; Luke 11:14-28 and answer from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Mathew 12:24 Who was Beelzebub? Beelzebub was another name for Satan. Jesus' enemies claimed that Jesus cast out demons by using Satan's power. In this passage Jesus showed his enemies that they were foolish and wrong."
Last for today from the Bible read "The Sign of Jonah" Mathew 12:38-45; Luke 11:29-32.
Grandma is going to give parents the beginning of March from the Calendar History and that is it for today because she feels this is enough for one day. She will resume some other things coming tomorrow.
March is the beginning of a new month with "Month long Observances of: Frozen Food Month(It can have its advantages and disadvantages(check the label of ingredients to understand- Corn Syrup and Soy are considered bad when at one time soy was considered good);
Let's Go Fly a Kite Month; National Dandelion Month ( some places east Dandelion as routine and special-also very good for a person, so are tulips);
National Good Health Month; National Hamburger Month; National Nutrition Month; National Peanut
Month; National Women's History Month.
Week long Events include National Foreign Language Week (first week); National Shoe Week (first week);
Return the Borrowed Books Week (first week); Volunteers of America Week (first week; National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (be sure to cover some of this with the children because they could be
approached by some stranger at some time later in life or that you do not know about.) (first full week);
Newspaper in Education Week (first full week); Procrastination Week (week beginning on the first Sunday);
Girl Scout Week (week including March 12); National Chocolate Week(week of the second Monday) Fun Mail Week (second full week); National Poison Prevention Week (third week); Art Week (last full week).Special Days and Celebrations include: World's Largest Concert (usually the first Thursday); Iditarrod Trail Race (begins on the first Saturday); St. Patrick's Day (March 17); First day of spring (March 20 or 21);
Agriculture Day (first day of spring).
Project of the Month: Shoe Showcase-Start the month off on the right foot: Spotlight shoes during National Shoe Week." Hunt for "different kinds of media that contain references to shoes-for example, stories, songs, films print advertisements, and TV and radio commercials."....list specific examples from the various media...select a particular "shoe medium" to research and collect material about for a..."Shoe Showcase Multimedia Fair." For example you could research shoe stories and gather a variety of appropriate books, then organize story-telling sessions for primary students. Then create several "shoe math" problems for the fair. Your child could interview shoe-store owners, or shoemakers etc. with a number of important questions. You could design shoe-shaped catalogs detailing the fair's exhibits and contributors and hand them out to friends and people that might need shoes.
You could also go through the ages together and see what people have worn through the ages.
Now we will start with the days birthdays and events.
The first birthday for March 1 is of Margaret Frisky, children's author, born in 1901.
Richard Wilbur, American Poet, was born in 1921 on March 1.
The first event happened on March 1 in 1781 in which the 13 original states adopted the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for federal union. In 1790 Congress authorized the First U. S. Census. Book (1) explains that "Everybody counts- The U.S. Bureau of the Census collects billions of pieces of information, then computes and publishes statistics. For example, the census tells us how many people carpool, how many televisions are in the average household, motorcycles. Create a mini census and decide on three questions to ask, then develop a survey sheet. Interview some people you know and record the results.
On March 1 in 1803 Ohio became the 17th state. in 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.
Book (1) says, "On the anniversary of statehood for Ohio and Nebraska, explore U. S. geography--and have a little fun-- with this "hands-on" activity. First trace a large U. S. map, including the state borders, onto poster board. Then cut out and laminate each state, tossing the pieces into a shoe box. ...take turns putting the country back together on the floor(or a table). Learn the various state capitals.
In 1872 of March 1 Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park.
Today, March 1 is also National Pig Day.
Book (57) has things in it to celebrate not only that of National Parks, but National Pig Day, peanuts, and animals as well as the Zoo that Grandma will give to parents tomorrow.
As it is also Peanut Butter Lover's Day , see if there are a collection of Peanut Butter recipes to compose together.
There is one last event before we leave March 1 today to give to parents for The First woman detective
Isabella Goodwin, was appointed in New York City the year of 1872.
March 2 is the birthday of Sam Houston, American soldier and politician who served as the first president of Republic of Texas, born in 1793.
Then on March 2 in 1904 Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel), children's
author, was born. Book (1) says "Dr. Seuss's books are filled with free-spirited verse and wonderful invented words." Grandma did a lot of word categorizing with the sounds in the imaginary words he came up with in his books. Book (1) says to read the following verse to the kids, and have them invent flower names and plant an imaginary wild garden in honor of Dr. Seuss:
I shall plant
A garden for Dr. Seuss.
Lots of wild flowers
Will be on the loose.
In 1931 on March 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader, was born.
Then in 1933 of March 2 Leo Dillon, children's book illustrator,
was born. Book (1) says, "Introduce your (children) to collaboration by sharing the works of Leo and Diane Dillon, husband-and-wife illustrators of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu." Work together with your children to illustrate your haiku poems(which typically center on a single image). Afterward, discuss the pros and cons of working collaboratively.
The events of the day include that of 1776, March 2 when the U.S. Navy and Marines fought their first battle of the Revolutionary War.
Then on March 2 in 1877, in a disputed election, a special electoral commission selected
Rutherford B. Hayes as president.
In 1889 on March 2 Congress established the National Zoological Park in
In 1899 on March 2 Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State was established. Book (1) says,
"The National Zoo had fewer than 200 animals in its first collection. Today, it has more than 2,900. The
zoo's kitchen is especially busy. One month's food supply includes 3,500 pounds of apples, 8,400 crickets, 4,400 eggs, 9,600 pounds of fish, and 34,000 pounds of herbivore food. One exhibit features the oldest and most abundant form of life--invertebrates. Ask your (children) to list animals included in this group." Also add up how many pounds of food it takes to feed the animals with what is given.
I was also sent a message in my regular email that March 2 is also National Prayer Day. How beautiful
March 3 is just as full of things for the day.
In 1847 on March 3 Alexander Graham Bell, American Inventor was born and Book (1) says he was helping deaf children learn to communicate when he invented the telephone.
He founded a school in Boston for teachers of the deaf. Ask the librarian for a book on sign language.
Have the children learn what they can.
In 1938 on March 3 another children's author, Patricia Maclachlan, was born.
In 1962 on March 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American track and field star along with Herschel Walker, American football star, were born.
Events for the day include 1837 on March 3 Congress increased the membership of the U.S. Supreme Court from seven to nine justices.
In 1842 on March 3 Massachusetts prohibited kids under 12 from Working more than 10 hours a
In 1845 on March 3 Florida became the 27th state, which Book (1) wants the children to start a State-ly study. Grandma has her own instructions for this study of finding out the capital of each state where they are located in the U.S. which number order of becoming a state they were, the state bird and flower of each and what their flags look like, and at least one thing about the them that they can. I want the older children to learn and remember the capital of each.
In 1855 on March 3 The U.S. War Department appropriated $30,000 to buy and transport camels.
Then in 1879 on March 3 Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the
U.S. Supreme Court.
A reminder that March 3 is National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week so use it wisely.
March 3 is also Doll Day in Japan. Which Grandma may have already had it included in the holiday videos but Grandma will cover it again if necessary. She had it in some of the reading lessons, but if she not get connection to a video,she will explain it to you. Grandma got the link so go to Doll Day.
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(Good Morning! We will see how far we can go this morning. With chores, Childrobotics, music, dance or physical education (Grandma just remembered that physical education includes Health also-that means that learning about your body and the needs for that body are also part of Physical education along with dancing and sports to accomplish good health. Dancing is actually a sport as well. In college we had to go through special analysis about our bodies. Grandma tries to follow Dr. Atkins advice and tries to teach that but she has also had to deal with Cholesterol build-up, high blood pressure, slight diabetes, and gout with her husband; therefore, she has seen many things as the fact they took fluid off his knees and give him allopurnal for his gout which has worked for years. He is 71 this year and still working(a little note here-Grandma's husband is now 74 and she is 63 0f 2017. He had to quit work for a chance at SSI disability for Grandma with her knees. They still denied her to have it twice and Grandma waited 20 months coming back from Mexico: went to court in January and then now tell Grandma because we are married his social security and the state help count against her money so she will only be allowed $40,but having the Medcaire for insurance since she had lost her insurance last year is worth it.). He had to have laser in his eyes at one time. Grandma has learned to separate eggs so he doesn't get too much from that. We eat salmon, fish, a little shrimp now, and turkey a lot. She also uses a lot of garlic, fruit, and green vegetables. Now the doctor says he must cut the salt which is really hard for him because he likes to salt his food for he even tastes it. He is learning though. Grandma has also learned some about GMO's and Monsanto which she understands that most of that is to leave soybean and corn syrup out of your diet. There is more to it than that though.) Please don't forget to work on your newspapers, yearbooks, family scrapbooks, journals and other writing as well as reports and record keeping Grandma has not given. Be sure to keep record of everything and add to lists as well as any other interests. Planting season is coming round and many seeds can be planted in pots to begin them right now.
The lessons from the Bible include the following:
Read "Ten Healed of Leprosy" Luke 17:11-19 and Mark 1:40-45. Then do Faith Alive lesson of "Let's Live It! Mark 1:40-42 Reach Out to Others--Leprosy was a terrible disease. The leper's skin had open sores. A person with leprosy was called "unclean," meaning he or she could not worship God with other people or even live in town. No one came near a leper. What a lonely life!
Read Mark 1:40-42. Jesus showed he cared for the leper by touching him and healing him.
Everybody feels lonely sometimes. Have you ever been in one of these situations:
1. The other kids are laughing and joking and then suddenly stop when you show up.
2. Almost everybody in your Sunday school or confirmation class sees each other at school; you go to a different school."
3. Mom and Dad both work, and you have to stay home alone in an empty house.
Jesus was "filled with compassion" for the leper. He cares about you too. Feel free to tell him when you feel lonely. He's always there to hear."
There is another reading about leprosy called "The Man With Leprosy" Mathew 8:1-13 and Luke 5:12-16. Read this and read "The Faith of the Centurion" in Luke 7:1-10.
Science Experiments from Book (12) to do are as follows:
(A clothes pen is broken apart and a peg is used for this experiment. However, 1/8 of the end is cut off and a notch is made below the curved end of the top.)
It would not seem possible to balance a clothes peg with one end on the tip of your finger if a leather belt is hung over half the peg. But the force of gravity can apparently be overcome.
The whole secret is a small nick which you cut slantwise in the piece of wood. The belt, which you squeeze firmly into the nick, leans so far sideways because of its slanting fixing that the centre of gravity of wood and belt together is shifted under the tip of the finger and balance is obtained."
Push a darning needle sideways through a cork and fix equal-sized candles at both ends. Then push a knitting needle length ways through the cork and lay it over two glasses. If you light the candles, they begin to swing.
Before the candles are lit, the centre of gravity of the see-saw lies exactly on the axis so that both ends are balanced. But as soon as a drop of wax falls at one end, the centre of gravity shifts to the other side. This is now heavier and swings down. Since the candles drip alternately, the centre of gravity moves from one side to the other side. This is now heavier and swings down. Since the candles drip alternately, the centre of gravity moves from one side to the other."
Stick a penny or a half-dollar or a metal disk of similar weight at the top right-hand corner of a picture postcard and fix two paper clips on the opposite corner. Hang the card up on a wooden surface with an easily-turned pin in the top left-hand corner. The most simple of letter balances is is complete and with it you can check the weight of a letter as accurately as with a normal type letter balance.
You must, however, first standardize your balance. Hang a letter which weighs exactly four ounces onto the paper clips and mark the displacement of the top right-hand corner by an arrow on the wall. With letters of more than four ounces the balance moves further and you know that you need more postage. This simple construction is a first-order lever, which is suspended by a pivot just like a normal letter balance. The left-hand narrow edge of the card forms the loading arm, and the upper edge the force arm, which shows, because it is longer, even small differences in weight."
Lay a rod over your index fingers so that one end sticks out further than the other. Will the longer end become unbalanced if you move your finger further towards the middle?
The rod remains balanced however much you move your finger. If one end becomes over-weight it presses more strongly on the finger concerned. The less loaded finger can now move further along until the balance is restored. The process can be repeated by the combined effects of the force of gravity and friction until the fingers are exactly under the centre of the rod."
Make slits half an inch wide in the middle of the bottom and lid of a round biscuit tin. Push a piece of thick rubber the same length as the tin through the slits, and tighten it from the outside with pins. Hang a nut of about two onces on to the entire of the rubber with a paper clip. If you roll the tin several yards forwards, it will return at once.
The force of gravity prevents the nut from joining in the rolling movement of the tin. It hangs upright under the rubber and winds it up at each rotation. A force is produced in the rubber by the tension, and this causes the backward movement."
For this experiment one must have the special clown. Grandma will do her best to tell you how to make him.
Take two postcards on one drawn slightly legs and arms about an inch width as an X with each leg and arm from corner to corner; only leave the middle edges of the pants an inch from the one edge and the arms two inches from the other side. Make the middle go straight across like a shirt over the pants. Draw his head in the middle with his nose sticking out a little making it more oblong than round; his mouth not showing but a small circle on each edge as the cheeks and two oblong shape eyes. The ears stick out a little below ruffled hair under a pointed hat with two balls on it. Draw extended from the legs, ruffled edging and little rounded feet. From the arms are also ruffles and stubby fingered hands. Make sure the hands are large enough to fit a small coin like a dime behind them. Once this is drawn, put the two cardboards together and cut the clown out. Color him on both sides the same way and tape or glue the coin inside on the hands unseen to others eyes as you glue the two sides together. The little paper clown will balance everywhere, on a pencil point, on your finger or as a tight-robe walker on a thread or a string. All by the nose. The trick baffles everybody. It would seem that the figure should fall because its top half is apparently heavier. The weight of the coins cause the centre of gravity of the figure to shift under the nose, so that it remains balanced.
Now we are going into Grandma's algebra book (714) Chapter 7 section 3-7.3 "Solve Problems Involving Statistics"-"The mean and median are to measures of central tendency, which are also referred to as averages. An average is a value that is representative of a set of data (or numbers). If you take a statistics course you will study these averages in more detail, and you will be introduced to other averages.
The mean of a set of data is determined by adding all the values and dividing the sum by the number of values. For example, to find the mean of 6,9,3,12,12 we do the following.
Mean = 6+9+3+12+12 =42=8.4
We divide the sum by 5 since there are five values. The mean is the most commonly used average and it is generally what is thought of when we use the word average.
Another average is the median. The Median is the value in the middle of a set of ranked data. The data may be ranked from smallest sot largest or largest to smallest. To find the median of 6, 9, 3, 12, 12, we can rank the data from smallest to largest as follows
The value in the middle of the ranked set of data is 9. Therefore, the median is 9. Note that half the values will be above the median and half will be below the median.
If there is an even number of pieces of data, the median is halfway between the two middle pieces. For example, to find the median of 3, 12, 5, 12, 17, 9, we can rank the data as follows.
Since there are six pieces of data (an even number), we find the value halfway between the two middle pieces, the 9 and the 12. To find the median, we add these values and divide the sum by 2.
median= 9 + 12= 21=10.5
Thus, the median is 10.5 Note that half the values are above and half are below 10.5.
Example 6- The Mean Grade Alfonso Ramirez's first six exam grades are 90,87, 76,84,78, and 62.
a) Find the mean for Alfonso's six grades.
b) If one more exam is to be given, what is the minimum grade that Alfonso can
receive to obtain at least a B average (a mean average of 80 or better)?
c) Is it possible for Alfonso to obtain an A average (90 or better)? Explain.
Solution a) To obtain the mean, we add the six grades and divide by 6.
Mean=90 + 87+ 76 + 84 +78 + 62 =477 = 79.5
b) We will show the problem-solving steps for this part of the example.
Understand--The answer to this part may be found in a number of ways. For the mean average of seven exams to be 80, the total points for the seven exams must be 7(80) or 560. Can you explain why? The minimum grade needed can be found by subtracting the sum of the first six grades from 560.
minimum grade needed
on the seventh exam = 560-sum of first six exam grades
Carry out = 560-(90 + 87 + 76 +84 + 78 + 62)
Check We can check to see that a seventh grade of 83 gives a mean of 80 as follows.
mean = 90 + 87 + 76 + 84 + 78 + 62 + 83 = 560 =80
Answer A seventh grade of 83 or higher will result in at least a B average.
c) We can use the same reasoning as in part b). For a 90 average, the total points that
Alfonso will need to attain is 90(7) = 630. Since his total points are 477, he will need 630-477 or 153 points to obtain an A average. Since the maximum number of points available on most exams is 100, Alfonso would not be able to obtain an A in the course."
"Practice the Skills(use a calculator)
11. Test Grades-Jenna Webber's test grades are 78, 97 59, 74, and 74. For Jenna's grades, determine the a) mean and b) median.
12. Bowling scores-Eric Flemming's bowling scores for five games were 161, 131, 187, 163, and 145. For Eric's games, determine the a)mean and b)median.
13. Grocery Bills-Liz Kaster's monthly grocery bills for the first five months of 2003 were $204.83, $153.85, $210.03, $119.76, and $128.38. For Liz's grocery bills, determine the a) mean and b) Median.
14. Electric Bills-The Foxes' electric bills for January through June, 2002, were $96.56, $108.78, $87.23, $85.90, $79.55, $65.88. For these bills, determine the a)mean and b)median.
(They used a graph for this next problem.)
15. Dry Summers-The following figure shows the 10 driest summers in the Southeast from 1895 through 2001. Determine a) the mean and b) the median inches of rainfall for the 10 years shown. They say the average in the southeast is 15.61 inches. Grandma will try to show the graph as best she can.
16. Homes for Sale-Eight homes are for sale in a community. The sale prices are $124,100, $175,900, $142,300, 164,800, $146,000, $210,000, $112,200, and $153,600.
Determine a) the mean and b) the median sale price of the eight homes.
17. Commissions-Barbara Riedell earns a 5% commission on appliances she sells. Her sales last week totaled $9400. Find her week's earnings.
18. Empire State Building-May 1, 1931, was the opening day of the Empire State Building May 1, 1931, was the opening day of the Empire State Building. It stands 1454 feet or 443 meters high. Use this information to determine the approximate number of feet in a meter.
19. Sales Tax- a) The sales tax in Jefferson County is 7%. What was the sales tax that Jack Mayleben paid on a used car that cost $16,700 before tax?
b) What is the total cost of the car including tax?
20. Checking Account-The balance in Lois Heater's checking account is $312.60. She purchased five compact disks at $17.11 each including tax If she pays by check, what is the new balance in her checking account?
(Grandma is not happy to give these problems to solve because they are too hard for children; therefore, she
went to Youtube for elementary algebra problems for us to use. She will give these others to parents to try a few at a time.) Therefore, use Elementary Algebra Problems for a link.
The calendar History from Book (1)
Birthdays for the 21st of February include:
One in 1907, February 21 of W. H. Auden, English-born American poet.
The 2nd is for Jim Aylesworth, children's author, born in 1943, February 21.
The events for the day include:
One in 1828, February 21 when the Cherokee Phoenix, the First Newspaper printed in an American Indian Language, was published.
Then in 1838, February 21 the First Burglar Alarm was installed.
In 1866, February 21 Lucy B. Hobbs became the First Woman to graduate from Dental School
Book (1 ) says, "When Lucy Hobbs became a dentist in 1866, she was entering what had been a man's profession. How far have women come in the medical professions since then? Conduct a class survey to get an interesting, if not completely scientific, perspective on the question. Ask how many students go to a male dentist, and how many go to a female dentist. Then ask the same question about your students' pediatricians. Make a graph of your class results. What conclusions can you students draw from their data?
Another event was in 1878, February 21 when The New Haven, Conn was established.
I think I lost something here. Book (1) says, "With just 50 listgs, the first phone book wouldn't fill a single page today. Show your (children) a phone book from your community, and ask the kids to estimate how many listings it contains. Have each child write his estimate on a piece of paper. Then ask three kids to count the entries on three different pages. Use a calculator to get the average, then multiply this figure by the number of pages in the book. Which child's estimate was closest?
In 1885, February 21 The Washington Monument was dedicated.
It is also Tincunaco Ceremony in Argentina of South America. Book (1) says in "For love of kids-In the Calchaqui Valley of Argentina, mothers and godmothers perform the Tincunaco Ceremony during carnival season. They line up on opposite sides of an arch made of willow branches trimmed with flowers, fruit, cheese, lanterns, and candy. After meeting under the arch, the women touch their foreheads together and exchange a child made out of candy. This is their way of honoring the children in their lives. Ask your
(children) to think of ways children are honored in this country. On what occasions do we celebrate love for children here?"
On February 22 which is Saturday, tomorrow; George Washington's Birthday. He was born in 1732 and as we all know he was the first president of United States. Book (1) says that our children "might be surprised to find out that George Washington was quite an eater. For example, his supper--which might take 2 hours --would include 8 or 10 large dishes of meat and poultry, several kinds of vegetables, and pastries. About how long do (you as a family) spend at the table for a weekend meal? Poll the kids, then graph the results.
Frederic Chopin, Polish-French composer and pianist, was born in 1810 on February 22.
Then in 1892 on February 22 Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet, was born.
Quadequina, the brother of the Wampanoag Indian chief Massasoit, introduced Popcorn to the New England colonists.
In 1819 on February 22 A treaty was signed whereby Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
In 1861on February 22 Edward Weston began a walking trip from Boston to Washington D.C., to attend Lincoln's inauguration. Book (1) says, "Edward Weston bet a friend that Stephen Douglas would defeat Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. The stakes? The loser would walk from Boston to Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration. Weston lost. After walking for 10 days, he finally arrived at his hotel in Washington. Ask your (children) to use their atlases to figure out how many miles per day he averaged. Then have them pretend that Weston lived in their hometown and figure out how long it would have taken him at the same pace to walk to Washington, D.C.
Next in 1861 on February 22 the first "five-cent Store" opened in Utica, NY. Book (1) tells how, "With just $315 worth of inventory bought from his former retail employer, 27-year-old Frank Woolworth opened his "Great Five-Cent Store" in Utica, NY. To appeal to bargain hunters, he displayed his merchandise on easily accessible counters and sold everything for the same price--5¢. Back then, a nickel could buy a baseball, a handkerchief, even a purse. Can your (children) think of anything a nickel buys today? How much do they think those things listed would cost today. Can think of anything with a quarter, 50¢, or one dollar.
For our last assignment for the day and the week Grandma will cover one last book. It is called The Erie Canal by Peter Spier, Illustrations copyright 1970 by Peter Spier reprinted by permission of Doubleday.
"Story Summary- In song and pictures this book tells the story of the Erie Canal, begun in 1817 and completed in 1825. The song follows the path of an Erie Canal barge worker, or "hoggee," and his mule as they pull the barge through the canal. Spier's richly detailed illustrations show the traffic and life along the canal, including landscapes, towns, cargo, and people. The words to the popular song provide the text. The back of the book also includes a map and historical background about the canal. Such intriguing questions as "What did canal children do?" and "How many animals pulled a boat?" are carefully answered. Finally, the book includes the music to the song so that readers can really sing the text as they turn the colorful pages."
Building Background-write the word canal down in the records asking the children what it means. Tell them it is much like the Panama Canal we were learning about when we studies Central America only that it is somewhat different. The deffinition of a canal is an artificial waterway or channel. Ask the children if they understand why it would have been built and why the Panama Canal. Point out to them that in those times there was no cars and few roads, so it was easy to travel by water. Explain that it was over 150 years ago. Remind the to listen and look to find out what made the boats and barges on this canal move.
Hum a Little Tune-If the children do not know the tune to the Erie Canal, teach them the tune. Once they master the song and the chorus, explain that the words in the book go with the tune. Have them hum the tune as you read the words.
Pages of information are included, the answers are written on the boats drawn on the side of the page which you and the children can do. The aswers are given below:
people and cargo The Erie Canal a mule 15 miles pulls the barge
1. What is the song about?________________________________________
2. Who is Sal?__________________________________________________
3. What does Sal do?_____________________________________________
4. What does the barge carry?______________________________________
5. How many miles does Sal go each day?_____________________________
*What does everyone do when they come to a low bridge?
(this page is done with the rhyming words below written on barrels two men are loading on a barge)
Write down the word given that rhymes with the underlined word in the phrase above the line.
pal lock canal Buffalo down hay
1. It takes all day to pull some 4. Off we go to
2. Sal works hard on the 5. At six o'clock we reach a
3. This old gal is a good 6. There's a town. New lean way
See if you can study a map from somewhere.