Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Curriculum, Week 6

Hi there! We have a few things to catch up on before we can get to the plans for this week, but since all the kids are home and healthy at the moment, I think we will be able to do it.

We have a couple of chapters left in Huckleberry Finn left to read, then will watch the movie. I also need to get through Maleficent with Mini Me.

Here's what we have planned for the week.

Week 6, June 30-July 6

Book: Divergent, Veronica Roth. My kids are into the sci-fi-ish dystopian fiction right now and they wanted to see the movie, but like the mean mom I am, I said we had to read the book first.

Since it's still fairly new, this one might be harder to find without paying full or close to full price. We picked up our copy at a local bookstore that does discounts for new books.


Movie: Also slightly complicating things, this is out of theaters near us, which means that the kids will have to wait until it comes out on DVD to see it. They'll live. Promise. Besides, we still have Huckleberry Finn and Maleficent to watch.

Science: To go along with our dystopian world for the week, we're learning about genetics and evolution. We will cover DNA and the structure of of, how it creates diversity both within and among species. This website has some project ideas, more aimed at later elementary and middle school kids.

Writing: The older kids will be studying and writing about evolution. A few months ago, we all watched the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, and I want them to explore the differences in opinions on the issue as well as find some resources on their own. The younger kids will be writing a narrative piece about what their typical day looks like.

Trip: We will be going to one of the many museums here locally this week, this one the Natural History Museum at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Right now they have an exhibit on DNA to Diversity.

In totally unrelated news, we will finally be getting to the pool at some point this week since everyone is healed! Hooray!

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