Activity Set 8

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Paper Fashions

Age Range: All age groups

Players Required: 2 or more, plus parent

Materials: Plenty of newspaper, scissors and masking tape. (Camera for photo, if desired)

Directions: Ask the players to design and make their own clothes out of newspaper and masking tape. Clothes can be shorts, shirts, shoes, hats, trousers, skirts, dresses, aprons, or whatever takes the players’ fancy.

In pairs, players can help each other get dressed.

When finished, take a photo of the children in their paper fashions, have a fashion parade and ask the players to choose their favourite designs.

Write

Description: Your Thoughts as You Realise that Your Parachute Has Failed to Open!

Interview: An Interview with God

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General Knowledge Quiz #8

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

Science

  1. What is cirrus cloud like?
  2. Is ozone gas poisonous?

English

  1. What is the difference between a gerund and an infinitive?
  2. Construct a sentence containing an infinitive and a gerund.

Art

  1. What did Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael have in common?

 
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Science
  1. Cirrus is thin, wispy cloud seen very high up in the sky.
  2. Yes
English
  1. A gerund is a noun that names an activity. It always ends in “ing”. For example: I enjoy reading and swimming. An infinitive is the verb root, usually starting with “to”. It has no subject or tense. For example: It is good to go for a walk after dinner.
  2. An example is: Dieting (gerund) will help you to lose (infinitive) weight.
Art
  1. All were great Renaissance artists.

Activity Set 7

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Half & Half

Age Range: All age groups

Players Required: 2 or more, plus parent

Materials: 1 piece of newspaper per pair of players

Directions: Arrange the players into pairs. Give each pair a large piece of newspaper (Broadsheet).

On “Go”, each pair must stand on their piece of paper. Then the parent should call out “Halve it!” and the pairs must fold their sheets in half, along any axis they like, and again stand on their paper, with at least one foot from each player on their page.

No player is allowed to put the other foot on the floor, but should keep it raised. Players must hold their position for three seconds. If anyone falls off before this time, their team is out of the game.

Again the parent should call “Halve it!” and the pairs must halve their paper again.

At some point, this game appears to be impossible to continue, and unless the players can think laterally, they will lose. The secret is to fold the paper lengthways instead of crossways, and the chances of survival will be dramatically improved.

Write

Story: The Night I Saw the Tooth Fairy

Opinion: Generally speaking, boys are better at maths and girls are better at English.

Think

General Knowledge Quiz #7

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

Geography

  1. What causes the seasons?
  2. Where is the Tropic of Capricorn?

History

  1. What was the difference between Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies?
  2. Would Homo erectus have used tools and cooked his dinner?

Maths

  1. │-12 – – 6│ =

 
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Geography
  1. The tilt of the Earth
  2. The line of latitude that runs around the Earth at 23.5° South
History
  1. Palaeolithic people (Old Stone Age) were nomadic hunters and gatherers. Neolithic people (New Stone Age) planted crops and lived in small villages.
  2. Yes
Maths
  1. 6

Activity Set 6

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Race of the adverbs

Sit the children down on the floor in a big circle, with legs crossed, and tell them that they are all adverbs.

Walking around the circle, give each player an adverb identity. The first child could be an Adverb of Manner, the second an Adverb of Time, the third an Adverb of Place, and the fourth an Adverb of Quantity, and so on around the circle.

Now tell the children that you are going to call out a sentence. They must all listen and work out what type of adverb has been used. The children who belong to that adverb type must then get up, race around the circle, in a clockwise direction, and try to be the first back to their places. The first player home wins a point.

If a player gets up with the wrong identity, he must sit back down, uncross one leg and put it straight out, to show that he has made a mistake. This player is not out of the game and can keep playing. If any player with a leg out gets up at the wrong time again, he must put both legs straight out. If this player makes a third mistake, he is out of the game.

Keep playing and let the children gain points, or put their legs out, for as long as the players are having fun. Then find the winning player.

Sentences could include some of the following:

  • Jill reads slowly. (Manner)
  • Tim spells badly. (Manner)
  • We came home late. (Time)
  • Look up there. (Place)
  • The weather is really cold. (Quantity)
  • They will arrive soon. (Time)
  • It is extremely hot in a sauna. (Quantity)
  • Yesterday was my birthday. (Time)
  • Please come here, Julie. (Place)
  • The earthquake hit suddenly. (Manner)
  • The birds in the trees sing sweetly. (Manner)
  • Go inside and get your coat. (Place)
  • David was so cold that his lips turned blue. (Quantity)

Write

Instructions: How to Plait a Girl’s Hair

Diary Entry: A Child’s View of the Last Few Hours as a Passenger on the Titanic

Think

General Knowledge Quiz #6

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

Science

  1. Name the five main levels of the atmosphere.
  2. What are cosmic rays?

English

  1. Fill in the blanks in these book titles
  • Wuthering ______
  • The Pickwick ______
  • Fahrenheit ______
  • Oliver ______
  • Animal ______
  • Journey to the Centre of ______
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues ______
  • War of the ______
  • The Invisible ______
  • The Count of ______
  • Anne of Green ______
  • I, ______

Music

  1. Name the instruments that belong to the String section of the orchestra.

 
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Science
  1. Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Ionosphere, Exosphere
  2. Sub-atomic particles, mainly positively-charged protons, entering the atmosphere from Space
English
  1. Wuthering Heights, The Pickwick Papers, Fahrenheit 451, Oliver Twist, Animal Farm, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anne of Green Gables, I, Robot (or I, Claudius).
Music
  1. Violin, viola, cello, double bass.

Activity Set 5

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Animal, vegetable & mineral ball

Age Range: All age groups

Materials: 1 ball

Directions: Give the players a brief talk about the different meanings of the categories “animal”, “vegetable” and “mineral”. Then, stand them on the Games Circle with the Leader in the centre, holding the ball.

The ball is thrown to a player, and at the same time, the Leader calls out one of the three categories. As the player catches the ball, he must give an example of that category.

For example: “Vegetable” = cotton T-shirt, pumpkin soup, paper, leaf, apple, oatmeal.
“Animal” = woollen jumper, leather shoe, egg, ice-cream, bacon, mosquito, human.

“Mineral” = glass of water, china plate, air, television, fridge, Jupiter, spoon, rock.

If the player is right, he throws the ball back to the Leader, but if he is wrong, or takes more than five seconds to think of something, he goes down on one knee. If he gets one right next go, he can stand up again, otherwise he goes down on two knees, and a third time wrong, he is out.

If the players are enjoying the game, the Leader can change the routine, after a while, and instead of calling a category, he can call out an object, and the player has to say if it belongs to the animal, vegetable or mineral category.

Explain that some things are made of more than one category, and if this is called out, the players can say “Mixed”. e.g.) School shoe is “Mixed” as it contains “Animal” leather, “Vegetable” rubber soles and “Mineral” metal eyelets for the laces.

Write

Opinion: Bullies Should Be Punished

Report: Homo erectus

Think

General Knowledge Quiz #5

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

Geography

  1. What is a strait?
  2. Give an example.

History

  1. Name some of the great sea explorers of the past.
  2. Where did they sail?

Maths

  1. Without using a calculator, do this long division: 14,629 ÷ 17. Give your answer correct to 2 decimal places.

 
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Geography
  1. A narrow stretch of seawater between two larger bodies of water.
  2. The Straits of Gibraltar, The Bering Strait, The Straits of Magellan, The Straits of Malacca, Torres Strait, Bass Strait, Cook Strait.
History
  1. Pytheus (Greece to Britain), John Cabot (Britain to Canada), Bartholomew Diaz (Portugal to the Cape of Good Hope), Vasco da Gama (Portugal to India), Ferdinand Magellan (first to circumnavigate the world), Christopher Columbus (Spain to the West Indies). Amerigo Vespucci (Italy to America), James Cook (three circumnavigations of the world).
  2. (see previous answer)
Maths
  1. 860.53