Friday, August 17, 2012

Uke Makeup Lesson or Day 3

Last night while planning out our coursework for today, I realized that in math I would be presenting George with number bases other than 10, such as base 5 and base 2, while in humanities he would be continuing Mayan glyphs, including numbers, which are base 5. Sweet, fancy, planets aligning, Mayan prophecy come to life!

The Museum of Man (San Diego) has this cool glyph math worksheet which he very much enjoyed, and after he was done working out the glyph values, he rewrote the numbers in a traditional base 5 manner. So that first number with the three dots and one bar is an 8 in our base 10 system... or 13 if you write it in base 5.

We also did a storytelling exercise (fiction! lies!) springboarding off today's poem, "Invisible Boy" by Shel Silverstein. After a few false starts, George got very into it and described an entire scenic vista of a fierce, invisible kraken mother lovingly feeding an invisible ship of screaming sailors to her little, invisible kraken baby.

nonfiction read & react: Dogs get fit, calm on treadmills
math unit: Chapter 1, Lesson 2, Houghton Mifflin Math North Carolina, Grade 4
humanities: continuing Mayan glyphs, Mayan math worksheet
arts: ukelele lesson

Today’s poem was a great poem! I want an invisible copy of it.

- George's journal response to today's poem

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