Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 8

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 8

Let Galileo inspire those students this week, with this great quote.

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I know I’m always telling my own kids to use their brains!


Keep going in your Saint Martin de Porres Fun Pack this week!

Saint Martin de Porres Fun Pack

  • You shall not steal is an easy commandment to teach.  Many students learn at an early age not to take something that does not belong to them.  Here is a cute coloring page for your younger ones.
  • Print the next flag for your 10 Commandments banner:

10 Commandments Garland 7th Commandment


  • The memory work this week is about how the three angles of a triangle always add up to 180 degrees.  180 degrees is a straight line.  So you could show this rule by cutting out some triangles. Draw arcs in the three angles, cut them off, and then line them up on a separate piece of paper to show how they add to 180 degrees.
Triangle activity
Triangle activity 180degrees

Language Arts

  • What are articles? Special adjectives – like a, an, the.
  • Do you have flashcards with words on them from back when you were teaching your 1-year-old what things were called?  I do.  They have pictures of airplanes, lions, teddy bears – all the sorts of words you want your child to have in his/her vocabulary.  Well, if you still have them – bring them out this week.  Grab two sheets of paper, and write “a” at the top of one and “an” at the top of the other.  Quiz your students by having them sort the cards according to the correct article. ( an airplane, a bear, an apple, etc).  If you don’t already have the cards, I wouldn’t bother purchasing any, just write some words on paper pieces or note cards and you can still play the game!
  • You could even modify this game above by placing ‘a’ and ‘an’ on baskets and then putting objects in each basket according to which article they would use.  For example, in the ‘a’ basket you might have a teddy bear, a doll, a dinosaur, and in the ‘an’ basket you might have an apple, an alligator, an elephant, etc. Cover the rule with ‘a’ and ‘an’ before you get started, otherwise you might have some confused students!
  • Go for an article hunt in your newspaper or magazines.  Use a different highlighter for each article (such as blue for ‘a’, pink for ‘an’ and yellow for ‘the’).  Which article is used the most?


  •  I found this great printable pamphlet with plenty to read and do about Mozart at the National Arts Center in Canada.  Check it out!  You could print part of it as quiet reading time, or print just the kids’ activities at the end.  It seems like it could be useful across a broad range of age groups. They have loads of other study guides too!
  • Classics for kids also has a nice audio show, biography, and quiz about Mozart you could use this week. There are also lesson plans.


  • This week the Art project focuses on how El Greco elongated people and animals in his paintings.  If you don’t hate silly putty, I have a simple activity for you to go with this week’s art.  Silly putty is great at picking up images from the newspaper or pencil-drawn pictures!  Simply smash some silly putty onto a picture from a newspaper or your own picture, carefully peal it up; do you see the picture?  Now carefully pull the top and bottom away from each other and elongate the image, the way El Greco would’ve painted.
  • I’ve also found this free coloring page of an El Greco painting: The Burial of Count Orgaz.  It’s an example page from a Dover book where you can color many of the famous artist’s paintings.


  • Print the flashcards for this week’s classical roots:

Latin Roots Week 8


Aboriginal Boomerang Craft by Kidz Activities, Around the World in 30 Days
  • If you own a telescope, this is the week to pull it out!  Take some time to examine the different parts of a telescope, the knobs and what they do, and how it functions.  Don’t forget to review some Classical Roots with this history topic- tele- far, and scope- to look!
  • Here is a PowerPoint I found that goes through some of the history of the telescope.
  • Galileo Galilei is known for several contributions to science!  One of them is the law of falling bodies- that all objects fall at the same rate (9.8m/s/s), and it’s air resistance that slows down some objects making it appear that they fall more slowly. Read Physics has a good lesson description for this law of free fall. Check out this video of a hammer and a feather falling on the moon.  Have your students guess what the result will be before they see the video- will the hammer land at the same time as the feather?  Why doesn’t it work the same on Earth?
  • If you don’t mind a construction project, this at-home pendulum project might be for you.  Galileo was also known for his work on how pendulums work!  Sometimes I see these set up (well a more sophisticated version) in Children’s Museums, so if you know of one close by- just take a field trip!
  • This is a pretty good video that shows what Galileo learned about the pendulum and shows several experimental setups demonstrating the properties of the pendulum.  It’s 8min long.
  • When you learn about whaling this week, have fun making either this paper plate whale or this slightly simplier one.  (they both look cool, and I couldn’t choose between them).



  • Volcanoes are an easy science topic to add any number of activities to this week!  Here are a few ideas, but if your students are volcano lovers, be sure to just check Pinterest for more ideas than you have time to do!
  • Build a 3-D paper volcano model with this printable.  Print it on cardstock, fold it on the lines, and secure it with glue or tape.
  • Get a copy or borrow The Magic School Bus Blows it’s Top.
  • Here is a free worksheet you can have your students color with all the parts of a volcano labeled.
  • Here’s a playlist by National Geographic Kids, with several videos about Volcanoes. (unfortunately, there are several commercials that show up).Save

Did you miss Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3 Week 7? Check it out.

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