Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor, Chapter 3 (BYFIAR)

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Popstar finished up Chapter 3 of her Beyond Five in a Row book, Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor awhile back.


(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 manual.)

Chapter 3 is called “A Birthday to Remember” and in this chapter the family is celebrating Tom’s birthday. It is winter and for his birthday Tom receives ice skates, colored pencils and a sketch pad. He and his friends go ice skating on the frozen canal. Tom has an accident and ends up going through the ice in the canal. But he is quickly rescued and heads back home to rest.

We spent 3 school days on this chapter.

Day One: Popstar began with reading the chapter and working on the Writing/Discussion Questions in her notebook. After that, we read over the History/Geography lesson on Ice Skating. It was neat learning how this sport got started! We moved onto the Science lesson on Ice Skating and learned all about how it works. We looked up a few videos on YouTube about ice skating, that was pretty cool.

Last, we went over the Language lesson on Literature-Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates. I had gotten this book and the movie from the library and I showed them to her and told her about how this is a classic story and told her she could read the book and/or watch the movie if she chose to. These are great ways to introduce them to classic literature without pushing it on them.

Day Two: Popstar read over the Bible lesson, which was about how rules and laws are there to keep us safe and how God gave us the 10 commandments for our own good. In the story, if Tom had listened, he probably wouldn’t have fallen into the ice.

After that we went over the Human Relations lesson on Obedience which basically reinforced the Bible lesson. Then we moved onto Vocabulary. I had her choose a few of the new words and write her own sentences using them.

Last, we did the Fine Arts lesson on Colored Pencils. Tom received a set of colored pencils and a sketch tablet for his birthday. So we practiced layering and blending colors with our colored pencils.




Day Three: We covered the last few Science lessons. We learned about Non-Homogenized Milk, in the story Tom’s glass of milk had flecks of cream floating in it.

We learned about Hypothermia and Frostbite since Tom fell into the icy water. He was lucky to get out in time, but if he hadn’t he could’ve suffered from either one of these.

Last, we went over the Science lesson on Dew Points and Frost. In the story, Tom wakes up to frost on the windows so we dove into this lesson to learn more about that. We tried to do the experiment suggested in the manual, but we didn’t have the right kind of thermometer and so it didn’t go exactly right! Oh well, we tried!



That finished up Chapter 3, moving onto Chapter 4 next!

Until next time,








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