Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ahoy! We Be Sailing On

Hi Bloggy Buds!

I've  been working on something for my kids recently (they've been all a quiver with anticipation) and it's almost ready for them.

Since we are studying explorers, I wanted to do a game with them that I did when I was learning about explorers (and pretty impactful since I remember it 20ish years later!)- although I played this in 5th grade.
What we are going to do is create teams or 'crews'. Crews are going to have to sail from Japan to Australia, exploring along the way, and staying out of harm's way! Easy, you say? Well.....

Australia's kind of on the other side of the world (Yes, it's not to scale...but the continents are mostly in the right place :)

I took two 'graphing' chart papers and taped them together- which will help the kids with their 'sailing' (and me with my drawing!).

I just need to finish coloring-- and I may tap some of my nicer and neater colorers to help me finish the ocean-I did all the continents and ocean outlines today...It took a long time! I'm going to back it with construction paper and then run it through the laminator.
Close ups:



Did I mention that the kids will be dodging whirlpools, sea monsters, ice bergs, storms and other manner of things?

There are also travel cards, which they kids will be pulling for each turn.
And of course, it wouldn't be an adventure or explorer expedition without a ship's log.

They will have to write a ship's log for each day- and the captain and first mate will change each day.

The kids have seen me working on the map for awhile, and now that it's almost done, they are getting really excited. I can't wait to start this project with them!

Today's Outfit

Sweater & Tank: Target
Pants: Gap Outlet
Shoes: Payless

We're supposed to get some snow tonight...right around the morning commute time. Here's hoping for a delay!!



Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! That sounds like a fun activity and such a great idea! You look super cute in your outfit! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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