Unit 2 Lesson 9: 1100-1300 Kublai Kahn and Marco Polo

Marco Polo travels to China and became a messenger and spy for Kublia Kahn, the first Mongol ruler to conquer most of China.

Here's more of what we're learning:

  • Quote: "An action committed in anger, is an action doomed to failure" Genghis Khan (do you really think he said that?)
  • Greek Roots: Arch- rule, Hex-6
  • Mathematician: Fibanocci
  • History:Marco Polo, Ghengis and Kublai Kahn
  • The Golden Rectangle, the Fibanocci Sequence: This is so facinating! Look on youtube for 3 episodes by Vi Hart. We watched the 1st one in class.
  • Penmanship: u, w

Next Week: We will dive into the great explorers of the 1300-1400s including: Vasco De Gama, Henry the Navigator, and Bartolomeu Dias. Why were people hesitant to explore lands beyond the great seas during that time?

 New book! "The King's Fifth" by Scott O'Dell. This book tells a fictional, but engaging story during the age of exploration. Esteban de Sandoval, a young mapmaker in the mid-1500s, is to stand trial for withholding "the king's fifth" of the gold he found and supposedly has hidden. The book switches back and forth between the current day (as Esteban stands trial) and his journey through the mythical seven cities, supposedly filled with gold. This enveloping, suspenseful story gives a look at the time of early exploration and will make readers think twice about setting their hearts on riches. The book is a great read!

Discussion will be Monday January 7th at 7:00! Start Reading! It's going to be fun!

(You can find it for only $7.99 on Amazon)


Daniel did an awesome job teaching us how to fold paper airplanes. He was patient and helpful. We got to go outside and have a contest to see how well they flew. It was a lot of fun! Thanks, Daniel!

Tiernan will teach the class Nov. 13th (about 10 min.)


  • Work on your goals!
  • Start reading "The Kingi's Fifth" with your family or on your own
  • Do you have math or Penmanship homework?

Scholar History

Jarem taught us the history of Sparticus. If you haven't ever looked into what he did, it's pretty cool. He conquered the Roman army more than once, but lost in the end. Thanks, Jarem!

Gideon is next in line to teach on Nov. 13th

We also:

  • Cut out a 64 square puzzle and put it back together into a rectangle having 65 squares. How can that be?
  • Wrote a paragraph about Marco Polo. We will focus more on writing. A goal for this class is to learn to write with confidence and enjoy it! 
  • Discussed: When is it ok to fight? Genghis Kahn was a fearless warrior who forced many lands to pay him tribute. The kids were challenged to consider if Genghis Kahn was fighting for righteous reasons. Discuss with your kids: When is it ok to fight, and under what circumstances?


  • Thanks for doing your 7 Habits writing assignment. Keep up the good work as you revise it. 
  • Start reading "The King's Fifth"- of course, you must read it to attend the party!
  • Fill in your accountability report throughout the week and bring it in Tuesday
  • Do your math and penmanship homework.