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African map project – al Idrisi and Ptolemy’s maps

By |2018-04-21T11:56:45+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa, Science|

African map project: Al-Idrisi's map of the world (1100s AD) Check out this copy of al-Idrisi's map of the world, created in the 1100s AD. Can you find the Black Sea? The Caspian Sea? The Mediterranean Sea? Where is China on this map? Where is Spain? A copy of Ptolemy's map of the world How is al-Idrisi's map [...]

Code of Hammurabi project – ancient West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:41:44+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) Here are a few of the 282 laws of the Code of Hammurabi. Which of these laws do you think are good laws and why. Which laws would you change? Why? Write an essay, or discuss among your classmates. 3. If any one brings an accusation of any crime [...]

Building a sukkah – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:30+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday While you're learning about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, you can build your own Sukkah. You can build a Sukkah out of anything, except that the roof has to be made of plant material like branches, and it has to have gaps in it big enough to [...]

Multiculturalism project

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The priestess Meretites hugs her husband, the singer Kahai (Saqqara, Old Kingdom Egypt) The story of Abraham is one where Abraham meets people from different cultures - the Sumerians, who live in cities and use irrigation agriculture, the Egyptians, who might kill Abraham to get his beautiful wife Sarah, and the Canaanites, who sacrifice their own children. How would we [...]

Hanukkah projects – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Potato latkes cooked in oil are a traditional Hanukkah food Hanukkah is first and foremost a holiday about olive oil, so a good way to get to know Hanukkah better is to fry some kind of food in olive oil. Usually people make latkes, or grated vegetable pancakes. Here's a super-healthy recipe for latkes that [...]

Dreidel project – Hanukkah games

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A Hanukkah dreidel Since the 1700s AD, people have often celebrated Hanukkah by playing the dreidel game. The first thing you need to play the dreidel game is a dreidel. It's better to buy a dreidel (DRAY-dell) because if you make your own it's very difficult to get it to play fair: it's always going to land [...]

Tornado in a bottle – Weather science project

By |2018-05-31T11:49:19+00:00August 20th, 2017|History, Physics|

A tornado in a bottle You can make your own tornado to see how it works. Fill a one or two liter bottle, like a soda bottle, with water. Add a bunch of glitter to help you see the tornado more clearly. Put the top on the bottle. Now swish the bottle around a bunch to [...]

Thermometer projects – Temperature science

By |2018-05-31T11:49:18+00:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

See how the degrees match up. To prove to yourself what temperature water freezes and boils at, fill a pan with ice from the freezer. Stick a thermometer in it (not a fever thermometer! Use an outside thermometer for the freezing part and a candy thermometer that goes up as high as boiling water for the boiling part) [...]

Why is the sky blue? A science project

By |2017-08-20T14:53:06+00:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

A cloudy glass of water You can see for yourself that blue light scatters more than red light. This is the same way that John Tyndall showed why the sky was blue in 1859. Fill a drinking glass with water, and then add two spoonfuls of milk - almond milk is okay if you are dairy-free [...]