In history this week, we traveled back in time and spent the week at Jamestown with Captain John Smith and Pocahontas.
Here is the summary page Hannah made for her United States notebook. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't get it down to one page without eliminating pertinent facts. The brown triangle at the top is her drawing of Fort James.
My Father's World didn't have any hands-on projects scheduled for history this week, and since Hannah has really been enjoying those, I scoured the internet and found a couple I thought were age-appropriate. The first was a Jamestown & Pocahontas lapbook. I found most of the Jamestown printables at Currclick and most of the Pocahontas printables at Homeschool Share.
|This is what's under the Jamestown flap. It includes the reasons they wanted a settlement in the New World, information about their voyage over, and hardships they faced when they arrived.|
|This is what's under the Pocahontas flap. It includes information about Pocahontas' early years, as well as how she helped the settlers in Jamestown and how she saved John Smith's life.|
Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking, either. When I looked at it, I thought, "Map colors, scissors, and glue. How hard can it be?" But after I printed it and saw how tiny everything was . . . well, let's just say it ended up being a pretty mom-intensive project! I did all of the cutting and assembled all of the houses, and Hannah helped put up the fence and arranged all of the buildings inside of the fort.
Speaking of the arrangement of the buildings inside the fort, did you know that the church was the center of the community? Literally? I love the symbolism in that.
|First we decreased the air pressure in the juice box by sucking all the air out through the straw. The result was that the air outside of the box pushed in on the sides, causing the box to "crush."|
|Then we took our mouths off the straws and the air pressure stabilized.|
|Finally, we increased the air pressure inside the box by blowing into the straw. We saw that, as the air pressure increased, the air inside of the box pushed out against the sides, causing it to "puff up."|
But when we laid a piece of newspaper over the ruler, we had to push much harder to make the ruler fall. This is because air was pressing down on the large area of the newspaper and helping to hold the ruler in place.
And for our final science experiment, we filled a glass up to overflowing with water, put a piece of cardboard on top of it, and turned it over. The water was supposed to stay inside of the cup, but this is what happened . . .