Saturday, 27 May 2017

Home Learning Week 34: Castles, Planting Veggies, Long and Short "a", Butterfly Release, Banana Smell, Estimating Sum and Difference, Drawing v Colouring, Horrid Henry, Poppy Seed Pasta Salad, Pond Water 2, Trike Planter, Lush Gift Card, Beekeeping

May 22-26, 2017

Reading, Mind Map,Writing: Castles

Using encyclopedia to create mind map for sentence/paragraph writing; printing the letters on the line (no floating letters)
Melissa: We're going to learn about castles.
AZ: Woo! I would like to live in a castle!


Planting Vegetable Seed

Removing rocks and sticks, marking a row, planting seed, covering with soil, watering, visiting with friend
The poisonous mushrooms are like, "Can I join in?" Well, no you can't, 'cause something is growing on top of you: beets!

Worm Composting, Hardening Off

Discussion, demonstration: worm composting, hardening off, rainwater
22! It's close to summer so we have both the windows down!
Summer lets everything grow. If you need lots of sun, no problem! The sun will do that for you!
Observing garden plants growing; watering; recognizing various types of seeds
We're going to have so much fun with this thing! I just got busted - thanks a lot, hose! It's a rainbow!
I'm excited to see what the seeds look like. Where did they got them?

Spelling: Short and Long "a"

Differentiating between short and long "a" sounds; applying spelling rule: adding "e" at the end of a word turns short "a" to long "a"

Science, Math - Butterfly Release

Using addition to calculate how many there were to begin with
9 are alive and 3 died. How many did we start with? 9 + 3 =
12! We started off with 12 of them!
Releasing butterflies; observing their flight and where they land
You kinda have to encourage them to fly!
Observing and investigating dead butterfly and half-emerged chrysalis; Internet research
What's this kinda dirty stuff? There's some dust. It's kind of soft-feeling.

What? They're cold-blooded? They are not reptiles! What group are they?
Butterflies and moth belong to the order Lepidoptera. Lepidos is Greek for "scales" and ptera means "wing". These scaled wings are different from the wings of any other insects. Lepidoptera is a very large group; there are more types of butterflies and moths than there are of any other type of insects except beetles.

Butterfly Classification-
Observing and investigating wasp nest, dead bee, dead wasp; Internet research
Discussion: stressed bees release pheromone with banana smell to alert other bees of threat.
Query: do stressed wasps smell like bananas, too?
Why are bees soft and fuzzy? To collect pollen!

Why do wasps have stingers? Why do they attack on purpose? 'Cause I honestly don't know what to do about that. We're going to complain if this is not working: "gently pushing it away if it is on you".

What happens if you smell bananas? If the neighbours smell bananas it's, like, get into the house! "But why?" Just get into the house! Bees will be like, "Oh no! That bee's in trouble! We're going to sting them!"

I think wasps make a banana smell. They have a chemical called a "pheromone" that tells other wasps there is danger. The other wasps come to help. How do they know where to not get lost?!!

Math - Estimating Sum and Difference

Rounding numbers, then adding or subtracting to estimate answer; understanding and reading number line; writing numbers correctly in columns; noticing, writing and doing correct operation (+ or -)
I'm trying to do this. It's taking an awful long time.
Estimating sum and difference; understanding and reading number line; writing numbers in columns, keeping ones and tens in their correct location; noticing, writing and performing correct operation (+ or -); understanding sums and differences mean the same thing written as a column or in line
Andrew is so kind - he didn't made me have to do the other thing!

Art - Drawing v Colouring

"Trusting instincts" re colour choice - not overthinking
Drawing is like - meh. But colouring is YAY! You have to think about what you're going to draw, but colouring already did it for you, so you don't need to do it.

Reading - Horrid Henry and the Soccer Fiend

Reading out loud for enjoyment and understanding
Vocabulary: bellowed, Ian, Mrs., athletic, athlete, referee, MVP, throttled, thought v though, penalty, hurl, aisle, protested, plaid, earsplitting, glare (v)
M-r-s is missus?
Wow, that's suspenseful!
The book smells nice! Smell it!

It seems like his mom and his dad doesn't agree with him. So, he's kind of a vampire, 'cause he kind of likes black and he kind of likes red.

How did you like this book?
It was fine. Not bad at all.

Who would you recommend this book to?
Owen? He might like it. For boys, I only think. (But) I recommend it for Adriana, 'cause it's a funny book.

Cooking - Poppy Seed Honey Mustard Pasta Salad

Making up a recipe, using what is on hand; adjusting ingredients according to taste

Poppy Seed Honey Mustard Pasta Salad

Mix together with dressing:
Pasta, cooked
Peppers, chopped
Kalamata olives, sliced
Feta cheese - not for AZ!

Dressing - whisk together:
1/4 cup olive oil
Large blob mustard
Large squirt honey or 1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp vinegar (we used the juice from pickled onions)
1 tbsp poppy seeds (thanks Madonna House!)
Fresh oregano, chopped
Garlic chives, sliced
2 garlic chive flowers, crumbled
Parsley, chopped
Pepper and salt to taste
Tiny sprinkle of fennel frond, chopped (Let's try it!)
1 forkful pickled onions, chopped

Two thumbs up. Spoon or fork? I'll put a spoon on mine, and you can have a fork. Super good. I'm going to have a little bit more - not a lot - just a little bit more. That's all the amount I'm going to have. Mm mm mm! Fennel is so healthy for you!

Upcoming Field Trip - Maple Wood Farm

If you want to see the mama cow at Maple Wood Farm, go there when you can! There's a special show.

The bunnies are not shy, at all, are they? They're seriously not shy. You can even pick them up and have them in your lap. They say "do not let them out of the barn" - that's all what they said; bunnies are so active. The bunny area is full of poop.

If you're going to make me go to the billy goats, I'm not going there! They chew and they eat your hair - they're disgusting that way!

Science - Pond Water

Learning about freshwater organisms; using a magnifying lens; Internet research
Science Net resources: Virtual pond dip; Pond Life Identification Kit
Ew! Something's growing in there? Should we look it up? Type in "white swimmers".

I don't see anything - I only see pieces of poo. 

Gardening, Recycling - Trike Planter

Using moss from Grandma's garden, basket found in alley, twist-ties from new garden hose packaging and worn out trike to create a flower bed for last year's begonias
How are we going to plant a bicycle? Did you made it up, or is it true? Is this a crow's nest? Why are we using moss?

The mountain bike is my size. It's just a little bit enormously heavy. I probably need a strong person to help me with it, if I needed to carry it up a hill.

Real Life Math: Money - Lush Gift Card

Comparing and evaluating scent, texture, colour, design, function, purpose, ingredients; making a selection
I just like to smell stuff. Let's go straight to the boxes. This one!
Using Cuisenaire rods to figure out how much remaining on $25 gift card after purchasing gift box; finding a product the cost of the remainder; making purchase; reading package labels and lists of gift box contents; learning new vocabulary; sampling products
$25 - $23 = $2  What costs two dollars?
Smelling, comparing, asking questions and discussing answers with staff; sharing opinion/likes/dislikes
Discussion: toothpaste v tooth powder
Oh my god, this one's, like, bling! I want that - that one smells good! Will you help me do it?
Discussion: corn-based packing peanuts disintegrate in water; sampling products
You're environmentally friendly all over here!
Smelling! Comparing; sharing opinions, likes and dislikes; fine motor skills: removing and replacing lids of various types
Kids' noses never get tired of smells. That actually is really nice! I'm going to use a bath bomb tonight. I really want to head home right now.

Thank you, Christie, for the present!

Printing Practice: Symbols 

Practicing dots, circles, straight lines, curved lines and angled lines in various combinations to develop and use legible handwriting to communicate effectively; to develop facility, speed, and ease of handwriting
This is actually fun!
How does that work? How do people do this? It's like a circle, but the line interrupted it!

Science: Beekeeping

Introduction to beekeeping: setting up the beehive, learning to use the smoker, tasting and smelling honey and beeswax; trying on veil
It smells sweet! It tastes like beeswax! So, the honey's going to taste like honey, right? Or is it going to taste like beeswax? It kinda tastes like apple juice, doesn't it? 

Everyone has a sad story. Sometimes they're brave enough to tell it to some people.

Other Home Learning Posts

Home Learning, Day 1, Grade 4 - Smoothie, Recycling Rigid or Soft Plastic, Transfer Station, Compost
Home Learning - Week 2 Chai, Fruit Fly Trap, Garden Kiosk, Albinism
Home Learning - Week 3 Apple Taste Test, Gymnastics, Back Brace, Subtraction
Home Learning - Week 4 Subject/Predicate, Squash, Mint/Calendula Face Mask
Home Learning - Week 5 Slugs, Radish, Mushrooms
Home Learning - Week 6 Thanksgiving, Earthquake Kit, Soaring Eagle
Home Learning - Week 7 BC, +/- 1, Braces, Bees, Rain Water
Home Learning - Week 8 Pizza, Alberta, Halloween
Home Learning - Week 9 Dogs, Earrings, Adding White
Home Learning - Week 10 Christmas List, Cupcake Face Mask, Green Poodle
Home Learning - Week 11 Mango Lassi, Saskatchewan, 10 Partners, Cat
Home Learning - Week 12 Bees, World Book, Lip Balm, Seeds
Home Learning - Week 13  Memory, Sewing, Back Brace Adjustment
Home Learning - Week 14 Snow,  Salad, SPCA, Manitoba, Bison
Home Learning - Week 15 Christmas, Manure, Evil Sister
Home Learning - Week 16 Gerbil, Slime, Hummingbirds, Cocoa
Home Learning - Week 17 Ontario, Apple Taste Test, Denim Purse
Home Learning - Week 18 Thank You Notes, Math Without Help, Term Two Reflection
Home Learning - Weeks 19+20 Nerd Outfit, Quebec, Birthday
Home Learning - Week 21 Emotions, Ordering Numbers, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Soaring Eagles #4
Home Learning - Week 22 Valentine's Day, Science World, New Brunswick
Home Learning - Week 23 Worried, Adding Tens, Nova Scotia, Science World #2, DIY Lip Gloss Soap
Home Learning - Week 24 Real-Life Math, Nap, Lonely, Wolfdogs, Spring, Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Home Learning - Week 25 Schedules, Yukon, Pysanky, Bank Machine, Regrouping, Loved, Term 3 Reflections, Soaring Eagles #5
Home Learning - Week 26 Rotten Food, Embarrassed, Newfoundland and Labrador, Can Opener, Skating, Teacher Screecher, Rain Water, Slugs, Word Search
Home Learning - Week 27 Cheer, Fish, Digit Sequences, Spelling "ea", Sad, Spring 2, Matching Pictures, Butterfly Books, Math Review, Private Questions 2
Home Learning - Week 28 I Spy; Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, without and with Regrouping; Spelling "ee"; Frustrated; Ancient Greece; Nunavit; Quinoa Veggie Salad; Cat Whiskers; Dog Biscuit; Butterfly Cage; Baby Alive Food DIY
Home Learning - Week 29 Kitchen Scraps, Northwest Territories, Butterflies, Fort Langley, Bike Riding, Estimation, Helpful, Banana Orange Smoothie
Home Learning - Week 30 Watermelon, Money, Tired, Butterflies, Handsome Warren, Catnip, Water Measurement, OT Assessment 2, Rounding, Contractions, Silly, Soaring Eagles 6
Home Learning - Week 31 Ella Enchanted, Butterflies 3, Money, Story of Life 1, Watermelon 2, Sweet Pea, Tomatillo, Disappointed, Visual Memory, Adding Tens, Garden Beds, Muffins, Thank You to Carol, Contractions 2, Butterfly Cage, Ken
Home Learning - Week 32 Encyclopedia Brown, 41st Ave., Money, Chrysalides, OT Assessment 3, 600 Million Years, Mishka, Related Tens, Round-Offs, QE Park, Mother's Day Card, Acting and Dancing
Home Learning - Week 33 Butterflies, Estimating Sum and Difference, Thailand, Money Book, 600 Million Years 2, Library Holds, Mara the Meerkat Fairy, Soaring Eagle 6
Home Learning - Week 34 Castles, Planting Veggies, Long and Short "a", Butterfly Release, Banana Smell, Estimating Sum and Difference, Drawing v Colouring, Horrid Henry, Poppy Seed Pasta Salad, Pond Water 2, Trike Planter, Lush Gift Card, Beekeeping
Home Learning - Week 35 Money, 600 Million Years 3, Long and Short "e", Cirque de la Symphonie, Farm Visit, Sharks, Appropriate Questions, Microscope, Pandora, Telling Time, Estimation, Cheer


  1. Thank you for sharing your adventures. I loved the intro to beekeeping! And Lush... yummy smells!
    - Dahl

    1. Thank you for commenting and reading!