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At-Home Activities: Across Oceans - Search for Lost Treasure

March 29 – April 2

Workshop Class Activities:

  1. Craft – Decorate Treasure Boxes

  2. Key Points – Go on a Treasure Hunt

  3. Collaborative – Identify Titanic Treasures

  4. Language Arts – Send a Message in a Bottle

  5. Math/Logic - Find Sunken Treasure

  6. Prepare for Adventure – Build an Emergency Shelter

  7. Big Activity - Shipwreck Survival

  8. Movement – Walk the Plank Game

At-Home Activities

See a suggested week schedule at


  • various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to oceans

  • journal or lined paper

  • bingo cards (included) – print and cut apart

  • deck of cards

  • printed pattern pages from

  • “loot” (optional)

H24 Bingo Cards
Download PDF • 104KB


• Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

◦ Full text:

◦ Stepping Stone book:

• Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to oceans



"There's probably more history now preserved underwater than in all the museums of the world combined.” - Robert Ballard, Ocean Researcher

“Every island to a child is a treasure island.” – P. D. James

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.” ― John F. Kennedy

Language arts lesson

Synonyms are words that mean the same, like big and large. Antonyms are words that mean the opposite, like big and small.

Writing Activity

Rewrite this sentence, using as many synonyms as you can:

To escape and sit quietly on the beach — that’s my idea of paradise.

Now rewrite the sentence again, this time using as many antonyms as possible.


I like to collect… I like them because…


Math Concept

Translating word problems into equations is easier if you know how to spot buzzwords. These are phrases that clue you into what actions you need to take for the problem.

Math Project

Figure out how to solve these word problems:

  • You and your friend are selling cookies to your neighbors. On your first week or selling, you sold 36 packs and your friend sold 22. What is the total number of packs of cookies that the two of you sold?

  • How many fewer packs of cookies did your friend sell?

  • If you and your friend sold the same amount of packs of cookies four more times, how many packs would you sell all together?

  • At the end of all the cookie sales, you have just three packs of cookies left, making a total of 72 cookies left. How many cookies are there per pack?

Math Concept

Rounding means making a number simpler but keeping its value close to what it was. The result is less accurate, but easier to use. For example, if you’re rounding to tens, 73 becomes 70 and 76 becomes 80. 73 rounded to the nearest ten is 70, because 73 is closer to 70 than to 80. But 76 goes up to 80. 75 would also round up to 80.

Math Project

Play Rounding Bingo with a couple of friends. Each player will choose one of the tens bingo cards (one row of numbers). Use to get a number between 1 and 100. Round the number to the nearest ten. Anyone with the rounded number on their bingo card will mark it. Continue in this way until someone has marked off all six of their numbers. Repeat with different cards. If using the hundreds cards, put 1 – 1000 in the randomizer.

Mental math

Use a deck of cards as your flash cards. Remove the face cards. Aces = 1. Lay two cards from the deck face up in front of you. You will add, subtract, or multiply the two numbers you see on the cards. If you want to, you can turn this into a contest to see who can call out the correct answer first.

Math games

Play “Loot the Pirate Ship”:


Research and Report

Find out about five different pirate captains. On five different blank papers, draw and color each pirate’s flag. On the back of each flag, write one or two interesting facts about the pirate represented.

Themed Fireworks Project

Create a model of a shipwreck, using historical information and images.

6-week project

▪ Practice your oral report. There are various ways to present an oral report. You could:

• Give your oral report from memory. The outline you created in week 3 to can remind you what to say.

• Read your written report.

• Show and describe your display.

• Demonstrate how to do something (i.e., make slime, play a sport, etc.).

▪ Create an event around your presentation. Invite family and maybe even prepare some refreshments.

▪ Give your oral report, show your display, and share your written report. Celebrate your accomplishment!


Go to a pirate show.

Other Ideas

  • Research a shipwreck. Write a story about how the ship may have drowned.

  • Spend a night in a tent or shelter in your yard.

  • Do an Easter craft.

  • Make a time capsule for people to find in 100 years.

  • Pretend you are the sole survivor of one of the shipwrecks discussed. You are marooned on an island and you want to send a message in a bottle. Include your coordinates and a sketch of what the boat looked like.

  • Do a research project about a shipwreck. Answer questions such as: Where is the shipwreck? Where was the ship traveling from and to? Why did the ship sink where it did? How/why is this shipwreck historically significant?

  • Why are people interested in preserving shipwrecks? What can we learn by studying a shipwreck? What can we learn about lifestyles, history, technology, and the people?

  • Create a brochure advertising a museum devoted to the preservation of shipwrecks. Information about specific shipwrecks and the importance of preserving them should be included.

  • Play Battleship.

  • Chart data about shipwrecks.

  • On a world map, mark where shipwrecks can be found.

  • Make a pirate boat out of a large cardboard box.

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