Sunday, April 12, 2020

Term One Evaluation ~ Monster


Reading ~
* You can see from my Weekly Review posts that we read (aloud and independently) a LOT.
* A book list is included in Monster's portfolio with all the books he reads each term.

Writing ~
We still use and LOVE the following curriculum
Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

In Term One Monster wrote paragraphs on the following topics: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (narrative), Video Games (non-fiction), Australia and the Industrial Revolution (non-fiction), The Industrial Revolution: Life in the Cities (non-fiction), and Deep Ocean Life (non-fiction). He wrote less paragraphs this term because he also spent time writing thank you notes for his birthday gifts. Next term we will continue with more writing paragraphs and I hope to introduce a new unit.

Grammar ~
This year we are continuing with Analytical Grammar which is the next step up after Junior Analytical Grammar.  Term One he worked through units eleven and twelve: Participial Phrases and Gerunds.

Literature ~
"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Nick Bland
"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London
"Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen
"Little Town on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder
"White Fang" by Jack London
"These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder


We completed chapters eighteen to twenty-one in our Year 9 Haese textbook covering the following topics: Simultaneous Equations, Proportion, Quadratic Equations and Non-Linear Graphs. Monster is now finished with his Yr 9 textbook and will begin the Year 10 Advanced math textbook next term.


Below is a list of the science related books we read.
"Wildlife Rescue: Koala Hospital" by Suzi Eszterhas
"Your Amazing Digestion: From Mouth Through Intestine" by Joanne Settel, PhD
"Salty and Sugary Snacks: The Incredibly Disgusting Story" by Adam Furgang
"How High Can a Kangaroo Hop?" by Jackie French


We read the following books as part of our Industrial Revolution unit study:
"The Industrial Revolution" by Nigel Smith
"The Industrial Revolution and Its Impacts on Australia" by Joseph Harding
"The Industrial Revolution" by Peter Hicks
"The Industrial Revolution" by Sean Connolly

Other History Books:
"Horrible Histories - Savage Stone Age" by Terry Deary
"Our Past: Bushrangers" by Charles Hope
"My Mob: The Story of Aboriginal Family Life" by Alex Barlow & Marji Hill
"Bushrangers: A History of Australia's Outlaws" by Anna Purcell
"Sharing Our Cultures: The Story of Aboriginal Cultures" by Alex Barlow & Marji Hill
"Horrible Histories - Awesome Egyptians" by Terry Deary
"Bushrangers: Heroes, Victims or Villains" by Jill B. Bruce
"Games: From Dice to Gaming"
"Meet Marly" by Alice Pung
"Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks" by Terry Deary
"Bushrangers" by Stephen Gard
"Awesome Aussie Dogs" by Australian Geographic
"Meet Ned Kelly" by Janeen Brian
"Ned Kelly and the Green Sash" by Mark Greenwood
"Marly's Business" by Alice Pung
"Wanted: Famous Outlaws ~ Ned Kelly" by Tim Cooke
"Horrible Histories - Rotten Romans" by Terry Deary
"Horrible Histories - Ruthless Romans" by Terry Deary
"Marly and the Goat" by Alice Pung
"Marly Walks on the Moon" by Alice Pung
"A Computer Called Katherine" by Suzanne Slade
"Horrible Histories - Cut Throat Celts" by Terry Deary
"The Upside-Down History of Down Under" by Alison Lloyd
"Captain Moonlite" by Jane Smith
"The Horse Who Bit a Bushranger" by Jackie French
"Ben Hall" by Jane Smith
"Frank Gardiner" by Jane Smith


Below is the list of books read aloud and/or independently through Term Two:
"A Focus on Urban Habitats" by Jane Hinchey
"New South Wales"
"Sydney" by William Day


Monster continued to work through Visual Latin 2 and finished it about halfway through the term.
He then began working through Lingua Latina Familia Romana and Lingua Latina Exercitia Latina 1. This book and exercise book will take him through this school year and likely through next year as well. He works through these books independently and then I grade his work with the answer key.

"The Science of Oceans" by Fiona MacDonald
"Oceans in 30 Seconds" by Jen Green
"Deep Oceans" by Anna Claybourne


Term One Social Events:
Weekly participation in our homeschool group (until COVID lockdown)
Weekly (minimum) trips to the library to return/check out books
Celebrated Monster's 13th birthday
Taronga Zoo Trip as a family

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