S.T.E.M. in Action With Stomp Rocket

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S.T.E.M. or Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, is an integral part of most curriculums. If your family homeschools & you’re looking for an interactive way to teach S.T.E.M., consider ‘Stomp Rocket’.

What I like most about the rocket is that it’s kid-powered. They step on the ‘launchpad’ causing the rocket to fly. I’ll say they go a bit further than I thought they would! In fact, Buster ended up fetching the rockets for us. Needless to say, this is a good activity to tire out the younger ones (& parents). While I highly recommend using them outside, if you have a sizeable playroom or basement, you can probably use them there too. Unless you have a ceiling fan or low hanging lights.

Launching the rocket demonstrates trajectory, force & gravity. Science in a book is great; science in action is better. There’s a reason scientists like Bill Nye are popular. Plus, it can turn into a full-blown phys ed class. All that running, especially if your dog won’t fetch like Buster did, is great cardio.

Being that each rocket comes equipped with an LED light, students can utilize it outside when their day is done. LED lights are environmentally friendly. I learned via Stomp Rocket that LED lights are more efficient than either fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. For older students, the LED lights can become a lesson on light and the launchpad can be a lesson on air-power. Believe me, I have an 8th grader who had a blast shooting the rockets. I did too. It was definitely a fun way to talk science.

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Assembly was super easy. Actually, our 13-year-old put it together without the directions. My only concern for little ones & animals is the bolt that attaches the hose to the stand. If you don’t think your kiddos are old enough, save a hassle & put it together yourself. The bolt could scrape their hands if you aren’t careful.
img_0270The rockets themselves will cause no harm. They’re soft like a Nerf dart and even when they’re descending, they won’t cause any pain. I can say this because we both got caught on the receiving end of the rocket. Do be careful if your dog is a chewer. If we hadn’t got them immediately back from Buster, he’d have eaten them for sure!
The lights really add something special. Maybe it’s the kid in all of us who just likes things that light up. Regardless, it looks really cool in the evening when they fly through the air. With the Ultra LED Stomp Rocket Kit, there are 4 rockets included so if you do it fast enough you can have a light show of sorts!
img_0284 I’m not sure about the life of the Launchpad. It seems to lose some strength if stomping becomes overzealous. We definitely put a dent in ours & we really weren’t abusing it. I’d recommend not letting the kids get too rough with it or you may need a new one.
You can purchase Stomp Rocket at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods Store or visit http://www.stomprocket.com to see the wonderful awards Stomp Rocket has earned and find out full product line info.
*Pics belong to Stomp Rockets & DMO3, respectively. We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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7th Grade Math Helps: Discounts

To determine the percentage of a discount, use the formula:

amount of discount                         N
__________________ = ______________
Original cost                                          100

If a store sells a supply for a regular price of $47.50 and it is discounted to a price of $39.25, what is the percent of the discount?
1) Find the amount of discount:
47.50-39.25= 8.25

2) Fill in the equation:

8.25 =          n
____ _______
47.50          100

3) Cross multiply to get:
47.50N= 825

4) Divide both of the numbers above by the original cost, in this case, 47.50.
47.50n / 47.50 = N
825/47.50= 17.4

5) N= 17.4% so the amount of the discount is 17.4%

Thanksgiving Resources for Kids from PBS LearningMedia

PBS_LM_logoWith Thanksgiving almost here, PBS LearningMedia has sent along some great resources to enhance learning for the Holiday.

· Crash Course with John Green: Colonizing America

John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn’t share their beliefs. But there was a healthy profit motive in Massachusetts as well. Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success.

· Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word Search

Learn the vocabulary of Thanksgiving with this fun word search from All About the Holidays

All About the Holidays: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we’re thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!

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· Thanksgiving History
Throughout history, people have given thanks – sometimes in joyful celebration, often in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony. The United States, over hundreds of years, has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks: Thanksgiving. This set of primary resources containing images and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

· Federal Holiday: Thanksgiving

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life’s many blessings.

· Activate Turkey Power! | Wild Kratts

Chris, Martin, and the gang check out a wild turkey close up and learn about its special characteristics. Aviva programs a new creature power disk with turkey powers, and the Wild Kratts kids encourage Martin and Chris to activate their new creature powers!

All info, links, & pics belong ONLY to PBS LearningMedia.
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Friends and Heroes Giveaway

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Emilee from Pea of Sweetness has used the Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit 1 with her two oldest children. They enjoyed the Friends and Heroes Homeschool Curriculum and including it in their homeschool curriculum. See what she thought in her full Friends and Heroes Bible homeschool curriculum review.

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Bible Lesson: 6th Grade: Jonah Part 3

‘Truth or Consequences’

In our last lesson, we learned about the things that may happen if we operate outside the will of God. Now, let’s take a look at what Jonah’s specific consequences were exactly.

  1. Jonah put himself into physical danger. He bought into the notion that the sailors aboard his boat to Tarshish were on his side. Unfortunately, these were not God-fearing sailors. In fact, they were pagan. This ship was in Philistine territory. Philistines are certainly people we’re familiar with & not friends of the Israelites. But, Jonah was so determined to flee that he gave little credence to the fact that this wasn’t exactly a pleasure cruise with friends. Should the sailors have wished, they could’ve caused him great harm or death.
  2. It cost him money. Jonah’s voyage wasn’t cheap. He paid handsomely to board that boat. Had he followed his designated path, he would have still had these funds available especially to aid him in his mission.
  3. He failed to consult God. This consequence is one of missing peace. Jonah simply assumed God was helping him despite his disobedience since everything was going so well. But, his assumption will cost him dearly.
  4. Jonah put others in danger with his choices. When that mega storm hit, everyone on that ship was in danger. Jonah’s choices caused fear, danger, & chaos in all those around him. Every choice we make affects someone else.
  5. He postponed Nineveh’s revival. By boarding his ship of dreams, Jonah put the entire revival on hold. God wanted revival now, but Jonah had no sense of urgency. Anything under the sun could’ve taken place while Jonah dawdled.

 

Jonah failed to see the big picture. Are we willing to chance that by doing it our way instead of God’s?

Bible Lesson: 6th Grade: Jonah Part 2

‘There’s A Little Jonah in All of Us’

Jonah had received the clearest of commands from God. In Jonah 1:3, he’s told to ‘Arise & go to Nineveh’. That’s pretty clear. There couldn’t possibly have been an iota of doubt as to his mission. So what was Jonah’s problem?

Upon hearing the call, Jonah decided nay & ran- fast. Instead of possible death or worse, he decided what he really wanted was a cushy life in Tarshish. Being called by God was fine by him as long as it wasn’t hard or uncomfortable. How many of us fall into that trap too?

Jonah had a steady gig. As a prophet in his own town, he was well-respected, even honored. Travelling meant uncertainty with everything from money to housing. He essentially ‘got married to’ his position. All of the ‘prophet perks’ were great as long as he didn’t have to work too hard.

What Jonah missed was that his life flowed perfectly because he was operating within God’s will. We see that once Jonah darts away from God’s call, the discomfort he was trying to avoid smacks him right in the face. Can you be more uncomfortable than in a fish belly?

But, within Jonah’s massive discomfort, we also see God’s persistence in getting His Word out. He didn’t mince words. He didn’t coddle Jonah. He got straight to the point. Jonah was chosen for this mission, at this time, to this place. Jonah lost his peace & tranquility once he said no.

We all get a choice. Follow God or not. Following God gives peace. Disobeying God brings chaos. Just ask Jonah.

Bible Lesson: 6th Grade: Jonah: Part 1

Today’s lesson is ‘Jonah: Not Just a Dude in a Whale’.

As we get more involved, we need to get beyond the elementary focus of Jonah in the Whale & more into who he was & what he was supposed to do.

Jonah: a prophet of Israel, commissioned by God to go to the city of Nineveh to tell them to repent.

Nineveh: the Assyrian capital, enemy of Israel, first mentioned in Genesis 10:11. Located on the Eastern bank of the Tigris River- currently the Iran/Iraq area. It was a big-time, anti-Israel city. They were carnal & immoral people.

Jonah is a short, 4 chapter, 60 verse book considered to be one of the ‘minor prophet’ books of the Old Testament. It’s also the only one written as a story. The main theme in Jonah’s Book is that God desires to reach the lost. Nineveh was a city full of wickedness & generally not a cheery tourist attraction.

In Matthew 12:40-41, Jesus mentions Jonah by comparing His soon to come, 3 day burial to Jonah’s 3 days in the fish. (If Jonah is important enough for Jesus to specify, then it deserves another look).

Many theologians & writers take Jonah different ways. Some believe he is a warning to all those who try to evade God’s call. Although some others claim Jonah is just a ‘fish story’, we must be careful to remember that it is a literal re-telling of what happened to Jonah. Some take it as a way to stress the importance God places on those He’s trying to reach.

1. See it as showing God’s great mercy. He went to incredible lengths to reach these lost folks. He hounded Jonah & made sure Nineveh heard His message. His grace is also observed when He, essentially, changes His mind about destroying Nineveh even though He initially gave them 40 days to fix themselves. In Jonah 3, Jonah tells the city that in 40 days they’ll be done. But, God extended His mercy.

2. All groups of people deserve to hear of God’s Grace no matter their gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. Jonah saw Nineveh as way beyond lost. God saw potential. We see angry, anti-Christian groups. Jesus sees sheep who need their Shepherd.

3. We see God control everything from the whale to people.

As believers, are we writing off large groups of people, whole cities or countries as beyond help?

Just as the Old Testament prophets spoke God’s Word to the people, The Great Commission requires that we do as well. Are we being that? Is the city of Nineveh like any cities we see today? What are we doing about it?

By simply going with the flow, trying not to offend & being PC, we do an injustice to those around us. God needs us to relay His message without being the world’s ‘yes’ men.