K-2nd History

October 20, 2020 Summary

Today we continued our study of Greece. We talked about how Greece was still the power in the world at that point in history. First, we added pictures to our timelines: Buddha (cut out last week), Ezra, Xerxes, and Pericles. Then we watched a video on Ancient Greece and the Parthenon. Some classes also watched a humorous, catchy video about the Battle of Marathon. With some classes we talked about Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon to announce to Athens that they had beaten the Persians. Ask your 1st and 2nd graders if they can tell you what happened after he ran and made the announcement.

We spent the rest of class creating some clay pottery and adding designs. (This is air-dry clay that should dry and harden if left out.) We talked about Greek architecture and designs. I told the kids to try to notice building this week with columns on the front, which is taken from Greek design. Several kids said they have columns like that on their houses.

Below are the videos we watched in class in case you’d like to watch them at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUZKg3KdtYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkI9lbmTyg0&t=8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNAxqaoPLO0&list=PLlxwNhSkzqrCC_DwwvklnwGgA1e-AlJ5G&index=79

 

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • read the summaries for lessons 15 (Buddha), 16 (Zerubbabel), 17 (Xerxes), and 18 (Pericles).

  • Answer/talk about some of the discussion questions after the lessons

  • Draw a picture of something you learned from your reading.

  • IF ABSENT: add Buddha, Ezra, Xerxes, and Pericles to your timeline.

2nd grade:

  • read the summaries for lessons 15 (Buddha), 16 (Zerubbabel), 17 (Xerxes), and 18 (Pericles).

  • Fill in the outlines for lessons 15, 16, 17, and 18.

  • Answer/talk about some of the discussion questions after the lessons

  • Draw a picture of something you learned from your reading.

  • IF ABSENT: add Buddha, Ezra, Xerxes, and Pericles to your timeline.

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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October 6, 2020 Summary

Fun times in history today! We read some fables and played a review game. This week’s lessons were on Jonah, Babylon (Daniel), and Aesop. We added those pictures to our timelines. Then we discussed a little about the story of Jonah. Then on to Aesop! Even though the kids may not have heard of Aesop, many were familiar with some of his fables. We talked about fables and that they are stories (usually with animals as characters) that teach a lesson (moral). We read the “Tortoise and the Hare” and the “Lion and the Mouse” together. Finally, we played a review game with the “Wheel of Fortune” spinner I brought. The kids did a great job of remembering details from the past lessons!

I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, happy fall break!

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • read lesson summaries Jonah (lesson 12), Nebuchadnezzar (lesson 13), and Aesop (lesson 14).

  • Discuss questions together.

2nd grade:

  • read lesson summaries Jonah (lesson 12), Nebuchadnezzar (lesson 13), and Aesop (lesson 14).

  • Discuss questions together.

  • fill in outlines for lessons 12, 13, and 14.

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September 29, 2020 Summary

Today was the perfect day to be outside for some Olympics! We briefly talked about Homer, who was a famous writer from Greece. I brought in my Greek flag to look at and compare with our American flag. Since we weren’t going to cover Homer’s greatest works (The Iliad and The Odyssey are a little much!), we talked about something that started in Greece around the time he lived: the Olympic Games! We watched a short video about the early Olympic Games. And then we went outside on this beautiful day to compete in some events. We had a javelin throw (with a wrapping paper roll), a relay race where the kids passed the baton to their teammates, and a long jump competition. The kids did a great job cheering each other on! Then we came inside and they were awarded a medal (which Olympians receive in our modern games) and an olive leaf wreath crown (which the Olympians received in the ancient games). It was a great day and was the perfect time to be active outside.

 

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • Read the summary about Homer (lesson 11) and talk about the discussion questions.

  • Find a video or book to watch/read about the Olympics or Ancient Greece. (Keep in mind to preview any videos/books you show, since it was traditional for Greeks to compete in the nude and there are plenty of drawings and statues that pop up in videos and books about Greece with nude bodies. You also know best what your child can understand about discussion of Greek gods, etc. in the videos/books.)

  • Write or draw something you learned about Ancient Greece/Homer/the Olympics.

2nd grade:

  • Read the summary about Homer (lesson 11) and talk about the discussion questions.

  • Complete the lesson 11 outline/fill-in.

  • Find a video or book to watch/read about the Olympics or Ancient Greece. (Keep in mind to preview any videos/books you show, since it was traditional for Greeks to compete in the nude and there are plenty of drawings and statues that pop up in videos and books about Greece with nude bodies. You also know best what your child can understand about discussion of Greek gods, etc. in the videos/books.)

  • Write or draw something you learned about Ancient Greece/Homer/the Olympics.

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September 22, 2020 Summary

Happy Fall!

Today we talked about Samuel and David. We started by adding our next 3 pictures to our timeline: Samuel, David, and Elijah. There’s not enough time in class to talk about all of them, so I hope you’re getting the opportunity to read the summaries each week (even kindergarten, if possible!) and/or looking through other books/Bibles to learn more about what we learn in class.

We talked about how Samuel was a prophet who told the people about what God wanted for them. Israel wanted a king, even though God should have been their King. After Saul began to disobey God more, God planned for another king to replace him. We talked about how people would be anointed with oil to show that they would be the next king. David was chosen. Then we got to the part that most everyone could have taught for me! Goliath! This led us to talking about some of the weapons people used to fight with in battles long ago. One was a sword (which Saul tried to give David to fight with, and that Goliath fought with). The other was a slingshot. Since I didn’t want to send the kids home with weapons from SHARE, we made the pouch that would go with the slingshot to carry the stones. Then we added 5 paper stones with the words “The battle is the Lord’s” to remind us of this truth, which David remembered when he went against Goliath.

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • Read the summaries for lessons 8 (Samuel), 9 (David), and 10 (Elijah) and discuss the questions.

  • Find Israel on a map.

  • Draw a picture or write about something you learned from each lesson.

2nd grade:

  • Read the summaries for lessons 8 (Samuel), 9 (David), and 10 (Elijah) and discuss the questions.

  • Find Israel on a map.

  • Fill in the outlines for lessons 8, 9, and 10.

Optional activities:

  • make a sling to go with your pouch

  • memorize Psalm 23

  • make a sheep craft (check Pinterest for an idea to use supplies you have on hand) and talk about how Jesus is our Good Shepherd and what that means

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September 15, 2020 Summary

It was another great day at SHARE! Today we started a science experiment in history. First we added King Tut to our timelines. Then we talked about what makes him so special. He was a boy king—he became pharaoh when he was only 8 or 9 years old! But he didn’t necessarily do amazing things. He didn’t rule a long time (only about 10 years). What makes him so famous is that we found his tomb—with his treasure and him in it! We talked about how tomb robbers often stole the treasures of the pharaohs, so we can’t see it to study how they lived. But when people found King Tut’s tomb, everything was still there. That has helped us learn so much! We read a book about pyramids and looked at some books about King Tut. We noticed that he’s usually the mummy/pharaoh/sarcophagus we picture when we think of them.

Then we started our experiment! Each child got 3 apple slices. We left the first one alone (this is our “control” apple). We put the second one in a baggie of salt. We talked about how salt is used to preserve things (like meat before there was refrigeration). We took the third apple slice and put it in salt and then wrapped it in gauze to make our apple mummy. The kids took guesses (made a hypothesis) about which slice was going to get gross and rotten first. Their “job” this week is to watch the apple slices and then unwrap and observe them before next Tuesday. You can use the link below (or google) to see how others perform their experiment and record their results. If you have apples at home, you can even try using other things to “preserve” your mummy.

HOMEWORK: (**I've loved seeing all the creativity the kids have shown in doing some of the optional activities! Keep it up!)

1st grade:

  • Read the Lesson 7 King Tut summary and discuss questions.

  • Observe and draw a picture of your apple mummy results.

  • Do the Map of Ancient Egypt worksheet (yellow folder).

2nd grade:

  • Read the Lesson 7 King Tut summary and discuss questions.

  • Fill out the Lesson 7 Outline.

  • Observe and draw a picture of your apple mummy results.

  • Do the Map of Ancient Egypt worksheet (yellow folder).

  • Do the All About Ancient Egypt worksheet (yellow folder).

Optional for ALL grades:

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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September 8, 2020 Summary

Today in history we talked about numbers—the number 10 to be exact! We talked about 3 people who obeyed God, even when things weren’t going well. The first was Abraham. In history, he is important as the spiritual father of many groups of people: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Then we talked about Joseph and how the Israelites came to be in Egypt, where they were later slaves. That led us to Moses, who led the people out of Egypt and to the land that God promised and prepared for the Israelite/Jewish nation. Our number 10 came in when we talked about the 10 plagues—God showed the Egyptians that He was more powerful than all their gods—and they have a lot! God also gave Moses the 10 Commandments, which most cultures throughout history and today base many laws on.

 

We read a The Jesus Storybook Bible together to learn about Abraham, Joseph, and Moses. Then we reviewed the 10 plagues as we ate a plague feast (more like a snack-treat). We had red juice (Nile River to blood), gummy frogs (frogs), Sno Caps (lice/fleas), raisins (flies), animal crackers (dead livestock), Haribo berries (boils), ice and Red Hots (fire and hail), Crunch bars (crunchy locusts), chocolate covered pretzels (darkness), and Sour Patch Kids with graham crackers and red icing (death of firstborn and animal blood covering the doorframes). It was much better to snack on those things than to experience the plagues for real!

Then we talked about another 10—the 10 Commandments. We drew on a rock GOD 1, to remind us that God is first, should be number one, and the first commandment tells us to love God more than anything else. If we do that, we’ll love others well also. We talked about how no one ever has been able to obey God and all the commandments all the time (except Jesus!), but that the commandments help us to know how to live.

 

HOMEWORK:

Kindergarten: As usual, it isn’t required but might be helpful and enjoyable to read the summaries together to reinforce what we talk about and learn in class. This week we’re reading lessons 4, 5, and 6. Also see some ideas below for other activities for these lessons.

1st grade:

  • Read summaries for lessons 4, 5, and 6.

  • Add time line pictures to your time line (you may need to add a page with tape): Abraham, Joseph, Moses (these pictures should be on pages in the history binder—probably toward the back)

  • do the 10 Commandments word search (yellow folder)

  • Try some activities below if you want!

2nd grade:

  • Read summaries for lessons 4, 5, and 6.

  • Complete the outlines/fill-in for lessons 4, 5, and 6.

  • Add time line pictures to your time line (you may need to add a page with tape): Abraham, Joseph, Moses (these pictures should be on pages in the history binder—probably toward the back)

  • Try some activities below if you want!

Extra ideas for all grades:

 

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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September 1, 2020 Summary

 

What a great day at SHARE! We’re getting used to our new routine and the kids seemed so relaxed and happy to be here!

Today we started with talking about time lines. We talked about how they show what has happened in history in the order it happened. Then we started our time lines for the year. The kids attached 2 pages together and drew a line through the middle. Then we glued our 3 pictures for the things we’ve learned about in history so far (creation, Noah/flood, Cheops/pyramids). We’ll continue to add to this throughout the year. I sent home the rest of the time line pictures for the 1st semester, which are in their binders. I plan to add them each week in class, but if we don’t have time and they’re not added, you’ll have them to add at home that week if needed.

(I also handed out the rest of the summaries for the year. This way you’ll already have your “book” in case you miss a week. I’ll also send home other items each week, but this is the bulk of what you’ll need.)

Next, we talked some more about the pyramids and pharaohs. We watched a short video about the pyramids of Egypt and mummies. The kids agree that it would be scary to see a real mummy, but we don’t have to worry about them chasing us around, since they can’t do that! We made paper pyramids and wrapped a mummy to add to it. Then we added our treasure!

**I received several pictures of students with their sugar cube pyramids (suggested activity after the summary). I love that so many of you were able to try them. The kids told me they were fun to build.

 

**Please be sure to check your yellow folder each week! Also, remove all papers that do not need to be returned the following week (which is most of them).

HOMEWORK:

ALL (not required but a great video about Egyptian pyramids—Nat Geo Kids Are We There Yet? series is a good one!): watch the video and write or draw one thing you learned

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIt8ZXFev2Y

 

2nd grade:

  • Complete the name hieroglyphics page—try to write your name on the scroll with hieroglyphics

  • Do the pyramid maze

  • Do the Egypt wordsearch

  • Complete the “Decode the hieroglyphic message” sheet (optional)

  • Do the Egypt acrostic poem using words that start with E-G-Y-P-T that are about Egypt (optional)

 

1st grade:

  • Complete the name hieroglyphics page—try to write your name on the scroll with hieroglyphics

  • Do the pyramid maze

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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August 25, 2020 Summary

 

Hello parents! Welcome to a new year of SHARE. Today was a great day! There are lots of new friends to meet. This year we’re starting our 4-year history cycle. Today we talked about what history is and that it all started at the beginning with God creating the world. We talked about all the things He created on the different days. I brought bags numbered 1-7 with clues to what was made on that day.

Then we went outside on a nature scavenger hunt to find things that God created. The kids did a great job of keeping their eyes open for items on their list. We came back inside and the kids got to pick out an animal to take home (except 2nd grade AM, which will have to get theirs next week).

I handed out packets for each class to add to their history binder (be sure to check your supply checklist in your yellow folder to see if you were missing your history binder). All classes (K-2) were given the first 13 lessons of summaries, book ideas, discussion questions, etc. (I will be sending home the rest of the year next week—I hope.) Although kindergarten will not have homework, I want you to have these summaries to read with them as you want so they can learn some information at home that we may not have time to cover in class. I also sent home lesson fill-in outlines with the 2nd graders. This covers every lesson for the year. I wanted you to have them in case you’re absent one week, etc. You’ll fill these in throughout the year as I assign them.

**Please be sure to check your yellow folder each week! This week there are several important things, including a history intro letter from me and a K-2 intro letter.

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • Read lessons 1-3 (Adam, Noah, and Cheops)

  • Draw a picture or write about something you learned from each lesson.

  • Extra ideas:

    • take a nature walk.

    • Make a creation poster or the days.

    • paint or draw a rainbow (remember ROY G BIV)

    • make a pyramid out of sugar cubes

2nd grade:

  • Read lessons 1-3 (Adam Noah, and Cheops)

  • Fill in your outlines for lessons 1-3 (you can do this as you’re reading, or wait until you’re done and see how much you can remember)

  • Extra ideas:

    • take a nature walk.

    • Make a creation poster or the days.

    • paint or draw a rainbow (remember ROY G BIV)

    • make a pyramid out of sugar cubes

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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