Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 17

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 17

Here’s a meme that goes with the timeline… something to make you laugh today!

HIS-113-Q4240 U.S. History I: 1607-1865 15EW4 - Elsa Gonzalez

Ok, one more… I love puns:

civil war puns memes - Google Search:


Keep going in your Saint Bernadette Fun Pack.

Saint Bernadette Fun Pack

  • Saint Bernadette is included in the ABC Saints pack at Catholic Icing (she’s the saint for the letter B).  My kids love making these saints; they are great for your preschoolers and several of the saints appear in our CSH tour guides throughout the three cycles.
  • Make a rice krispie treat grotto for Our Lady of Lourdes!


  • Practice rounding numbers around the house.  Go for a number hunt, and have your students write down numbers they find in your home (look in your pantry, at the thermostat, clocks, books, etc).  After they’ve written down some numbers, have them round to the nearest ten or hundred!

Language Arts:

  • Check out the T1W17 and T2W17 posts for some antonym ideas.


  • Here’s over an hour of the best of Tchaikovsky on YouTube.  Play it in the car, in the background while you do school, or anytime. Open up the more info section so you can tell your students the names of the songs that are playing (it lists the time stamp of the video for the beginning of each song); ask them which song they liked best.


  • Degas painted images of people doing ordinary things as if caught in the moment.  His painting of ballerinas often show them warming up and practicing, not on a stage performing or posing.
    • Look through some family photos and compare the ones where you are posing to the ‘candid’ shots where no one is looking at the camera. What is different about how the people look?  Can you tell more about their personality, how they are feeling or what they are thinking from the candid pictures?  Which do your students like better?
    • Have your students create their own Degas inspired picture (either a drawing, painting or whatever they prefer) but ask them to choose a subject matter doing something totally ordinary and not posing for a picture.
  • Here is a short biography of Degas on YouTube. (about 5min long)


  • Print the flashcards for this week’s Classical Roots!  (Print double-sided flip on the long side)

Week 17 Classical Roots Flash Cards

  • Take a piece of paper and fold it into quarters.  Then unfold.  Draw lines on your creases and use each section to write the classical root and illustrate it!


  • Learn about Japan this week as you teach about Commodore Matthew Perry’s influence on opening the borders to foreigners.
    • Here are some great printable worksheets and coloring pages to print.
    • And this blog, SmallWorld has a great lapbook about Japan with links to where she got all the printables.
    • Eat sushi this week, try some Udon, or write a Haiku!
  • Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes is in the history timeline this week.  I’ve been suggesting ideas for her in the past few weeks in the Religion section of the blog, so check them out and do any that interest you or your students!
  • When you’re teaching your kids about Woman’s Suffrage, show them the Schoolhouse Rock video about it!
  • It was a Facebook trend to take a selfie of yourself with your “I voted” sticker on- bring out that picture from this last election and show your students that voting isn’t just for men, but for women too!
  • If you can find it at your library (or local used book store, garage sale, etc), I love the Cornerstones of Freedom books for teaching about US history.  The Story of the Nineteenth Amendment is a great one to read about Women’s Suffrage.  It has pictures, but it’s a big longer than the typical picture book.

(yea I still haven’t taken off the 25cent garage sale sticker on my copy)

  • Here is a website with a printable German empire map.  Print it out and compare it to your modern map of Germany.  What parts are still Germany and which parts look like they belong to other countries now?


  • Keep going in your Africa Lapbook!
  • Learn how to play Mancala, a game that originated in Africa, or Oware a variation of Mancala that is from West Africa this week. Don’t have a board or pebbles?  You can use your own backyard to dig little divots and collect your own stones for playing with.


  • Read about Newton’s laws at Watch the cool video at the end of the page that shows the laws working in space!
  • Here is a video that shows this week’s Egg-speriment (haha get it?) from the Science book. 
  • You can do another first law of motion experiment at home using a toy wagon (like a radio flyer) and some balls (like tennis balls, toy balls, etc they need to be small enough to roll around in the wagon).  Put the balls in the wagon.  Now grab the handle of the wagon and give it a quick jerk.  What happens to the balls?
  • You learned about friction last week; friction is the reason objects don’t just keep going forever once they’re in motion on Earth.  Friction with the ground, or even the air slows objects down.  If not for friction, once an object is in motion it would keep going until acted upon by another force.  Ice is a great surface to experiment with minimal friction; once an object gets moving on ice it tends to go a long way before slowing down.  If you live somewhere cold, try sliding objects along the top of a frozen lake or pond (or puddle in your yard). Talk about how far they go and how you have to stop them (with your hand or a stick etc) before they will stop.

Did you miss Tour 3 week 16? Check it out now!

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