Activity Array

Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.


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Sometimes He Calms the StormMUSICAL DRAMATIZATION

This dramatization involves 3 actors and 6 minor actors.  It is written to go with the following song:

Music by:  Scott Krippayne

Dramatization by Janelle Clendenon

 

On stage have a sail boat and long light blue, medium blue, and white cloth or plastic laid out the length of the stage, as desired.  Stage hands (minor actors) will be stationed on either side of each length of color.  When indicated by the color described, they will lift that color length and move it up and down to demonstrate the action of the waves described.  Jesus figure is wearing white.  Child figure is wearing a color that stands out such as red, green, or purple.  Dark figure wears black.

 

All who sail the sea of faith find out before too long

Light blue lifted up like sky (top corner held high, bottom corners touching floor or hanging down)

 

How quickly blue skies can grow dark and gentle winds grow strong

Light blue lowered, all corners held, flapped like waves.  And darker blue held up like sky (top corner held high, bottom corners touching floor or hanging down)

 

Suddenly fear is like white water pounding on the soul

Add white, a little higher than the light blue, all corners held tight and flapped furiously like white cap waves


Still we sail on knowing that our Lord is in control

            Jesus figure enters scene and stands behind boat

 

Sometimes He calms the storm with a whispered peace be still

Jesus figure holds up hands. White and light blue stop flapping and lower to floor. Darker blue settles to floor.


He can settle any sea but it doesn’t mean He will

            Lt blue, white and dark blue raised and ready

 

Sometimes He holds us close and lets the wind and waves go wild

Lt blue, white, and dark blue, all corners held tightly, flapped vigorously like waves


Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child

Child figure enters.  Jesus figures opens arms, inviting a hug.  They hug.  Meanwhile waves of all colors continue to flap.

Sometimes He calms His child

Pathfinders present musical drama

Nothing can snatch you from His hand

Click here to download a pdf of the Full script.

Click here to download PowerPoint cue slides for Sometimes He Calms the Storm MusicalDramaCUES.


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Pathfinder Bible Experience

 

Pathfinder Bible Experience encourages young people to read the Bible and place it deep in their hearts.  Find out more about it here.

Pathfinder Bible Experience or PBE in 2017 quizzes Pathfinders on six of Paul’s books or letters.  We encourage you to read these books and see how much you remember by opening the PowerPoint quizzes.

After you open the PowerPoint, be sure to go to  the “Slide Show” tab and click “From beginning” to show the slide show.  Click to progress through the slides and to start the timer.  The answer pops up when the timer is done.

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Paul Wrote many letters

Galatians — A letter to the Christians at Galatia explores the roles of grace and obedience to rules and traditions.

Ephesians — A letter from Paul to the Christians in Ephesus reminds us that Jesus Christ cleans us from the inside out.  We become a new person in thought and action because of His love, grace, and Holy Spirit.

Philippians — A letter from Paul to the Christians in Philippi encourages us to be content in whatever circumstance.  The joy God gives fills us despite whatever storm we may be in at the time, because God IS with us.

Colossians — Paul writes to the Christians in Colosse to remind them that Jesus is the VIP.  He is the Creator, Sustainer, Son of God, and Savior of the World.

1 Timothy — Paul writes to the new young pastor, Timothy to teach him how to set up the new church and be a great pastor.  He reminds all young people that they are capable of doing great things for God, because God has gifted them with talents and enables them to minister to His people.

2Timothy — Paul writes again to Timothy to encourage him to persevere and be faithful.  We too can be faithful workers who please God.

 

 


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Pathfinder Explorer Honors

Pathfinders is the Seventh-day Adventist youth group similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Check it out at http://www.pathfindersonline.org/

Here is a resource when you teach the following honors that go with the Explorer Class Requirements.  These power points answer all the questions in the honor.  They include embedded You Tube videos explaining the different concepts and may include videos that instruct how to make hands-on projects, too.   Another resource which is available are the Pathfinder Honor Worksheets link

 

Stars honor  Star Honor Power Point

Star Honor Requirements link

 

 

Stars Advanced honorAdvanced Star PowerPoint

Advanced Star Honor Requirements link

 

 

weather honor

Weather Honor Power Point

Weather Honor Requirements link

 

Weather Advanced honorAdvanced weather Honor Power Point

Advanced Weather Honor Requirements link

 

 

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Christian, Grooming, and Manners PowerPoint

Christian, Grooming & Manners Requirements link

 

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Basic Rescue PowerPoint

Basic Rescue Requirements link

 

 


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Cool Off

Cool Off is based on chapter 6 of the book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.  This chapter introduces the second anger-dousing method which is to think cool thoughts.  Cool thoughts help cool yourself down so that you can think and solve the problem.  “I can deal with this” and “This isn’t worth getting angry about” are examples of cool thoughts.

This theme has 5 mini-themes:

  • Cool thoughts
  • Staying Cool
  • Ice is Nice
  • Water, Water everywhere
  • Change it Around

Cool Thoughts

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 6
  2. Discuss: Cool thoughts vs. Hot Thoughts – make chart (with situations p. 40-41 and 44)  NOTE:  45 – giving an angry person a cool thought usually makes matters worse.  Instead note that it looks like they are thinking hot thoughts and ask them what cool thoughts they can think of.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Freeze some fruit such as fresh peaches or berries to eat tomorrow.  Wash and dry the fruit.  Lay them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer.  Optional:  Save some of the fruit to eat fresh now.
  • Make a fruit salad with a mixture of canned, fresh, and frozen fruit or berries.  Pour off the juice from the canned fruit and mix it with a 3 oz. box of instant vanilla pudding.  Mix that and the rest of the fruit and berries together.  Recipe here.

Art & Crafts

  • cooloffpicframeCool thought plaques – using Popsicle sticks make a frame for a cool picture (cut a picture from a magazine of something cool like ice-cream/Popsicle/swimming pool & add eyes and mouth to personify the object OR of a person or two) – add a cool thought bubbles (see page 42-43)
  • Popsicle craft  — Make paper Popsicles.   Decorate them with fruit stickers, glitter sprinkles or paper shapes.  Add real Popsicle sticks.
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Science

  • Cool it down — How many ice-cubes does it take to cool down boiling or hot water?
    • Supplies:  food stick thermometer & a bag of ice-cubes
    • Directions:  Adult — heat 2 cups water to boiling (or another temp., like 100°) then pour water into a bowl;
    • Kid carefully put thermometer end in water and check temperature of water.  Do not touch hot water!
    • Add ice-cubes to bowl one at a time.  Keep an eye on the thermometer.   How many ice cubes does it take to bring boiling water down to 40°?  Can you bring it to 32°?
    • Talk point:  If you’re really hot (angry), might you have to say a cool thought more than once before you start to cool down?

Fun With Words

  • Cool thought chart — add cool thoughts and hot thoughts to the chart which was started during the overview time.
  • Do the activities on pages 40 and 44 of the book

Fitness Play

  • Cool off Challenge — You will need enough ice cubes so every participant has one.  The challenge is to see who can get their ice cube to melt first.  They can either choose to rub it on their arms and legs or hold it in their hands.

Staying Cool

Getting Started — An Overview

  1. Discuss: How many of you thought a cool thought during a hot situation yesterday or today?  We want to make cool thinking a habit.  You can think cool thoughts before you get hot. –
  2. Review cool thought chart made yesterday as suggested on pages 40-43

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make Popsicle to eat tomorrow or (about 6 hours) later:  Pour juice or pop into a Popsicle mold or Dixie cup.  Place a Popsicle handle, popsicle stick, or plastic spoon into it and place it in the freezer to freeze overnight.  For a fun variation, drop in a dollop of sherbet ice-cream before freezing it.  Level up with a gourmet versions using whizzed up fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt and juice as in recipes shown in the video below:

Art & Crafts

  • Water bottle cover — These covers help you identify your water bottle,  make it easy to carry a water bottle, and helps them stay cool.  You can add foam stickers.
    • https://activityarray.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/f4c27-done.jpg?w=126&h=136  See directions by Amanda here
    • Variation:  Instead of sewing the seam or using lacing, use your choice of the fancy duct tape now available.  Duct tape the seam.  Extend the duct tape over the top of the holder in a high arc to make a handle, then tape the other side of the holder, opposite of the seam.  Finish your handle by folding  the edges towards the center of the duct tape so that the sticky part of the duct tape is covered up.
  • Fan craft — Either use a piece of pretty scrapbook paper, a page from a magazine, or decorate a plain white piece of paper.   Next fold the paper like an accordion (see the video below).   You can put several fans together to make it more full.

Engineering and Science

  • Water park — Design and draw a water park.  Features might include a water slide, pool, wave pool, water rides, spray park, large

    marble track

    water guns, and more.

  • Water slide demo — Using a marble track, make a ‘water’ slide.  A marble track uses the same physic principles of a water slide.  How can you keep the marble going?  How do you need to build the slide?  Level up:  If this were a real water slide, people would need to get up to the top.  How will you get them there?  Design a ramp, stairs, or other way and make it using blocks, Lego’s, K’nex or other building system.

Health

  • Heat Exhaustion — If a person is in extreme heat too long without adequate water they can get heat exhaustion.  This is serious!  What can you do to help?  You need to get them cooled off inside and out by getting them to a cool place and giving them water and sports drink to drink and sponging them with water.
    • Role-play:  Person 1 acts as if they are suffering from heat exhaustion (hot, exhausted, feeling faint).  Person 2 comes to their aid with something to drink and then gets wet towels for their forehead and neck.
  • Heat Stroke — If a person had exhaustion, but didn’t cool off they may get a heat stroke.  Signs of a heat stroke are:  a temperature of 104 degrees, low blood pressure, high heart rate, a confused and agitated state of mind.   They need medical attention and to be cooled off quickly!  Immerse them in water and give them water & sports drink to drink.  Fan them and put ice packs on their neck and under their arm pits.

Fun with Words

  • How many words can you write that rhyme with “cool”?   Bonus:  Make a poem using some of the words.
  • Write a story about your experience in a water park, pool, or doing another ‘cooling off’ activity.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Water play — Get cool with some water play!  Here are some suggestions:
    • Have a water fight using cups of water, water balloons, hoses, water gun, or whatever you want to allow
    • Run thru some sprinklers
    • Go swimming
    • Slip and slide on either a purchased slip and slide or a long piece of plastic that is covered in water.  Make sure water is running on the plastic so that it stays slippery.

Ice is Nice

resource:  Ice theme activities by Jean Warren:

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: science investigations –
    1. What kind of questions do scientist ask? –
      • Why?
      • Do all…?
      • What if?
      • What is…?
      • How..?
    2. How do scientists find out the answers? They do an experiment and test their theory.  They have a control and then test 1 variable in each sample.
    3. They write down their questions, experiments, and results These may lead to other experiments.
  2. Introduce ice science experiment.
    1. Note that the activities for the day require ADVANCED PREPARATION:  Freeze colored water for ice painting and Freeze water balloons for ice balloon experiment.  See the activities for detailed instructions

Snack & Nutrition

  • Eat a Popsicle made yesterday

Art & Crafts

  • Ice painting –
    • Preparation:  Fill a Dixie cup (for each desired color) 2/3 full.  Add in a Tablespoon of liquid paint.  Insert a Popsicle sticks or plastic spoon for a handle.  Place in the freezer the day before doing the activity.  NOTE:  Write on the cups:  This is paint.  Do NOT eat!
    • When Ice painting is frozen.  Hold the cup upside down under warm water to warm the edges and make it easier to remove.  Take the ice painting out of the cup and your ready to start painting!
    • Provide paper to paint on and a place to put the ice painting pops when they are not being used.

Engineering and Science

  • Ice balloons
    • Preparation:  Fill water balloons and place them in the freezer.  Freeze a couple days so that they are completely frozen.
    • cool investigations – see activity print out and video by exploratorium
      • Place salt/food coloring on ice.  What happens?
      • Place ice in a container of water.  What does it do?
  • Ice Racing — make a ramp and have ice cube races (idea by Jean Warren) – measure which cube went the furthest

Fun With Words

  • Write out a possible experiment using the questions you came up with from the ice balloon activity
  • Ice is Nice — What rhymes with “ice”?  Make a list.   The person  with the most words (or everyone with x# of words) gets an extra Popsicle.

Fitness Play

  • Ice hockey – place block around the edge of a table.  On opposite ends make goals by putting an arch block in front of the other blocks or by putting blocks on either side of a space in the middle.  2 players play each other, each with a plastic spoon as a hockey stick.  The puck is an ice-cube.  Game plays like air-hockey

Water, water everywhere

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Watch the Water cycle (precipitation, water run-off in streams to ocean; evaporation; condensation in clouds; precipitation).
  1. Where can we find water?  Why do we need water?
  2. Discuss:  the benefit of water to good health: (See more at webmd here)
    1. maintain balance of body fluids to aid digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintain body temperature
    2. helps control calories – when substituted for higher calorie drink
    3. energize muscles
    4. keep skin looking good
    5. help your kidneys cleanse your body
    6. maintain normal bowel function

Snack & Nutrition

  • Hydrate – drink water!
    • Taste Test:  Which do you like better (have the following options available):  cold water (from fridge), water with ice in it, water at room temperature, or hot water.
    • How much water did you drink today?
    • Water Chart:  Draw a picture of a cup with 8 ice cubes or 8 horizontal lines.  Color a cube or a space each time you drink a cup of water.

Art & Crafts

  • Swim craft: choose own ‘swimmer’ to put onto stick: duck, dolphin, child, etc.
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    • Draw a circle and cut it out or use a paper plate.
    • Cover the circle with blue construction paper or you could paint or color it blue.
    • Optional:  add decoration to make the setting — such as:  reeds & lily pads for a pond or diving board & buoy string for a pool.
    • Choose what you want to be the swimmer (duck, frog, child, or whatever you wish).  You could choose to draw your swimmer, cut out a picture you printed from online, trace it from a stencil, or use a sticker.
    • Glue your swimmer to a Popsicle stick.
    • Cut a 1 inch slit in the pool or pond to insert the Popsicle stick in.  Another option would be to cut a longer slit so that you can make your swimmer puppet ‘swim’ from one end of the slit to the other.
  • water paint — paint a water scene using water color paints.  You might paint a picture of a lake, ocean, river, pool, rainy day, or other water scene.

Science

  • Draw a water cycle picture
  • Water Cycle in a jar
    • Put about an inch of water in a glass jar
    • Microwave it for 1 minute
    • Fill a small bowl with ice
    • Place the bowl of ice over the glass jar with hot water
    • Watch what happens.  Do you see….
      • evaporation (you may need to remove the bowl for a bit)
      • condensation in or on the jar or bowl?
      • drops of water falling from the bowl? These are raindrops.
  • Water movement – using a cup of water and clear tubing and gravity, can you make the water go from the full cup to another empty cup without tipping either cup? Try putting the full cup at different heights.  Try putting the one end of the tubing in one cup and the other in the other cup.  Try putting a finger over the end of the tube in the empty cup in a tapping motions – on off on off (this may ‘prime the pump’ so that water flows from one to the other)

Fun With Words

  • Write a story, poem, rap or song about water

Fitness Play

  • Water relay – For each team have a full bucket of water, a cup or sponge, and an empty bucket. The team lines up behind the full bucket.  The empty bucket is placed a good running distance away (20-30 feet).  Each member of the team takes a turn using the cup or sponge to transfer water from the full bucket to the empty bucket.  The team with the most water in their ‘empty’ bucket at the end of the time limit is the winner.

Change it Around

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review Cool Thoughts and assess how kids did; congratulate goal achievements.  Were you able to change your ‘hot’ thoughts to ‘cool’ thoughts?  Today we are going to experiment with making changes and being change detectives.
  2. Change Game – from iSixSigma —  See more here.
    1. Cross arms as if bored – change arms so that other one is on top
    2. Change your seat – do you feel comfortable sitting in a new place?
    3. Change your looks – get in partners; person A & B look at each other then turn back to back; person A makes 5 (or other #) changes; face each other; person B tries to point out all 5 (or other #) changes; then trade roles. — variation: have 1 person come up for viewing then go to another room and change something about their looks and return to front of room; others guess what they changed

Snack & Nutrition

  • Change it around – finger food must be eaten with a spoon/fork; food usually eaten with a spoon/fork must be eaten with the handle of the spoon or fork

Art & Crafts

  • Milk rainbows – pour milk in a plate with sides so that it just covers the bottom of the plate; drop food coloring (1-3 drops) in the middle of the milk so that each color is separate but close like the four leaves of a clover; dip a Q-tip in the middle of the drops of color; take it out and put a drop of dawn dish soap on the Q-tip and dip it again in the middle of the color drops; watch; dip the Q-tip in various places and watch the results — video at:

Science

  • Magnets – Experiment putting magnets together.  Do they always stick or attract?  Do they ever push each other away or repel?
    • Think about it:  How do we attract others? — repel others?

 

Fun With Words

  • Cool it — change the word BOIL to COOL by changing 1 letter at a time. Each letter change needs to make a word — boil > coil > cool  Option 2  Change the word FIRE to COOL – fire > fore > fort > foot > fool > cool (write clues for each word);

Fitness Play

  • About face!  That is the command given to face the opposite direction when a soldier is standing still at attention.  If the soldier is marching, the command, “to the rear, march”  tells the soldier to turn around and march the opposite way.  Learn marching commands:  left face, right face, about face, forward march, to the rear march


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Escape

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Get out

This theme is part 6 of a unit on Overcoming Temper Flares.  It is based on chapter 5 of the book,  What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.   Chapter 5 introduces the first anger dousing technique, which is to take a break.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Take a Break
  • Escape!
  • Extinguish

Take a Break

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 5
  2. Have a vacuum for the demonstration described in the chapter.  How close or far away can items be, but still be pulled in by the vacuum?
  3. Discuss: How can we escape the pull of angry thoughts and feelings?  Do you need to move your thoughts just a little bit or find something totally different to think about?  How can you do that?

Snack & Nutrition

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  • Slurp it up – drink milk/juice with a straw – time who can slurp it up the fastest? Can you slurp it with the straw out of the milk or juice?  Why?  How is the straw like a vacuum?

Art & Crafts

  • Take a Break — This activity is suggested on p. 35 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares — Make a poster showing 4 things you can do while taking a break. These should be easy things to do that you enjoy and that take your full attention. Title it:  Take a Break and at the bottom write your goal:  Go for 10
  • Go for 10 — This activity is suggested on p. 36 and 37 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares -– Decorate a string with beads; leave a long string so that you can tie a knot for each time you step away from the force of your anger and go do something fun or relaxing. Go for 10 knots.  Choose a way to celebrate when you achieve 10.

Science

  • The Power of the Vacuum – spread rice, torn paper, and dry beans on an area of the hard floor – turn the vacuum on and point it towards the items, but about a foot away. How close must the vacuum be in order to suck up the rice? – torn paper? –dry beans? (How far must the item be so it won’t get sucked up?)

Math Challenge

  • 10 knots — convert to miles per hour (mph) – use calculators and the equation to figure it out — Knots is how the speed of aircraft and boats is measured. Both miles per hour and knots is a speed which is the number of units of distance that is covered for a certain amount of time.

1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour = 6076 feet per hour
1 mph =1 mile per hour = 5280 feet per hour

If a boat is going 1 knots per hour, how many miles per hour is it going?  First we must convert the speed to feet per hour.  So 1 knot is 6076 feet per hour  1×6076=6076  Then we can divide the answer by 5280 which is how many feet per hour something that is going 1 mph is going.  So 6076 ÷ 5280 = 11.5 mph.

How many miles per hour would it be if

  • a boat was going 2 knots per hour?   2 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph
  • a plane were going 10 knots per hour? 10 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph

Fitness Play

  • Go outside and enjoy your favorite game, sport, or activity.

Escape Plan

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Discuss: Fire Safety –
    1. Smoke goes up, so get down!
    2. Get out – go quickly to the nearest exit (window or door)
    3. Is it safe? If the door is an inside door & is hot – find another way
    4. Once out – Meet – go to your meeting place
    5. Get help – go to a neighbor’s house or call on cell 9-1-1
  2. Follow-up: We talked about the importance of taking a break when you feel the spark of anger, just like we need to escape when there is smoke.  How are you doing on your way to Go for 10!  Rate yourself: High five if you are making good progress; 3 up if you are doing OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Salsa Taste test:  Have various flavors of salsa and chips.  Kids taste each and rate them on a chart

Art & Crafts

  • Escape Plan — from Temper Flare  — Draw a plan that shows where you might go and what you might do if you get mad at home or at school.  You might want to make a comic strip
  • Escape Plan –from a house fire —  Draw your home floor plan.  Draw arrows to show your escape plan

Engineering and Science

  • Building project: build a house and show the escape plan for if there is a fire; remember each room should have 2 ways out; show where the meeting place is
  • Build a maze using Legos on a Lego board OR blocks on a table & have a friend get a marble or other object to go through it.  This is a simple one.   Challenge kids to make tunnels with hidden exits and ramps.
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Fun With Words

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • Fire safety crossword and maze from firesafekids.org/activities

Fitness Play

  • With lights out and eyes closed, from the center of the room or the far side, crawl to the door – help each other get out safely

 

Extinguish

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
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Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
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Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

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    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay

Engineering

  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.

Science

  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at education.com

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”


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FIRE!

Fire! Fire!

Large_bonfire“People often say that anger is like fire.  It’s HOT.  It can RAGE out of control.  It BURNS anyone who gets too close.  It’s a good comparison…” (What to Do When Your Temper Flares p. 26)  The purpose of this chapter is to discover what feeds anger and what can extinguish it.  These ideas will be developed further in later chapters.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Fire! Fire!
  • Explosion
  • Extinguish

Fire!  Fire!

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. what-to-do-when-your-temper-flares-a-kid-s-guide_1Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 4:  Fire!  Fire!
  2. Discussion points:
    • How anger and fire grow bigger with fuel & hot air;
    • Ways to douse a (real) fire; and
    • Brainstorm ways to douse anger
  3. Discuss: We can use fire for our (and others’) benefit to get us warm or cook food.  Can we respond to the spark of anger within us by helping others?  What if someone is being bullied and you get angry at the bully.  How can you help the person being bullied without becoming a wild beast?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make it hot – Make a hot salsa:
    1. Simple Hot Salsa from allrecipes.com
      • 1 jalapeno pepper, or more to taste
      • 1 serrano pepper
      • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
      • 1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
      • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Poke a few holes into the jalapeno and serrano peppers and drop into the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Cut stems off peppers and place into a food processor with diced tomatoes and their juice, onion, and garlic. Pulse several times to your desired texture. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in salt. If desired, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • Serve with Corn chips

Art & Crafts

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    Fire craft

    Build a fire – Supplies:  cardboard, small rocks, cinnamon sticks, yellow and red tissue paper.  — Directions:

    • Cut out a cardboard circle (a 4 or 5 inch diameter is a nice size)
    • Glue the small rocks around the edge of the cardboard circle using a low temp glue gun or tacky glue.  Talk about the need for a fire ring if you are building a camp fire.
    • Optional:  Glue on coffee grounds.  This makes a nice smell and looks like dirt or ashes.
    • Glue on cinnamon sticks to be the logs.  You could also use small tree sticks, but the cinnamon sticks smell nice.  Crisscross the sticks.  Talk about how you have to crisscross the wood in a real fire to allow space for the air to feed the flame.
    • Cut small squares of red and yellow tissue paper.  You can squeeze the paper together in different ways to make it look like flames.  You can use the colors separately or together.  Put a bit of glue on the bottom of the flame and press your tissue paper flames between the sticks.
    • Enjoy the aroma and ambiance of your fire!

Music

  • Sing: O’Leary took a lantern to the shed… re Chicago fire in Oct. 8, 1871   – burned 2,000 acres and lasted more than 24 hours  Find out more about the story behind the song here from mama Lisa.  The motions for the camp song are here.

 

 

Science

  • What will burn?  The kids won’t be actually burning these things, just sorting them, so they may need some prior experience.
    • Directions: – sort various items into 3 groups:  burns well, burns OK, won’t burn in a simple fire.
    • Items may include such things like: pine cones, fuzz sticks, lint, twigs, big branch, oil, foil, nails, plastic, rock…
    • WARNING:  DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE!
  • No air, no flame – set a candle in a safe place and light it.  Have a glass jar which you can turn upside down and put over the candle.  The jar must be able to cover the candle with room above the candle for the flame and be able to sit flat on the table so that air will not enter the jar.  How long will the candle burn after the jar is placed over it?
  • What happens when we add a plate of water to this experiment?  Check it out:

Fire Safety

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • A website full of fire safety facts, videos, and games: fire facts.org  or fire safe kids
  • Conduct a fire drill

Fitness Play

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Explosion

Getting Started:  An Overview:

  1. Review chapter 4 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares.  Do angry thoughts make a person’s anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)    If anger gets bigger and bigger and its bottled in, there might be an explosion!   Do angry actions like hitting or tearing something make the anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)
  2. Discuss: What makes an explosion…  Explosive, a substance that will burn up or decompose almost instantly, producing intense heat and a large volume of expanding gas. This rapid change of state is called an explosion. Depending on its nature, an explosive may be detonated (set off, or exploded) by applying heat (such as a flame or spark), by shaking, or by striking. The sharp sound, or report, of an explosion is due to air waves set in motion by the explosion’s force.  (Read more at:  http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/chemistry-terms/explosive-info.htm )
  3. Discuss: Have you ever felt like you are ready to explode?  What makes an emotion explosion?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Color Explosion #1: food coloring is water-soluble & cannot dissolve in oil.  When mixed in oil, it is trapped, eventually sinks in the water, makes contact with the water & dissolves.

Step 1:  Fill a clear jar with water.

Step 2:  In a separate cup, combine 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and a few drops each of red, blue, and yellow liquid food coloring; mix them together with a fork.

Step 3:  Pour the color red oil into the jar of water, and watch as streamers of color descend.

  • Color Explosion #2 using milk, food colors, and a Q-tip with dish soap.

Art & Crafts

  1. Explosive Ivory soap – cut in half and and compare with another type of soap – Ivory is filled with a lot more air – weigh them in the scales…. then:
    1. Put Ivory soap bar in microwave for 1-2 minutes – watch it expand!
    2. Let it cool for a minute and then take it out and touch it
    3. When done, use it for home-made laundry soap or ghost mud (mix crumbled soap with 1 cup of very warm water & an unrolled roll of TP
    4. http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-explosion/

Science

  • Do these activities outside
  • Plastic bag explosion:
    • Supplies:
      •  ½ cup white vinegar,
      • 1 ½ tablespoons baking soda
      • ¼ cup warm water
      • scissors,
      • plastic bag,
      • paper towel
  1. Draw a square measuring about 5–6 inches on each side onto a paper towel. Ask your child to cut it out.
  2. Measure out the baking soda and help him scoop it into the middle of the towel. Fold the towel inwards on four sides, so you have a little packet of powder. It should look like a sachet, with the powder contained inside.
  3. Mix the vinegar and warm water together, then pour it into the sandwich bag.
  4. Give your child the paper towel packet you’ve just made and tell him to quickly but carefully drop it into the bag, then immediately seal it closed.
  5. Standing in your outdoor area, let your child shake the bag a bit. Then put it on the ground and stand clear!
  • Coke Explosion:
    • Supplies:
      • 2 L bottles of Diet coke and
      • 1 pkg of Mentos (12 mentos)
      • a pipe or tube that mentos can go in and that fits into the opening of the pop bottle
      • and (optional) a wet suit LOL
    • Directions:  put mentos in the tube and place tube in coke bottle.  The explosion is immediate!
  •  This is what NOT to do:

Fun With Words

  • Fire Safety — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week.  Check out these resources:

Fitness Play

  • 10-9-8 detonate! Have kids crowd into a tight circle (In a solid, atoms are very close together.  They are a little looser in a liquid) One (or more) child is chosen to be it and count.  At the count.. 10-9-8 detonate! All the other kids run from the circle in all directions (like atoms in an explosion quickly spread out; Atoms in a gas are spread out).  The ‘it’ person leaves last and then tries to catch the others.  When caught, they must return to the circle.
  • Replay the Fire Drill Game — the directions are given above under the mini theme Fire! Fire!

 

Extinguish

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
    •  Image result for fighting fire   Image result for pulaski firefighter tool  Image result for helicopter water bucket  Image result for borate bomber

Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
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Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • fireman craftFireman craft
    • Fireman craft for dltk kids
    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay

Engineering

  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.

Science

  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at education.com

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Continue this unit by going to the theme, Escape!

Chapter 5 talks about the first method for dousing a fire, which is to Take a Break.


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On the Wild Side

Chapter 3:  Does Anger Win You Friends?

picture-of-cat-looking-in-mirror-and-sees-a-lionAn important aspect of this chapter is to recognize that anger does not bring friends and happiness.  It is important to see the benefits of taming the emotions and staying calm.   This chapter’s activities are divided in the following mini themes:

  • On the Wild Side
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • There’s a Nightmare in My Closet
  • Buddies and Pals – Pets of Mine
  • Win a Friend

On the Wild Side

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 3
  2. Discuss:  Has anger ever helped you get good grades? – get friends? … (question on page 23 and 24)
  3. Discuss: Does anger make you feel wild or tame?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Animal cookies

Talk point: Choose an animal cookie — What are the personality characteristics of that wild animal?  Would you want that characteristic? Why or why not?

Art & Crafts

  • to tame a tiger craftTo Tame a Tiger — Paint large Popsicle stick orange with black tiger stripes and add a black and orange tail made of twisted black and orange pipe cleaners.  Add a head that on one side is a ferocious tiger and on the other side is a gentle, tame tiger kitty – variations:  wolf & puppy (with gray stick and pipe cleaner.

Engineering & Science

  • Build a jungle – use your imagination – use blocks, K’nex, Legos & animals or construction paper, pipe cleaners, yarn and pictures of animals or…. (This could be a 2 day project)

Fun With Words

  • Describe when you might feel like a wild animal and how you feel

Music Fun

  • Dance like the various animals.  Get creative and make your own dances

Fitness Play

The participants stand in a circle with one player in the middle. This player points to someone and says the name of an animal. The chosen players must act like the named animal with his two neighbors – anyone who makes a mistake goes into the middle

  1. Monkey: Middle player: hand over mouth / left player – hands over ears/ right player – hand covering eyes
  2. Elephant: Middle player: Trunk / right and left-hand players make the ears with their arms
  3. Giraffe: Middle player holds both arms up (neck) / left player – ears (place hands on own head and wiggle them like ears) / right player – body (bend over, facing middle player, with arms hanging down)

Where the Wild Things Are

Find other ideas at: Teaching Ideas

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read the book, Where the Wild Things Are
  2. Discuss:
    1. Max made mischief at the beginning of the story. What does this mean?  Give some examples.  Where was he sent?
    2. At what point did the Wild Thing not seem so wild? Why?
    3. Was Max then able to be friends with them?  So is it easier to make friends when you are angry or calm?
    4. Why did Max decide to go back and leave the wild things, even though they didn’t want him to leave?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Wild Eyes — Use snack items given and make an edible Wild Thing  — Do you “smell good things to eat”?
  • Here are some ideas I found:
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Arts, Crafts and Drama

  • Have a staring contest
  • Puppet Show: Where the Wild Things Are – prepare puppets & then have a person read the book while others use the puppets to act out the story.
  • Wild Thing – Use your imagination and make a wild thing out of construction paper or draw one or a combination of both – start with a drawing and add paper teeth, google eyes or Styrofoam ½ sphere eyes, and maybe toothpick claws; be sure to show his teeth, rolling eyes, and claws – [these could be made for the puppets]
  • Online: Build you wild self:  http://www.buildyourwildself.com/

Music Fun

  • Music: Using instruments, bells or pots and pans, compose a piece of music to accompany the ‘wild rumpus’

Engineering

  • In the Wild — Finish or continue building a jungle – use your imagination – use blocks, knex, legos & animals or construction paper, pipe cleaners, yarn and pictures of animals or…. Maybe use this jungle as the backdrop for the puppet show
  • Across the Ocean — Build a personal boat from a cardboard box.  You can make it simple or you could add the challenge of trying to make it so it will float (for a short race).

Math Challenge

  • Over a year — Passages of time – through night and day, and in and out of week and over a year.
    1. How many hours in a day? in a week?
    2. How many days in a year?
    3. How many hours in a year?

Fitness Play

Here are some more ideas from Youth work

  • Animals at the watering hole — Small groups of approx. 5 players “turn into animals” with 4 legs. These “animals” must be able to walk towards a watering hole (tap or water bowl) and to drink from it. In order to turn into the animal the group must only have 4 legs touching the ground but all players must be involving in making the animal. Limping, piggy back, wheel barrow….everything is allowed as long as the animal can walk and drink. – Variation: make an insect with 6 legs
  • Termites – Eagle – Rhinoceros (Fire – Water – Storm) — All of the players wander around the room. When the game leaders shout danger they have to protect themselves:
    1. Termites: Everyone stands on something / or sits on chair & keeps feet off of ground
    2. Eagle: everyone lays down flat on the ground –
    3. Rhinoceros: everyone stands up against the wall and makes themselves as thin as possible.

The last person to assume the position is out of the game. When the danger is gone, the game leader says “carry on” and they all wander about again.

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Read: There’s a Nightmare in My Closet
  2. Discuss: At what point did the wild Nightmare not seem so fearsome?  Why?  So how can we win friends?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Monster sandwiches — Here are a couple ideas kids will enjoy putting together and eating:
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Art & Crafts and Drama

  • Puppet Show: There’s a Nightmare in My Closet – prepare the puppets and then have one person read the book and others act out the story with the puppets
  • Skit: There’s a Nightmare in My Closet – prepare masks and other props if desired – act out the story, while another person reads it
  • In Bed – Use a Kleenex box for a base, add a cardboard or construction paper bed board, add felt or material for a blanket; add a pom-pom monster nightmare and picture of you

Engineering

  • Lego Room:  Build a bedroom complete with closet, bed, dresser and… nightmare monster? toys? etc.
  • Shadow Monster – Make a shadow monster by shining a light on a compilation of various objects or make hand shadows

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Fun With Words

  • Do you wish to tame your Wild Things and Nightmares, otherwise known as Anger and Fear ?– Write a pledge

Fitness Play

  • Waking sleeping lions  — One player is the baby lion. All of the other lions lie on the ground and “sleep” with their eyes open and do not move. The little baby lion wants to play and tries to wake up all of the sleeping lions – almost everything is allowed except physical contact. If a lion moves it joins the baby lion in trying to wake the others. You can round off with a big lion roar.

 

Buddies & Pals – pets of mine

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Follow-up: We’ve talked about the wildness of anger and the importance of taming it.  If you want to be tame, give a little happy bark.   If you want your emotions to be tame, give a little purr.
  2. Discuss: What are the differences between a tiger or lion and a pet cat?  or between a wild wolf and a pet dog?
  3. Tell: Tell us about your pets.  Have you trained them to do a trick?  What? How?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Doggy bone & Kitty treats – Using cookie dough, form bones and fish & bake
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Art & Crafts

Science

  • Train your brain:  Get a pdf at pbs kids go fetch
    1. Make a 12 box grid with color words written in their colors “red” written in red, “blue” written in blue, etc.
    2. Make another grid with color words written in a different color such as “red” written in yellow and “blue” written in red
    3. Test yourself and friends, how fast can you correctly read graph 1? graph 2? Keep track of the times and number of mistakes and how many times you tried.

Fun with Words

  • Write about something you like doing with your pet.  Tell a story about your pet.
  • Change the word — Change the word WILD to TAME in 4 easy steps.  Change only 1 letter each step.  The word at each step should be a real word, spelled correctly.
    • W  I  L  D
    • _  _  _  _
    • _  _  _  _
    • _  _  _  _
    • T  A  M  E

Fitness Play

  • Walk the dog — train your yo yo to do tricks!  A cheap yo yo might not be able to do this.
    1. Walk the Dog Yo-Yo Trick — This dog won’t hunt or need a license, but it will perform plenty of yo-yo tricks. At the end of the Walk the Dog trick, give a whistle and “call” your doggie home.
      • Step 1: To take your “doggie” for a walk, start by throwing a fast Sleeper. To do a sleeper:
        • Step 1: The initial motion is precisely the same as what is used in the Throw Down. Hold your yo-yo hand out in front of you with the palm facing up. Remember, the string should come off toward the top and front of the yo-yo.  Whip the yo-yo sharply toward the ground
        • Step 2: With a whipping motion, similar to that used when throwing a fastball, grab the yo-yo and flick it sharply toward the ground. It should stay down — spinning — at the end of the string
        • Step 3: While the yo-yo is spinning, turn your yo-yo hand over, palm facing down. If the string tension is correct, the yo-yo should spin at the end of the string for a few seconds. Then give the string a jerk and the yo-yo should quickly return to your hand.
  • Step 2: Swing the yo-yo slightly forward and set it lightly on the ground. Let its spinning motion gently pull it along the ground. The yo-yo may snap back to your hand, but keep trying.
  • Step 3: Before the yo-yo stops spinning, give a slight tug, and the “doggie” will return to your hand.

Be careful not to perform this trick on concrete surfaces, such as a sidewalk or a driveway. The rough surface can seriously damage the edge of your yo-yo. The best surface for this trick is a firm rug or carpet.

 

Win a Friend

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: How to win friends – a great resource you can use is: wikihow.com/Win-Friends  18 items of great advice; have each child read 1 or 2)
  2. Great reads:  The Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale (Marcus Pfister) ; The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein); The Grouchy Ladybug (Eric Carle)
  • Talk point:  When the whale slaps the fish, did he make friends?  When did he make friends?  What did rainbow fish do?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Do you want s’more friends?  Insert some sweetness!  Make a smore for someone you don’t know and one for yourself.  Invite them to come eat with you.

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • Find a Friend – have friends sign a cell of a table if they like to do the item mentioned on 1 of the 12 or so squares.  Each square or cell of the table has an item some kids like to do such as eat pizza, play baseball, ride bike, etc..  Get a Printable example here
  • Divide the class into groups of four or five. Each group’s task is to choose one group member to play the role of a new kid in class. The new kid’s challenge is to try to gain acceptance into the group. After the role-plays, discuss with the class how it felt to be the new kid and how it felt to be part of the “in-group.” Discuss some of the different ways of “breaking in” to a new group.
  • Paint with a friend — talk about what you will paint together & what colors you will use and work together to accomplish it. Keys: compromise & share leadership

Engineering

  • Build with a friend – talk about what you will build together and work together to accomplish it. Keys: compromise & share leadership

Fun with Words

  • WANTED – A FRIEND — draw a wanted poster & write a description of a friend you desire – what would they like to do? What kind of person are they?
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Fitness Play

  • Enjoy some outside play with friends.  Invite someone you don’t know to come play with you

 

Continue this unit on anger management by going to the theme, Fire! Fire!  which covers chapters 4 from the book, What To Do When You Temper Flares.