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Catholic Schoolhouse Tour III Week 5

August 5, 2016 | Posted by Kristen

You could print this meme for those times when your students aren’t quite living up to your expectations.

Historical Memes for World History class:


Religion/ Math/ Language Arts

Keep going in your Saint Francis Xavier Fun Pack!

Saint Francis Xavier Fun Pack


  • This week Religion memory work is the fourth commandment: Honor your father and mother.  I love this now that I’m a mom, haha! Have a discussion with your students about what it means to honor your father and mother.  Make a list of actions on your white board that your students typically do (both good and bad ones).  Then have them cross off any that don’t honor their father or mother.  Some ideas to fill that board may be: Cleaning up my room, telling lies, fighting with my brother, doing chores to the best of my abilities, being patient with my younger siblings, giving Daddy hugs when he gets home from work, doing my school work with a good attitude… etc.  Add some that may be specific to your family!
  • Add the next flag to your Ten Commandments!

10 Commandments Garland 4th Commandment


  • I’ve always thought skip counting by 10s was the easiest, and there are plenty of things to skip count by 10’s. Skip count dimes, crab legs, fingers or toes… go bowling and skip count the pins at the ends of the allies!

Language Arts:

  • Check out my ideas from Year 1 Week 5 and Year 2 Week 5 for fun verb ideas.
  • Don’t forget, to practice finding any of the parts of speech, you can pull out an old news paper, some highlighters and send your students hunting.  Create competitions to find the most, or as many different ones as possible, or in the case of verbs different tense ones. Ask your older students if it is more comment to find past, present, or future tense verbs.


  •  A quote by George Frederic Handel is “I should be sorry if I only entertained them.  I wish to make them better.”  Write this up on your board and discuss it this week.  What role does music play in your life and family? Where do we encounter music? (More places than you think- in the car, at mass, grocery and shopping stores, backgrounds of commercials even!) Think about the music you typically listen to and then think about or listen to the Messiah.  How is what Handel created different?



  • Flash cards for this week’s classical roots

Latin Roots Flash Cards Week 5


  • Nicolaus Copernicus taught the revolutionary idea that the earth went around the sun, instead of the sun around the earth!  Learn some new vocabulary words when you learn about him: geocentric (earth centered) and heliocentric (sun centered).  Talk about how it might be easy to make this mistake.  People back then didn’t have space ships taking pictures from space.  After all, it was only just proven that the Earth was round! Your discussion can be about how things aren’t always as they appear.
  • Create this heliocentric/ geocentric craft this week with some cardstock, scissors, coloring pencils and 2 metal brads.  First print, color and cut out.  Then attach the pieces using metal brads.  First place the earth in the center of the orbit page. Rotate the Sun around the earth along the dotted line orbit.  Talk about how this is what the people of the 14 and 1500’s thought was happening.  Then switch to heliocentric, with the sun secured the middle and the Earth revolving around the sun. This is geocentric, and how the solar system actually works.

Heliocentric vs Geocentric Printable



  • Show and tell your Catechism this week when you teach about the Council of Trent.  Many students maybe have not used a full catechism, maybe they have a child’s one or the St. Joseph Catechism.  It helps to show that the same material they learn in CCD, religious ed classes, or at home is the same material we believe as adults.  It never goes away or becomes obsolete.  The Catechim is such a wonderful resource, almost any question you have about the Catholic faith is answered in it with references to scripture and church doctor documents.
  • To tie a bunch of this week together into one package, look up the 10 Commandments in the Catechism (CCC 2052-2074).  It might be a bit much for your younger students, but you can choose some parts to read aloud to your students like 2056.  You have 1)The Catechism which was a result of the council of Trent, 2)10 Commandments in Religion this quarter, and it talks about the Decalogue which means 10 words (skip counting?).
  • For teaching about Ivan the Terrible check out this short documentary on youtube.  It’s a little over 2 minutes, but gives a great and short bio of Ivan the Terrible while showing many pieces of art depicting the Tsar.
  • Ivan the Terrible commissioned the building of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, probably one of the most recognized Russian buildings. Here’s an easy coloring page of Saint Basil’s Cathedral for your little ones, and a more detailed one for your older students to color.
  • Most homeschoolers have both a globe and a wall map of the world.  When you teach about Gerardus Mercator, put them side by side (or close enough for kids to see both easily). Compare them, especially the land up north and the land near the south.  How are they different?  To take something spherical and make it ‘flat’ takes some distortion.  Gerardus Mercator created the system we learned about in Week 2 of Line of Lattitude and Lines of Longitude to help make sense of the sphere turned flat map.
  • Sometimes you can find blow up globes at the Dollar Tree, or you can order a pile of them at once from Oriental Trading.  If you don’t mind destroying something for the sake of education, take a blow up globe and cut it into quarters carefully.  Glue the pieces to a foam board or cardboard to show what a sphere might look like when made flat.  See if you can still line up some of the Lines of lattitude as you lay out the pieces.
  • If you don’t have a blow up globe, you can easily imitate this activity with an orange.  Draw a world map as best you can on an orange (just get the basics, like the continents, equator, a few lines of lattitude).  Cut the orange into quarters and peal the skin off.  Then lay the pieces as flat as you can.


  •  Keep going in your Oceania Lapbook!  Add some features this week.
  • Check out some nice video images of the Great Barrier Reef with this 4 minute video on National Geographic.
  • Here is a short video about the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench on National Geographic.
  • Create a marine biome (yea, science plus geography) showing a coral reef in a shoe box. You could cut out images from a magazine if you have some, or you could print the plants and animals from this diorama guide.
  • So this is a stretch, but if your students will be watching tv this week anyway (maybe you need a break?), you might as well show Finding Nemo.  It features clown fish who live in an anemone in the Great Barrier Reef, and search all over the waters near Australia to find Nemo.  I’m not saying it’s meant to be educational, but hey it goes with the geography theme this week and it does have a lot of information about coral reef and the animals that live there. 🙂 Make it educational by asking some questions at the end.


  • There are several episodes of Magic School Bus that fit into this week’s study of biomes.  If you nave Netflix, you can watch Season 1 Episode 7 “All dried up” (about deserts), Season 3 Episode 7 “Into the Rainforest,” and Season 4 Episode 5 “Gets Swamped.”
  • Check out this website with lots of information about different biomes!
  • Give each student a different biome to research. For your little students, have them draw a picture of a biome of their choice, include clues about its climate, and animals and plants that live there.  For your older students have them illustrate but also write several facts about the biome including it’s climate, average temperatures, animals, plants, where it’s found on earth (maybe even a map showing the areas where the biome exists). Give them access to an encyclopedia or atlas to find the information.  Or consider doing the project at the library, where they can ask the librarian for help finding books to help them.













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