Monday, July 17, 2017

Oceans Sleepover

For our sleepover, we chose the OCEAN CHALLENGE from WAGGGS, to further our learning about SDG#14: Life Below Water. 

7:00-7:30 Arrival 

7:30-7:45 Orientation 

7:45-8:00 Ice Breaker: EvolutionWe adapted it to be sea creatures. Everyone starts out as Plankton. You play Rock/Paper/Scissors and if you win you move up a level and if you lose, you move down a level. (Though as Plankton to start, you stay at Plankton until you win). You can only play R/P/S against someone who is at the same level as you.

Level 1: Plankton—hands make one eye in front of face (say "Karen", Plankton's wife from Spongebob Squarepants)) 
Level 2: Minnow—crouch down to walk around (Say "Gilligan"--the ship on Gilligan's Island was called the SS Minnow)
Level 3: Catfish—Make fists for ears and meowing sounds 
Level 4: Seal—clap hands with straight arms and bark like a seal
Level 5: Shark—Make a fin above head and dun dun sounds (from Jaws)

This was hilarious to watch!

8:00-8:20 Learn about oceans (A.01, A.10) 
We printed off a large map of the world to show where the world's oceans are and gave each girl a worksheet we found on the internet to fill in and label the oceans.
Worksheet to fill out ocean locations 

8:20-8:30 Brainstorm types of life (flora/fauna) in the ocean (B.01) 
We just had the girls come up with as many different types of ocean life as they could!

8:30-8:45 Talk about favourite seaside activities (C.01) 
Everyone got a chance to talk about what they like to do at oceans and lakes.

8:45-9:15 Mug up 
Fish and chips—goldfish crackers and potato chips, water 

9:15-9:45 Build a story (C.02) 
Start by talking about what a fisher does during the day. Think of plot points we can include. Then each girl adds a sentence to create the story. This was a lot of fun and the girls had a great time doing it. (What's Your Fish Story) (DY2#5)

9:45-10:00 Campfire singalong 

10:00-10:30 Get ready for bed 

10:30 Lights out 

7:00-8:00 Get up and pack up. Dress for a hike 

8:00-9:00 Hike with breakfast. There's a Cowboy Farm across the street from where we have our sleepover. We call ahead to ask permission to hike on their trails and it's a great start to the day (plus we get to see the horses and animals from their petting zoo.) We pack a paper bag breakfast to take with us and eat on the way. 

Unfortunately, it was really cold out that morning. We didn't cancel the hike--we just made sure everyone was dressed properly--with snow pants and hats and hoods and mittens) and we had our breakfast when we got back so they didn't have to take their mittens off to eat. 
Mini bagels, squeeze apple sauce, water bottles 

9:00-9:25 Round Robin 1
9:30-9:55 Round Robin 2
10:00-10:25 Round Robin 3
10:30-10:45 Snack Fish and Chips trail mix (Swedish fish, banana chips, chocolate chips and whatever else you want to put into your trail mix)
10:45-11:15 Round Robin 4

Round Robin activities
#1: Underwater Scope craft (A.08)
Materials: Yogurt containers, saran wrap, duct tape, aquarium/basin, rocks, shells, toys 

#2: Coral Reef (D.08) 
Background information: P56, P78
Materials: Plasticine

I am always blown away by how creative the girls are (you'd think I'd expect it at this point!) The coral reefs were so intricate and delicate and they did a great job replicating the polluted reefs.
(DY2#6, Art Production #2)

#3: Build a boat (C.06) 
Materials: Aluminum foil, basin, beans, various items

The girls were just given aluminum foil and told to make a boat! Once they had their designs, they tested them to see how much weight they could hold.

#4: Bean Count (E.06) 
Simulate how fish tagging works
Materials: bowl/jar, beans, markers

This was my activity and it turned out so cool. We had a large bin of beans. For each group that came through, I explained how tagging works and had them decide how many beans they wanted to tag and each girl got a chance to mark them. Once they marked all their beans, they mixed them back in and then each girl took a handful out and counted how many they had removed and how many of those were tagged. Using a formula, we could determine how many the group thought there were total.

The more beans each girl and group tagged, the closer they were to the number. The more beans each girl and group pulled, the closer they were to the number. 

While they were eating lunch, we counted up the actual number of beans. When averaging each group together so we have 14 samples, our estimate was 1566. The total number was 1577! Even though I know math and science work, it is so cool to see math and science work! (BY3#4)
(Link to activity: Counting Fish)

We had some time to fill at the end of my activity, so I challenged them to create one sea creature with their bodies (Be-a-Shark pantomimes). This turned out cool too. (DY2#6)

Top left: Octopus, Top Right: Lobster
Bottome Left: Shark, Bottom Right: Seal

11:30-12:15 Ocean Pollution skits
Background info: P53, P55, P57, P61, P64, P77-79

After a discussion about what causes ocean pollution, they came up with skits to show how pollution is bad and what changes can be made to prevent it. They always love doing skits!

12:30-1:00 Lunch Fish and Chips. There is a local fish and chips shop 5 minutes from our sleepover so we ordered in for lunch! The girls all loved the fish and chips!

1:00-1:30 We shared the bean results, we shared the pantomimes with everyone,  and then we played a game of Pass the Whale Charades (YaO2#2).

1:30-2:00 Closing

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