I’m putting this up so that I can find it again, and in case some of my legwork finding theme activities is beneficial to someone else.
Each day of our theme week begins with a morning meeting that includes devotions, catechism, Latin review, and calender time.
Target age: PreK-3rd Grade
An exploration of the seven seas using hands on experiments, projects, and multimedia, and literature.
Day 1: Field Trip
Would have loved for this to be a trip to an aquarium, but time and budget dictated it be a trip to the Pet store and library instead. We loaded up on all the Juvenile Nonfiction related to the Ocean, as well as some children’s literature. We looked at the different kinds of fish at the Pet Store and picked up a Beta Fish. If we would have found the book “A Home for Hermit Crab”, we’d have gotten a hermit crab instead. Kids looked at and discussed the books we found on the ocean
Day 2: Oceans of the World
Movie: Window to the sea (Netflix)
The Little fish Who Cried Wolf
How will we get to the beach?
The sea and I
1) Sink or Swim: experiment with household objects. See which sink or float in water
2) Sink or Swim: add 1 cup salt to water. Did the results change? Why? Dicuss
3) Introduce Ocean Light Zones
World Map Puzzle. Name Oceans
O for Ocean coloring page
1) look at print of Hokusai “Great Wave” Briefly discuss tsunamis. Paint bubble wrap with blue finger paint. Use rolling pin to make a print of the painted bubble wrap on poster board. Save for rest of week
2) watercolor landscapes of ocean.
sorting sea glass (smooth glass stones from the craft store) group in 3’s, group in 6’s. Fill out a 3 and 6 multiplication fact grid
Listen to excerpt of Le Mer by Debussy
songs and fingerplays: “A sailor went to sea” and “A big ship sails”
Day 3 Coral Reefs
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carl
Animals that live in the Sea
The Living Sea
Observe external anatomy of Beta Fish. Fish anatomy worksheet
creatures of the Euphotic Zone
Add coral reef to poster board ocean with sponges and stickers
Fish Ex-ray cave paintings( brown paper and chalk)
Clown fish puzzle
1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive
Sea glass: group by 2’s and 5’s
Day 4 Dolphins Sharks and Whales
A sea of Sharks from A-Z
The Curious little Dolphin
Animal Planet: appropriate episodes
Some fish are mammals. Talk about mammals, traits.
Sharks are different than many other kinds of fish, cartiledge/not bone
fish classification worksheet
Math: group sea glass by 4’s and 8’s
Listen/Dance to some more of Le Mer
Mattise: using construction paper cutouts to make dolphins, shark, and whale to add to ocean scene
Day 5: Strange creatures of the deep
Movie: Ted Talks: Oceans, particularly segments on bioluminescence
Ripleys Big,Weird and Dangerous Fish
Science: sort fish by their light zone (pics from enchanted learned web site) after sorting may color and glue pics were appropriate in their ocean
Use some pics to illustrate a food chain
Play dough ocean floors
Invent a strange sea creature
Sea glass: group in 7’s
review interesting facts learned this week
Video Game Design Unit (or Intro to programming and design)
age: junior high
goal use some interesting online resources to introduce logic, computer programming, programming language, graphic design and engineering
http://www.tinkercad.com- Computer Aided Design- has a free trial, but only available until the end of April
gamestarmechanic.com – get a big picture view of the concepts and logic behind game design
scratch.mit.edu is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. designed with kids in mind
http://www.alice.org a free 3D programming environment for high school-college- prevents syntax errors , teaches the basics of programming logic/language
http://www.ldraw.org/ – Lego draw, an introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for kids. Build your lego creations on the computer and try them out before you build.
http://sketchup.google.com/ – Another free source CAD program. Build anything you can imagine using computer drafting skills.