During Asia Part 2, we travel to the Ring of Fire and Mount Merapi in Indonesia. Before we can understand how volcanoes erupt, we need to understand how they are formed. To understand how they are created you need to look inside the earth...Thus, I made a model of what scientists believe the inner earth looks like ...the inner core is solid nickel/iron with other elements- represented by the glitter rubberball, and the outer core is liquid nickel/iron- represented by soap and
We had such a blast tonight! Delta (my 6 year old daughter) didn't want to stop playing Whale Jenga. This is like regular Jenga but has cards in which human activities affect the phytoplankton, zooplankton, krill and fish reproduction which affects the survival of the whale at the top (i.e. " layer of smog reduces sun reaching ocean...remove 1 green block = phytoplankton which need sun to live). This gives a kinesthetic and visual representation for the kids to see how human
During North America day (after learning about Cherokee Indians, making our own bow and arrows and practicing shooting through hoops) we will learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Boyan Slat, Ocean Clean up and how we can make a difference.
During Spain we touch on their silly festival of La Tomatina, in which 20,000 participants throw over ripe tomatoes at each other! I had been trying to figure out what to use for " tomatoes" for our Tomatina Dodge ball game and with Red Nose Day around the corner...the answer became obvious. So I went to Walgreen's tonight and got 30 red noses for camp and supported child poverty across the globe....LOVE life's perfect synchronicity! :)
During the first day of Europe, we will visit Italy for the Italian Renaissance and especially Leonardo Da Vinci. We look at a few of his inventions but with a focus on the catapult. We discuss simple levers and the kids design their own simple catapults (with popsicle sticks, rubberbands, pencils and spoons) for a mini mudball battle. The picture shows a model of Da Vinci's catapult at the bottom which I will use to explain a combination of the wheel and axle and the lever.
Every morning, before starting our adventures, we will sit in a circle and say what we are grateful for...it can be anything...even the fruit loops I ate that morning. The idea is the more we practice gratitude the more we focus on thankfulness and are aware of how wonderful our lives truly are. Then we talk about the continent we will explore that day and find it on this inflatable globe (as it's passed around the circle). The continents are outlined in different color sharp
During Asia Part One, we will explore the Three Gorges Dam and the Pros and Cons of Hydropower (view chart for specifics) and test out our own hydropower model at the creek. This should help illustrate the engineering/mechanical basics of hydropwer. It is hard to see in the pic, but the LED lights up red when powered. I also will include how whole villages of people where forced to move in order to build the dam....just another con. It's better than burning fossil fuels...bu
As we visit the United States of America, we will talk about the Cherokee Indians. They lived near north Georgia and north of where we are in Oconee County. We will learn about their hunting rituals (cleaning their body in the river, putting ashes of ceremonial food on body before hunting and praying to the wind, rivers and mountains for success. After killing an animal, Cherokee hunters would ask forgiveness for taking the animal's life). We will also practice bow and arrow
Today was rainy so Delta and I did a lot of activities....including some Aboriginal art for Australia Day. The Aboriginals would create pictures on cave walls or bark...ours will be on wood. We discuss and examine Aboriginal art and then do our own, Step 1) Pick an animal stencil Step 2) outline in sharpie onto wood Step3) sponge mud over stencil to outline animal silhouette Step 4) fill in with chalk and charcoal details. The Aboriginals used charcoal from fire pits, o
During our visit to Australia we discuss the causes and results of Ocean Acidification. This will be demonstrated by visual images and a chemistry lesson related to the ph chart (the colors corresponding to acid, neutral or base) and observing the reaction as carbon dioxide from my breath changes the ph of water from green (neutral) to yellow (acidic). This is exactly what is occurring in our oceans. As more CO2 is absorbed by the ocean and plankton it becomes more acidic and