Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 12
Here’s a ridiculous joke/meme your students will love, which incorporates a musician from this week and from our Music focus this quarter:
Finish up your Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Fun Pack this week.
Ten Commandments Review. Read the great commandments in your Bible this week: Mark:12:28-31, or in your Children’s Bible. Then have a discussion comparing them to the Ten Commandments you just finished memorizing. We often say that the first three of the Ten Commandments are summed up in the first great commandment: You shall love God, with your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The last seven of the ten commandments are summed up in loving your neighbor as yourself. See if your students can make this connection on their own.
- The Pythagorean theorem is a bit complicated for younger grammar-aged students, but memorizing it at this age will serve them well when they are ready for it. Don’t skip over the math this week if you have Kindergartners or first graders- even memorizing it without completely understanding it will help them in the future!
- Math Salamanders.com has a great illustration showing actual squares to demonstrate the theorem. Plus there are some worksheets at the bottom you can print for free to practice!
- K12Reader.com has instructions for playing a game about interjections called “Wham!” It could be a fun activity to do in a program meeting!
- Yay! I love interjections! Can you tell? Here’s a fun group activity. Give each of your students a sign/paper with an interjection on it (Hey! Wow! Ouch! Yes! No! Awesome! Help! Hurray! Oh! Yay! Oh No! etc). Write a sentence on the board and have your students take turns standing at the beginning of the sentence with their interjection. How does the interjection change the mood and meaning of the sentence? (sentence example: We are learning about interjections today. It could be “Yay! We are learning about interjections today.” or “Oh No! We are learning about interjections today.” Which describes your class?) Have fun, and let your students come up with some sentences and interjections of their own.
- Christmas is coming…It’s almost the season to be singing Christmas songs. Have you ever tried to pay attention to all the interjections in Christmas songs? This could be the week to do so! See how many interjections you can find in your Christmas music! “Ho, Ho, Ho!” “Joy to the World!” “Merry Christmas!” What sort of sudden emotion do you think the songwriters want to convey?
- Check out the Tour I W12 post and the Tour 2 W12 post for some interjection ideas!
- Mozart Review. It’s the last week of learning about Mozart. If there was an activity from earlier that you haven’t had a chance to do, then now’s the time!
- Check out this printable ‘book’ that you cut and paste the pictures onto. It could be a great activity to conclude your studies on Mozart this week!
- One famous painting by Rembrandt is Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord Jesus.
- Your students can color their own picture of this painting here!
- Here are this week’s Classical Roots flashcards!
- British Empire Expands. Print a blank world map and color in all the territories that the British Empire ruled at one time or another in history! You can use your history card for guidance 🙂 Or you could use a fun color dry-erase marker to color them on your wall map.
- This week’s history timeline includes two other famous composers, Bach and Handel. Have a compare and contrast activity with composers this week. Listen to some famous Mozart pieces, famous Bach pieces, and famous Handel pieces. Have your students describe any differences they hear in the music styles. Which composer is their favorite? Which piece is their favorite?
- Make a big Venn Diagram on your white board/chalk board/ piece of paper and compare and contrast the musicians. You can read short bios of Mozart here, Bach here, and Handel Here (courtesy of Making Music Fun) or use library/your own books for information gathering. Then if you want, have your students make a Venn Diagram comparing themselves to one of the composers. (This may be more fun if your students take music lessons or enjoy music, or happen to have been born in Europe).
- Saint Alphonsus Ligouri has many really good quotes. Use one as a writing or discussion prompt. Have your students write the quote at the top of their paper and then discuss what it means to them. How can they live out the advice of this amazing saint? Here are a couple to consider:
- Saint Alphonsus Ligouri had a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother. If you don’t already pray the rosary regularly, pray it this week! If you have only little ones, pray just a decade each day of school this week. If you have a long drive to your program meetings (or even a short one- a rosary doesn’t take but 15min), say the rosary in the car. Here’s a great rosary printable for kids.
- Finish up the South America Lapbook this week!
- Try cooking up some food from a South American country this week. I have little experience in this region’s cooking… but from a quick search, I stumbled on this recipe website. Browse the many recipes and pick one that might appeal to your crowd. If you try one, let us know what you think of it in the comments!
- Check out this cute idea to use a paint chip to make the zones of the ocean, and populate them with stickers of sea life!
- There are tons of fun Ocean Zone ideas out there on Pinterest as well- you can choose between messy-looking ones like Ocean Zones in a Jar (ok it won’t be messy as long as it stays sealed) or just printable worksheets like this one. What’s your favorite idea for learning about ocean zones?
- Magic Schoolbus Season 4 Episode 3 “Goes to Mussel Beach” is all about tidal zones and fits in well with this week’s science!
- And because I’m such a Magic Schoolbus fan, I’ll also share with you The Magic Schoolbus On the Ocean Floor.
Did you miss Tour 3 Week 11? Check it out.