Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 35 is titled The Cold War. The space race between the Soviet Union and the USA covers the first story. The second story takes us to Cuba during the 13 days in October, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war.
Once again, I teared up during reading because of my personal experience with communism. The kids make me laugh with their reactions to my tears, so I end up crying and laughing at the same time.
My daughter goes, “I predict you are going to cry,” as soon as we start a chapter that covers anything to do with communism. My son goes, “Oh, boy!” when he hears my voice changing or he sees me pause. It is funny, really. But I just cannot help it.
For our activity, we chose the math project called, “What would this weigh on the moon?” The kids had a lot of fun weighing themselves first, then calculating their weight on the moon.
Next, we picked up all sorts of objects and weighed them holding the objects. We subtracted their weight, then divided that number by six, to find out the weight of the object on the moon.
All in all they had fun and learned a few things in the process. The activity sheet helped them practice taking notes as they calculated different weights. We want them to practice applying the scientific method.
As always, whenever we can combine history with another subject we feel like we have redeemed the time.