We're trying to keep with the same schedule as the high school that Darling Daughter attends, so we'll be having a short week here at The Source's School for Rotten Twins. (Also, we're on track to end our first semester right about the time she gets out for Christmas Break and I don't want to mess that up.) Since we'll only have school for two days, I didn't want to have the boys start another week-long vocabulary unit or begin another chapter in their literature study...although they will certainly be reading through the holiday. After a little research, I found some interesting activities to keep them busy with learning, but not bored to death coloring turkey, pilgrim and cornucopia things.
This week my sixth-graders will be:
Looking up the recipes for their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and desserts. They will be figuring out how to convert those recipes to feed twenty people. (To make it harder, I told them all of the original recipes feed different numbers of people so they can't cheat and copy the amounts.) And then they'll be determining how much of each ingredients I will need to purchase when I head to the dreaded grocery store. And then they'll look through my coupon folder and see if we have any coupons for those items. And THEN they'll grab the sales flyers from yesterday's paper and tell me where I need to shop to save the most money.
They'll be looking up verses in their Bibles that have to do with God's mercy, protection and faithfulness. Then they'll write those verses (neatly!) onto Thanksgiving-themed paper and write about some ways that God protected them, showed mercy on them, etc.
They will be researching the weather on the shores of Massachusetts during the fall and winter of 1620-21 using historical records and almanacs. They'll write about what the early settlers experienced and compare/contrast that with what they may have been used to based on where they were from.
They'll research the Native American tribes...the Wampanoag and Narraganset...and write what they learn about their customs, foods, clothing, homes, family life, weapons, etc.
And finally, they'll be helping their teacher clean house. Because that counts as valuable life skills.