Friday, September 10, 2010

YES! We did Science! Friday

We did Science this Week!   

We took turns reading chapter 2 of The Story of Science:  Newton at the Center.   This chapter covered the black death, introduced the Renaissance, and mentioned Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, and Copernicus. The main idea was the change in science from thinking to experimenting .    Everyone chose a different interest box to read and fill out a worksheet summarizing the main idea.   

Our art tie-in this week was of course Leonardo da Vinci.  We studied The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.   We also learned that Leonardo da Vinci had a hard time finishing projects.   One year he started 17 different projects; he finished six.    Evidently procrastination is not a recent phenomenon!  

I assigned Leonardo Da Vinci : The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance as extra credit.  

Anyone who reads this book and turns in a list of twenty facts from the book will receive a voucher to turn in which will excuse them from one science homework assignment.   What a scramble to be the first one to grab the book!

We also enjoyed browsed Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself

E-R decided to build Walk on Water Shoes.  

The adventure began at the hardware store.   We bought the needed Styrofoam, but unfortunately it did not fit in the car for the trip home.    A return trip was in store---this time with the tools needed to cute the Styrofoam to a size that fit in the car.  

Next, a LOT of cutting and measuring. 

And then LOTS and LOTS of duct tape!

After a day of hard work---time to test the masterpieces out.

Well, we're sure not Remy Bricka !

But we did have fun!

What did you do for science this week?


  1. What a great week & an awesome science project! I'm impressed that you got science done, we still haven't managed that, but you made it seem a bit more appealing. :-)

  2. Fabulous project---love all the pictures! We'll be using some of the other books in the "make it yourself" series, starting with the Amazing Greek and Amazing Roman projects later this fall

  3. Fun project! I bow down to you for your follow-through of going out for the project supplies right away. I sometimes have a hard time with getting things together before interest wanes.

    My oldest will start reading from Hakim's first Story of Science book (Arisotle Leads the Way) soon. Have you been enjoying the Newton book? Are you using all the components (student and teacher)?

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Michelle,

    We are using all the components. We used Arisotle Leads the Way last year. I thought it a bit boring, but
    my kids asked to do Newton at the Center this year. And it is so much less boring to me than Arisotle Leads the Way. Perhaps, I've matured! ;) I am also happily using Thames and Kosmos Milestones in Science Kit. Many of the experiments go right along with The Story of Science and everything is right there in a box--my favorite kind of science.

    Thanks for the kind words and enjoy Arisotle Leads the Way.


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