Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 17 in Review

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome to our week 17 Week in Review! We are really enjoying the new history book Mystery of History. While the other ones were great I think this one has been easier to understand. It is more conversational, so I fell like the narrations are better. This week we learned about Africa, Italy and Persia of the 15th Century.

Our history project of the week was to make an African mud cloth. 

We followed the design in our student notebook pages below.

Aedan added his timeline entries: Askia Muhammad I Rules Songhai Africa, Ismail and the Shiites Dominate the Safafid Empire and Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa. His written narration was about Leonardo da Vinci. I am happy that research was added to our weekly assignments. I think it will help him know how to research bigger assignments for the future.

We wrote info about Savonarola. This is the mud cloth template. 

In geography he mapped the African Kingdoms.

I love our art study this year. These notebook pages are gorgeous! I'm so pleased with how much better they get each year.

We studied this painting for Art Study.

Aedan finished his King Lear student pages. I love this gentle introduction to Shakespeare.

In science we learned how the continents moved, about earthquakes and faults. This activity showed how the earth's plates move.

Next we created a fault.

It was more difficult to rub these two pieces together than the first set and helps explain how and why earthquakes occur.

Ha! This is the picture of our activity above.

These are our science notebooking pages of the week. Off to week 18! Half way to summer :)


  1. We enjoy Aedan's pages so much! My boys instantly recognized The Creeper Aedan drew (from Minecraft)!! You are such a good teacher and Mom!

  2. Thank you Jimi! Haha! I wondered if someone would notice that. I wish I had more HOD families the same age as Aedan in town. That would be fun to meet you all :)


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