Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our Trip to the Past

RW has moved from Cities and Neighborhoods to studying Indians in social studies. It works out great because he's learning about the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians, and those are the ones that happened to be in these parts of Mississippi! So, we couldn't pass the opportunity to drive onto the Natchez Trace Parkway and learn more about them hands on. :) We went on November 11th, even though the pictures say the 10th (I didn't realize until we were almost done with our trip that the camera had the wrong date.. oops! :D )

The outside of the "welcome center"



Information bulletin board


Natchez Trace Parkway


RW inside, at the start





RW playing with toys that Indian children would have played with


IC trying to get the ball into the cup

AJ putting the ball into the cup


Daddy & RW reading about the Choctaw & Chickasaw


RW in front of Indian Artifacts





RW reading to IC about the Indians


RW telling which tracks go to which animal


RW on the trace :)


RW trying to decide if he really wants to touch the bones


AJ feeling a raccoon fur ~ Soft!


RW holding a skull and horns

IC holding a skull and horns


RW watching the Indian video


Video about the Chickasaw


Wearing Racoon Tail Hats

After leaving the Visitor's Center, we headed down a part of Natchez Trace. First stop was the Old Trace.

Old Trace Sign (the start of the Old Trace Trail)


RW next to the Old Trace Sign


Close up of the what the sign says. We didn't even realize until we started walking up the trail that we were visiting it ON Veterans' Day. It kinda seemed fitting in a way.


The sign that is at the end of the 5 minute walk. 13 unknown confederate soldiers were buried here. RW thought it was sad that people would miss these soldiers and not even know that they were here.


Close up of the bottom of the sign


The row of grave stones


Close up of one of the grave stones


After leaving the Old Trace, we stopped at a look out called Dogwood Valley. Since we were here in the fall, we didn't get to see the flowering trees, but the info on the sign was good. :)


Next we stopped at an old Chickasaw Village

French - Chickasaw War Sign


Stone Monument to the Chickasaw that died defending their village against the settlers


Old Town is what the Chickasaw Village is called


RW next to the sign talking about the different types of houses the Chickasaw had


A Picture of how the village was set up. RW learned that the circle houses are winter homes, the small rectangle houses were summer houses and the large rectangle in the middle was a fort where the Chickasaw would go when under attack.

The layout where the buildings use to be


Another picture


Where the Fort use to stand. IC was running along the border.


Sign explaining the fort


RW and IC standing where the summer house use to be


The summer house sign


RW and IC standing where the winter house use to be


Sign explaining the winter house

Sign explaining why a winter house was important

The boys really had a great time, and RW learned so much about Indians. Maybe next time we'll watch the 12 minute video (we didn't think IC and AJ would sit through it so we didn't watch it. ) There was so much that we all didn't know about the Indians from these parts. It was amazing to actually stand where Indians and Confederate soldiers ACTUALLY stood at one time.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Water's Disappearing Act

This Week RW had to do an experiment about Evaporation. 3 glasses of water, all starting off with the same amount of water. Each was placed in a different spot and then measured every day to see the results. Here is what RW documented..

Day 1
Cup A 10 cm


Cup A was placed in the open on the kitchen counter normal light and room temp


Cup B 10 cm


Cup B was placed in the living room window where it got a lot of sunlight and warmth


Cup C 10 cm


Cup C was placed in our towel closet


The towel closet is dark and cool


RW's Science Log where he records all of his data


RW drew pictures of each of the glasses, how much water was in each and where it was located

His picture


All glasses started off with 10 cm of water


Day 2

Cup A still has 10 cm


Cup B had 9 1/2 cm


Cup C still had 10 cm
Observation Chart
After Day 2 we didn't take pictures, but RW did measure and write down his findings. You'll see the results on his chart in the pictures for Day 5, which was the last day of the experiment.

Day 5

Cup A had 9 cm


Cup B had 8 cm


Cup C had 9 1/2 cm

All three of the cups together after the final day


The total observation chart

As you can see, Cup C only had 1/2 cm of change while Cup B had 2 cm of change. RW came to the conclusion that because Cup B was in the sun and warmth, the water evaporated much faster then the water from Cup C that was in the dark and coolness. Cup A evaporated at the same rate that any normal cup of water would if just left in a room.