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Catholic Schoolhouse Tour III Week 12

September 23, 2016 | Posted by Kristen

Here’s a ridiculous joke/meme your students will love, which incorporates a musician from this week and from our Music focus this quarter:

Why did Mozart kill all his chickens? Because when he asked them who the best composer was, they'd all say Bach. Bach. Bach.

 

Religion/ Math/ Language Arts


Finish up your Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Fun Pack this week.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Fun Pack

Religion:

  • 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 llove God, with your who 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.

Math:

  • 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!

Language Arts:

  • K12Reader.com has a instructions for playing a game about interjections called “Wham!”  It could be a fun activity to do in a program meeting!
  • Check out the Tour I W12 post and the Tour I W12 post for some interjection ideas!

Music


  •  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!

Art


Latin


  • Here are this week’s Classical Roots flash cards!

Printable Classical roots Flashcards Week 12

History


  • 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:

St. Alphonsus pray for us! - Founder of the Redemptorist, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Patron for Moralist and Confessors. Let's meditate this quote.:

St. Alphonsus Liguori:

St. Alphonsus Liguori on prayer before the Blessed Sacrament <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23holyhour" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23holyhour&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#holyhour search Pinterest">#holyhour</a>

  • 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.

Geography


  •  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 did stumble on www.easybrazilianrecipes.com.  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!

Science


  • Check out this cute idea to use a paint chip to make the zones of the ocean, and populate it 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 weeks science! (it’s on Netflix!)
  • And because I’m such a Magic Schoolbus fan, I’ll also share with you The Magic Schoolbus on the Ocean Floor.

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2 Responses to “Catholic Schoolhouse Tour III Week 12”

  1. nancytx says:

    Kristen –

    I love the blog. You do such a fantastic job! Is there anyway that you can provide the 10 commandment garland as 1 file with all 10 commandments? I would like to use this for review and thought if you had it already I would ask 🙂

    Thanks!

    • Kristen Rabideau says:

      I don’t have it as one file… yet. I could probably make it pretty quick since they’re all made, i just have to put them together. I’ll try to post it soon on the resources page. Thanks!

      UPDATE: The file of all 10 commandment flags is on the Y3 Resources page!

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