Fictional Characters are Fun

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Today we solider through Day 18 of the workbook.  The boys are beginning to get excited because the first section is almost complete!  “Only 2 more pages left of green!” has been the battle cry around here.  I can’t say that I blame them, but it really seems that the summer is flying by!

The journal topic for today was “The fictional character that I would like to meet is…”  K thought it would be awesome to meet the characters from Green Eggs and Ham.  I think a real live Dr. Seuss might be a bit scary for a 6 year old.  Whereas, A thought that it would be pretty cool to meet Captain Underpants.  I found his story about meeting the “Real Captain Underpants” rather humorous.

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Science Time!! Water, Water Everywhere!

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Science day!!  Always tons of fun for the kiddos.  I decided to work on the water cycle, because it ties into a paper that I am currently writing for my class, and I came across several neat ideas for experiments in my research.  So, after the boys had worked day 12 in the workbooks, I opened up the topic with their journal.  The topic today was “Why is water important?”  The boys talked about how their bodies are made mostly of water and how rain is important to plants.

We then moved on to watching Bill Nye the Science Guy’s episode “The Water Cycle”.  I was able to find the entire episode (commercial free) on youtube.  You can watch it free here.  The boys really like Bill Nye.  It is fun, and it gives me the giggles because it reminds me of being a kid in the 1990’s.  For example, the water cycle song, is done to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

Next, we decided to do a neat science experiment to drive home the idea of the water cycle.  It was really easy, and all the ingredients you can find in your kitchen.  You need 1 large clear glass bowl, 1 small glass bowl, plastic wrap, 1 teaspoon of salt, water and ice.  The whole thing takes about 10 minutes and was pretty neat.  You can watch the experiment on youtube.  This video goes step by step on how to “make it rain” in the bowl.  Our experiment was successful, as we got a small amount of rain in the little bowl.

 

Our water cycle experiment

Our water cycle experiment!