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- We’re going to start the year off with reading one of the gospels. We’ll do this every year. This year we’ll read Matthew and then we’ll go back to the beginning and start reading in Genesis.
- Read Matthew 1:18-24.
- Tell the story to a parent.
Did you know that the Bible is considered to be one of the most accurate history books in the world? It would be accepted by everyone if it just didn’t have the miracles in it. Some people won’t accept the miracles as true even if the rest of the accounts have been proven true. The Bible details names of leaders and places and describes geography that is continually being proven true as more and more archaeological discoveries are made.
The history of the world begins with a time known as prehistory, the time before recorded history. No one was there to record, or write down, what happened. The closest thing we have to a recording of it is what we read in the Bible. This year in Bible we’ll read the beginning of Genesis which records the “prehistory” period. Also, the book of Job is probably from this time. We read in the Bible that the first making of clothing was done by God. He made clothes for Adam and Eve. In fact, I bet He taught them a lot of things. Historians who don’t believe in God say how it would take thousands and thousands of years to make each new development. They don’t consider there was someone teaching the people how to do things.
They believe humans must have begun speaking with grunts and slowly, slowly over thousands of years evolved their language. But, we know that Adam and Eve talked with God in the garden. Adam and Eve were God’s children and He taught them to speak. The Bible also talks about other historical events, such as the shifting of the continents and cities using irrigation systems. I think all through history there were times when people were given supernatural knowledge or ideas. If you have studied year 4 already, you read about George Washington Carver. He prayed and asked God for ideas of what to do with the peanut. God gave him hundreds of ideas, including yummy peanut butter. Let’s not forget to see God working throughout all of history.
We are going to leave prehistory to what we read in the Bible. We won’t study someone’s guesses about what might have been. We will start our history year with history recorded both in and out of the Bible. The first civilization we’re going to study is found in the book of Genesis. Joseph is sold to the Egyptians.
- What is the difference between history and pre-history? (answer: History is recorded; prehistory is the time from before we have books recording events.)
- How do we know the first people didn’t communicate by grunting? (answer: We can read about Adam and Eve living in the garden and speaking with God.)
I want to teach you something about science. Science is a collection of observations about the world. When something has been observed enough, it becomes scientific law. That means that scientists say that what they have observed will always be true. It is stated as fact. But even these “laws” have been broken at times when all of a sudden, something different is observed. It was believed that the atom was the smallest thing in the universe. It was called fact. Then someone figured out how to split it. The point is that science only really tells us what has been observed. It doesn’t prove truth. It just states what is observed and measured in the world around us.
Why am I making sure you understand this? Because who was there to observe the creation of the universe? God alone. Science can’t prove anything about the creation of the world because it can make no observations about it. It takes what it observes in the world today and makes hypotheses, guesses, about the creation of the world.
Until pretty recently most scientists were Christians. Never let anyone make you feel stupid for believing God created the world. Many scientists that you read about in history, some of the smartest people that have lived, believed in a Creator.
The Bible contains all truth. You never have to be afraid to believe the truth in the Bible. There may seem to be things that couldn’t possibly be true. Say, we measure stars at being billions of light years away. That means, in order for us to see its light, that light would have had to be traveling for billions of years to reach us. Well, a Christian mathematician and scientist has shown how it could appear that way and still only be less than ten thousand years away. No one has yet been able to dispute the math he used to show it. Here’s an article about it that your parents might be interested in.
One method science uses to try and observe something’s age is carbon dating. There are some that say carbon dating shows that there are bones that are millions of years old. Here are two articles that talk about how carbon dating isn’t accurate. These are articles for adults. You don’t have to read them. The first is much easier to read than the second, but if you or your parents are interested, please go ahead and read them. I just want to show you that there are scientists that believe the earth is young. I personally know a scientist, a physicist with a PhD, who has studied the topic and believes the earth to be less than 10,000 years old. It’s not silly to believe it. It is silly to let someone change your mind with “facts” that aren’t proven true.
Remember this: Scientists don’t agree on things! Anytime you hear someone say, “All scientists say that…” It isn’t true. It’s propaganda to try and get you to believe something. Don’t be afraid to believe the Bible. It will always prove to be true in the end. God is Truth and cannot lie! You can trust His Word.
- Explain to someone what science is and why it can’t tell us what happened at the beginning of time.
- I figure that the first music was the music God made in nature.
- Here are a lot more different kinds of nature sounds if you want more.
- Mix together some different sounds.
- Read Matthew 2:1-12.
- How do the wise men know that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem? (answer: Micah 5:2God spoke about it hundreds of years before.)
- How did they know not to go and tell Herod about Jesus? (answer: God warned them in a dream.)
- *Save and then print out this ancient Egypt lapbook. Scroll down just a bit. Click on the title, “3D Ancient Egypt Lapbook.” Save it to your computer first to avoid printing problems. You don’t need things like the cover page or directions printed out. You will not be doing the suggested reading in the lapbook. We’ll use websites to get the information.
- Build the 3D pyramid. If you like, you can use the pyramid to hold your lapbook pieces. Otherwise, you can put your pieces in your binder or in a lapbook however you like. Lapbook instructions under “basic supplies.”
- Read about civilizations.
- Read an introduction to Egypt. Click in next and read about the formation of the Egyptian Empire.
- What is a civilization and why do you think one grew up around the Nile? (answer: A civilization is a group of people living in a highly organized way. For a long time all people lived near water because water is necessary for life and means of moving water had not been developed.)
- Read this chapter.
- *Print out page 6 (page 11 of the pdf) and answer the questions.
- Then you can check your answers here on page 28. This is page 34 of the pdf. (Don’t close after you’ve checked your answers.)
- Read the activity on page 30. This is page 36 of the pdf, the same pdf as the answers. Make a living and non-living bag and ask others in your family to feel and guess. You tell them whether they are right or not.
- Read Matthew 3.
- John tells the Pharisees that those who produce bad fruit will go to hell (“thrown into the fire”). What does He say about the kind of “fruit” they should produce? (hint: verse 8) (answer: They need to show that they have repented and turned away from doing sin.)
- John the Baptist didn’t think he should be baptizing Jesus, but Jesus told him it was the right thing to do. Jesus gave us the example and we are to follow in His footsteps and be baptized as well. It’s not something to be afraid of. It marks the beginning of our life of following Jesus.
- Later this year we’ll read about this time period in the Bible. But I wanted to give you an idea of when we are talking about. Ancient Egypt’s civilization began before Abraham was living.That was called the Old Kingdom. The Israelites were slaves during the last part of the Egyptian empire, called the New Kingdom. Israel began with Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel around 1900 BC. That means one thousand nine hundred years before Jesus was born.
- Look at this timeline.
- The numbers grow from the middle out. Can you see that?
- (*)See if you can put these dates in order. Remember, in BC (in the time before Jesus was born) the bigger the number the farther back in time you are. To play click on the date you want to move and then click one time on the up or down arrow.
- This requires Shockwave. If you can’t play it, cut out these date squares and put them in order.
- We will learn about cells later, but you should know that cells are your body’s building blocks. Everything in your body is made up of cells.
- Read about skin on pages 3-5 (just the top part until the picture). On the pdf they are pages 244-246.
- Why do you sweat when you are hot?
- Look at your skin with a magnifying glass. Make observations. (If you have a microscope, you can rub some skin off of you and look at it with your microscope.) Here’s an image of skin under a microscope.
- Take this tour through a cave in France. Any time you want you can click on an “explore” button that pops up. Then just click on “Back to the Cave” to continue. (If the link isn’t working, here’s a video of the tour. Be on the lookout for drawings on the cave walls.)
- Be on the lookout this week. Find a rock this week that you could paint on. Also, collect a twig or something to use as a brush as well as flowers, berries, mud…to use as paint.
- Read Matthew 4:1-11.
- Tell a parent or older sibling how Satan tried to tempt Jesus and how Jesus responded to him.
- Copy or memorize this part of Matthew 4:4, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
- Do the pyramid lapbook/worker piece. (All of the lapbook pieces are in the lapbook materials you printed out on Day 2.) (answer: You can see that the different pyramids put several groups together such as soldiers and farmers where as the lapbook piece asks you to put one on each line. You can make up your own specific order or group them on the pyramind. Pharoah on top, then priests, in the middle mechanics, shopkeepers and merchants, then the rest at the bottom.)
- Read about the two types of workers.
- You can use the pyramid on this page to get the information you need.
- Then you can play this pyramid game. Just keep clicking Next to skip the intro pages. You are going to try to build a pyramid. You have until Pharaoh dies.
- Get big paper, or tape together white paper. Put all the tape on the back. You need one piece of paper big enough for you to lie down on.
- Have someone trace your body onto the paper.
- Read Matthew 5:1-12.
- Who is blessed? You can insert the word happy instead of blessed.
- What do they receive?
- How can being persecuted and being lied about make you happy? (answer: It can make you happy because you will receive a reward in heaven, and you can know you are experiencing the same as Jesus and the other prophets.)
- Do the hieroglyphics lapbook pieces. Follow all of the directions included.
- Read page 5-8. This section is on muscles. Start where you left off and read up to the beginning of the bone section.
- Do this jigsaw puzzle, only if you want to.
- Play follow the leader to get some exercise. Make each other move!
- Read Matthew 6:1-15.
- Copy Matthew 6:9-13. Hang it up where you will see it and work on memorizing it this week.
- Do the Rosetta Stone lapbook piece.
- Read about the Sphinx.
- Try and sculpt a sphinx. If you don’t have clay or playdough, mix 1/2 cup of margarine or butter with 1/2 cup of flour.
- One of the earliest man-made instruments must have been some sort of drum.
- Play the drums. Click on play and use your keyboard.
- Read Matthew 7:7-14 and 7:24-29. Keep scrolling down to read both.
- How can you be wise like the man whose house didn’t fall? (hint: verse 24) (answer: obey God’s word)
- Do the papyrus lapbook piece. Fill in what you know about papyrus. (You aren’t expected to make papyrus!)
- Choose a puzzle page to do from the lapbook.
- Read the section on bones, pages 8-10. In the document it’s the very end of 249 -251.
- Draw the tibia and fibula on your body picture. Use the same side as where you drew the muscles.
- Draw the radius and ulna on your body picture. Use the same side as where you drew the muscles.
- Do you know what your funny bone is? Can you figure out why they call it that? Look at the arm drawing again.
- Read Matthew 8:1-13.
- Let’s compare and contrast these stories. That means to find what they have in common and what’s different about them.
- What are some things that they have in common? (answer: Jesus healed someone, someone came to Jesus asking for healing, they both believed that Jesus could heal) Did you find some that I didn’t?
- What are some things that are different about the stories? (answer: Jesus touched the one man to heal him and the other he healed just by speaking that he was healed, one man was a Jew and the other was a Gentile (not a Jew), one expected Jesus to heal the other wasn’t sure if Jesus was willing to be healed) Did you find some that I didn’t?
- Do this online interactive about Pharaoh burials.
- Do the burial lapbook piece.
- Make a “cave painting” on your rock. Use only the natural supplies you found this week. Paint something that someone long ago could have painted. No cars!
- Read Matthew 9:18-37.
- What is one reason Jesus healed everyone who came to Him? (hint: verse 36)
- How did Jesus feel when He saw all the people in need? (answer: He felt compassion. He felt sorry for them and wanted to help them.)
- *Print out this sheet (compassion)and write on each line someone you should have compassion on. Examples: s could be soldiers, p could be people without homes, or they could just be names.
- Read about bone marrow. Tell someone what bone marrow is.
- Watch this video on joints. Then take the quiz.
- Do the “Hollow Strength” activity. It’s number 2.
- Look inside a bone (scroll down to the slideshow). Bones, the hard white stuff you see in x-rays are hollow, but there is stuff inside the hollow part. The inside is soft like a sponge.
- Read Matthew 10:1-8.
- How many of the 12 apostles can you name? If you can’t name them all, go back and find who you are missing.
- The last sentence in this section is, “You have received freely, so give freely.” What does that mean?
- What have you been given that you should be giving?
- Go here and click on Ancient Egypt and then About Ancient Egypt. Then click on the different parts of the timeline and read about Egypt.
- Complete the word search from the lapbook.
- *Print the last two pages. Complete the matching and the multiple choice.
- After you are finished, check your answers on page 4. (answers: The page three, multiple choice section, has a mistake in the answers. #2 should be B, inside your body.)
- Read about why water is the best drink to drink.
- Ask your mom if you can choose a recipe to make. (Click on the + by Recipes for Kids.)
If you have finished all of your work, click on this and play a game.
- Read Matthew 11:2-10.
- Jesus quotes a prophecy from the Old Testament book of Malachi. He says the prophecy is about John the Baptist. What does it say John was going to do? (answer: He would prepare the way for Jesus to come. He did that by teaching people to repent and turn away from their sins.)
- In your reading today, you read that John has his disciples ask Jesus if He is the Messiah. Jesus doesn’t say yes or no. He answers that he has healed the blind, the lame, the deaf and the leper and that He is preaching the gospel (good news) to the poor. Why did he say those things? Jesus was telling John that other Old Testament prophecies were being fulfilled. The Old Testament prophets said that a Messiah or Savior would come and heal and preach the gospel to the poor. Read Isaiah 35:5-6. Read Isaiah 61:1. Do those verses sound like what Jesus told John? Do you think John understood Jesus’ message?
- Today you are going to start reading about your Digestive System.
- Read from the beginning of this chapter through the paragraph after “Why Doesn’t It Do That?” Don’t read yet about the intestines.
- Read some more about it. Read pages 1 and 2.
- Add an esophagus and stomach to your wall body. See what they look like and where they go.
- Learn about communicating with drums and then play the online drums.
- First play the virtual log drum.
- Explain to a parent how it can make two different sounds.
- Then click on the links at the bottom. Play the Unifix Cube Drum Machine.
- Read Matthew 12:1-13.
- What were the Pharisees accusing Jesus and his disciples of doing? (answer: breaking the Sabbath, the command to not work one day a week)
- Jesus shows the Pharisees that they are hypocrites because they would help a sheep on the Sabbath but not a person. This is one way you can tell if something is from God or not. God cares about people. the Pharisees didn’t care about the man who needed healing. They cared about their rules. They were proud of their sacrifice to not work on the Sabbath. But Jesus told them that they were not doing what God wanted, that God wanted them to love others. That’s what Jesus meant he said, “I want mercy and not sacrifice.”
- Copy the sentence, “I want mercy and not sacrifice.”
- Tell someone the story you read today and explain what it means that God wants mercy and not sacrifice.
- *Print a handful of timeline pages.
- Fill in at least one timeline page. You don’t have to fill in every line. Fill in one date and then add words or pictures (clip art). When you are done, add another date. Words and pictures can go in the spaces to the sides. You can go back to Day 10 to the timeline if you like.
- Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Scroll down to read the second part.
- Draw a picture of the parable and then explain to someone what the picture means.
- Look at and describe in as much detail as you can these three pictures. Hands Hunt Oxen
- On paper create one of these drawings as best you can. See suggestions below.
- Read Matthew 14:13-21.
- Tell a parent or older sibling what happened in this story.
- God can take whatever you have to offer and turn it into a big blessing. But first you have to offer what you have. What do you have that you could give? It could be money or food or toys or it could be things like time and love. You could stop by the home of an elderly neighbor and say good morning. What else could you give that God could use to turn into a big blessing for you and others?
- Read about the Babylonians and the Assyrians who lived and fought in Mesopotamia. You will read about them in the Bible.
- Read about Mesopotamia’s geography.
- Now you get to play. Try and farm the land. (This is a Shockwave activity. It will not play on Chrome. Check our Troubleshooting Guide if you don’t have Shockwave enabled in your browser.)
- Here’s an alternative activity if that one doesn’t play on your computer. Choose the agricultural quest. You will dig on the different tells to look for artifacts that show that agricultural was important to their society.
- Read Matthew 15:1-18.
- In other parts of the world being clean is THE most important thing. Muslims won’t pray unless they wash themselves first. In Muslim countries being called “dirty” is one of the worst insults. What does Jesus say makes you “unclean?” Explain to a parent or ask if you don’t understand what Jesus is saying.
- Read this page about Hammurabi.
- Read this page about cuneiform.
- Read it and take a look at it.
- *Print out a map of Central Asia and color in where Mesopotamia was.
- Read the rest of the chapter. Stop at the fill in the blanks page.
- *Print out the last page and fill in the blanks in the story.
- Do the Day Two activity. Read the explanation. You are learning about bile chasing down and surrounding fat!
- You can see a video of a very similar experiment here (in case you don’t have food coloring). The only difference is that the paper says to spread out the drops and he puts them close together.
- Play animal charades to get moving.
- Read Matthew 16:5-12.
- Jesus is using figurative language. That means that he is not speaking plainly. He’s making word pictures. In this section he warns the disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Yeast is what you put in bread to make it rise. You put a little bit into the flour and it gets through the whole dough to make it rise. Jesus doesn’t mean make sure you don’t get their yeast on you. What is Jesus really warning the disciples about? (answer: Jesus was warning about what the religious leaders taught.)
- Add a mouth and tongue to your wall body.
- *Print out and complete this word find.
- While some of those drums were modern, I figured a drum was probably the earliest instrument. But I thought of another. The whistle. Can you whistle? Try to learn if you can’t.
- Listen to a whistling song. Click on the play triangle (and nothing else). This song is from the old Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s actually a humming song too. Even if you can’t whistle, you can hum. The voice is another instrument the Lord made along with all the songs of nature.
- Read Matthew 17:24-27.
- This is a fun story. Remember that earlier, when Jesus was a teenager, he had called the temple, “his father’s house.” Here Jesus is saying that He doesn’t have to pay the tax because it is His father’s house and fathers don’t collect tax from their sons.
- What does Jesus do to pay the tax?
- Can God always provide the money you need?
- There are many, many stories of Christians getting the money they needed at just the right moment, from finding five dollars stuck to your shoe while walking down the street, to having an angel hand you the money. God has plenty of ways of providing. Trust Him to do it!
- Read Matthew 18:21-35.
- Tell a parent or older sibling what happened in the story.
- What is the lesson of this story? (answer: Christians must forgive each other and those who seek forgiveness from them.)
- Fill in at least one timeline page for Mesopotamia. You don’t have to fill in every line. Fill in one date and then add words or pictures (clip art). When you are done, add another date. Words and pictures can go in the spaces to the sides. Here are two links where you’ll find a date: wheel, Babylonians .
- Play the dustbin game.
- Read Matthew 19:16-30.
- How do we know the rich man wasn’t really loving his neighbor as himself? (answer: He was still rich. He was keeping his money for himself.)
- Write your name in cuneiform. You might have to be creative with the sounds to get close to your name.
- Write or tell the story of a piece of food. What happens to it? (It first is bitten and chewed and mixed with saliva. Then what happens? Then what?)
- Read Matthew 20:25-28.
- Why did Jesus come? (answer: He came to serve others.)
- Verse 28 commands, “Be like Jesus.” How can you live your life to serve others? What are some things you can do every day? What is something you can aspire to do (dream about doing or work towards doing) for others when you are older?
- *Put together a fire safety lapbook. (Decide if you are going to print this once or for each child.) You have today and next week to work on it. You can print out all of the pieces and divide them up between you and your brothers and sisters and all work together on the same lapbook if you like.
- Read Matthew 21:1-17.
- In this section we see several more prophecies from the Old Testament fulfilled. God knew exactly what was going to happen. The donkeys were prepared and waiting for him even though the owner didn’t know it! You don’t have to try and do big things for God. All you have to do is be willing and ready to obey Him.
- Do you know why Jesus was so angry in the temple? What did he call it? (answer: a den of robbers)
- People who were not Jews were not allowed inside the temple. They were only allowed in an outer court area of the temple. That’s the place that was given to them to pray. But Jews had set up tables for selling the animals that people use for sacrifice and sold money to people who didn’t have the coins used in the temple. They were making money off of people coming to worship God. Plus, they were making it so that people who weren’t Jews had no place to pray.
- We’re going to move to another part of the world now, China.
- *Print out this lapbook on Ancient China. This was made by a woman who lived in China for eight years. You don’t need every page printed. If you want to be careful about paper and ink usage, just print out the individual lapbook pieces.
- Cut out the timeline on page 6 as one piece. Fill in the dates provided on the pages. Fold the top down, folding it in half. Write Timeline on the blank cover and decorate it.
- Read the first three pages about the heart. Stop at the top of the third page where it asks “Why does my heart beat faster…?”
- Draw a heart on your wall body. You can go here in order to see what it looks like and here to see where it is in your body.
- Put your hand on your chest. Can you feel your heart beating? Now jump up and down a lot until you are tired out. Now try and feel your heart beating. Can you?
- Read Matthew 22:1-14.
- Can you tell the story? What happened? (answer: The king invites guests to his son’s wedding dinner. They don’t want to come. So, the king has his servants invite others. They come, but one is kicked out because he’s not wearing wedding clothes.)
- This is a parable, a story that has another meaning. Jesus wasn’t really telling them about a king. Who is the real king and the king’s son? What do you think? (answer: The king is God and his son is Jesus.)
- The people who ignore the king’s request to come to the dinner or who kill the king’s servants are the Jews. The servants are God’s prophets. As a whole group the Jews didn’t listen to the prophets and even killed some of them.
- Then the king invites everyone else, those who aren’t Jews. Many show up. One is thrown out because he’s not wearing wedding clothes. What do you think that really means? (answer: The Bible talks about how we are cleaned by the blood of Jesus and how He will dress us in white, make us pure from all sin. This man didn’t believe in Jesus. He hadn’t had his sin forgiven. He wasn’t welcome in heaven and is thrown into hell.)
- Read the information and complete the Confucius piece and one page of copywork.
- Start reading where you stopped yesterday. Read to the end of 258.
- Add veins and arteries on the wall body from the heart to the empty arm.
- To see veins in the body go here. You will be looking at the circulatory system, or how the blood moves around the body. Notice how the veins get smaller as they move away from the heart. Why? Think about highways and then roads off of highways and then roads off of those roads. Why do they get smaller?
- Read Matthew 23:1-15.
- What are the Pharisees like? (answer: hypocrites, proud)
- I wonder what pastors and priests who are called “Father” or “Reverend” think when they read verses 8-10.
- The most important thing to learn from this is that God cares what’s in your heart. If your heart is good (you love God and love others), then you will do good. If you are only acting good on the outside, eventually your evil heart will show. You can’t pretend forever.
- Read about Emperor Qin and complete his piece.
- Find someone to ask you the questions on page 326. Go over the definitions on 325.
- Read Matthew 24:1-14.
- The disciples want to know when the end will come, when Jesus will come back and rule. We are still wondering, wanting to know!
- Jesus doesn’t tell them. He tells them that people will try and fool them that He has already come back. What other command does He give them, “Don’t…”? (answer: Don’t be alarmed.)
- He says there will be wars, famine, earthquakes and Christians will be put in prison and killed. But we aren’t to be afraid! It’s all part of God’s plan and He is only allowing it to happen to get His Church holy, ready to be with Him.
- It says many will turn away from their faith because they will be afraid. We will obey whomever we fear. We need to fear God alone. He’s the only leader who wants to do what’s best for us instead of for himself.
- Pray and ask God to help you not be afraid.
- Read about Terracotta Soldiers in the lapbook papers and complete the piece.
- Here is a video with an up close photograph.
- In the lapbook materials there is a recipe to make your own soldier. You can make that if you like.
- Watch a movie about the heart.
- Complete page 263. (Print or just write the number answers.)
- Check your answers on page 327.
- Read Matthew 25:31-46.
- When you help people or ignore people, do you ever think about Jesus? When have you acted like a sheep? When have you acted like a goat?
- What are things you can do to be a sheep?
- Read about the Great Wall of China and complete the piece.
- See it. Scroll down and look at the pictures or click on the triangle play button to see the panorama view.
- Do one page of Confucius copywork if you are learning cursive.
- Finish the fire safety lapbook.
- Include this lapbook in your portfolio or take pictures of it to include.
- Read Matthew 26:47-56.
- Jesus says he could have asked for help and His Father would have sent an army of angels. Why doesn’t Jesus want an army of angels to rescue Him? (answer: His choice was to be obedient. This is what God had chosen from the beginning.)
- Do one page of Confucius copywork. If you don’t know cursive, you can print.
- Make the ancient Chinese book if you like. See the lapbook for directions. (Tape the stick together if you have to. It’s okay.)
- Complete page 264.
- We’ve looked at early percussion instruments (drums) and early wind instruments (whistle). Now let’s look at early string instruments. I’ve read that the ancient Egyptians used an early version of a harp. At the bottom of this page is an image of what a harp-like instrument might have looked like at King David’s time.
- Listen to the harp play Flower Duet by Delibes. Listen for the harp.
Day 27 (Materials for history: Baking Clay – you’ll want plenty of salt on hand–and you’ll need flour)
- Read Matthew 27:11-26.
- What does the crowd yell? (answer: Crucify him!)
- What did the crowd yell one week earlier? (answer: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!)
- Do one page of Confucius copywork. You can print.
- Make ancient Chinese money. (See the lapbook.)
- Read Matthew 28.
- I met a Jewish woman once who told me Jesus’ disciples took His body away while the guards were sleeping. It made me smile because her thinking that just proved the Bible true. Why? (hint: verse 15)
- What’s wrong with the guards’ story? (answer: If there were asleep, they couldn’t know who rolled away the stone and took the body. And, guards would never sleep on the job because they would be killed if they did and allowed something to happen.)
- Do the kite minibook.
- Here’s some information.
- Do one page of Confucius copywork if you are learning cursive.
- *Do the circulatory system word search.
- Make paper. (The Chinese invented paper making. They used the inner bark of a mulberry tree and bamboo fibers.)
- You can add in food coloring or go natural and add pieces of leaves and flowers and color with berries.
- We finished reading the gospel of Matthew. Gospel means “good news.” What is the good news that Matthew tells us?
- Do the detecting your pulse activity. (If you don’t have the materials, just use your fingers to feel for the pulse.)
- Set the timer for 15 seconds. Just type 15 in and click on set. Start counting after you click on Start. Stop counting when you hear the bell. Make sure your sound is turned on.
- Multiply the number you counted by four. That’s your beats per minute.
- Compare the number you got with the average for your age. (Scroll down.)
- Read Genesis 1.
- *Print out 2 of these pages of circles (Creation circles). Write Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 on four of the circles. Leave one page blank for today. Draw or write what God created that day.
- Read about the Silk Road.
- *Make a lapbook piece with a map that traces its route. Print out the map. Fold the map down along its bottom edge and cut around it, cutting through two layers so that you have a minibook with a blank rectangle attached to the map. Write about the silk road inside.
- *Print out page 18, the muscles. (These are pages 164 and 165.) (You can print page 17/164, or you can read that online.) Do the coloring activity described on page 17.
- Practice your escape route all together as a family. Time yourselves, starting from different places in the house. Close doors on your way out. What was your fastest time?
- Read Genesis 2.
- Fill in circles for day 5 (birds and fish), day 6 (other animals and people), day 7 (holy), and you can make a cover with your other circle.
- Staple them together.
- Read an article.
- Three choices of what to do today. Choose one, two or all three.
- Read Genesis 3.
- Tell the story or act it out.
- Who does Eve blame? (answer: the serpent)
- Who does Adam blame? (answer: Eve)
- The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9) We need to confess (tell) our sins to have them forgiven. Don’t be like Adam and Eve. Admit that you did something wrong and ask forgiveness.
- As you read each day you need to take what you think is the most important or most interesting information and put it in a scrapbook (on paper or online), in a lapbook (create your own pieces or use premade) or in a power point presentation. My daughter made a poster for her project. She put on pictures and blocks of information. Or, if you want, you could use notebooking pages and add more if you need to (Ancient Maya Notebooking pages – about halfway down the page).
- Read about the Maya.
- Look at this map.
- Here is another map to see where they lived. Look at the map key. Which symbol shows you where the ancient Maya lived?
- Notice the clip art. Here is some more clip art.
- Begin your project. Every day you’ll add in pictures and information that you find important and/or interesting. You need to add information to your project every day.
- Read Genesis 4:1-16.
- What does God say in verses 6 and 7?
- He tells Cain he is only sad and angry because he did wrong. If he had done what is right (offered God the first and best things he had grown), then he wouldn’t be sad and angry. Sin made him sad and angry. (He’s not sad that he sinned against God. He’s pouting. What does God say sin wants to do to Cain? (answer: grab him)
- Cain had to make a choice right there. Would he conquer sin or let sin conquer him? Who won? (answer: sin)
- What are ways you can conquer sin? (some answers: avoid temptation-get away from it, pray and praise, ask for help, decide with all your heart and mind that you always want to obey God’s word, fear God)
- Watch a movie about the respiratory system.
- Make sure diaphragm and bronchial tubes are on your wall body.
- Try and draw a Mayan flower design. You could try the monkey too, though I think it looks like a butterfly.
- Read Genesis 6:5-22.
- Why did God choose to send the flood? (answer: verses 6, 13)
- Why did God choose Noah to be safe? (answer: verses 9, 22)
- Read Genesis 7.
- Noah built that boat for a long time. It just sat there on dry ground. He trusted God and obeyed God even though it seemed like nothing was happening. How long before the flood did Noah know when it was going to come? (answer: 7 days)
- Who was saved? Who was in the ark? (answer: Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives, 2 of every kind of unclean animal, 7 of every clean animal, 7 of every kind of bird)
- How long did the flood last? (answer: 150 days)
- What questions do you have about this story? I wonder what they ate on the ark. What do you wonder?
- Do the lungs wordsearch.
- Play catch. Every time you catch the ball take a step backward. If you don’t have anyone to play catch with, then practice your aim. Pick a spot and keep score as to how many times in a row you can hit it. Keep moving farther away from the target. When you miss, take a step forward.
- Read Genesis 8:1-4, 13-21, Genesis 9:3-4, 11-15. Keep scrolling down to read more.
- Find Mount Ararat. . Enter Genesis 8. Mt. Ararat is marked with a symbol.
- What were the “clean” animals for? (answer: to sacrifice as an offering)
- After the flood what can they now eat? (answer: meat)
- Do you think God told them to be vegetarians before the flood so that Noah’s family wouldn’t kill and eat the animals God was trying to preserve? (Just wondering.)
- What is God’s covenant, promise? What is the sign to remember His promise? (answer: The rainbow is the reminder of God’s promise to never again destroy the world by a flood.)
- Listen to ancient Mayan music.
- What types of instruments do you think you hear in each? strings, flutes or drums?
- Read the beginning and end of chapter 11. Scroll down to read the second part.
- Read Genesis 12:1-8.
- Why did God confuse their language? (hint: Genesis 11:6)
- How is Abram (later he is named Abraham) related to Lot? Can you figure it out? (answer: Abram is Lot’s uncle)
- What did God command Abram? (answer: to leave his home and go to the land where God would show him)
- What did God promise Abram? (answer: that from him would come a great nation and that all the nations of the world would be blessed because of him)
- *Complete the word search.
- Add the bladder to your wall body. You can connect it with a ureter if you like. Label the parts.
- Take a picture of your body in progress. Insert it into a document. Add your name, the date and an explanation. Print it out to add to your portfolio. Get help if you need it.
- Read Genesis 13:8-18.
- What city did Lot choose to live near? (answer: Sodom)
- What was wrong in the city where he chose to live? (answer: The men were evil and sinning against God.)
- Make a clay pot like the Mayans.
- Here is a salt dough recipe (but you can use playdough or whatever kind of clay you like.)
- Here is how they make their pots.
- Here is a little more direction if you need it.
- It’s up to you and what you have available if you want to try and paint yours. You have to let it dry several days first.
- If you can, take a picture of your pot and insert it into a document. Add your name, date and explanation. Then print it. If you can’t, ask someone else to do it for you. Add it to your portfolio.
- Read Genesis 15:1-7, 13-16.
- What does God promise Abram? (answer: That he will have as many children as the stars in the sky. Children here means descendants, meaning his children’s children and his children’s children’s children’s children, etc.)
- What was Abram’s right reaction? (answer: He believed.)
- What does God say is going to happen to Abram’s descendants for 400 years? (answer: They are going to be slaves in a foreign country.)
- Read about Mayan beliefs.
- Listen to the Maya Creation story. (Click on it. It’s the top link.) What beliefs about the creation and early man are similar to what we know is true from the Bible? (answer: creator, animals created and then man, man created in God’s image–able to “see,” flood… Without a written account of the creation, the story was passed down by people telling the story over and over again. It changed as it was passed along and added to in ways that reflected the understanding of those telling the story. Only Moses, who wrote Genesis, heard the real story first hand, directly from God.)
- Finish your project.
- Read Genesis 17:1-17.
- What new names did they receive? (answer: Abraham and Sarah)
- What’s the answer going to be to the questions in verse 17? (answer: Yes! Abraham will have a child when he is 100 and Sarah when she is 90.)
- Click on the most recent date and read the current events. Tell someone what’s happening in the world.
- Finish and present your project.
- Decide how to record this project for your portfolio. Take pictures, print it out, etc. Make sure you include your name, the date and a title or explanation of what it is.
- *Print out pages 240 and 241 and complete them. Keep your papers neat.
- Check your answers when you are done, page 300.
- Add your name and date and give your papers to a parent to add to your portfolio.
- Here is an article about smoking.
- Here are pictures of what smoking can do to you.
- Use these two sites to try and list ten bad things smoking can do to you.
- Add your name and the date to your paper and give it to a parent for your portfolio.
- Read Genesis 18:17-33.
- What is happening in this chapter? What does God plan on doing? What is Abraham doing? (answers: God is planning on destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham is asking him not to if there are righteous people in the city.)
- Will God destroy the righteous with the wicked? (answer: no)
- Read Genesis 19:15-26. This is the next morning. The angels are sent to destroy the city and to get Lot and his family out first.
- What happens to Lot’s wife when she’s doesn’t obey the angel’s directions? (answer: She turns into a salt statue.)
- What lessons can you learn from these chapters? (answer: It’s important to obey the word of the Lord. God listens to prayer and it can make a big difference.)
- Read about the land of the Indus. Click on the different sections and read the information. Also, click on a picture and use the arrows to look at them all.
- *As you learn about the Indus Valley civilization, you can write in this organizer (Indus Valley GO). Just write words that will remind you of what you learned. For instance, if they used boats for travel, under Transportation you would write boats.
- *Print “world 3.” Mark on the map each placed you have learned about so far. Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Mayas, Indus Valley
- Read this definition page on the cerebral cortex.
- Read this definition page of the cerebellum.
- *Print out this brain. (You should probably do this in color, but if you print it in black and white, take black marker and draw the boundaries to the various parts.)
- Label the brain’s parts. (Skip pons and medulla…)
- Cut out the parts of the brain along the divisions and try and put it back together. Let others in your family try.
- Listen to ancient Indian music. What types of instruments do you hear?
- Read Genesis 21:1-7.
- Sarah says that everyone who hears about this will laugh. Did you laugh? Sometimes we don’t stop to think about Bible stories being real stories that happened to real people. Can you image a woman who is A LOT older than your grandmother being pregnant and having a baby after never having a baby her whole life and without doctors and special treatments, etc.? It is pretty crazy! Even with doctors and technology no one has come even close to having a baby as old as Sarah did.
- Read Genesis 22:1-18.
- This is a really important story. Here are some things to remember.
- God does test us. When we are faced with something really hard, it shows what is really in our hearts. If God just gave us perfect lives, we would love Him for selfish reasons. We need to love God for who He really is. He is love; He is kind; He is just; He is powerful; He knows everything; He is in control; He is patient; He is faithful; He is trustworthy…What else do you know about who God is?
- God never asks us to do something He wasn’t willing to do Himself. This is one big example. God did give up His only Son to be killed for us. God never wanted Issac to be killed. He only wanted to see obedience in the heart of Abraham.
- Abraham will be blessed. His children will be blessed. The whole world will be blessed because…? (hint: verse 18) (answer: Abraham obeyed.)
- *Make a brain hat. (You can decide if everyone is going to have his or her own hat or if you will share one.)
- Study your hat.
- Have someone quiz you where you do different things, like speech, and you try and point to that part on your “brain.”
- Read Genesis 24.
- Did you notice that God answered the servant’s prayer before he even prayed?
- Do you find it weird that Isaac and Rebekah get married without knowing each other first? In many parts of the world, a marriage arranged by parents is normal. The two are often given the choice, yes or no, but they may have only been introduced to the person. I have never known anyone to say no (even when the other person is not attractive at all) because they respect the choice of their families.
- Read Genesis 25:19-34.
- What are the names of Isaac’s and Rebekah’s sons? (answer: Esau and Jacob)
- Who was their grandfather? (answer: Abraham)
- What bad thing did Esau do? (answer: He gave up his rights as the first born son.)
- Birth rights are something that were important historically. In many places throughout history the oldest son received all of the father’s land and property. It was of great value to have the rights of the first born. Esau didn’t value it and gave it away for food.
- I want you to notice one more thing. God had it planned from the beginning that Jacob would be the “father of Israel,” not Esau. It didn’t matter that Esau had been born first. Lots and lots of times in the Bible you will see God choose not the first and the “best” (according to the way people see it), but He will more often choose the last and least important to do His work and then they become very important.
- Add the brain and spinal cord and nerves down the empty leg on your wall body.
- Choose a craft.
- Make a neuron
- You can use the image in the link above to help you draw it. You don’t have to use colored paper.
- If you really think your child can’t free form it (it doesn’t have to be perfect), they can color and cut and paste using this picture.)
- Spinal cord — egg carton, thimble, needle and thread, short round noodles optional Cut out egg carton sections (probably needs help with this). Have them string it together. You don’t have to use noodles. It shows how the spinal cord is connected but can bend in every direction.
- Make a neuron
- Read Genesis 28:10-22.
- What did Jacob dream? (answer: He saw a stairway to heaven and angels going up and down them and the Lord at the top of the stairs.)
- What did God promise him? (answer: The promise He gave Abraham that he would have many descendants and they would be given the land he was on and that the world will be blessed through them.)
- What did Jacob promise God? (answer: If God took care of Him on his journey, then he would take Him as his God and give him a tithe, a tenth of everything that he had.)
- Read about their games and toys. Click on each tab and the photos.
- Read about the end of the Indus Valley civilization. Click on each tab and the photos.
- Write some of the things you learned in your organizer.
- Show your organizer to someone and explain to them about what you wrote.
- Read this comic book about the brain. Click on “Start the Adventure.”
- Take the reaction time test. How quick does your brain respond?
- Here’s a brain game for the whole family. Can you figure any out?
- Jump! (but not on a bed!)
- Read Genesis 29:10-35. Jacob has gone to his uncle’s to find a wife.
- At the end of this chapter, how many sons does Leah have? (answer: 4)
- Jesus is born from the family line of the last of Leah’s sons. Who was Jesus’ great, great, great, great, great,…..grandfather? (answer: Judah)
- Rachel eventually has two sons, including Joseph, who you probably know about. Rachel and Leah also give their maids to be like wives to Jacob. They end up having six sons between the two of them. So, how many sons does Jacob have? (answer: 12)
- When the Bible talks about the tribes of Israel, they are the family groups started by each of these sons.
- Read about what they did for us. Click on each tab and the photos.
- Click on the quiz at the bottom of the page.
- Write some of the things you learned in your organizer.
- Show your organizer to someone and explain to them about what you wrote.
- Read about vision in the first part of this chapter.
- Add eyes to your body. Label the pupils.
- Explain to someone what the retina does as well as the eyelids, eyebrows and eyelashes.
- Play splat symphony.
- Read Genesis 31:1-21.
- What does Jacob do? (answer: runs away with his family and belongings)
- What does Rachel do? (answer: steals the household gods)
- Why would they believe a god is powerful if it can be picked up and stolen?
- Play the archaeology game.
- Learn a little more about eye anatomy, or the structure of the eye. Take a look at this diagram and read about some of the parts.
- Do the experiment on page 285. (Move your hand out of your line of sight and then place it down.)
- Write up an experiment worksheet.
- Read Genesis 37:1-11 and 19-36.
- What were Joseph’s dreams? (answer: that grain and stars bowed down to him, meaning his brothers would bow down to him)
- Why were his brothers mad? (answer: They were jealous because Joseph was their father’s favorite.)
- Who wanted to save Joseph? (answer: Reuben)
- Who ended up being Joseph’s owner? (answer: Potiphar, pharaoh’s official)
- Write a newspaper. Work on a computer you can print from. You could give this to a parent to add to your portfolio.
- Either write a fact from what you’ve learned in each section, or write as someone from that time period. You don’t have to write lots, but be informative!
- Make a seal like those in the Indus Valley.
- Cut a potato in half. Carve markings into the flat side.
- Use ink and stamp your potato into it and onto paper.
Day 49 (Materials for science: small paper cup, toothpick, 2 feet of string–if you don’t have a cup, make a cone out of paper)
- Read Genesis 39.
- What did God do for Joseph? (answer: He blessed everything Joseph did.)
- What was his job? (answer: He was in charge of everything in Potiphar’s home. )
- Potiphar’s wife wanted Joseph to act like a husband toward her. Joseph refuses, but he makes the mistake of being alone with her. What happens to Joseph because of her lie? (answer: He is thrown in jail.)
- Read Genesis 40.
- Who was sent to jail? (answer: the royal cupbearer and the baker)
- They both had dreams. What did Joseph do? (answer: Joseph told them what their dreams meant, and he was right.)
- *Read an article and fill in this chart.
- Gather your family and using your organizer, tell them all about the Indus Valley civilization.
- You can finish your game from yesterday if you haven’t finished it yet.
- Watch The Case of the Barking Dogs. This is an hour. Decide as a family if you are going to watch or not.
- If you don’t watch it, you could try this experiment and try the quiz.
- Figure out an estimate of how many calories you used yesterday being active. An estimate means a good guess. You don’t need to know the exact amount of time you spent doing things. If you didn’t do any of those things, how about sitting and reading, talking, sleeping, eating, chores? Use the calorie counter sheet that is closest to your weight (60 or 90 lbs): Calories burned 60 or Calories burned 90
- Remember your body uses calories just breathing, but the more you do the more energy (calories) you need.
- Read Genesis 41:1-16, 25-27.
- What was Pharoah’s dream and what did it mean? (answer: Seven fat cows and seven heads of grain mean there will be seven years of lots of food and wealth. Seven skinny cows and seven bad heads of grain that eat the good ones mean that seven years when there won’t be enough will come and “eat up” anything extra from the years when there was plenty.)
- *Print page 10 (210) and complete it.
- Read the first part of the chapter through smell. Stop at tasting.
- Add a nose to your wall body.
- Listen to ancient lyre music. (Press play on the music player in the left side menu) While it is playing, you can scroll down and look at the images. What type of instrument is the lyre? (answer: string)
- Read Genesis 41:41-57.
- What did Joseph do to prepare for the famine? (answer: He stored up grain.)
- What did he do once the Egyptians felt the famine and asked Pharaoh for food? (answer: He sold them grain.)
- Read the about the legend of the Trojan horse.
- Complete the Trojan horse piece.
- Read chapter 42:1-26.
- Who came to Egypt? (answer: all of Joseph’s brothers except Benjamin)
- What does Joseph accuse them of? (answer: spying)
- What happened to make Joseph remember his dream? (answer: They bowed down to them.)
- Read about Homer’s Odyssey.
- Complete the Homer lapbook piece.
- Read about internal senses and stop right before Infrared Vision.
- Here this video about a kid who uses echolocation. Also, here’s a short article about him if you would like to read it. I was trying to find one I had seen before about a blind boy who could play soccer on a team using this technique.
- Try walking around the house blindfolded. Listen for sound clues to guide you.
- Try this challenge. You will see different pieces of Greek art and learn what part they played in the home.
- Read Genesis 43:11-32. Israel has finally agreed to let them go back to Egypt to buy more grain after they had already eaten all the grain they had brought. He took so long to agree because he was worried about Benjamin who had to travel with them this time.
- Now instead of favoring Joseph because he was Rachel’s son, he favors Benjamin because he was Rachel’s son. Israel/Jacob even left Simeon in prison all this time while they used up all of the grain instead of sending the brothers back right away to get him out of prison. All because he valued Benjamin more than Simeon. But the brothers act differently toward Benjamin. They are no longer jealous. They understand and are treating him as more important, saying they will place his life above theirs.
- Read Genesis 44:1-11, 18-19, 33-34.
- What happened? What did Joseph sneak into Benjamin’s? (answer: silver cup to make it look like he stole it)
- He is testing them to see how they will treat his mother’s son, Benjamin. He sees they have changed their hearts and do not treat Benjamin the way they treated him.
- Who offers to be a slave instead of Benjamin? (answer: Judah)
- Read about the Greek gods and heroes.
- Complete the lapbook piece. This is a big one. Here is how you make it. (You can find a note in the article for you to “try these other sites with photo directions” if you need them.) You will be using four pages from Zeus and Helena through the gods and godesses.
- Do the writing assignment on the last page of the chapter. Be creative.
- Try one of the experiments on the last two pages of the chapter.
- Follow the directions in the video. EXCEPT DON’T SCREAM!
- Play it again.
- Read Genesis 45:1-10.
- The brothers sold him but who does Joseph say “sent” him? (answer: God)
- Some people say God only does the “good” stuff. He doesn’t send the bad stuff in our lives. But here Joseph is saying that God was in control of all the “bad” that happened to him, but when God is control He works it all out so it ends up being for your good.
- Read about Athens.
- Complete the Parthenon lapbook piece.
- Let’s go back for a minute. Reread this chapter and add the liver, pancreas and gallbladder to your wall body. I don’t think we did before!
- Listen to cithara music. Click on the music notes.
- While you listen, draw a picture of a cithara and place it in your binder.
- What type of instrument is this? (answer: string)
- Read Genesis 46:2-4.
- What promises did God give Jacob? (answer: that He would be in Egypt with them and that He would bring them out again)
- Read Genesis 47:1-6.
- Where did the Israelites settle? (answer: the part of Egypt called Goshen)
- Read about Sparta.
- Complete the Sparta/Athens lapbook piece.
- Put all the parts in the body.
- Read Genesis 50:15-26.
- What were Joseph’s brothers afraid of? (answer: that Joseph would do something to get back at them)
- Joseph tells the brothers that God had used his coming to Egypt for good and saved many lives. How did God save many lives through Joseph’s being sold as a slave? (answer: because he was in Egypt he was able to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream and store up food to give the people during the famine to keep them from starving)
- Read about the Olympic games. Follow the directions and just use the reading on the site. (Parents: Some may want to guard against students looking at the artifact from the Olympics.)
- Do the ancient Greece olympic events piece.
- Start reading about cells. Read through page 288. Stop at Organelles.
- There are lots of big words in there! Write what is the same and what is different about the two types of cells. Write what’s the same in the box and what’s different on the two sides of the line. *Print out this sheet to use (prokaryotic eukaryotic).
- Read Exodus 1:8-13, 22.
- Did you notice we started a new book? Exodus. EX in the beginning of a word means out like EXit. In Exodus the Israelites are going to come out of Egypt. The main character of the story now is going to be Moses. This is where his story is going to begin.
- What did the new Pharaoh do to the Hebrews? (answer: He made them slaves and ordered that all the boy babies be killed.)
- A long time passes…
- Read Exodus 2:1-10.
- Moses’ mother hides him by the river. Now she must have hid it near Pharaoh’s palace because Pharaoh’s daughter finds him and feels bad for him and wants to take care of him. And one of my favorite things in the whole Bible, Pharaoh’s daughter hires Moses’ own mother to take care of him.
- Read about the Olympics in the lapbook, pages 12-15.
- Complete the famous Olympians lapbook piece.
- Read Exodus 2:11-15.
- Moses sees the Israelites being treated wrongly. He tries to save one himself. How did he do it? (answer: by killing the Egyptian)
- He made things worse instead of better. God is going to use Moses to save, or deliver, the Israelites from the Egyptians but it’s not going to be by the power of man.
- Moses ends up living with the Midianites and marries one of them.
- This is happening about 40 years later. Read Exodus 3:1-10.
- We’ll read more about this day.
- *Print the last three pages and complete them.
- Reread the chapter as needed.
- Play the household hazard game. Read the directions or you won’t know what to do. There is one hazard to find in each room. Walk up to it and press space bar.
- Read Exodus 3:7-22.
- Tell someone what God’s plan is. What are all of the instructions to Moses?
- Read about the arts and theater.
- Do the columns lapbook piece.
- Draw, paint or sculpt the three types of Greek columns.
- You should have read about these in your history lesson today.
- Read Exodus 4:1-17.
- Moses is worried that the Israelites won’t believe him and he’s worried that he won’t be able to speak well. What does God do to help him? (answer: He gives him miracles to perform including a staff that turns into a snake and he sends his brother Aaron to speak for him.)
- Read about city states.
- Assemble the city states lapbook piece. There are no pictures to cut and glue on. Assemble the piece and draw little mini pictures to go along with the words.
- Read Exodus 5:1-9, 22-23.
- What was Pharaoh’s response when Moses and Aaron asked him to let them go for a few days? (answer: He said no and increased their work.)
- Moses is upset because God sent him to deliver his people from the Egyptians but instead he made things worse! He doesn’t know what’s about to happen.
- Complete the famous Greeks piece.
- Use the lapbook for info, page 8.
- If this tells you you need to install Flash, try clicking on “Instruments of the Orchestra” over on the left.
- Learn about different types of wind instruments. Click on woodwinds and then each type of instrument.
- Make sure you click on “Hear it play” and the arrow to learn about more instruments.
- Read Exodus 7:14-24.
- What was the first plague God sent to change Pharaoh’s mind? (answer: turn the Nile into blood)
- Notice that Pharaoh’s magicians that practice evil magic could also turn water into blood. Notice that God allowed them only to make the plague worse! They couldn’t make it better! If they truly had power like God’s, they could have turned it back into water. Only God could end the plague.
- Complete this interactive. Go to all of the places along the bottom.
Day 65 (Materials for science: lots of options, see below, or simply you could use a paper plate and random small objects from around the house–if you have an older child, they could work together on one project)
- There is a plague of frogs and a plague of gnats all over Egypt. Pharaoh’s magicians can make more frogs, but they can’t make the dust turn into gnats like God did. The Israelites suffered through these first plagues it seemed. I’m sure after those plagues the Israelites had changed their minds about Moses and believed that God was using him to rescue them from the Egyptians.
- Read Exodus 8:20-30.
- What did God do differently this time to show that He was in control over the land? (answer: He kept the plague of flies from Goshen, which is where the Israelites lived.)
- Click on world news under the most recent date.
- Tell someone what you read about and learned.
- Read about cells and look at the drawing of a cell.
- Make a model of a cell. Here is some inspiration. one two three four five
- You could simply get a plate and put on things like the crayon picture.
- You don’t need the labels. Tell where the membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, ribosomes, ER and mitochondria are.
Are you finished with all of your work? If so, then you can play this game. Click on arcade to begin. Use the right and left arrows and space bar to choose the queen, to jump and catch the balloons, to choose the color word on the right or left, to stop the blocks exactly on top of each other, and to swap two letters (it says “replace” but think swap or switch.)
- Read Exodus 9:1-7.
- What plague did God send? (answer: He killed the farm animals of the Egyptians.)
- How did God show that He was the God of the Hebrews? (answer: None of the animals belonging to the Hebrews, Israelites, died.)
- In the rest of the chapter God sends a plague of boils, which are sores on your body, and a plague of hail.
- Read through the timeline of Ancient Greece. You need to choose it from the menu and then choose “About Ancient Greece” and click on each item on the timeline.
- Then click on Ancient Greece in the menu again and this time choose Design a Greek Pot and design one!
- Read this chapter.
- *Print out pages 315-317 (pages 13-15 of the pdf).
- Complete page 315 today.
- When you are done, you can check your answers on page 382.
- Learn about different types of string instruments. Click on strings and then each type of instrument.
- Make sure you click on “Hear it play” and the arrow to learn about more instruments.
- Next came a plague of locusts. Then…
- Read Exodus 10:21-29.
- What plague is God going to send next? (answer: darkness)
- How will God treat the Hebrews differently from the Egyptians? (answer: They will have light.)
- What does Moses agree with at the end of the chapter? (answer: Pharaoh will never see his face again.)
- At the bottom of the page click on the Greek theater activity.
- Then click on the arts quiz.
- Read Exodus 12:1-16.
- What was the last plague? (answer: The first born of all the Egyptians died.)
- When death passed over the Israelites because of the lamb’s blood, that night we call the Passover. Death passed over them. Jesus died during the Jewish holiday of Passover. His last meal was the Passover supper and then he was killed. That’s why we call Jesus the Lamb of God. He was our Passover lamb. His blood covers us and makes it so death can pass over us and not touch us. Many things in the Old Testament reflect what is going to happen in the New Testament. Sometimes they seem so different, but they really are a perfect match!
- Look again at this chapter. Use the information to complete pages 316 and 317.
- When you are done, you can check your answers on page 382.
- Learn about primary and secondary colors. Make sure you watch, find and create.
- Read Exodus 14:5-28.
- What happened? (answer: Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army after the Israelites. God made a way for them to escape by walking on dry land through the sea, but the water crashed down on the Egyptian army.)
- At the bottom of the page click on Mylitene.
- Tell the story to someone.
- Read this chapter on bacteria cells.
- *Print and complete pages 324-326 (pages 8-10 of the pdf).
- Check your answers (p. 390) when you are done. Make sure you know the right answers.
- Read Exodus 15:19-27.
- What test does the Lord give the Israelites? (answer: He tells them to obey Him.)
- *Print pages 8-9 of this pdf. Get a large pan or a serving tray. Gather objects to represent each of the cell parts on the list. For example: ER could be a toy car because it transports things. Mitochondria could be candy because it gives energy. Choose an object for each one and put on a show and tell for your family. Show them each item and tell them what part of the cell it represents and why.
- See how long you can balance on one foot. Then see how long you can balance on the other foot. Then try to beat your record. STOP WATCH FOR TIMING
(Optional Reading: The Story of Mankind pp. 88-137)
(Optional Reading: Titus, Comrade of the Cross) This is just 100 pages.
These are both for reading aloud. They are too hard for younger kids. The second one there takes place during Jesus’ life and death.)
- Read Exodus 16:1-4, 11-23.
- When the Israelites were hungry, what did they do? (answer: They grumbled, again.)
- What did God provide for them? (answer: quail meat in the evening and bread in the morning)
- This type of bread the Israelites named manna, and they ate it every day for forty years until they came to the land God promised them.
- Click on a square, the lower the number, the easier the question. If you are playing with a younger sibling, give them the easier questions!
- Answer the question out loud.
- Then click on Answer. Click on Adjust Score.
- Click on correct or wrong, depending on your answer. Your points go up or down the number on the square you chose.
- Click on HOME to go back to the game board.
- Read the first three pages of this chapter on the immune system, pages 339-341.
- *Print out and compete the word search. (You can print the last three pages and hold onto them.)
- Look at and read about instruments of ancient Rome.
- Read Exodus 17:1-13.
- How were they testing the Lord? (answer: They questioned, “Is the Lord among us or not?” They questioned if God had abandoned them and stopped taking care of them.)
- What did Moses have to do for the Israelites to win against the Amalekites? (answer: He had to keep up his arms and his staff.)
- Look at these maps of Italy.
- Where is Italy? Where is it compared to Greece? Egypt?
- Find Rome on the Italy map.
- Next we are going to study about the Romans.
- Now take a look at this map of the Roman Empire. See how much land they controlled when they were at their peak? All of those colored in places were part of their Empire. Notice how they controlled all the way around the Mediterranean Sea. Controlling water was very important. The orange color shows the Roman Empire in 44 BC. Then it expands to include the green territory and then the red by 180 AD
- Finish reading the chapter.
- Complete the matching exercise.
- Answers can be checked here. There is a mistake in the answers. Numbers 4 and 6 should be switched.
- Read Exodus 19:16-25.
- What is this talking about? Moses is talking to God on Mount Sinai (sigh-nigh). Only Aaron is allowed to come too. Every one else must be set apart as holy–they had to clean their clothes and make sure they didn’t do anything wrong just so that they could stand near the mountain. Anyone who touched the mountain would die. We’ll read more about this later, how God is holy and people cannot just go into His presence. That’s the most powerful thing that Jesus did. His death and resurrection makes it so that we can be made holy and can go into God’s presence. On the mountain God is going to give the law to Moses, the Ten Commandments.
- Read about the city of Rome.
- Click on each of the tabs with questions and do the readings.
- Click on all of the pictures and watch the videos. The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them.
- Then click on the quiz button at the bottom and take the quiz.
- Write a sentence about Augustus. Type it in a document and save it. Call it Romans and save it in the folder with your name on it. We are going to add to this.
- Watch the movie on the immune system.
- Complete the compare and contrast worksheet from the chapter. (If you need a reminder about red blood cells, you can look again at chapter 26, particularly page 258, page 5 in the pdf.)
- Answers can be checked here.
- Look at Roman mosaics. Click on the arrow to look through all of them.
- Experiment with making a Roman mosaic online. (Next week we’ll do it with paper. Use the online one to try out your ideas.)
- Follow the directions to copy the letter code in the box at the bottom. Paste it into a document and save it as mosaic in the folder with your name on it.
Day 74** (Materials for science: Q-tips, raw meat, beef bouillon, unflavored gelatin, sealable plastic baggies, antibacterial soaps, lotions, etc., it says 4 foil muffin cups–I don’t know if that’s really necessary — If you can’t get these, there is an alternative activity.)
Bible* (M is using this too.)
- Read Exodus 20:1-12.
- *What are the Ten Commandments? Fill in the worksheet . You will finish it tomorrow.
- Read about rebellion.
- Click on all of the question tabs and do the readings.
- Click on the pictures and look at them and the videos. The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them.
- Then take the quiz at the bottom of the page.
- Write one sentence about the Britons fighting and surrendering and living under Roman rule.
- *Do the day three activity. If you don’t have the supplies, do the day two activity.
- Read Exodus 20:13-24.
- Finish your worksheet from Day 74.
- Read about the Roman army.
- Click on all of the question tabs, pictures and videos. The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them.
- Take the quiz at the bottom of the page.
- Write a sentence about the Roman army on your Roman document.
- Watch a model of how a flu cell attacks the body.
- Watch disease spread. Read the directions below.
- Do you see the red dots? Look at the key. A red dot is person with the sickness.
- Click on Step a few times. What happens? Look at the key.
- Click on Run. Does the person get better without infecting anyone else? When the person turns gray, that means he is now immune to that sickness.
- Now play with it. Change the settings. Make the population mix (they can travel and take their diseases to new people for instance). Click on Run.
- You can also change the other settings.
- What observations can you make?
- What comes next is the Law. We are not going to read the whole law given to the Israelites. There are more than 600 laws. They cover all sorts of things. Things like, “If your cow wanders away and falls into a hole on someone else’s land…” and tells you what should happen to be fair.
- Read Exodus 23:20-33.
- What are the Israelites told not to do? ( hint: verse 24)
- What are they promised if they obey and worship God? (hint: verse 25)
- What do verses 32 and 33 say they shouldn’t do? What happens if they do?
- Read about Roman roads and places. Click on all the different things. This is a British website, so it focuses on the Roman’s rule in Britain. (The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them)
- Read a little bit more.
- Write “All roads lead to Rome” in your Roman document. Add any other information that you find important or interesting.
- Read again about these words: Immune System, White Blood Cells, Lymph, Lymph Node
- Write, draw or act out how your immune system defends your body against a virus.
- Listen to this music.
- Which instruments do you hear?
- *Print out this page and mark which instruments you think you hear. You can give this to a parent to put in your portfolio. Your parent can label it as instruments used in Synaulia II, ancient Roman music.
Are you finished with all of your work? Play Roman Day of Valor.
- Read Exodus 24. Be on the lookout for strange and unusual things.
- What did you notice that was strange and unusual? (answer: What I saw that seemed strange and unusual is that they saw God, at least his feet. Also, they put blood on everybody.)
- What do the Israelites promise to do? (hint: verse 7)
- Read about Roman technology.
- Construct an aqueduct.
- Add information to your Roman document, whatever you find important or interesting.
- Read the review on page 11.
- Do the writing activity on page 14.
- *Print pages 12 and 13.
- Complete the two test pages the best you can and as neatly as you can.
- When you are done, check your answers on page 15.
- Give the pages to your mom to add to your portfolio.
- Up on the mountain God gives Moses instructions for building him a place to live among the Israelites. It’s called a tabernacle. There are six chapters on instructions for how to build it, what to put inside it (for offering sacrifices and for honoring God’s presence) and for who can approach it and how. Here are a few pictures from a mini museum of what the tabernacle was like.
- Read Exodus 32:1-8 and 31-35.
- What sin did the Israelites commit? (answer: They built an idol, a statue to worship as god.)
- How did God punish them? (answer: He sent a plague.)
- Read about Roman family life. Click on everything. (The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them.)
- Then click on the quiz at the bottom of the page.
- Add information to your Roman document, whatever you find important or interesting.
- Here’s a little DNA activity. Print pages 6-12. Follow the directions.
- Make a paper mosaic.
- Cut out little paper squares. Arrange them on paper in a shape or pattern and glue them down.
- Give this to a parent to put in your portfolio. (Or, if you like your online one better, you could print it out.)
- Read Exodus 34:1-14, 29-32.
- Who wrote the Ten Commandments on the tablets? (hint: verse 1)
- What are some of the ways that God describes Himself? (hint: verses 6 and 7)
- Learn about Roman houses. If it’s too much to read, you can at least study the pictures to see what it was like. Click on each of the colored letters.
- Add information to your Roman document, whatever you find important or interesting.
- Human body review book.
- Is there anything else you’d like to add to your wall body?
- Read Leviticus 6.
- Did you notice? We moved into new book. The rest of Exodus repeated all of the directions for the tabernacle while the people built it. God was very specific in how it should be done, what colors, what sizes. The tabernacle, the arc and the mercy seat were where God dwelled among the Israelites. And just like when God’s presence was on the mountain, anyone not invited and not made holy could not go into the tabernacle or they would die. That’s what Jesus did for us. He makes us holy so that we can be in God’s presence. That doesn’t mean we get to sin and still be with God. It means that we can can be holy through repentance and through the forgiveness we are offered because Jesus took our punishment for us by dying on the cross.
- In Leviticus we read about many more of the laws. In this chapter it talks about some of the offerings they are required to make. When someone sinned, something had to be sacrificed, an animal was killed, so that the sin could be forgiven. In the New Testament we read, “The wages of sin is death.” Death is payment sin requires. That’s what Jesus did for us. He made the payment. We don’t sacrifice animals anymore because Jesus was the final sacrifice, great enough for all of us.
- When an offering was made, sometimes for sin, sometimes to say thank you, sometimes to celebrate a holiday, part of the animal was burnt (all the fat–God was keeping them healthy!) and part of the animal was given to the priest for him and his family to eat, and the rest the person making the offering got to keep/eat. There are very specific rules for all of it, which of course, the Israelites will soon break!
- Read about Roman entertainment.
- Take the quiz after you read. The link to click is at the bottom.
- Add information to your Roman document, whatever you find important or interesting.
- *Play Body Bingo. Print out pages 2-4 with copies of the board and pieces (pages 2 and 3) for each player. The players need to glue the parts onto their page randomly. The caller uses the 4th page to call out body parts.
- IF YOU DON’T WANT TO CUT AND PASTE or IF PAGE 3 ISN’T WORKING, print out page 2 for each person. Read through the body parts that will be used (in random order) and have them write or draw the body parts on their page. Then you can play bingo.
- Another suggestion for troubles with page three is to download the pdf to your computer and then print it instead of trying to print from your browser.
- Read about eating right.
- The next few chapters are about the different types of sacrifices and Aaron and his sons making the sacrifices and offerings to God. Remember, there are specific rules for what they are supposed to do. If they feared and honored God, they would follow all of the rules. Then this happens…
- Read Leviticus 10:1-3.
- Read Leviticus 11:1-3. These are the rules God set for the Israelites for what they could eat.
- What does the New Testament say about these dietary laws? Mark 7:18-19 Acts 10:9-16
- The second one shows that the disciples didn’t just give up their diet that they had been trained on since youth. The second one, the vision, was used by God to teach Peter that God could “clean” a non-Jew. Just after this Peter goes to the home of a non-Jew, a Gentile, and preaches the gospel. Before, he wouldn’t have even gone into the home of a Gentile because it was “unclean.” But both of these show that the power of God is not found in food. Eating certain foods doesn’t make us “unclean”, unholy. Sin is what makes us unholy.
- Read about Roman religion. Click on everything. (The videos weren’t loading, but you can see the pictures and read about them.)
- Take the quiz.
- Listen to a couple of the samples of ancient Roman music. What types of instruments do you hear?
- What we skipped was a long list of rules for the Israelites to live by.
- Read Leviticus 23.
- This is a list of holidays the Israelites are to remember each year. You remember Passover, right? The Day of Atonement is when the Israelites’ sins are forgiven when a sacrifice is made on their behalf. They are to live in little huts for a week during the festival of booths.
- Read about the Roman Senate.
- Add any important or interesting information to your Roman document.
- Read Leviticus 25:11-28.
- What does God say in verse 23? (answer: He says that the land they live on is really His. He says they are just renting the land. They shouldn’t act like they own it.)
- What do you have that you don’t really own, that really belongs to God? Ask your parents about it.
- Read about the fall of Rome , how it ended.
- Add important and interesting information to your document.
- Read about each body system.
- Look at and read about Roman Art.
- Read Leviticus 26:1-17.
- What are some of the blessings promised to them when they obey?
- What are some the punishments promised them when they disobey?
- Play Dig It Up — The Romans.
- Look at pictures of bacteria under a microscope. You can click through lots of pages.
- What do you think are the most amazing things about the human body?
- Read Numbers 11:1-23, 31-34.
- What did the Israelites do wrong? (answer: They complained.)
- How did God punish them? (answer: God sent a fire and a plague.)
- Read about Roman theater.
- To conclude this portion of our Roman studies, you are going to put on a play.
- You can write a short play, or you can write a story for a narrator to read while the actors pantomime.
- Today choose what your play is going to be about. You aren’t going to use all of your information. Try and include several things though. Decide and write down the idea for your play. Here are some examples: An emperor leading the army on an invasion, the Senate debating taxes, a family. Write what is going to happen in your play. Plan the beginning, middle and end. You don’t have to write it today. Just make sure you know what your plan is.
- You can do your own or work with your brothers and sisters. You will probably need each other to be actors in each other’s plays.
- Play a body systems review game.
- Walk around your house and outside of your home. Make a list of all of the plants you see and a list of what things you see that you think need plants. You can use this sheet (plants intro) to record your observations. Hold onto your sheet.
- Play the freeze game. Have someone play music. You jump and dance to it until they turn it off. Then freeze. When they turn the music back on, go back to jumping and dancing. Keep going until the song is done.
Day 86 (We are starting our study of plants. You are going to need dirt and seeds. I have always found beans the easiest to grow. Just buy the beans you eat. They work. They are seeds! But I would recommend choosing younger rather than older ones.)
- Did you notice we are in a new book now? It’s called Numbers. Can you guess why? Yep, there are a lot of numbers in the book. They count up everyone by family and keep records of everything. This is all significant as a record of history, but it’s not terribly exciting.
- Read Numbers 12.
- Remember that Aaron, Moses and Miriam are brothers and sister. How are Aaron and Miriam feeling? (answer: sounds like they were prideful and jealous)
- What happened to Miriam? (answer: She got leprosy.)
- What was special about Moses? (answer: He was more humble than everyone and God spoke to him plainly face to face.)
- Work on writing your play.
- Read the introduction to the Great Plant Escape. Click next and read the Case Brief. Click next and click on Plant Structures, the first one. Click on the words that are underlined and read the explanation.
- Go to the dictionary and click on the little speaker next to the big word, herbaceous.
- Take a look at some different types of stems.
- Take your sheet from Day 85. Label each plant you listed as H or W.
- Are there any more plants around you that you recognize now that you can add to your list?
- Explain to someone the difference between the two types of plants.
- Learn about different types of percussion. Click on percussion and then each type of instrument.
- Make sure you click on “Hear it play” and the arrow to learn about more instruments.
- The Israelites have reached part of the land that God promised them. Moses sends spies into the land to see what’s there.
- Read Numbers 13:17-33.
- Who wasn’t afraid of the people in the land and they should go take the land? (answer: Caleb)
- Why is everyone else afraid? (answer: They say the people there are so big and their cities have walls around them.)
- Stand up. Look down at your feet and picture a grasshopper. The Israelites said that’s what they felt like next to the people who lived there. There were giants living there, like Goliath was a giant, but saying they were like grasshoppers next to them was definitely an exaggeration.
- Dress a Roman soldier.
- Work on writing your play. Try and finish today.
- Read about plant parts. Click next and next…the last one is fruit. STOP after you read about FRUIT.
- You don’t need to know all of those blue words in there. Just understand the basic parts of a plant. I bet you do. Try the next activity.
- Label the parts of a flower. Click on Labels. Drag the labels to the right boxes. You only need to do the Labels. We’ll come back and do the other parts soon.
- This is a bit of a long one today. Be patient to read it. Read Numbers 14:1-10, 26-45. This starts right after the Israelites hear that there are giants living in the land they are supposed to go and conquer and live in.
- What are they saying? (answer: They want a new leader. They don’t want to fight.)
- What do they want to do to Joshua and Caleb? (answer: They want to kill them.)
- What’s their punishment? (answer: They can’t enter the promised land. Anyone 20 years old and up will have to die in the desert. The Israelites will wander in the desert for 40 years instead of entering into the promised land.)
- When they realize they are going to be punished, they say, “Oh, we’ll obey now,” and they go up to fight, but that wasn’t what they were supposed to do. It was too late. They had gotten beaten in the battle.
- Today for art and for history make masks and costumes for your play. Make sure the costumes are simple and are things you can hold onto until tomorrow.
- Look at these Roman theater masks. Click on older to see more. You can make yours out of paper plates.
- Read Numbers 16:1-7, 28-35, 41-50.
- These men were sons of Levi. That means they were Levites. They were the tribe chosen to care for the tabernacle and all related duties. Only specially chosen ones could be priests and enter the tabernacle to offer sacrifices and be in God’s presence. They thought they were just as good as Aaron. They said, “The Lord is with us too, so we can present an offering to the Lord too.”
- They are all killed.
- Do you have any guess why the Israelites didn’t fear God after those men were killed? We know they didn’t because they complained that Moses and Aaron had killed the Levites when God was the one who had done it.
- Then God punishes the Israelites and sends a plague. Thousands die until Aaron makes a sacrifice that they can be forgiven.
- These stories should teach you the fear of the Lord. He is holy and all powerful and we can’t treat Him any way we please.
- Put on your play.
- Today you are going to start a photosynthesis experiment.
- *Print out an experiment worksheet.
- Fill in the question. What happens if a plant leaf doesn’t get sunlight?
- Fill in your hypothesis, your guess as to what the answer is.
- Read the experiment. If you don’t want to know what happens, don’t scroll all the way down. Just read how to set it up.
- List your materials and procedure.
- Set up the experiment. Save your worksheet to finish next week. (If you can’t do the experiment, you can look at the picture of the result on the page where you read the experiment instructions.)
- Read Numbers 17.
- What does God do to teach the Israelites who He has chosen so that they will stop complaining about their leaders? (answer: He has the leader of each tribe write his name on a staff and place it in the tabernacle. In the morning Aaron’s staff had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. His staff was placed in the tabernacle as a reminder to everyone.)
- Click on the most recent date and read the current events.
- We’re actually not quite finished with the Romans. We’re going to look at them from another perspective next.
- Learn about the parts of a plant.
- Draw and label a plant.
- Watch this animation of photosynthesis. Click on The Cycle. Explain what is happening.
- Play mission nutrition.
Continued on Days 91-180 (1-L)