It’s after noon, and I’m still in my pajamas. So much for Fly Lady’s number one mantra. BUT I feel like I have been at least somewhat productive this morning (especially compared to my typical Monday slump). So there, Fly Lady.
I’m working on my lesson plans for a class I’m teaching this fall: 3-5th grade science. I’m using a curriculum called NOEO. It includes a bunch of Usborne books that I really, really like so far–The Complete Book of the Microscope, Mysteries and Marvels of Nature, the Science Encyclopedia. I’m pretty stoked about my ideas for the class, and they’re coming together nicely. Here’s what it’s looking like (for the first week):
September 13: Introduction to Biology: new Science Sleuthers’ induction into the Science Club, fingerprinting (growing bacteria cultures), and detective tools training (microscope use).
Mission: (homework, to be completed by the next class period):
Background check: read Complete Book of the Microscope (CBM) pp 5-6 and 80-84. As you read, make a list (from the 2nd reading) of the 4 fellow science club members (you do not need to include Nicolas Hartsoeker) who worked with the microscope and one fact about each. Put the list in your Sleuth Notebook.
Code words: define biology, life, and cell (use a dictionary, what you learned in class, and/or the Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope [CBM] glossary to write out definitions in your Sleuth notebook)
Read Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-4, John 14:6, and Acts 17:25, 28. Think about what the Bible’s definition of life is. Pick one of these passages and memorize it by September 27.
Detective work (learning to think like a science sleuth):
Make a list of things that are alive. Your list must contain at least 10 items.
Now pick one thing you can see with your eyes that is alive and draw it (it does not have to be from your list). Look at a small portion of the same object under the microscope, and draw what you see. Label both of your drawings. What did you see with the microscope that you had never seen before? Remember, good detectives always look both at the big picture AND the smallest details!
I ate lunch!
I’m out of chocolate.
It looks like rain (told you). I can see it now: at exactly 3:24 (ETA at the pool), it will be downpouring.
My hands smell like raw fish. Yuck.
My menu plan for the week includes:
Salmon, sweet potatoes, and broccoli slaw
Leftover bbcue chicken (the new sauce recipe turned out great!), potatoes, green beans
Hamburgers, sweet potato salad
We’ll see if I can stick with it.
Found a coupon for a free Krispy Creme lemon pie donut in the Sunday paper. Guess where we’ll be headed tonight after dinner?
Talked to my brother who is living the high life in the wilds of western PA catching, cooking, and eating snapping turtles. With adventures like that, who needs internet access and cell service?
We’re working on a few major house projects right now–like replacing all our windows, replacing our (completely non functional) garage door, and modifying the angle where our driveway meets the street. Tricky stuff, yo.
I’m re-reading The Hobbit and particularly enjoying Tolkein’s gift for word choice and combination. Later this week I’m hoping to get to the library to look for a few of the books recommended in World Magazine’s recent Book Issue. I’m especially hoping to find some of Brett Lott’s work.
My hands still smell like raw fish. Guess I’ll go wash them. Again. For the 5th time. Maybe I should try a stronger soap? At least the candle I lit to purge the kitchen of the odious odor did the trick…