Metals lesson.

 

There are a lot of metals in the world. What makes something a metal? What makes them all unique?

There are a lot of metals in the world. What makes something a metal? What makes them all unique?

I used the free lapbook/notebook that can be found here as my basis for the lesson. I also added some stuff in. We aren’t a big lapbooking family. But I love it when people have the lapbooks put together because I can generally use some of the ideas to make our own lessons.

Here’s the link for the metals lapbook/notebook.

Preparation –

I simply printed out the lapbooking materials. I love looking through them and picking and choosing what I want to use.  I decided that for our quick lesson today we would use page 12 – it’s the introduction page.

First we sat down at the desks and I asked the kids what are some metals they know.

Answers: Gold, silver, bronze, copper, tin, lead, titanium, steel, and zinc.

Then I asked the kids what those items all share (Please compare them). I got some silly answers (We can find them all in a car), to some more serious ones  – they are all found in rocks or the ground; we can make them all take shapes, and they all conduct electricity.

Metals can be found everywhere. We found metals all over our neighborhood. Where can you find metals?

Metals can be found everywhere. We found metals all over our neighborhood. Where can you find metals?

Then Nicholas had to read the paper (page 12). He highlighted the words he didn’t know. We looked up the words on Google (he simply Googled “definition of…..”).

Next we pulled out our Periodic Table of Elements. On the back of the paper Nicholas had to write the elements that are also metals. It was fun to see his excitement at writing down all the metals – and their atomic number (that was his add to the program).

Finally, we went on a metal hunt. The kids took their videocamera and made a video of them going around the neighborhood finding metals. I thought that was fun. I gave them 20 minutes to find as many metals as they could. They really enjoyed running around and finding metals.

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Free German Resources.

We are working on more German this year. I'm hoping that we can all speak pretty well at the end of the year.

We are working on more German this year. I’m hoping that we can all speak pretty well at the end of the year.

I have found many free resources on the Internet for German this year. Last year we started with Powerglide German, and a German tutor. This year we are continuing with Powerglide (sometimes) – but we are also using new resources.

BBC has a great German learning program with videos. It’s a lot of fun. We are watching one video per day, although sometimes we watch the same video many times in a row if my kids  – and I – haven’t learned the lesson yet. It just depends on how we learn the lesson on wether we watch the video.

Here’s the link: BBC German program.

I’ve also found a bunch of free worksheets on the web. This means I can print out worksheets and we can do them as a family – me included! We often have fun coloring them in, writing the words, and doing the worksheets together. My husband then gets the grade the worksheets. The kids find it pretty amusing that they get better grades than Mom. It’s also a way for my husband to be a part of our homeschooling experience, since he sometimes feels left out.

Free German worksheets 1

Free German worksheets 2

Free German worksheets 3

Free German worksheets 4

Lastly, we speak German. I have some phrases that I will only say in German – “It’s time to go home” and “Stop” – are always done in German. But we also have time at night or in the morning. My husband likes to speak German with them over breakfast in the morning. We also have found a great German restaurant in town. When we go there we only speak in German. We go at least once a month. It is fun to watch the kids constantly have to repeat their English words in German.

I think we are only able to do this because my husband speaks German fluently. I’m not sure I’d have the incentive to learn another language at this time and speak it with the kids if it wasn’t for my husband constantly challenging us. And to make it even more challenging – my kids are picking it up so fast! I feel so slow compared to how quickly they are picking up German!

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