Carnivorous Plant Lesson Plan


Whew!  I finally got enough of this finished to finally post it.  I’ll add more as we find things, but it’s fairly well-rounded for now.

The Engineer has been fascinated with carnivorous plants.  He wanted to learn more and more about them, and the resources we could find were very limited.  So, as I always end up doing: I made our own.

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The Debacle Of The Sugar Experiment

crust piece

Oof!  This worked – but didn’t work.  I’m not on a good streak of science experiments here!

We tried to grow sugar crystals on skewers – rock candy.  The crystals grew just fine – but not on the skewer.  The sides, the base, the top.  Never the skewer.  Not sure why, but we’ll try again next time!

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Dollar Tree Win

finishedWe went to the Dollar Tree store a few months back looking for cheap Valentine’s critters for the Princess’ Valentine cards.   We found them – and found a lot of other school stuff.

Surprisingly, Dollar Tree carries a great selection of teaching supplies and random educational stuff.  It’s like a treasure hunt – we find different things every time we go: from plastic test tubes with stands, to magnifying sheets.  From double stick tape to this: a pre-printed 3D shape.

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3D Shape Fun

1 full set

Want to make your own?  Go here (this link will take you to my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the templates.)

The Engineer is having fun.  I’m not sure that I am: after all, I’m the one having to do all the work on this stuff!

It’s ok.  Listening to your 5-year-old say “Icosahedron” is funny enough to make all the time worthwhile.

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The Paper Sphere Problem


We’re currently learning 3-D shapes – and by that, I mean the basic ones like cubes, and the crazy ones like Octahedron, and Rhombicuboctahedron (say  it, I dare you!)  Apparently the more intricate the name, the more interesting the shape to my crazy little Engineer.

I ended up doing this sphere as part of the project: read more on why below.

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