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Archive for July, 2012

Croc Craft

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Thanks to No Time for Flash Cards for the idea!

Egg carton crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

When alligators are born they can cry right away.

It’s cool that they have 80 teeth.

They can eat even enormous, big mammals.

3 August 2012


Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The shock of an electric eel is so strong it can knock down a human.

Eels need to swim a whole thousand miles to give birth.

Eels are really fish

Sam's eel

Eel craft

Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia
28 July 2011

China’s Wise Teacher

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


Confucius was a teacher. He hated war and offered to work in the government, but they said, “no.” So instead Confucius taught the people around him and soon lots of Chinese people were his followers.

SOTW, Chapter 33
7 June 2012

Ancient China: Books

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep

Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend by Eric A. Kimmel

The First Emperor’s Grave

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Thirty-some years ago, two farmers were digging.

“Look!” said one farmer. “There’s a clay man!”

As the farmers dug deeper, more clay men began to appear. Archaeologists soon heard of this news. They helped the farmers dig. Then the archaeologists noticed that all the clay men were facing east. And that is because they were guarding Shi Huangdi’s tomb.

SOTW, Chapter 32
31 May 2012

The Great Wall of China

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Shi Huangdi, which was Qin Zheng changed his name to, means “first emperor.” After he stamped out the rebellion in China, he began to worry about barbarians outside China, called Mongols. The people built small walls, but the small walls crumbled easily and the people were left with small, crumbly walls, and big gaps. Then, Shi Huangdi had an idea, “Maybe I can build a wall all along the north side of China.” He called all his engineers and builders and said, “Build a wall all along the north side.”

“But there is not enough stone,” they protested.

“Then find another way to build it,” Shi Huangdi ordered.

After a couple of weeks, the builders had an inspiration: they packed a wooden frame with dirt and discovered they could make dirt as sturdy as stone.

SOTW, Chapter 32
29 May 2012

Warring States

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Qin (“Chin”) Zheng united the six Chinese cities. He was very cruel because he wanted no one to overthrow him. He burned, destroyed, killed and even worse. He didn’t want writers to tell about his cruelty, so he ordered books to be burned. And even if you talked about books in public, you would be executed in the marketplace.

SOTW, Chapter 32
24 May 2012

Sam’s “Calligraphy”

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Sam made up her own chinese characters with a chart showing their evolution from pictograms to calligraphy:

Sam's pictogram chart

Lóng is a Dragon: Chinese Writing for Children by Peggy Goldstein


Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Calligraphy in China

The later Chinese wrote in calligraphy. Calligraphy is made out of seven different lines called “the Seven mysteries.” Three of the mysteries were the dot, the horizontal line and the vertical line. They made their paint brushes out of animal hair and bamboo. And it took a really, really long time to make a book–over a year even. The Chinese were the first people to invent printing. They printed by carving wood and dipping it in ink.

SOTW, Chapter 32
22 May 2012