Saturday, January 25, 2014

Study America Saturday ~ Indiana and Michigan

We had another great couple of days in the Midwest with our Road Trip USA unit study. We visited Indiana and Michigan.


As always, we started out our studies by going through the materials in Road Trip USA and coloring our notebooking page. Then we went on to watch the segment about Indiana from "The States" dvd.

We focused our lessons on the Wright Brothers and the state flower of the peony.

The kids watched an Animated Hero Classics video on the Wright Brothers and then the bonus material from Flights of Courage titled "The Wright Brothers' First Flight".

We used the book Super Simple Paper Airplanes by Nick Robinson to make a couple of planes.

Finally, we made some coffee filter peonies.


Again for Michigan we read our Road Trip USA materials, colored our notebooking page, watched the Michigan segment of "The States", and read Michigan Facts and Symbols.

The kids were very taken with Michigan and have added that to their list of places they want to visit. We learned about peninsulas and looked at pictures of the Mackinac Strait and bridge. We previously learned about suspension bridges, so did some review on them.

Next up was Motown music. We watched some old videos of "Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes, "My Girl" by The Temptations, and "One More Chance" by the Jackson 5. They were really impressed with Michael Jackson as a young boy!

We watched a Youtube video about Studio A at the Motown Hitsville USA museum.

This led to a discussion of the phonograph which was invented by Thomas Edison. We watched a video on the invention of the phonograph which led to lessons on sound waves. We played music on glasses with filled with different levels of water and then made a telephone with plastic cups and string.

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