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Activities and Fireworks for Ocean Animals

Topic: Ocean Animals

February 4-8

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapters 9-10

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Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Shell Creatures

2. Key Points – Our Ocean

3. Collaborative – Ocean Life

4. Writing – Jabberwocky Poem

5. Math/Logic – Tricky Tentacles Word Problems

6. Genius Principle – Bad Guys

7. Big Activity – Squid Dissection

8. Movement - Clownfish Game

Minecraft Activities

  1. Oceans of the world

  2. Water atoms and states of matter

  3. Hunt: find the ocean animals

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Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Read (and possibly memorize) the poem of the Jabberwocky. Lewis Carroll used some strange words in this poem. What do you think these words could mean? Translate this poem into words that have meaning.

  • Write your own poem with nonsense words. See if others can guess the meaning of your poem.

  • With a friend, prepare and perform a fictitious interview with Jaques Cousteau.

  • Read fiction and non-fiction books about oceans.

  • Go fishing.

  • Make a sea glass mosaic.

  • Make a commercial to entice people to take a cruise.

  • Make a graph that shows an estimation of how many whales pass our shores in what months.

  • Teach someone about the different kinds of whales.

  • Imagine that whales’ sounds are actual singing. “Translate” their sounds and write the lyrics of their “songs.”

  • Make a poster of a whale. Label the parts of the whale. Using a song or mnemonics, memorize the parts of the whale.

  • Classify the different types of mammals in the ocean. What are the main types? Which animals fall into which categories?

  • How large is a whale? Choose a species of whale and find out how long it is. In an open area, measure how big that is.

  • With a friend, act out one of the scenes from Nemo.

  • Make a big book about giant squid.

  • Make up your own quadrille dance.

  • Make some mock turtle soup.

  • Define what a reef is and what a tide pool is. Draw these in your journal.

  • What is the strangest fish in the ocean? Write an ode to this fish.

  • Play an echolocation game:

  • Play sharks and minnows:

  • Make El Nino Pudding:

  • Make a big book about whales.

  • Cover one of your hands in shortening. Place both hands in ice water. Does the shortening insulate your hand? This is what blubber does for a whale.

  • What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Draw a scene for each creature.

  • Make some ocean-inspired crafts:




  • The Mock Turtle said, “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.” What does this mean? Write your thoughts in your journal.

  • Play with an inflatable globe. Play toss with the globe. Each time the globe is caught, note whether your right index finger is on water or land. Tally each result. After 100 tosses, figure out the percentage of times your finger landed on water. How closely does it match the percentage of the earth that is covered by ocean (71%)?

  • Play some math games.

  • Start a shell collection. Label each shell.

  • Make an ocean scene diorama in a shoe box.

  • Research what effect the environment has on the coral reefs. Write a report about what we can do to help save the reefs.

  • Make a life-size model of a pygmy sperm whale or a scale model of another whale.

  • Create an ocean diorama.

  • Choose a sea creature. Play 21 questions with someone. Can they guess what sea creature you're thinking of?

  • Dissect a squid.

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