Science of Seasons Week 2

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Topics:
Art: Sun paper prints
Bible: The Day the Sun Stood Still
Greek & Latin roots: equinox, vernal, perihelion, aphelion, solstice, latitude, migrate, hibernate
Language arts: spelling “ph” words, writing a report, writing lapbook information
Science: The sun, stars, what causes day and night, tilt of the earth
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
Books
The Science of SeasonsThe Science of Seasonsp. 5 (Review this page for today’s activities.)p. 6 (Review this page to lead into today’s activityp. 7 (Use to write the report about the sun)
The Science of Seasons Activity BookThe Science of Seasons Learn-and-Play Activitiesp. 10-11 Seasons cootie catcher – Use the storybook to find the answers!p. 22-26 Greek & Latin Root Cards
Cut out and store in a plastic zipper storage bag.
Learn: equinox, vernal
p. 27-28 Abigail’s Spelling Lesson
Greek & Latin Root Cards:
Learn perihelion, aphelion
 
Greek & Latin Root Cards:
Learn solstice, latitude
p. 29 My Report on the Sun – Feel free to allow your child to research more facts about the sun.
Greek & Latin Root Cards:
Learn migrate, hibernate
Play the memory game!
Notes:
Day 2:
These Latin & Greek root words are also featured in the vocabulary cards: latitude, perihelion, aphelion, solstice, equinox, and vernal. Your child will learn the ROOTS first. When it’s time to learn the vocabulary words, it should be easier, as s/he will know the foundations of these words!
It’s easiest to learn a couple of new cards each day. Review the old cards each day while learning the new ones. Some children may need more time to memorize the meanings. Schedule out the cards to match your child’s learning speed.

Day 2:
These are some tough words to spell, especially for younger children. Go over the spelling strategies and show your child how to break the words down into smaller pieces to memorize. It’s optional to test your child on these words. I recommend encouraging him to go ahead and try to learn them as a challenge. Show him that he can attack tough challenges and actually get the job done! Sometimes learning is hard work, but kids are often up for more than we think they are. 😉

If you want to test these words and are working with a younger child, allow more time to study and learn them. Provide assistance as necessary and try testing words throughout the day in a fun way like calling out a word before you hand over lunch and so on.
Explore Spring!: 25 Great Ways to Learn About SpringExplore SpringRead: Chapter 1 The Sun Makes the Seasons
*Skip the flashlight activity. You will be doing it later via The Science of Seasons Activities book.

Activity: Making Some Sense of the Spin

Supplies: orange, black marker, 2 thumbtacks or stickers of different colors, 2 toothpicks, large bowl
Miracles on Maple HillMiracles on Maple HillChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5
Read each book on the day it’s listed:Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?The Sun: Revised EditionThe SunCome See the Earth TurnCome See the Earth Turn 
Printables
Sun, moon, stars lapbookSignificance of the sun tabbed bookletSun layers bookletSun facts petal foldFive sizes of stars (Which size is our sun?)Shining stars (Reinforce that our sun is a star among billions of other stars!)
All in a Day’s Work (What causes day and night?) Requires free registration to access.More ph worksheetsColor your own book about the sun. (NASA)Parts of the sun full-color worksheetMake a sundial printable

A more kid-friendly sundial printable
Online

Video: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory
 – See real & amazing videos of the sun
The Day the Sun Stood Still Bible lesson (Adapt for home use.)
Notes
Consider purchasing a real sundial.

Sun art kit
Tedco 8″ X 10″ Sun Art Paper Kit – Make prints with this kit.
Videos
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