Week 1, Day 5: Homeschooling 6th grade

It’s a shorter day because I had to take the dog to the vet and I’m still balancing independent work with direct instruction – I have the goal of moving toward more independent work, especially as my 5th grader starts homeschooling next week.

8:30 – 9:00: 30 min English & writing

5 min stretch break

9:05 – 9:55: 50 min Math

  • Review questions as needed from yesterday’s work.
  • Do Khan Academy “substituting and evaluating expressions” Quiz 1, next 1 section.  

Walk and lunch with Nana while I take the dog to the vet! Real life! 

12:15 – 12:45: 30 min History

  • “The Fertile Crescent”, early civilization — when hunter/gatherers began to settle down & control flooding. Domesticated animals & plants. Good soil! 
  • First civilization = in the valley between two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates. Called Mesopotamia. From Persian Gulf to Mediterranian Sea. It’s now Iraq +.
  • 7000 BC started; by 3000 BC
  • Built canals for irrigation & flood protection. 
  • Ate fish, meat, barley, dates, wheat
  • Could produce more food with less people, so more people free to do other things (artisans, religious and government leaders). Trade. 
  • In southern Mesopotamia, first civilization = Sumarians. By 2000 BC, cities with 100,000 people. Emperor Sargon. Fought a lot — made walled cities. King Gilgamesh of Uruk. Sargon unified the region under his leadership. Only lasted 100 years after he died. 
  • Polytheists
  • Social hierarchy: Kings, priests, tradesmen/craftsmen/merchants, farmers & laborers, slaves. 
  • Developed the first system of writing. Sharp tools on clay tablets. Wheel, plow, clock, math. 12 months. 

5 min stretch break  

12:50 – 1:20: 30 min Science

Chapter 1 Assessment — take & discuss

  1. Measurement
  2. Unit
  3. Length
  4. Volume
  5. Mass
  6. Scientific method
  7. Experiment
  8. Experimental Variables
  9. Variables
  10. Control variable
  11. Theory
  12. Graph
  13. Dependent
  14. independent
  1. D
  2. A
  3. B
  4. D
  5. C
  6. Many tested hypotheses form a theory
  7. Line (rainfall/worms observed – direct relationship), bar (types of sports favored), pie (finances)

1:20 – 1:40: 20 min Language

1:25-1:45: Mango Spanish w/ notes, finish Chapter 1 Unit 1. 

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