Activity Set 12

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What Type?

Prepare four signs entitled statement, question, command and exclamation, and stick them on the four walls of the room.

Revise the four different types of sentences with the players, and remind them of the correct punctuation to use for each type.

Point out the four signs on the walls and tell the children you are going to read out a variety of sentences to classify. As soon as the players know what type of sentence has just been read, they must run to the appropriate sign.

The first player to the sign scores a point. Keep playing for as long as the children are having fun, and then find a winner.

Examples of sentences could include:

  • I don’t like hot weather. (statement)
  • Be quiet while I speak to you. (command)
  • What’s the time, please? (question)
  • Oh no! I’ve missed the bus! (exclamation)
  • Elephants are very intelligent. (statement)
  • Are elephants very intelligent? (question)
  • Go and feed the elephants. (command)
  • Elephants live in India and Africa. (statement)
  • Good grief! There’s an elephant in my garden! (exclamation)

Write

Story, ending with: … Weird, wasn’t it!

Opinion: Teenage Vandals Should Be Made to Clean Up Graffiti as a Community Service

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General Knowledge Quiz #12

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia or atlas.

Science

  1. Name the three main types of rocks in the Earth’s crust.
  2. What does limestone become on metamorphosis?

English

  1. Construct a sentence containing an adverbial clause of reason.
  2. Construct a sentence starting with a noun phrase.

Art

  1. What is Cubism?
  2. What is Surrealism?

 
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Science
  1. Sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic
  2. Marble
English
  1. An example is: I’m not going because you won’t go with me.
  2. Being rude will get you into trouble.
Art
  1. A form of painting, developed in the early Twentieth Century, which broke up and reassembled scenes into the form of cubes, edges, angles and other shapes. Picasso, Braque and Cézanne were three of its innovators.
  2. A form of art, developed from the mid-1920’s, which included unexpected and dreamlike images. Salvador Dali and René Magritte were two famous surrealists.

Activity Set 11

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Fire Engines

Age Range: All age groups

Materials: 1 small bucket of water, with water level indicated by pen mark, and 1 empty cup per team. All buckets should be identical to aid in measuring the water remaining at the game’s end.

Directions: Split the players into teams, and stand them in relay fashion at one end of the field.

Place a bucket of water for each team at the other end of the field, marked with its water level.

Give each team an empty cup.

On “Go”, the first players run with their cups to the buckets, fill them up and run to the back of their teams, back down around the bucket, and back to their teams again, and again back to the buckets. They throw the water back into the bucket, and return to their teams, giving the second players the cups.

The relay carries on in this way till all the players have run with the water.

At the end of the race, the Leaders check the volumes in the buckets, and the winning team is the one which has spilt the least amount of water.

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Letter to a Friend: About your holiday in Antarctica.

Story, starting with: I just couldn’t resist the temptation any longer. One quick look wouldn’t matter…

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General Knowledge Quiz #11

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia.

Geography

  1. What is an archipelago?
  2. Give an example

History

  1. What was the Reign of Terror?
  2. What was the Reformation?

Maths

  1. What is the area of a parallelogram with a length of 16 units and a height of 6 units?
  2. What is a scalene triangle?
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Geography
  1. A chain of islands.
  2. Examples include: Indonesia, Japan, The Aleutian Islands.
History
  1. The seizure of power by the working people, during the French Revolution, and the decapitation by guillotine of King Louis XVI and his queen, plus hundreds of churchmen and noblemen.
  2. The splitting up of the Christian Church into Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, between 1517 and 1648, as a result of corruption in the priesthood.
Maths
  1. 96 square units.
  2. A triangle with all sides and all angles different from each other.
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Activity Set 10

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Lost in the Forest

Age Range: All age groups

Players Required: 1 or more, plus parent

Materials: Pieces of paper, with a different animal name on each one, hidden outdoors in various places. 1 animal per player.

Directions: Send the players out to find one lost animal each. When a player finds one, he puts the animal name in his pocket, doesn’t tell anyone what it is, and quietly returns to the start.

When all the players are back, sit them in a circle and let them take turns to describe what they have found, giving clues to allow the others toguess what the animal is. For example: I have scales, I can do a “death roll”, have sharp teeth, I look like a log = Crocodile.

If only one or two players are playing, place several names of animals in the woods for the children to collect, so that they can give clues for two or three different animals, instead of just one.

Write

Discussion: The Job that is the Most Beneficial to Society

Instructions: How to Make a Bed

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General Knowledge Quiz #10

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia.

Science

  1. Name the eight planets in order from the Sun.
  2. What is the name of our nearest star (apart from the Sun)?
  3. How long would it take us to get there, if we could travel at the speed of light?

English

  1. What is personification?
  2. What is onomatopoeia?

Music

  1. Name the woodwind instruments.
  2. What was Ravel’s Bolero famous for?

 
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Science
  1. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
  2. Alpha Centauri
  3. 4.5 years
English
  1. A literary technique that gives human qualities to inanimate objects
  2. A word that imitates the sound it is describing e.g. quack, swish, meow
Music
  1. Piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, English horn, recorder
  2. Constant repetition of the same melody, starting quietly and slowly building up to a crescendo.

Activity Set 9

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Grab the Treasure

Age Range: All age groups

Players Required: 2 or more, plus parent

Materials: 1 shoe

Directions: Sit the players on the ground equidistant from the Treasure (shoe).

The parent calls out the names of two of the players who must race to grab the treasure.

The player who grabs it, then tries to return to his place with it. The other player must try to tip him before he reaches home. If he catches him, the player must drop his treasure on the floor, at his feet.

The pair competes again, trying to grab the treasure from where it was dropped and return home with it, until someone succeeds.

Repeat the game until all the players have had a go. Keep score to find a winner.

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Story: Triangle Child in Geometry Land

Report: The Planet You Find Most Interesting

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General Knowledge Quiz #9

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia or atlas.

Geography

  1. At what angle is the Earth tilted?
  2. At what angle from the Equator is the Antarctic Circle?
  3. At what number of degrees longitude is the Greenwich Meridian?

History

  1. What was the Boston Tea Party?
  2. Who was the first historian, what book did he write, and when did he live?

Maths

  1. Without using a calculator, what is the answer to this problem: 1.003 x 0.0014?

 
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Geography
  1. 23.5°
  2. 66.5° South
History
  1. A rebellion in 1773 by some American colonists against the British, in which a shipment of tea was thrown into the water in disgust at having to pay a tea tax to the British Government.
  2. Herodotus (from Iona in Ancient Greece); The Histories; 484 to 425 B.C.
Maths
  1. 0.0014042