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At-Home Activities: Explorer's Tool Kit

October 26-30

Workshop Class Activities

  1. Craft – Photo Frames

  2. Key Points – Ten Essentials

  3. Collaborative – Biomes

  4. Language Arts - 10 Essentials of Punctuation

  5. Math/Logic – Odds of Survival

  6. Prepare for Adventure - Disaster Supplies

  7. Big Activity – Slippery Soles Experiment

  8. Movement - Who’s the Leader?

At-Home Activities

See a suggested week schedule at


  • Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to North and South Poles (here are some suggestions: )

  • notebook or lined paper

  • pencil

  • tally sheet (at the end of the outline)

  • number ladder (included)

  • die

  • Make Ten game board (included)

  • game pieces such as paperclips or dry beans

H07 Number Ladder and Make Ten
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  • Various fiction and non-fiction books that relate to North and South Poles



  • “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” - Susan Sontag

  • “We were born to be free, to expand our horizons by going where we have never gone before, and not to hang out in the relative comfort and safety of the nest, the known. There is a place within us that is courageous beyond our human understanding; it yearns to explore beyond the boundaries of our daily life.” - Dennis Merritt Jones

Language arts lesson

  • The most widely used punctuation mark is the comma. Watch this video to discover four of the uses of the comma:

  • Read this book to discover some humorous comma usage:

Writing Activity

  • Rewrite this paragraph, adding the necessary commas:

Halloween is a night of costumes fun and candy. People enjoy Halloween parties trick-or-treating and haunted houses. Over two thousand years ago the Halloween festival was known as Samhain which meant end of summer. Nowadays Halloween has become famous in the entire world specifically in United States of America. The day generates billions of dollars every year through selling of costumes decorations candy and even films with themes of Halloween.


  • Write about your plans for Halloween.


Math Concept

  • Multiplication – If each member of your family had six pairs of socks, how many pairs of socks does your family have all together? How many individual socks does your family have? This problem is easiest to solve with multiplication.

Math Project

  • It’s a good idea to have non-perishable foods in your 72-hour emergency kit. Here is an example of some non-perishable foods that can be included. This is enough food for one person for one day. How many of each of these foods would your family need to have enough for your whole family for three days?

1 gallon of water 1 breakfast bar 1 raisin snack box 1 snack size animal crackers 1 fruit leather 1 snack size peanut butter 4 Slim Jims 2 granola bars 1 Fig Newtons snack pack

Math Concept

  • Tally marks are a quick way of keeping track of numbers in groups of five. One vertical line is made for each of the first four numbers; the fifth number is represented by a diagonal line across the previous four.

  • A Bar Graph is a graphical display of data using bars of different heights.

Math Project

  • You may not realize how often you use the ten essentials every day. Keep a tally of each time you use the various elements of the ten essentials in a day. You can use the tally sheet at the end of this outline. On another day, create a bar graph to show how many times you used each of the ten essentials.

Mental math

  • Number Ladder: Place the numbers 1-9 on the included number ladder, one on each rung, in random order. Roll a die. Add or multiply (depending on ability) the number from the die to the number on the bottom rung of your ladder. If this number is correct, you get to add or multiply the same die number with the number the next rung up. You may continue in this manner as long as you continue to have the right answers. Roll a new number for your next turn. How many times can you get to the top of the ladder? When playing with older students, put harder numbers such as two or three-digit numbers or fractions on the rungs.

Math game

  • Play Make Ten – see attached game board.


Research and Report

  • What is your favorite biome? Do some research about this biome. Where can it be found? What would you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch in this biome? Make a blog post about this biome. Include pictures and an explanation about what you would enjoy most about visiting this biome.

Themed Fireworks Project

  • Do some ice experiments:

6-week project

This week you can start working on a bigger project that will take six weeks to work on. You can do a little each week. By the end of the project you will have:

  • A written report

  • An oral report

  • Some kind of a display

Here are your 6-week project assignments for this week:

  • Choose a topic for your project. We’re studying arctic and Antarctic regions for the next six weeks, so something along these lines would be plants or animals that live in the arctic or Antarctic, polar science, the Northern Lights, etc. It’s a good idea to be fairly specific. For example, choose a specific animal – not all of them.

  • Choose your display. A report display can be much more than a tri-fold board. You can make a garden, a stuffed animal, or even a Lego structure.

Go here to get more ideas on how to do a 6-week report:


Do some geocaching:

Other Ideas

• Eat only your daily rations for one day.

• Make a map of the world that is colored to identify the biomes throughout.

• Make a map that shows how to get from your home to one of your favorite places to visit.

• Pack a 72-hour kit for your family.

• Assemble your own ten essentials kit to use on your adventures.

Go to to find out more about:

• field trips

• in-person classes

• online classes

• at-home materials


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