We have been learning about the changes in England brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Using the instructions found here, (I first saw it at Journey Into Unschooling), we laid out two large sheets of paper (15 x 20 inches each) and built towns in England as they progressed from 100 to 1850. I gave the older students the task of building a town of their own design, knowing in advance how many buildings they would need to build and of what type. The younger students, on the other hand, were given instructions on what to add according to the growth patterns of how the towns actually grew.
We also learned that in 1803 a British pharmacist named Luke Howard devised a system for classifying clouds into three main forms or types: cirrus from the Latin word for a lock or wisp of hair; cumulus, meaning a pile or heap and stratus, from the Latin for layered or spread out. Later scientists added alto, meaning high and nimbus, Latin for dark rain cloud, to create a classification system of ten major cloud formations that is still in use today. Click here to make your own Cloud Chart based on his system.