Saturday, December 20, 2014

Term Four Evaluation

Read Aloud Books:

Picture Books - 
"The Exploration of Africa" by Tim Cooke
"Spiders and Other Arachnids" by Ron Thomas
"Deadly! The Truth About The Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth" by Nicola Davies
"Australian Geographic Australia's Most Dangerous Spiders"
"Rainforest Insects and Spiders"
"Sophie Scott Goes South" by Alison Lester
"Animals Under Threat - Mountain Gorilla" by Marianne Taylor
Usborne Discovery Snakes by Rachel Firth & Jonathan Sheikh-Miller
"Rhinoceroses and Hippopotamuses"
"Animals on the Brink - Rhinos"
"Rufus the Rhinocerus"
"Sky Watching - The Stars" by Carmel Reilly
"Blast Off Let's Explore the Moon"
"Blast Off Let's Explore Mars"
"Our Solar System - Saturn"
"Our Solar System - Neptune"
Chapter Books - 
"My Australian Story: Escape From Cockatoo Island" by Yvette Poshoglian

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ 

Other Reading Activities:
Reading Eggs online program

Maths Plus Year 3 textbook
Advanced Primary Maths Year 3 textbook 
Continued work on 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle some evenings with mum
Khan Academy website
Cool Math Games website
Mr Baker's Puppies Logic Puzzle (printable)
Ice Cream Stands Logic Puzzle (printable)
*worked on this together and needed some online hints
Pentanimos Puzzles
Shapes Puzzles
Tangram Pictures
The Birthday Logic Puzzle (printable)
Various Brain Teaser Puzzles
Number Jacks website and videos

Foundation Handwriting 2

Started writing an Angry Birds Despicable Me book

Scripture and Character Building:

Geography - 
Africa Unit Study involving...
* memorizing the countries of Africa using an online map quiz program
* reading books about Africa, its people, climate, animals, etc
* watching documentaries
* listening to African music
* watched Paul Simon's Graceland DVD
* watched a youtube video of a baby giraffe being born

Read "My Australian Story Escape From Cockatoo Island" by Yvette Poshoglian

Science and Technology:
Egg in Vinegar Experiment
Watched various episodes of Deadly 60 TV program
Watched David Attenborough "Life" program about Mammals
Watched David Attenborough "Life" program about Reptiles and Amphibians
Lego Challenge: built simple catapult and tested it with ping pong balls
Milky Plastic Experiment (warm milk and vinegar)

daily oral review of weekly lists as sourced from year 3 lists on the internet
(20 words per list)
written test taken every Friday
used Spelling City website for spelling games and quizzes

walk to and from the library
walk to and from the shops
walk to and from various parks
free play at various parks
riding scooter

Creative Arts:
Watched and discussed various episodes of "Dancing With the Stars"

weekly attendance of Sunday School
weekly attendance of story hour
attended 9th annual family reunion
play dates with friends

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Yahtzee
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Skip-Bo
  • Flinch
Imaginative (self created) Lego games with his younger brother

Tour of Cockatoo Island
Taronga Zoo - focused on visiting the African animals

Homeschool Group Topics:
Due to illness, weather problems, previous engagements, and distance of events we were unable to attend Homeschool group regularly this term.

Term School Holiday Events:
Attended local Carols in the Park event
Attended Christmas Day church service

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