|I so agree with Melissa!|
That is my excuse for not crossing many lessons off my list of summer school activities this week. The boys swam, had a game night and played on the computer in the cool air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day. We looked at the rocks we are tumbling,
did some nature study, looked at stars and
ate some good food. We decided not to do the silkworm moths this summer because we just didn't have enough time before our staycation by the time we had gotten around to doing them. Perhaps next summer. We did our last summer constellation study, and we will pick up our chemistry studies when we start the new school year the first week of September, but we will be continuing our botany studies and our Latin roots work throughout August.
Starting next week, however, we will be having mostly just summer fun.
Botany: The Lilly Family
This week we studied the Lilly Family this week in our Botany studies. Members of the Lilly family can be identified as flowers in parts of three and that the sepals and petals are identical. We reviewed plant parts and the divisions of monocot and dicot. We also gathered leaves to make rubbings.
Summer Constellations: Hercules
The next, and last, stop on our summer constellation study is the constellation Hercules. The mythical stories associated with this constellation are obvious and many. We read about him in D'Aularies Book of Greek Myths, where he was called Heracles. Hercules has no first or second magnitude stars, so it might be a little harder to spot.
|The Summer Triangle, and the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, as seen at 10 p.m. on July 20.source|
However, if you have been following us in finding the summer triangle, it should not be too hard to find. Locate the summer triangle and then Lyra and you will find Hercules just to the right of Lyra. Look for the faint smudge of the Great Globular Cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules. If you look the constellation up in books, you will see it positioned to show the figure of Hercules upright, but in the summer sky, he is upside-down. An asterism that forms the lower part of Hercules body is known as the Keystone. You could also find the constellation Hercules by finding this Keystone, which is to the right of the bright star in Vega in Lyra. If you begin at the bright star, Deneb in Cygnus, you can follow that edge of the Summer Triangle, go through Vega in Lyra and continue going straight and you will find the Keystone asterism in Hercules.
The Latin roots we learned this week were Pater, Patris which means father, Mater, Matris which means mother, Frater, Fratis which means brother, Populus which means people and Urbs, Urbis which means city.
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