Sunday, April 21, 2013

Integration, blood, and the sense of touch

Okay, I'll be honest; I haven't had my heart in school the past two weeks.  I've been busier then normal, and school (specifically history) has taken the brunt of it.  I hope to change, but I know I'm going to be busy this week too.

The last two weeks we've learned about segregation and Rosa Parks.  We have actually been talking about this all month, but I really wanted to teach it clearly and have activities.  When we did get around to sitting down and having discussions, Maxwell knew everything already, so I guess I didn't totally fail.

We cut out hands of different colours and put them around a picture of the world, but it ended up covering the world up.  Ha ha

We also coloured Peace Doves.  I gave each boy a different colour, and if they wanted more then just that colour,  they had to get it from someone else.  It was meant to symbolize how all races need each other to add variety and beauty to the world.  We used the dove because the segregation revolution was nonviolent noncooperation.

Some cute children's books about this are "Goin' Someplace Special" "Grandmama's Pride"and "rosa" by Giovanni.

Science has been pretty lame because of my lack of preparation.  We were supposed to learn about the lymph system, but to be honest, I still don't know about it, and neither does my group of kids. BUT we did learn about blood.  We all took our blood pressure and we looked at my blood under the microscope.  One boy was brave enough to prick himself to see his blood as well. Another boy tried picking his scab for blood; that didn't work so well.  Ha ha ...boys.

The next week we started learning about the 5 senses (we skipped the nervous system because I'm hoping to get a brain to dissect later on in the year.) We learned about touch.  Among our experiments, we tried to identify things without the sense of touch by using blindfolds and gloves to guess what things were.

We also learned about braille and made our own with push pins.

Even though I was lame, they at least were able to go to the library and learn about Australia.

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