What is Magic:
Learn to do your own magic tricks:
History of Magic and Magicians Video (11:08):
Optical Illusions and Optics:
This mythical creature is the national animal of Scotland: https://kids.kiddle.co/National_symbols_of_Scotland
Quinten’s vehicle is a flying boat. Design your own supernatural vehicle. Draw it, then build it with any materials you find. How does it move? How does it stay undetected from the human world? Does it have any interesting features?
Amari uses True Sight drops to see the supernatural world hidden in the human world. Supernatural creatures are living among humans doing normal jobs. If you had the True Sight, who in your community would be a supernatural being? Draw their supernatural selves. For example, a camp counselor could be a werewolf or a hair dresser could be Medusa.
Design a crazy outfit for the supernatural world. First draw out your design. Then, take it a step further and create your outfit in real life with recycled materials. Have a fashion show to show off your creation!
Create your own Bureau job. Write up a short description for One Thousand and One Careers. What would your supernatural job entail? What are its responsibilities and minimum badge requirement?
Make a dream journal. Keep a notebook by your bed and write down your dreams after you wake up (if you remember them). What do you think your dreams mean? https://penzu.com/dream-journal
Where the Watermelons Grow
Instead of sidewalk chalk, draw on the computer!
Draw a picture online: https://www.autodraw.com/
Paint a picture! https://www.abcya.com/games/abcya_paint
Create a Diorama
Dioramas are a fun DIY way to re-create an animal’s habitat. Using a shoebox for the base, and then construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, and other art materials for the interior, you can create a miniature model of an elephant’s home. Try to get creative without using store-bought materials.
Researching Solutions to Save the Elephants
Research solutions and organizations that are helping elephants. Find organizations that dedicate themselves to saving elephants and see what you can learn from their websites. Researching solutions, donating time or money, and spreading awareness are just a few ways to start helping elephants.
Elephant Santuary Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfeKwuRun2Y
Play an online survival game: https://arcadespot.com/game/survival-kids/
Create a survival kit/backpack in case of emergencies
Watch The Last Kids on Earth on Netflix
Walls Within Walls
Play an I Spy game online: https://www.construct.net/en/free-online-games/i-spy-hidden-objects-29669/play
Create or follow a scavenger hunt list outdoors!
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Create your own animal trivia questions. This could take the form of a Jeopardystyle quiz or a board game.
Research the next solar eclipse and make a map detailing the eclipse coverage with
Make a guide meant for new students at your school. This could be a brochure, a
website, or a presentation.
|Communication is an adaptation that helps animals survive. Communication can be auditory, visual, tactile or chemical (tastes and smells!) Animals use communication to attract mates, warn off predators, mark territory and to identify themselves.
Visual Communication - There are two types of visual communication. Badges are the color and shape of the animal. They are structural adaptations. Displays are the second type of visual communication. They are the things animals do to communicate. Displays are behavioral adaptations.
Auditory Communication - Animals make lots of different sounds to communicate. From the roar of a lion to the song of the whale, sound is a way for animals to "talk" to other animals.
Tactile Communication - When a cat rubs up against you or a dog offers you its paw, they are communicating. Animals use touch in many different ways.
Chemical Communication - Have you ever smelled a skunk? Seen a cat rub the side of its mouth against something? These are both types of chemical communication.
Did You Know?
...there are over 4,000 species of songbirds in the world.
... songbirds are also known as perching birds or passerines.
... some songbirds, like the mocking bird and the cat bird, can mimic the songs of other birds!
What Do You Think?
Click here to test your animal communication knowledge.
Learn more about coloration helps these animals communicate.
Click here to access the teacher's guide for this episode.
Junior Naturalist Patrice looks at how animals communicate with visual, auditory, chemical, and tactile signals. Patrice and Senior Naturalist Dave Erler, look at the red fox and how it communicates using scent. We take an up-close look at how songbirds communicate. Morissa and Benjamin visit a pond with Herpetologist Tom Tining and learn how frogs communicate. Watch Online >>
Create an Animal Communication Guide
Learn a new language or ASL.duolingo.comhttps://www.signlanguage101.com/
Make a wish tree:
Design a home & landscape plan that reduces the amount of flammable vegetation and materials around your school or home. Using standard graph paper, first sketch your home’s floorplan and surrounding areas. Map out the fastest route from inside your home to a safe meeting place that your entire family knows about. Insert any landscape modifications that will support or enhance your escape plan.
Read the What is a Prescribed Fire? article, published by the National Park Foundation, to learn about the Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) and its role in prescribed fires. Mimicking the PSD’s approach and accuracy (but without the real fire!), challenge students to make plans for their own ping pong ball launching devices using basic materials. For inspiration and plans for a working model, view Khan Academy’s Projectile Launcher prototype. Even without building your own, consider updates and modifications to be made to this existing ping pong ball launcher after watching the video.
Try testing out this basic forest fire simulation to learn about probability and prediction. This activity allows users to see the results of a fire if a forest is densely planted in a rectangular grid when directional probabilities are set. Try running the simulation in small groups of 2-4, challenging students to use and evaluate this forest fire probability model. Exploration questions for the instructor are also provided.
Use this blog to make lightning two different ways:
Create your very own 101 Other Things You Never Knew About Your Best Friend journal using a notebook or create your own notebook using this website:
Creative math-based string art:
Take a class poll of favorite dog breeds and graph the results using a pie chart.
Create recycle newspaper and magazine dog art:
Read about the history of Pi:
Learn about using Pi:
See Pi to the 100,000 digit:
Discover the science behind lightning:
Learn about OCD:
Not If I Can Help It
Make an all about me poster: https://www.abcya.com/games/all_about_me
Make an I am poem https://freeology.com/worksheet-creator/poetry/i-am-poem/
The Very, Very Far North
Mapping the Very, Very Far North
Use details you find in the books to create a map of the Very, Very Far North. Make sure to indicate the location of each character’s den, field, home, or burrow along with important locations and landmarks, such as the Mainly Frozen Cold Ocean, the river, and the three Humpback Whale Hills. How does this help you visualize the stories? Was there anything you were surprised to notice?
A Very, Very Impressive Vocabulary
Handsome, the musk ox, takes pride in his appearance and adherence to the rules of etiquette. He also uses more formal language than the other characters as a way to demonstrate his education. Create an illustrated book depicting Handsome’s impressive vocabulary words. Try using them with some of your friends or classmates.
Letters from a Polar Bear
The first book ends with a letter from Duane to the reader. Choose one of the characters in the book and write a letter to them. Tell them a bit about yourself and where you live, and ask them questions you have after reading the books. To extend this activity, exchange letters with a classmate and respond to their letter as if you were a character in the book.
Live from the Very, Very Far North
The author, Dan Bar-el, notes that his books are for “gentle readers and listeners.” There are qualities in his writing that make his books especially appropriate to be read aloud, including a strong sense of character voice and generous use of imagery and sound devices like alliteration. Choose a section of the book to read aloud, trying to capture the different character voices. You may want to do this as a reader’s theater script or puppet show, or using digital animation.
While Dan Bar-el’s books are set in a fictional land called the Very, Very Far North, the characters are based on real arctic animals and people. Research the real-life Arctic and compare the characters in the book with the real animals and people that inspired the creation of Duane and his friends. What information did you find most interesting? What was most surprising?
The Scientific Process
C.C. loves to make scientific observations and conduct scientific experiments. What steps does she take when she wants to learn the answer to a question? Examine a question you have about the formation of ice or the properties of salt water and develop an experiment to test your hypothesis. Record all your observations and your conclusion just as C.C. would.