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Rock Collecting

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Today we read Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans.

Then we went rock collecting!
rock collecting

finds on the Rivanna trail
Afterward Sam cleaned the rocks and sorted them. She was excited to find some quartz.

24 September 2012

Rocks and Fossils

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Some rocks are actually dried lava.

Sediment is lots of sand and mud and pieces of plants and animals.

Fossils are old animal bones in rock. The dead animal sinks into the sediment and becomes a fossil.

FEOW, p.20-21
18 September 2012

The BFG Turns 30

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Sam loves Roald Dahl’s The BFG. It was one of the first chapter books she read by herself. She was thrilled to attend our local library’s 30th anniversary program on the BFG for kids in second grade. She was especially thrilled to attend with her friend Heidi. Before the activities began, the girls check out the shelf where Sam’s other favorite books, the A-Z mystery series, reside.

Sam and Heidi in the stacks

13 September 2012

Experiment: Hurricane Strength

Monday, September 17th, 2012

1. What Did We Use:

water, bowl, paperclip, string and wooden spoon.


2. What Did We Do:

We filled the bowl with water and we stirred it with the spoon, then took the spoon out and put the paperclip on the string in, to see if it moved or not.

3. What Happened:

The paperclip moved through the water after we had stopped stirring.

4. What Did We Learn:

We learned that hurricanes have momentum even after they stop spinning.

Addendum: we also added food coloring to watch how “clouds” swirl in hurricane wind.

swirling clouds

Thanks to Hurricane Experiments for Kids for the ideas.

We also read Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons

14 September 2012

The Death of Caesar

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Caesar did two bad things that made the Senate angry with him: he said that he had to be called king and that his nephew Octavian would be king after him. Then the Senate got angry with him and decided to murder him. They stabbed him. His last words were, “Et tu, Brute.” You too, Brutus.

Et tu Brute

14 September 2012


Monday, September 17th, 2012

Hurricanes also do good. They take warm air to cold places. Brr!

The worst hurricane in the United States was hurricane Andrew. The worst hurricanes happen in the Bay of Bengal in India.

In Australia guess what they call hurricanes? They call them willy-willies.

Do Tornadoes Really Twist? Questions and Answers About Tornados and Hurricanes by Melvin and Gilda Berger

11 September 2012

Caesar and Cleopatra

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Caesar went to Egypt so he could defeat Pompey. Cleopatra and her brother decided to cut off Pompey’s head and give it to him, so that Caesar would be friends with them. Then Cleopatra offered Caesar some of her jewels if he would defeat her brother. So Caesar fought Cleopatra’s brother and his army, and he won. Caesar didn’t leave Egypt because he really liked Cleopatra. The Senate decided to come down to Egypt and defeat Caesar, but Julius defeated them instead.

7 September 2012

Tornado in a Jar

Friday, September 14th, 2012

What Did We Use:

dish soap, a jar, vinegar, food coloring and a teaspoon.


What Did We Do:

We filled the jar with water and added 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and a drop of food coloring. Then we put the lid on the jar, and we shook it up.


Shake it up

What happened:

When we shook the jar, a funnel appeared for a few seconds.

What did we learn:

If you shake it up and down it won’t work. It will only work if you shake it around and around.


Thanks to: http://headrush.discovery.com/science-experiments/tornado-jar-experiment.html

We also read Tornadoes by Gail Gibbons

6 September 2012

Storms and Wind

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

In a big storm, trees fall, the waves get big and there’s lots of thunder and lightening.

A hurricane is a big storm.

A tornado is a tunnel of wind.


The eye of a hurricane has no wind inside it. The eye is dangerous because the rain and wind are worse around the eye.

Whirling Winds, Eyewitness Weather, p. 46-47.

4 September 2012

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Rubicon was the border of Rome. It was a river. Caesar went home to Rome after fighting the Celts because of a note he got that said he would be arrested when he got home to Rome. But Caesar hesitated to cross the Rubicon because if he crossed the Rubicon, Rome’s army would arrest him. He decided to fight against Rome. As soon as he crossed the Rubicon all the Roman warriors fled, even Pompey.

Crossing the Rubicon
Caesar, played by Patty the Dog, prepares to cross the Rubicon.

31 August 2012