Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 16

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

After WWI America enjoyed a time of prosperity and peace. This week we learned about what was to come after the roaring twenties. After The Stock Market Crash of 1929, The Great Depression followed. We spent some time this week hearing first hand accounts of that period from those who lived in the dust bowl. This was such a sad time in American history.

The Golden Gate Bridge was built in San Francisco during the Great Depression. San Francisco is my home town, so it was fun for me to see this picture. Aedan followed the instructions in Draw and Write Through History to complete the drawing.

Aedan also had to draw this famous national monument. Mount Rushmore was also created during this period. We hope to visit this site sometime soon!

Black Tuesday - Stock Market Crash (October 29, 1929 A.D.)

Aedan narrated information about Black Tuesday (not Thursday - Woops!)

The Great Depression - 1929-1949 A.D.

His narration this week was about The Great Depression.

He made a list of prosperity for things that we have that much of the world unfortunately doesn't have available to them. We have been reading the books Hungry Planet and Material World which give a great picture of how the world lives and eats. It's good to take a step back and be thankful for what we have while also praying for those with needs and helping where we can.

Spam became popular during the Great Depression because meat was a luxury. My dad is from Hawaii where Spam is still something they eat. If you ever visit you will find Spam sushi at many convenient stores.

Ruth Wakefield created her famous chocolate chip cookies at the Toll House In. She eventually sold the recipe to Nestle.

This was the third recipe for cookies we made this week! Fortunately we had people over and had places to take them to share.

We watched videos from first hand accounts of the Dustbowl dust storms that hit this period of the country during the 30's.

Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd U.S. President (1933-1945 A.D.)

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR

I'm so glad we are covering the presidents this year!

This week we finished Ellen McHenry's The Elements. Aedan has been filling out these cards here and there. I loved all his pictures!

One of our experiments was to see what happened to still wool when it was exposed to various solutions.

First we soaked them in vinegar.

We checked the temperature which raised slightly.

One cup was dry - Nothing happened. The second was submerged in water - It rusted the slowest of the bunch. We coated the 3rd piece with soap which slowed the rust. The 4th one just had a tablespoon of water which rusted the most of all. The kids thought this experiment was "grokey" which is their word for YUCK.

Aedan's final activity was to play the "What's Missing" game. He assembled the cards into the periodic table (with help from his brother.)

Aedan is still reading A Christmas Carol.

I always think the poetry that is chosen is so beautiful. We enjoy poetry teatimes every once in a while, but it's nice to focus on one sometimes too. I especially thought this was a lovely and heartfelt description of how how help delivered at just the right moment can be so moving.

Aedan's nature journal picture went along with the above poem. A perfect pairing! One more week until winter break! Will you take a break too?

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