At-Home Activities: Across the Oceans - Discover Natural Wonders

March 22-26

Workshop Class Activities:

  1. Craft – Boat Making

  2. Key Points – Alvin Claw

  3. Collaborative – Mapping Volcanoes of the World

  4. Language Arts – Ocean Currents Theories

  5. Math/Logic – Military Time

  6. Prepare for Adventure – Sewing Kit, Emergency Hygiene

  7. Big Activity – Great Barrier Reef Jenga Game

  8. Movement – Sharks and Minnows Game

At-Home Activities

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

• journal or lined paper

• “I Have, Who Has” cards:

• ingredients for making volcano, such as salt dough (four, salt), vinegar, baking soda, painting


Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to oceans



“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” - Sarah Kay

Language arts lesson

Newspaper advice columns have been around for hundreds of years. An advice column is sometimes called a "Dear Abby" section in the newspaper. There are many different types of advice columns. They could be about relationships, money, jobs, how to pot plants, how to raise animals, or anything for which people want advice. Here’s an example from

— October 17, 2020 —

I share a room with my 9 year old sister. I feel like I need more privacy or my own space and my family does not have an extra room. Is there anything I can do to get more privacy? Do you have any ideas on how to get more privacy? Thanks.

— Need Space, 11

Dear Need Space,

At your age, it's understandable that you would like more privacy. Since having your own room is not possible in your family, consider other ways to create your own space. For example, you and your sister can divide your room with a curtain so it's clear which side is yours and which side is hers. In addition to a physical barrier, the two of you can also create a system in which you let the other know when you don't want to be interrupted or want some quiet time. You could do that with a sign that you post on your side of the room that indicates that you are not interested in talking right then. You also might want to find another place in your house for making phone calls. It might be helpful to let a parent know what you and your sister are thinking so they can encourage both of you to follow the rules.

signed, Dr. M.

Writing Activity

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is the world's largest coral reef system. Unfortunately, over half of the reef's coral cover has been lost between 1995 and 2017. Scientists point to several factors that may be contributing to the diminishing reef. These include climate change, pollution, crown of thorns starfish, overfishing, shipping, shark culling, and tourism.

Write an advice colum