Monthly Archives: February 2014

History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 29

Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa

The kids enjoyed chapter 28 so much, that I decided to keep making slide shows for the different chapters we have left in the book.  It really helps them to remember everything when they have these slides to look at.  This particular chapter, about West Africa, specifically Ghana, Mali, and the Songhay empires, were a little on the confusing side because there was a lot going on in that area.

Here’s the slide show:  African Kingdoms

Blood and Guts – Eat Your Heart Out


A neat project Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology has in it is building a heart using graham crackers and marshmallows.  We did it in class, and the kids loved it!  They especially loved eating it…

It’s a great way to teach about the heart, because it can be confusing!

Blood and Guts – Lapbook, Lessons 7 and 8


We have had snow day after snow day after snow day here!  You’re probably wondering what homeschoolers do when there’s snow days.  Well, we sled and shovel, just like everyone else.  Also, remember that we have a large co-op, and we meet in an actual school building.  It really makes us appreciate the on-the-couch-in-pjs days.  However, this year has been a little more than unusual, and we’ve been trying to conduct school on a hot-or-miss basis.  And just in case Old Man Winter hasn’t heard it from the rest of the nation, we’re DONE with it.  Spring, please hurry up.

I decided to combine Lessons 7 and 8, because they work hand-in-hand.  In  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Lesson 7 is Life in the Blood, and Lesson 8 is the Cardiovascular System.

Lapbook:  Lesson 1 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 2 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 3 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4B can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 6 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 9 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 10 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 11 can be found here.

For this section of our World’s Largest Mammoth Lapbooks, I used parts from Knowledge Box Central ( Chapters 1-7 can be found hereChapters 8-14 can be found here), Scholastic’s The Body Book, by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne, Scholastic:  Easy Make & Learn Projects:  The Human Body (it’s downloadable – yes!), and my own foldables, available below.

This section will be attached to the main lapbook, behind the lung section.

L7 Experiment – Iron in Cereal (experiment card)

L7 Lapbook – Adrenaline

L7 Lapbook – Anemia

L7 Lapbook – Arteries Veins Capillaries

L7 Lapbook – Diagram of Diffusion (Draw, color, and label the diagram of diffusion on pg. 122.)

L7 Lapbook – Erythrocytes (What does this word mean, and where does it come from?)

L7 Lapbook – Functions of the Blood

L7 Lapbook – Hemoglobin

L7 Lapbook – oxygenated blood (Color the oxygenated blood cell red, and the deoxygenated blood cell blue.)

L7 Lapbook – Phagocytes

L7 Lapbook – Platelets

L7 Lapbook – What is Blood Made of (When you do the project suggested in the book, draw the red hots, lima bean, etc. in the jar and tell what each one represents on the inside.)

L7 Lapbook – White Blood Cells

L7 Pictures (Pictures you can include in your lapbook.)

L8 Lapbook – 4 chambers

L8 Lapbook – CPR

L8 Lapbook – Heart Attack

L8 Lapbook – Heart Blood Vessels

L8 Lapbook – Interventricular Septum

L8 Lapbook – Miles of Vessels

L8 Lapbook – Myocardium

L8 Lapbook – Pacemaker

L8 Lapbook – Pulmonary Veins

L8 Lapbook – Sedentary Lifestyle (The kids’ favorite foldable so far this year!)

L8 Lapbook – Two Main Veins

L8 Lapbook – Valves

L8 Pictures (Pictures you can include in your lapbook.)

And now for the pictures of how to put it all together: