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Middle School Monday – Week 2 North Star Geography – Maps

Middle School Monday at Homeschool Coffee Break
This week I have decided to join in on Middle School Monday hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break.  This past week has been a short one for us as with hunting season upon us I had to get things ready for my youngest son and husband to leave for the weekend. This week is also another short week.
We have completed week two of North Star Geography. Last week I mentioned that we were using interactive notebooks while we work out way through the book. The interactive notebooks have come in real handy. What I do is look at how the week is planned and what I feel that my son might need to know. I create foldables with questions and vocabulary that he has to answer. Then we glue them in a notebook. My son has autism and also has a cognitive delay so I allow him an open notebook for his tests and quizzes. At least then I can monitor if he is taking notes properly or not. It also comes in handy as a reference tool or even if we want to review something.
We started working on our vocabulary words for the unit. He had to write the definitions in the flaps. I wrote the word on the outside. I also added in a couple extra things such as things you would find on a map. He also had to define them as well. I think it will only reinforce what he needs to know when he is looking at a map.
We also had some hands on activities with the maps as well. We had to measure how far it was from the city we live in to the capital of Wisconsin. We also had to figure out how far it was to Washington DC. While we were at it we measured other places for distance. There was a scale on our map that we used. We measured how far and then we multiplied the number of time we created the scale to find the distance. We also looked up driving times on the computer as well just for the fun of it.
We also did a search on how far it was from Algoma to Chicago. The answers that we got were interesting. If you were able to take a straight shot right down Lake Michigan to Chicago it would be 189.15 miles. Since we cannot do that and we have to drive it is 216.52 miles. I thought that was rather interesting. I think we maybe should have tried to see how far the driving distance for Manitowac, WI to where the ferry lands in MI. I bet the miles would have been a big difference.
We had to read the story of Atlas and Hercules. Hercules had to find the golden apples because the King wanted him gone for a long time. He had to ask around for them. Well he had to hold the sky up for Atlas so he could get the golden apples. Atlas does bring back the apples but he doesn’t want to hold up the sky. Hercules tricks him to take back the sky. What I had my son do was build Atlas holding up the sky in Minecraft. Excuse the YOLO (You Only Live Once) as I have no idea what was going through his head at the time.
Next week I plan to put together a Virtual Field Trip for our next lesson. So stay tuned!

FREEBIE: Thanksgiving Roll, Cover, and Color Printables

Thanksgiving Cover, Roll, And Color Freebie

Thanksgiving is next week and I can’t believe how fast it has come. Next week we will have a shortened week here. I decided to make up something fun that I could play with both of the kids. Yes it would be review for both of them but they still love when I make up fun learning games. Well, ok at least my daughter does. My son well he is another story.

Snake Oil – Party Potion Game Review

Snake Oil Header

I am so glad we had the chance to review Snake Oil – Party Potion by Out of the Box Games. This is not only our most favorite family night game, we plan on bringing this out New Year’s Eve as one of the games to play. I think it would provide a lot of laughs and fun.

Snake Oil – Party Potion is great for kids ages 8 and up. It’s best to play with 3 – 6 players. It only takes 5 minutes to learn the game. It takes roughly about 20 – 30 minutes to complete the game.

IXL.COM – Math and Language Review

IXL Review

If you never heard of IXL before I highly suggest checking it out. IXL has two programs: IXL Math is for grades PreK – 12 and IXL Language Arts Grade 2 – 8. We have used both the math and the language. It is not a full curriculum but it is great for supplements and for reviewing.


IXL is where practice feels like play. The awards and certificates that the kids are are very enticing and motivating. The kids don’t know exactly when they are going to be awarded. My daughter is always excited about working through the problems as she can’t wait to open the next award. The awards are sent to you through email. My daughter loves both but I think her favorite is opening it up on the screen.

FREEBIE – Sight Word Interactive Notebook Week 1 – Can

Free Sight Word Interactive Notebook

I have mentioned in an early post that I LOVE interactive notebooks. They come in so handy. I really like them because you can go back and review things. Interactive notebooks are very similar to lapbooks. The only difference really is that there are a few more foldables, and the biggest difference is it is in a notebook and not a folder. Everything you need is right in your notebook.

My daughter has been doing better with sight word reading, rather then sounding things out. So I thought that each week I would make a sight word for her interactive notebook. This week we are working on the word CAN. Each day she has a different activity to do in her notebook.

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