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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

See a suggested week schedule at


• 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 column. Readers want to know how they can visit a coral reef without endangering it. Do your own research and write about three different suggestions for your readers.


The thing I like best about the beach is… I like it because...


Math Concept

Most people in America use a 12-hour clock, that counts up to twelve in each 24-hour day. To differentiate between the morning hours and the afternoon hours, we use AM and PM. Otherwise, how would we know whether to do to a 7:00 meeting in the morning or in the evening?

Some countries and organizations prefer to use the 24-hour clock instead. The 24-hour clock simply counts up to 24 in one day. Instead of starting over with 1:00 after noon (12:00), the 24-hour clock just continues counting. So instead of 1:00 PM, the time is 13:00. With this clock, you know that 07:00 is in the morning and 19:00 is in the evening. For more about the 24-hour clock, go here:

Math Project

Make a list of things you do in a day such as get up, eat breakfast, schoolwork, chores, classes, etc. At what times do you usually do each of these things? Write the times in both 12-hour and 24-hour clock times.

Math Concept

The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the oceans, 35,856 feet. See the ten deepest parts of the ocean here:

Math Project

Create a chart that shows the ten deepest parts of the ocean side by side. You can draw it similar to the chart seen here: .

Mental math

Play “I Have, Who Has?” math games. Instructions and free printables for various levels are here:

Math games

Play a twenty questions number game. Think of a number, but don’t tell anyone what the number is. Write this number down on a folded paper to hide it. Invite other players to try to guess the number you wrote down by asking you questions. The trick is that they can only ask you questions that you would answer with “yes” or “no.” Additionally, they are only allowed to guess a number once. For example, the guesser can ask questions like, “Is it odd?”, “Is it more than 100?” or “Is it the sum of 2+3?” When they guess a specific number, the round is over. Show what you wrote down. If they guessed wrong, you get to go again. If they guessed correctly, it is their turn to think of a number for you to guess.


Research and Report

Make a short documentary film about one of these topics:

• Great Barrier Reef:

• Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

• Deep Sea Exploration:

Themed Fireworks Project

Make a working model of a volcano. Label the parts.

6-week project

▪ Edit your written report rough draft from last week to create a final draft.

▪ Practice your oral report.

▪ Finish your display.

▪ Invite family and friends to see you present your report next week.


Go snorkeling.

Other Ideas

  • Use sea glass to make a mosaic.

  • Learn about ocean currents from Nike Trainers and Rubber Ducks:

  • Make a trip diary:

  • Change your digital clock to 24-hour time.

  • Do some ocean experiments:

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