November has arrived, and that means it is time for some new books, experiments, lessons and activities in our homeschool classroom!
In addition to our regular work, we will focus on being thankful, and the history of Thanksgiving, which I will be incorporating into our lessons and activities throughout the month.
I found a great resource on the Scholastic website. It has a ton of information on The First Thanksgiving, so we will definitely be using that as a resource this month.
LANGUAGE AND READING
We are continuing to use our sight word list from our word hunt last month. They have been helping Bean learn some key words that she is seeing more often now that she is reading.
We’ve also been working on identifying long and short vowel sounds. I have a little game I found at the dollar store to help her with that.
I also selected some books that fit well with the Thanksgiving season:
Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer
The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose
The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola
Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Pete the Cat by Kimberly and James Dean
Another fun part of Thanksgiving is the food, so I have picked out a few food experiments for our science lessons.
When you make turkey, set aside some bones for this fun experiment (chicken bones would work too, you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving turkey time for this one).
First, make sure to clean and scrape any meat off of the bones.
Then, make some observations and discuss your findings. Are the bones strong? Do they bend? What color are they? How long are they?
Next, fill a container large enough to submerge the bones, with vinegar.
Place the bones in the vinegar and let them sit for four days. If it gets smelly, cover the container with a little plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band.
After four days, remove the bones from the vinegar. Observe and discuss again.
Because of the acidic vinegar, the bone should bend because the calcium has been broken down.
You can even try other acids, like lemon juice or soda.
Find a fun recipe that calls for green onions, and when you use them, leave about 3 inches of the root .
Place your trimmings standing up in a glass container.
Fill the glass with water, leaving an inch or two above the water.
Find a sunny window, and set the glass nearby.
Change the water every other day, and in a few days, green shoots should begin to appear.
Once you have some growth, trim and use in another meal. Leave your roots in the jar, you should be able to get a few cycles of re-growth. See how many you can get!
Bouncy Rubber Egg
Grab a glass jar, an egg, and white vinegar.
Place the egg carefully in the jar, and add enough vinegar to cover the egg. Let it sit for 24 hours.
Once that time period has passed, carefully remove the egg from the jar, and dump out the vinegar. Replace egg and cover again with vinegar. The wait is a little longer this time around, let it sit for 2 days.
Remove your egg from the jar, and observe. What does it feel like? Does it look different? What happened to the shell? What do you see?
Now is the fun part! See if it will bounce! Gently bounce it from a short distance- it is still fragile and could break.
Because an eggshell is made of calcium carbonate, the acid in the vinegar reacts and produces carbon dioxide. The egg membrane may absorb some of the vinegar, which will make the egg larger.
I found a few fun activities on Pinterest:
Paper Bag TeePees
Paper Bag Turkeys
T.P. Roll Totem Poles
Herb and Spice Play Dough
You can also find these on my Arts and Crafts board. Follow me for easy access!
I hope you found these November lessons and activities helpful. I would love to hear about what is happening in your homeschool classroom too, tell me about it in the comments and be sure to link your blog so that I can visit!
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