Chapter 8 in Popstar’s Beyond Five in a Row book, Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor, was called “The Basement Laboratory.”
(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 Manual and activities added by me and inspired by other homeschool moms.)
In this chapter, Tom continues to have trouble at school. He is so upset that his mother decides to teach him at home. She begins teaching him about chemistry and Tom becomes fascinated by it. He sets up his own laboratory in their basement.
We spent 2 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 went over the Science lesson on Warning Symbols. We talked about how different chemicals are poisonous and I showed her the old Mr. Yuck symbols that my mom used to put on dangerous chemicals when I was growing up. We looked up what to do if you injest a harmful chemical. We have poison control’s phone number on our refrigerator.
Next we went over the Science lesson on Setting up your own Laboratory. We were not able to actually set one up as I had hoped, but we read over the lesson and then there was a fun experiment in the lesson that we did with salt and water. We mixed salt and water, then used a paint brush to paint onto paper. We waited for it to dry then used a pencil to rub over where we had painted and what she had painted showed up in the pencil rubbing. It was pretty cool!
Day Two: Popstar read over the Bible lesson, which was about how we can handle being treated differently by others and that we should have mercy and compassion for those around us.
After Bible, we read over the Science lesson about the different branches of science. Then last, we talked about the Human Relations lesson on being different and that we shouldn’t assume things about people just because they are different from us.
So that finished up our time with Chapter 8. We actually did this back in February, so I’m trying to catch up a little now that we’re on summer break!
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