Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 20

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 20

Let’s start the week off with a quote from Saint Pope Pius X:


Keep going in your Saint Maximilian Kolbe Fun Pack!

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Fun Pack

  • Your parish probably has time each week to meet with other parishioners to pray the Rosary.  Try to go this week!
  • Make a Rosary path around your backyard with stepping stones, or just draw one on the driveway with chalk.  Then pray as you walk around the rosary.
  • Make this giant paper rosary.


  • We continue measurement conversions this week.  Start a little ‘poster’ for your kitchen where you add the conversion you learn each week.  Let your kids write it and decorate it!
  • Repeat last week’s activity, but this time use a tablespoon to fill a 1/4 cup measuring up.  How many tablespoons did it take?

Language Arts:

  • Check out the ideas in Alphabetical Order from the Tour II W20 and Tour II W20 posts.
  • Put the countries of Africa in alphabetical order this week!


  •  Richard Strauss was a conductor as well as a composer.  Learn some conducting this week, and then ‘conduct’ Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Here are some conducting sheets to help you out. (the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey is in 4/4 time)



  • Print this week’s Classical Root flashcards! (Print two-sided; flip on the long side)

Classical Roots Flashcards Week 20

  • Use a sharpie and write the roots over pictures in a magazine (preferably one you are done with and don’t mind messing up).  Depending on your taste in magazines, you’ll find people (demos), pictures of cities (polis), big things (megas), little things (micros) and maybe even some things that are alive (bios).  Just working through this exercise is enough to stick these root words in anyone’s head.


  • Find the south pole on your globe! Then eat oranges this week for a snack.  Draw some continents (don’t forget Antarctica) label the North and South Poles. You can use sharpies since you are pealing the skin off anyway.  They work best on a room temperature orange (not a cold one from the fridge). It doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Have a creative writing exercise about reaching the South Pole.  Imagine you are in Amundsen’s team preparing to travel to the South Pole.  What will you pack? What do you expect to see? What will be some of the difficulties in the trip?  Have your students draw a picture (your youngest ones), write a paragraph (slightly older), or a two page creative essay about preparing and traveling to the south pole.
  • Here is a blank Antarctica Map (not sure how fun that would be to color… maybe you could decorate it with some penguin stickers) and a printable quiz about Antarctica. This is good time to cover this continent, since we never focus solely on it in geography.
  • Magic Tree House books are great for your chapter readers.  They are short historical fiction novels (but still chapter books) that follow to children who go back in time in their Magic Tree house to interesting periods in history.  Check out or get a copy of The Magic Tree house Tonight on the Titanic.

(This is an affiliate link! If you buy this book, CSH gets a small commission- thanks! the price is the same either way)

  • There is also a nonfiction companion to the above Magic Tree House book. (I think these are valuable, especially when your students are particularly interested in topic).  And I also found this cool website with a game to go with the Magic Tree House book!
  • In case you are reading aloud this week, and need tons of coloring pages, here are 30 of them for the Titanic.
  • Find the Panama Canal (or as close as you can) on your wall map or Globe.  Learn how locks work from this short youtube video.
  • PBS has a show called The Panama Canal, part of their American Experience series, but unfortunately, it is no longer available to stream online.  However, their website does have an interactive map and a bunch of photos of the canal being built.  If you don’t mind your students using your computer, let them check it out.
  • Here is a free 1-page reading worksheet you can hand to a student and then ask questions about.  It says Grades 5-8 but seems appropriate for grammar-aged students to me.  there are also a few ideas at the bottom for activities to go along with learning about the Panama Canal.
  • has a 4min video with information and pictures of Pope St. Pius X here You have to read it, so if your students aren’t at the age of reading, you can’t start it and go do laundry… I mean help other students.
  • World War 1 is a big topic to cover.  Your youngest students can just learn the basics that are in the song this week.  Let your older grammar-age students learn a bit more about the causes of the war, the major players, etc.  Here’s a decent 6-minute video discussing the MAIN causes of the war.
  • If you go to the library, you can probably find the DK Eyewitness World War 1 book.  I love these DK Eyewitness books because they have plenty of pictures and captions describing details of objects, people, places, etc.
  • This website has several free printable notebooking type pages for teaching about World War 1.


  •  Keep going in your Africa Lapbook this week!
  • Try making Mealie Bread (it looks a lot like cornbread), which is from southern Africa.
  • Not necessarily for the kids, but I wanted to share this website with you moms,  The lady that runs it survived the Rowandan Massacre by hiding in a 3×4 foot bathroom for 91 days.  She spent her time teaching herself English and praying the Rosary.  She is such an amazing example of faith.  If you have time check out the website and support their charity by donating or purchasing books and rosaries.


  • Go for a scavenger hunt to find food for each food group in your pantry, fridge or freezer.  Simply fold a piece of paper in half and then in half again to divide it into four quadrants. Write “grains” in one, “vegetables and fruits” in one etc… Then have your students either write or draw food in each quadrant.  If you don’t like the idea of your students rummaging through your pantry, give them some magazines to cut and paste pictures of each type of food.
  • Take the above idea but make it into a race between your students.  Give each student a type of food (for example Bob does grains, Sue does vegetables and fruits, Lucy does meats and beans etc). Set a timer and see who can find the most food items for their food group.  If you have varying ages, give the older students less time than the younger ones.
  • When you eat your meals this week, discuss what you’re eating.  Which parts of the meal are grains? Is a tomato a vegetable or fruit? Why do beans and meat go in the same food group?

Did you miss Week 19? Check it out here.

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