Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Year 4 Exams- Term 3

This is what Pippi, my newly turned 10 year old, is doing this week. When I gave her the paper, she looked it over and then told her dad a few minutes later while literally bopping up and down at the breakfast table, "I am so excited about today." When he asked her why, she replied, "Because it is exam week. I love exams!" I then asked her why she liked exam week and she told me it was because it is fun to tell what she knows. This is exactly what Miss Mason wanted examinations to be- a record of what the child knows-'Show and Tell time', if you will, NOT a record of wrongs that only serve to discourage the child. At the same time, they need to be rigorous, motivating the student to do her best. I consider these examinations to be a nice way to wrap up the term, providing one last review that will place ideas permanently into a child's knowledge bank.

More examination information here and here.

Turn in your Bible Journal

Living World Encyclopedia
What is a rainforest? Describe the canopy and what kind of life lives in it. Describe the rainforest floor and what can be found in it as well.

It Couldn't Just Happen
Answer TWO of the following questions:
Name some prophecies about Jesus that have come true.
Tell about some amazing things in the human body.
Who was Piltdown man?

Along Came Galileo
Who were Galileo's enemies? Why?
What did Copernicus have to do with the argument?
What did Galileo say about the Bible and Heaven?

Turn in your Nature Journal. You should have drawn and colored at least 6 birds that you have observed this term. Describe some of their habits that you have noticed.

An Island Story
Answer TWO of the following questions:
Tell about the Battle of Bannockburn
What do you know about the War of the Roses?
Who was Warwick? What can you tell me about him?

Story of the World Vol 4
Choose ONE person from below. Write a short biography about the man.
Chairman Mao
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ronald Reagan

Write a paragraph explaining why and how Communism crumbled.

Choose ONE of the following wars. Tell what you know about it. (Think 5W's-Who, what, where, when and why)
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The war between Iran and Iraq
The Gulf War

DK Children’s History of 20th Century
Turn in your 20th Century chart

Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
What is a hero? Was Robin Hood a hero? Why or why not?

Age of Fable
Pretend you are telling a bedtime story to some children. Record your voice as you tell aloud an exciting story from Age of Fable that you read this term.

You are a playwright like Shakespeare. Write a short scene from As You Like It. Make sure the characters names and the setting are listed at the beginning of your page.

You will be given a timed multiplication test by mom.

Turn in your Math notebook.

Plutarch’s Lives
What do you know about Crassus? Tell about his strengths and weaknesses.

Tell about the life of Richard Wagner. Tell about one of his works.

Name the two artists we studied this term and list their works that you can remember. Choose your favorite and describe it in detail or draw a sketch of it. How does it make you feel?

Draw 50 People
Draw a person from memory that you have previously drawn from your drawing book.

Recite a poem from this term’s poet, a psalm, and a scripture passage.

English from the Roots Up
Name the roots you can remember that you learned this term and say their definitions. Also, share the words that you learned that have these roots in them. State each definition if you did not know it previously.

Choose one song from your keyboard book to play for mom.

Sing one folksong and one hymn you learned this term.

one step at a time...


  1. This is a very helpful post! If our prayers are answered and we go "back home" this year I will return to this for ideas for our exams.

  2. I love those moments! :)

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. We are getting ready to start year 5. I have not, to this point, implemented exams. I would like to this year, and this will be very helpful as a guide.

    Again, thanks for your generosity.

  4. My boys love exam time too. We have an exam week that culminates in a "celebration". We put on display artwork and projects and invite a few family members over to share in any performances and a meal.

    It is a time we look forward to.

    Your exam looks perfect. I will have to post our last exam one of these days.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  5. That is so neat that your daughter loves exam time! My daughter is 7 and we haven't tried exams like this. How young do you start?

    Also, I'm just impressed with all you've covered with her this term. I, sadly, couldn't answer many of those questions!