Model Wright Flyer

I9 did a Beyond FIAR unit on Neil Armstrong in the fall and ever since then he has been enjoying all things flight. I suppose I should blog about that unit…I’ll see what I can gather. It was a lot of exploring and projects with a lot of reading and not a lot in the way of formal lessons and assignments. He did a lot of journal writing as well. For Christmas we purchased a lot of fun flight oriented items such as a model rocket (Dan has been dying to do this with the kids for years now) and this model of the Wright Brothers flyer. I found it at Rainbow Resource and it turned out to be a really great build. The plus is that it actually flies!

Dan and I9 built it together one afternoon over the Christmas break. Dan is pretty picky when it comes to models, but thankfully the model held up to his engineering standards and they had a nice time!

From his sewing kit, I9 used black thread and they put on the wires that make the wing more stable. Pretty authentic, huh?

It’s been flown a few times, but still needs some tweaking. We finally have some snow on the ground (we are 13 inches down so far this season) and I’m not sure when we’ll fly it again. However, it’s still winter break on campus. What do you say Dan?

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Neil Armstrong Chapters 6-8

Today we did some experiments to learn about conduction, convection, and radiation. E9 made some hyptheses based on his prior knowledge and then we did the experiments and made some observations.

E9 had to write several paragraphs about what would have happened if Neil and his friends had gone camping without permission. This gave us a chance to review the main idea and supporting details of a paragraph. We read all about paragraphs while searching about conjunctions. Now I just know I learned somewhere NOT to start a sentence with a conjunction. BUT do you think we found that?….Nooooooo. So how’s a teacher going to tell a young boy not to start every sentence with “or’? Sigh.

A glimpse of E9’s art work and his study of campfires. He was able to ask Survivorman- yes THE Survivorman which kind of fire was his favorite to make.

This is a drawing of a scene from chapter 7 where the boys are gathering firewood and making breakfast- notice we’ve been working on perspective. At first his trees were just as short as the kids.

No camping trip would be complete without a look at the stars. E9 chose a constellation to recreate. Can you guess which one it is?

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Neil Armstrong

The Notebook!

Week 1

  • Monday- read chapter 1, timeline update/story time frame 1936, LA- dialogue punctuation
  • Tuesday- eardrum/ear anatomy, Aluminum and alloys
  • Wednesday- LA- numerical prefixes, read chapter 2, Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers, intro to England
  • Thursday- King Edward VIII- decision to leave the throne, how do airplanes fly
  • Friday- book covers (design one to go with his book- yes we are still working on those!)

I haven’t sat down to really plan out the whole book yet so this week we’ll be doing the first two chapters. Next we’ll probably do three. I mainly need to determine how long E9 will spend on this book. Stay tune for more details and notebook updates. His timeline especially needs some attention.

Numerical prefixes and a quote from Neil Armstrong. I found the copywork pages at Homeschool Share. I think E9’s cursive is improving.

Airplanes are made of an alloy with aluminum. He had to figure out what they are and name some examples

Were you able to name any? E9 named a few right off the top of his head- bronze and brass

Using the Time for Kids site again, he did some map work on Germany and read up on what happened to Prussia and emigration/immigration

Last week E9 did some work on England and King Edward VIII and the reason for abdicating the throne. We talked about what makes some decisions harder than others and how some decision affect more people than others.


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