Cars

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History

- Learn about the various methods of transportation before the combustion engine was invented.

- Study the inventors who designed each component of a car and the circumstances that led to the innovation. See Reading.

- Use toy cars to recreate epic battle scenes and discuss the grievances that led to them. See Reenacting War Histories.

English

- Compose short stories about what ancient cultures might have been like if they had cars. See Reimagining History.

- Create a daily driving journal describing how far the family drove, where to, and why. See Daily Journal Writing.

- Write explanations of how to perform basic car maintenance that can be shared with a younger sibling or friend. See Write Instructions for Someone.

Science

- Learn about potential and kinetic energy and how they apply to a vehicle.

- Create a controlled combustion experiment to learn how an engine works.

- Introduce physics using a vehicle to discuss concepts such as motion, linear momentum, torque, and thermodynamics.

- Analyze the components in gasoline and how it is extracted and processed from oil.

Math

- Review probability and statistics using data about car accidents.

- Use vehicle components to introduce geometric concepts.

- Explain differential calculus in the context of an accelerating car.

Art and Creativity

- Build cars out of Legos.

- Creatively paint an abandoned or junked car.

- Learn Adobe Illustrator to create digital paintings of favorite vehicles.