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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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Solution in Motion

This is a week long theme which follows chapter 8 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner, Ph. D.   This book helps children of all ages gain techniques to control anger whether they have a major anger management problem or not.  We all get angry at times.  How we respond and control this volatile emotion can either put a solution in motion or build a problem.  In her book the chapter is entitled, “Anger-Dousing Method #4:  Solve the Problem.”

I went through this book with the kids attending our after school program.  We did a chapter each week so that we could review and practice the concepts taught.  Since we had the full afternoon each day, I found activities that went along with each chapter. These activities could be a stand alone unit on solving puzzles.   The compilation of the activities follows.  The daily themes are:

  • Solve It
  • Problems
  • Agreement Bridge
  • Solutions
  • Puzzles

Solve it

Getting Started

  • Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 8
  • Discuss: How to solve problems then role play some of the problems and solutions on pages 64-69.  Another option is to do this as another activity.  This option can be found below under Drama.
  • Main Ideas:  First, slow down so you can open the door to your thinking brain, then either work out the problem or just move on.

Snack & Nutrition

  • You might want to go all out and get puzzle cookie cutters, which you can also use on bread and make fun sandwiches.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest.
  • You can make your own like shown on the video below.  This one is done with hearts, but you can let your kids get creative and use other shapes, too.

Art & Crafts

  • Tangram puzzles / Shape pictures – make pictures using shapes – Can you figure out the shapes needed or where the given shapes go when just given the outline of the picture?  What options are there?
  • Printable cards by Making Learning Fun
  • Tangram puzzles by Tangram Channel
  • Video showing some samples by AJ Pierce

Drama

  • Role-play  — Get some friends together, choose and practice one of the role-play scenarios on pages 64-69 or make up one of your own problem and solution scenario to act out.  This scenario might be something that happened to you or someone you know.
  • Puppets — Make or choose a couple puppets to do one of the role-play scenarios or make up your own problem and solution scenario for the puppets to act out.
  • Plan to present the above skits or puppet shows during the Getting Started time tomorrow.

Construction

  • Puzzle time!  Get out your favorite puzzles and enjoy putting them together!
  • Puzzle Challenge — Have a puzzle for each team which are similar in ability level.   Get ready!  Get set!  Go!  Each team tries to be the winner in putting together the puzzle.

Fun With Math

  • Really all the above activities are encourage the math concepts of geometry and problem solving.

 

Problems

Getting Started

  • Discuss: Review how to solve problems.
    1. Calmly and clearly state how you feel and what you want
    2. You may need to brainstorm or talk about possible flexible solutions
    3. You may need to compromise
    4. You may need to just move on.
  • Have those who did the Drama activity the day before present their problem and solution scenarios either as a skit or puppet show.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Buddy snack:  Have various snack options or various things to make either a smoothy or a trail mix out of.  Everyone chooses a buddy.  Each pair of buddies will be eating exactly the same snack.  They will make a trail mix to share or a smoothy to share, or choose the same thing from the options given.  By doing so they will practice discussing their owns wants, listening to the other person, compromising and agreeing.

Drama

  • Puppet shows —Aesop fables – have puppets and recording of fables available along with book to look at.  Check out the scripts on the kidsinco website.
  • Play Kid’s Choices or a Character Kid’s Game where kid’s answer various scenarios
  • Here are some fun examples:

Construction and Science

  • 3-D puzzles
  • Use Lego’s or K’nex to construct a simple project from a given picture.  Here are some picture ideas for Lego and K’nex.  Given a picture of a completed project – can you make this?  Figure out how to complete project.  How close were you able to come to the picture?  Variation:  Have one of the kids build something simple and have others duplicate it.
  • Marble mazes – make a Lego maze for a marble to go through like a pinball machine.  Start with one marble.  The more marbles you try to do at once, the more difficult it will be.   Our kids got creative with tunnels and ramps, too.
  • Roll It — make a maze or marble run on the wall with toilet paper rolls and other cylinders or funnels to make a marble go from point A to B.  Make it simple:

Or more complicated:

 

Number Fun

Fun With Words

  • The plot thickens — In most good stories the characters have a problem to solve.  Map out your plot.  Write a story.  Do you want to take mapping a plot to the next level?  Check out this Writing Workshop blog.

Fitness Fun

  • Check out these problem solving activities for kids by Icebreaker Ideas.  Activities include: Walk the Plank, Laser Web, and guess my Animal
  • Have a treasure hunt.  Each clue should be a riddle or give a problem where the solution is where the next clue or treasure is.  Here’s a sample from The Spruce.

Agreement Bridge

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. The Agreement Bridge comes from a class I took before doing this unit.  The theory and idea behind the Agreement Bridge is explained in the following article:
  2. Discuss: What the Agreement Bridge is and how to play – see hand-out – basically, each person has a marker on an end of a ruler and move it closer to the middle when they feel they are closer to an agreement.  To come to an agreement they take turns talking about various topics.  Person 1 chooses a topic and they both take a turn to talk about that, then Person 2 chooses a topic.  Topics include: Greetings, Problem (own perspective), Swap (problem from other’s point of view), Smart choices, Foolish choices, & Changes willing to make.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Spilt milk – spill 3 tablespoons of milk or colored water on a plate.   What does it look like?  Work with a partner and come to an agreement on what the random shape looks like.

Art & Crafts

  • Partner art – draw or paint a picture with a partner – talk about what you will be drawing and how it will look – come to an agreement & do it
  • Play the Agreement Bridge about a problem you have had before (or now)

Drama

  • Puppet Show — Continue making and practicing your Aesop or problem & solution scenario puppet shows or skits from yesterday

Construction and Science

  • Building project:  Build a bridge using items of your choice.  Who can build the longest bridge? – strongest?  – widest?  – tallest?  Which worked the best? Lego, K’nex, blocks, or _____________?

Fun With Words

  • The Plot thickens — continue your story.

Fitness Fun

  • Play football (or your favorite ball game) – work as a team; Show good sportsmanship

Solutions

Getting Started

  1. Review the Agreement Bridge and chapter 8
  2. Solutions (in science) — Solutions are groups of molecules that are mixed and evenly distributed in a system. Scientists say that solutions are homogenous systems. Everything in a solution is evenly spread out and thoroughly mixed. Heterogeneous mixtures have a little more of one thing (higher concentration) in one part of the system when compared to another.Let’s compare sugar in water (H2O) to sand in water. Sugar dissolves and is spread throughout the glass of water. The sand sinks to the bottom. The sugar-water is a homogenous mixture while the sand-water is a heterogeneous mixture. Both are mixtures, but only the sugar-water can also be called a solution.
    1. Solute – item dissolved or made to disappear in the other (solvent)
    2. Solvent – substance in which the other item is made to dissolve in
    3. Solute + solvent = solution
    4. In mixtures the items mixed can be separated (such as in a trail mix or salad)
    5. In solutions, the solvent and solute is mixed so thoroughly they aren’t recognized as separate substances. However they can be separated

Snack & Nutrition

  • Juice Mix – make a solution of water, and various juice concentrates – enjoy!
  • Lemonade Solution — use equal portions of water, sugar, and lemon juice.  Try this Lemonade recipe from Simply Recipes

Arts & Crafts (and a little science, too)

  • Mix colors of liquid paint – separate using chromatography – put a strip of paper towel or coffee filter in the cup with the solution and see the colors spread up to different heights

Science Solutions

  • Is it a solution? Mix in separate cups of water:  sand / sugar / salt / borax — use various temperatures of water – Which temperature can you blend in more salt or sugar?
  • How can you separate the solvent from the solute? Start the process  (put a string in the salt, sugar, or borax and watch for crystals while the water evaporates)

Fun With Words

  • Finish your story and share it with some friends.
  • Practice your skit or puppet show.  Be ready to share it tomorrow.

 

Puzzles

Getting Started

  • Have those who have written stories or prepared skits or puppet shows share them with the group, if they desire.   Or they can share it with a smaller group at the Fun With Words area.
  • Discuss: Puzzle and Problem solving strategies – ask kids and make a list of strategies they’ve learned over the week.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Sticks and Squares –  Here are some fun puzzles to figure out using sticks to make squares from Learning Tree or triangles from Puzzle

Art & Crafts

  • Magazine puzzles – cut out a picture from a magazine. Option A glue it to   construction paper & cut it out in large puzzle pieces with lots of turns.  Option B:  line up enough popsicle sticks side by side for the magazine picture to fit on, then glue it to the popsicle sticks.  Cut between the sticks to make a puzzle.

Construction

  • Puzzle Time — Choose a challenging puzzle to do

Fun With Words

  • Share your story with friends
  • Share your puppet show or skit

 

See more themes that follow the other chapters here.

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Catalyst or Inhibitor?

“Recognizing Sparks” is Chapter 9 of the book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., which this unit is based off of.  The following activities were compiled for an after school program which I was doing at the time.  I hope your kids enjoy them as much as we did.  Unfortunately I was unable to take pictures of us doing the activities, so the videos and others’ pictures will have to suffice.

We did a slightly different topic each day of the week after reading or reviewing the chapter.  The daily topics included:

  • Is That a Spark?
  • Catalyst for Change
  • Cause & Effect
  • Investigators
  • Super Sleuth

WEEK 9 – Catalyst vs. Inhibitor

Is That a Spark?

Getting Started

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 9
  2. Discuss: What sparks your anger or other emotions?  There are some great chart ideas on pages 77, 79, and 80.  We did these as whole group discussions and gave the kids the opportunity to fill out their own charts, also.

Snack & Nutrition

  1. A slice of Apple – the oxygen in air causes oxidation in apples (it turns the slices brown) Does the knife matter?  Cut an apple with various knives – plastic, steel,…  Does the container matter?  Try copper or iron and compare to glass or plastic.  What inhibits the oxidation?  Try:  lemon juice, salt, salt water, sugar, sugar water, vinegar, …. what else?  Chart what was added and how long the apple stays white until it turns brown & show the color of brown it turned
    • Connection:  We talked about what causes anger.  We compared these causes to sparks starting the fire of our temper.  Fire needs fuel, heat and oxygen.  What causes apples to turn brown?
  2. Have apples for snack.  Spice them up by having some dipping options such as caramel, peanut butter, chocolate, cinnamon, nuts, or candy sprinkles

Art & Crafts

  • Spark and sparkle — Glitter slime (You can avoid or ignore a spark and decide to sparkle instead)  Here’s a recipe:
    • whisk together:
      • 1 bottle of sparkly glue
      • 1 bottle of water, after dumping the glue bottle into your bowl, refill it with water
    • mix separately (mix until borax is dissolved):
      • 1/2 tsp of borax
      • 1 cup warm water
    • slowly add a bit of the borax mixture to the glue mixture while stirring the glue mixture.  This is the tricky part!  Watch the video to see the magic portion.

Investigative Science

  • Shine a Penny – put dull, oxidized pennies in 4 separate solutions each in its own non-metallic container:
    1. salt water;
    2. water;
    3. vinegar;
    4. 6T vinegar + 2 T salt (this makes hydrochloric acid).
  • Which solution works the best?  The dull film on the pennies breaks down when the oxygen atoms in it join the atoms in the acid mixture, leaving the pennies shining like new.  [Science Experiments vol. 1 by Joan Bentley and Linda Hobbs p. 55-56]
  • Check out a similar experiment plus extra ideas on Hoop-la kids’ video below:

Fun With Words

  • Journal: What sparks emotion, in me?
    • anger / joy / silliness / industriousness (hard work) …

Fitness Play

  • Cheer – spark great playing by giving an encouraging cheer

 

Catalyst for Change

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: What is it that causes you to get angry or want to throw a fit?
  2. This cause is similar to a catalyst.  What is a Catalyst?
    • A catalyst is a substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly OR a person or event that quickly causes change or action. —Webster dictionary
    • Another definition: A catalyst is a chemical that changes the rate of a chemical reaction, but does not become part of the product. (http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/2010/catalyst/ )
      • Catalyst generally increases the rate of a chemical reaction.
      • Catalysts are not all the same, one type of catalysts cause chemicals to break apart forming two or more smaller molecules. Other types of catalysts cause two or more chemicals to combine forming one large molecule.
      • Catalysts in living organisms are called enzymes.
    • A third definition: A catalyst is like adding a bit of magic to a chemical reaction. Reactions need a certain amount of energy in order to happen. If they don’t have it, oh well, the reaction probably can’t happen. A catalyst lowers the amount of energy needed so that a reaction can happen more easily. http://www.chem4kids.com/files/react_catalyst.html
  3. Another way to explain it is:

Snack & Nutrition

  • Snack:  Pretzels — after you make them
  • Yeast reactions & Pretzels – testing for catalysts and inhibitors of yeast:
    1. Dissolve a cake active yeast, fresh in 1 cup of 85° F water. Divide the yeast solution into 3 small glasses.  Put ¼ tsp. sugar in 1st glass, ¼ tsp. sugar & ¼ tsp. salt in 2nd glass, and nothing in the 3rd glass as a control.
    2. Put the 3 glasses in a pot and add enough 90°F water so that it comes near the top of the glasses without going into any of them.
    3. Observe: Which glass has the most activity?  Which glass has the least?  Does salt inhibit yeast activity or is it a catalyst?  How can you tell?
    4. Use yeast in the glasses to make pretzels: Pour the contents of each glass into a large bowl.  Add between 4 and 4 ½ cups flour. Mix to form a stiff dough.  Knead on a floured surface for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
    5. Oil a large bowl and put in kneaded dough and turn it so the oiled surface is on top so that it won’t dry out. Cover the dough with a clan, damp towel.  Let rise in a warm place until double in size
    6. Punch down the dough with your fist. Grease cookie sheet.  Shape the dough into pretzels (or other shapes) and put them on the sheet.
    7. Use a pastry brush to paint each pretzed with egg yolk that has been beaten with a tablespoon of water. Sprinkle the pretzels with  coarse salt.
    8. Preheat oven to 475°. Let the pretzels rise again in a warm place until they are almost double in size.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until the pretzels are firm and golden brown. — Enjoy
      • [Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb p. 110-112]

Arts and Crafts

  • Catalyst model using paper (catalyst) and paperclips (2 chemicals to be combined) http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/2010/catalyst/
    1. Note that the spotted paper clip on the left is clipped on the first two layers of the folded paper.
    2. The black paper clip on the right is clipped on the second and third layers of the folded paper.
    3. Caution: Wear eye protection. The paper clips tend to fly out if the paper is pulled quickly.
    4. Holding the two free ends of the folded paper, pull the ends  in opposite directions until the paper is stretched out.
    5. Summation: The movement of the paper results in the paper clips being joined.
    6. The folded paper represents a catalyst which increases the possibility that two chemicals (colored paper clips) will combine. The combined paper clips represent a new chemical product. The catalyst is actively involved in the chemical combination  (connection of the paper clips) but the catalyst (paper) is not a reactant or part of the product. The catalyst can be used over and over again.

Investigative Science

  • ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE — Catalyst Yeast in hydrogen peroxide (with color and soap)
    • You, too can make elephant toothpaste, with the following ingredients:
      • 110 ml of hydrogen peroxide
      • 1 packet of dry yeast
      • 15 ml of warm water (plus more later)
      • liquid dish soap
      • a flask
      • safety goggles & gloves

 

  • Potato Enzyme, Catalase — Catalase is an enzyme in bodies and plants that breaks down hydrogen peroxide as a catalyst.  Potatoes have this enzyme so it is easy to get.  Find the following activity and the science behind it at Practical Biology.
    1. Cut up a raw potato and mash it.  Do not cook it, cooking will break down the enzyme so it won’t work
    2. Place the mashed potato in a test tube or other small container.
    3. Add hydrogen peroxide.  If there is catalase present, foam should be produced.

Fun with Words

  • Catalyst  – You be the catalyst to change a word one letter at a time.   For example:  find > fine > dine > dice > dose    You can find a dose of happiness!
  • What does yeast do – create a poster or make a journal entry

Fitness Play

  • Tag – a tag creates a change of who is it

Cause & Effect

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: What happens if you yell for something or throw a fit?  Will you get it?  What is the consequence?  What happens if you ask nicely and make plans?  Which way makes everyone happier?
  2. Discuss: Cause is = the reason why something happened.   Effect = the result (What happened?)  Check out Mrs. Warner’s ideas here.
    • Talk about it:  The reason ___ happened was because of _____.   If ____ hadn’t happened, then ____.  Due to this event ___ .  This explains why ______.
    • Key words:  so, since, this is why, outcome, if __ – then __, because, cause, lead to , due to , therefore, reason, consequently, result

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Salad:  Start with cut lettuce, add fresh apple chunks, dried cranberries, and pecans.  Serve with your favorite
  2. Experiment with your food —
    • Apple Malady — What happens if you store apples with the following food?  Try it out.  (This fine idea comes from Everything2)
      • Choose either lettuce, broccoli, bananas, cucumbers,  OR watermelon
      • Get the item (for example, lettuce)  Put half of it in one bag and the other half in a second bag along with a few slices of a raw apple.  Bag #1 is your control.  Bag #2 will show you what cut apples and their enzyme does to the given vegetable or fruit.
      • “Facts:  As an interesting (and potentially useful) side note, the browning of apples releases ethylene gas which is known to induce flowering of many plants, including pineapples, and ripening of fruits such as tomatoes, citrus, and melons.”
      • “Don’t store apples near lettuce (causes spots and wilting), broccoli, cucumbers (turns them yellow), bananas (makes them brown faster), watermelon (makes it pulpy), or leafy greens (they’ll lose their colour)”

Drama

  • Charades – with cause and effect – Each team is made up of partners who act out the item together. Such as:  seed getting watered & growing; ball pitched & kicked/batted; wet dog shaking and getting others wet; waiter trips and drops trays of food;

Investigate Science

  • Jell-O .. Oh no — Pineapple breaks down gelatin protein bonds – add fresh pineapple to Jell-O that is set up —
  • Dry tissue – put a tissue in a cup then holding it upside down, put it straight down into a bowl or bucket of water.  If the cup goes in straight, the air in the cup is kept there by the water pressure and the tissue stays dry.

Fun With Words

  • Set out cards with causes & let kids write out possible effects
  • Cause and effect matching – match cards with pictures (younger kids)
  • Read: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (or other companion book)
  • Make a poster that shows describes cause and effect

Fitness Play

  • Play your favorite ball game — Look for cause and effect when you hit, kick, or catch the ball

Investigators

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: Investigators search for clues and then test the evidence to discover the truth.
  2. Discuss: Have you Investigated what sparks anger in you?  Maybe you did some introspection or inner thinking.  Maybe you kept a journal of cause and effects.  Maybe you asked others what they have noticed.  If you haven’t, you still have time to do so.
  3. For lots of kids, it’s when they don’t get what they want. If you don’t get what you want right then, what can you do?  [Ask nicely with manners and see if there is a time that you can get it or something just as nice.  Ask if there is a way you can earn the privilege.]  Is everybody going to get everything they want all the time?  [No!  We all have times we don’t get what we want.  We might have to wait … sometimes for a very long time or we might even never get it.  Other times we have to work hard to get it.]
  4. Today we have several other challenges for you to solve.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Nutrition Investigators — Which item has more sugar?  Which one has more vitamins or is more nutritious?
    • snack bar, rice crispy bar, or brownie
    • apple sauce, apple, dried apple, (& maybe Apple Jacks)

Arts and Crafts

  • Make an investigator badge
  • Make an investigator folder
  • Color the investigator

Investigate Science

  • Expanding Capsules – In what solution will the foam capsule expand the fastest and biggest? –predict and watch —   Put a foam capsule in each of the following liquids and observe.  In which liquid does the capsule dissolve the fastest?  Liquids: ice water, warm water, vinegar, club soda
  • Hidden Ticker – find a hidden ticking clock or timer using just ears [Big Science Little Hands Super Sleuths]

Fun With Words

  • Read a story about an investigators.  Check out the top 10 by the Nerdy Book Club.
  • Write a story or comic about a mystery solved by an investigator.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Treasure Hunt — Have kids partner up and make a treasure hunt for another team or set of partners.

Super Sleuth

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Review: Have you been a Super Sleuth?  Have you found when or what sparks your anger?
  2. For lots of kids, it’s when they don’t get what they want. If you don’t get what you want right then, what can you do?  [Ask nicely with manners and see if there is a time that you can get it or something just as nice.  Ask if there is a way you can earn the privilege.]  Is everybody going to get everything they want all the time?  [No!  We all have times we don’t get what we want.  We might have to wait … sometimes for a very long time or we might even never get it.  Sometimes we have to work hard to get it.]

Snack & Nutrition

  • Super Sleuth Snack — Oh no! The snack is gone!  Where is it?  Find and follow the clues.
  • Suggested snack: bananas, snack bar, and pudding
  • Preparation: On the snack table place a tray that is empty except a sticker from the banana, a pudding lid, and snack bar crumbs. Hide the snack.  Place the following clues on a “path” from the snack table to where the snack is hidden.
    • banana peel
    • snack bar wrapper
    • snack bar crumbs
    • a smudge of pudding on a note
    • a spoon that obviously had pudding licked off of it.

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • Glitzy Crime – 3-5 different types of glitter (Purchase the same color glitter in different shapes and sizes from a local craft store. SciGirls recommends Tulip Fashion Glitter in silver fine jewel, silver fine hologram and silver medium hologram and Creatology Glitter in sterling and silver.) — The suspect spilled glitter while taking off with the jewels.  A glitter trail can determine who the suspect is.  Closely observe the glitter samples and determine who the suspect is. Set up four to six stations, each containing a shallow dish with a small sample of glitter. Label one station as the crime scene, and the rest with suspects’ names. Make sure that one of the suspect glitter samples matches the crime scene glitter! [from vo.llnwd.net/o26/scigirls/activities/Super_Sleuths.pdf ]

Investigate Science

  • Who left their finger prints on the window?
    • Preparation:  have someone (or yourself) put fingerprints on the window or a glass.  Check out CSI Science: Get the Prints for an easy way to make fingerprints using pencil graphite and easy way to discover them with powder or cocoa.
    • Have a finger print identification chart available.
    • Have everyone make an identification card.  Each person will have a 3×5 card.  On their card they should write their name and place a fingerprint of each of their fingers.
    • The Super Sleuths should compare the finger print cards with the fingerprints on the window (or glass)

Game Time

  • Game Day – Choose a game to play — such as Sorry!  Uno!  Dominoes, Life, or any others which are available. – Think about what your strategy will be, along the way practice good sportsmanship: follow the rules, take your turn, congratulate the winner and know it is OK to not win.

Fitness Play

 

See more chapters from this unit on Managing Temper Flares here

 


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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.
    • Image result for duck craft 1 option
    • 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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sip it

  • 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.
    • Image result for marble maze with lego

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,
    •  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
    Image result for snacks fire  Image result for snacks fire

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!”


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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

  • Image result for fire craft with cinnamon sticks

    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
    Image result for snacks fire  Image result for snacks fire

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.

 


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Perspectives

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Point of view

This week’s theme is all about looking at things from another point of view.  It is based on chapter 2 of “What to do When Your Temper Flares” which is a book about anger management that is a kid’s guide to overcoming problems with anger written by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.

 

 

I think….

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 2 –
  2. Discuss:  Synonyms of “Angry
  3. Discuss and list:  Things that make me mad
  4. Discuss: “…It was the thoughts about what happened that made you mad, or that helped you fell fine.”  p. 17  How does your perspective or view of the event change how you feel?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Jell-O wigglers – made from hot and cooled – when it was hot, it was liquid and could burn someone, but when cooled, it barely wiggles and is fun to eat;  The point:  keeping a cool head makes life fun

Art & Crafts

  • Calm – draw a picture of what ‘calm’ looks like to you
  • Comic thoughts – draw a comic person or animal thinking irritated thoughts after something frustrating happens and the result AND THEN draw a comic thinking calm thoughts after the frustrating thing and the result of those thoughts.

Engineering and Science

  • Not calm – Dancing Raisins – experiment with raisins in a cup of sprite/7 up OR 1 tsp. baking soda in a ¾ cup vinegar — also experiment with using uncooked pasta, mothballs or other items.  Will it work in plain water?  Why?

Take the Challenge/Read/Write/Homework/Educational Games

  • Seething with Furious Irritation – write synonyms of ‘Anger’ – use different colors and fonts to make a cool poster
  • Annoyed, Resentful, Enraged — What makes you mad?  Write a list and illustrate what makes you mad.

Look at The Word

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Freeze Dancing — Dance to a tune – fast to fast music & slow to slow music – freeze when music stops.   Music can excite or calm our bodies.

Point of view

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
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    Is there another way to look at what happened?

    Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.

  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. Discuss: what it means to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’ and how different people may have different points of view; eagles view, ants view…
  5. Discuss:  How might looking at things from a different point of view change how you might react or respond to a situation?
    1. Person A wants chocolate milk and sees Clifton take the last chocolate milk from the container, . Person B also wants chocolate milk and sees Clifton pouring out the last bit of chocolate milk from the container, but also sees a staff getting more chocolate milk from the refrigerator.
      • Why might person A get angry?
      • What are some explosive thoughts they might have?
      • What are some calm thoughts person A could think?
      • Will person B get angry? Why?
      • What might person B be thinking?
    2. Darcy  is walking down the hall with a big stack of books when all of a sudden a door opens and whacks the books, scattering them all over the floor.
      • What explosive thoughts might Darcy think?  Then what might Darcy do?
      • What calm thoughts might Darcy think?  Then what might Darcy do?
    3. This weekend is Joey’s birthday.  A couple of friends are talking and then when Joey gets close they glance his way and whisper secretively.  There is an awkward silence when he gets to them.
      • What explosive thoughts might Joey be thinking?  Then what might he do?
      • What calm thoughts might Joey be thinking?  Then what might he do?
  6. What was the secret about Anger that we learned on Monday? How can you change your thoughts about what happened?  Will this change your response?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Prep: cut out portion of food pictures so that it might be difficult to guess what the food is.  Have the answers of the food item either on the back of the picture or on 3×5 cards for kids to match with the pictures.  Do:  Have kids guess what the food items are or match the pictures and answers.

Art & Crafts

  • Eagle Eye or Ant Eye — Draw an object as if an ant were viewing it then draw the same object as if an eagle were viewing it
  • Point of View — Choose a simple object to draw and place it on a table.  Look down at it while you are standing up.  Kneel and look at the front of the object.  Kneel and look at the side of the object.  How does the point of view change what you see?   Draw the object from the front, back, and top. How are they different?

Engineering and Science

  • Buddy building – gather building supplies with a buddy so that you each of the same supplies; sit back to back with your buddy; One of you will be the leader and the other will follow the directions the leader gives.  Both the leader and follower will be (trying) to build the same thing.  The leader will build it and give directions to the follower.  The follower may NOT look at the leader’s example, but just follow the directions.  Can the follower build from the leader’s perspective?

Fun With Words

  • Write what happened at 9:00 (or another specified time) today, from your perspective. Do you think everyone’s account will be the same?
  • Read “It Could Have Been Worse”

Math Challenge

Look at The Word

  • What is the secret of being content?  Who gives us strength to withstand good times and bad?  Philippians 4:12-13
  • Changing our thoughts takes a lot of strength.  A heavy weight champion starts small and with his trainer’s help builds his muscles and works hard to be able to lift heavy weights.  We, too have a trainer.  We are not alone.  How can we rejoice, see the positive, and have peace? Philippians 4:4-7

Fitness and Play

 

Perspectives

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
  2. Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.
  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. Define:  What is perspective?
    1. the method by which solid objects drawn or painted on a flat surface are given the appearance of depth and distance
    2. a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality:
    3. Perspective also means the ability to consider things in relation to one another accurately and fairly
  5. Discuss: from different angles – read story of The Elephant and the Blind Men

Snack & Nutrition

  • Popcorn flavor factory — Pop enough plain popcorn and to fill 4 medium bowls (about 12 cups in each).  You will add a different seasoning to each bowl so that you have one bowl for each flavor and enough popcorn for everyone to taste each flavor.
    1. Salty:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug and melt it in a microwave.  To bowl #1 add melted butter slowly while stirring.  Sprinkle with salt and stir.
    2. Spicy:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug.  Add 1/2 tsp of chili powder and 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder.  Melt in microwave, stir and add to bowl #2 slowly while stirring the popcorn.
    3. Sweet:  Place 2 Tbsp of butter in a mug.  Add 2 Tbsp honey and 2 Tbsp maple syrup.  Boil in microwave about 45 seconds.  Pour slowly into bowl #3 while stirring the popcorn.
    4. Plain:  Do not add anything to the popcorn
  • Popcorn perspective –  judging fairly, which snack items taste the sweetest? saltiest? spiciest? are the most crunch?  best tasting?

Art & Crafts

  • Drawing in perspective – Make a long straight road or railroad track that seems to go on and on until it vanishes on the horizon.  See how in the following video.  Also learn how to  draw what’s on either side, in perspective.

 

Engineering and Science

  • Make a structure using Lego.  Can you draw what you made?
  • What does an architect do?

 

Math and Mental Challenges

  • String Art – Draw a large L about 2 inches from the left and bottom sides of your paper (or other angle). Make dots along the L every ½ inch.  Now you have points along the tall vertical line and points along the long horizontal line.  There are several ways you can proceed.  Which ever way you choose your first string or line will run from the top point of the L or vertical line to the  point where both lines meet, which is the first point of the horizontal line.  The second line will run from the 2nd point down on the vertical line to the 2nd point across on the horizontal line.
    • Using a ruler or straight edge to make straight lines, draw lines with colored pencils as directed above or in the following video.
    • Using a small nail or large thumbtack make holes on each dot.  Thread sting on a sharp or dull needle.  Sew thread from point to point as directed above or in the following video.
    • Glue your paper onto a Styrofoam square or a board.  Push thumbtacks or hammer a small finishing nail into the Styrofoam or board where each dot is.  Wrap string or yarn around each thumbtack or nail as directed above or in the following video to make your string art.
    • See directions also at mathcats   You can get patterns at mathcats, too.

Fun With Words

  • Describe the game you played at recess (or another activity) from your perspective.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Make an obstacle course and time participants going thru it

Eye to Eye

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: types of eyes OR eye facts – see handout or these websites:
    1. camera vs. compound eyes:
    2. 10 amazing animal kingdom eyes:
    3. types of eye shapes:
  1. Discuss: seeing eye to eye – agreeing with someone.
    1. Think of your favorite thing to play…. Find someone who agrees with you
  2. Discuss: Things are not always the way they seem, as you’ll find out in today’s activities.

Snack & Nutrition

  • What color foods are good for your eyes?  Orange — such as carrots and sweet potatoes.  What is your favorite way to eat carrots?  Have a taste test.
    • Fresh, crisp, raw carrots plain
    • Fresh, crisp, raw carrots with dressing such as ranch
    • Cooked carrots plain
    • Cooked carrots with butter
  • Make a rainbow of various colorful food or pictures of food 

Art & Crafts

  • Visual Discrimination How good are you at seeing different colors? Let’s find out.
    • Preparation:  Put equal amounts of water into 5 to 10 different containers (paper cups, drinking glasses, yogurt containers all work well). Then put one drop of FOOD COLORING into one of the containers of water. Put two drops of food coloring into the next container, 3 drops of food coloring into the next container and so on. Label the cups with a secret code so you know how many drops of food coloring went into each cup.
    • Activity:  Arrange the colors from lightest to darkest. Keep track of where mistakes are made.
    • Extend Activity:  Does the type of light make a difference in how well the colors can be arranged?  Try the following types of light:
      • Dim vs. bright light
      • Outside (natural) vs. Inside (artificial) light
      • Fluorescent vs. Incandescent light
  • Visual Spin  Is there color in black and white?  Make a Benham disk – print directions and disks  — change a black and white image to a colored image with just a spin

Engineering and Science

  • How does the eye work?
  • Eye challenges:   See more here  14 pages
    1. Aim – Depth Perception Two eyes are better than one, especially when it comes to depth perception. Depth perception is the ability to judge objects that are nearer or farther than others. To demonstrate the difference of using one vs. two eye to judge depth. Hold a pencil in each hand with your arms fully extended and far apart from each other.  With one eye closed, try to touch the end of the pencils together. Now try with two eyes: it should be much easier. This is because each eye looks at the image from a different angle. This experiment can also be done with your fingers, but pencils make the effect a bit more dramatic.
    2. Drop It! Depth Perception  Here’s another demonstration of the importance of two eyes in judging depth. Collect a set of pennies (or buttons or paper clips). Sit at a table with your subject. Put a cup in front of your subject. The cup should be about two feet away from the subject. Have your subject CLOSE one eye. Hold a penny in the air about 1.5 ft. above the table. Move the penny around slowly. Ask your subject to say “Drop it!” when he or she thinks the penny will drop into the cup if you released it. When the subject says “Drop it,” drop the penny and see if it makes it into the cup. Try it again when the subject uses both eyes. Try it again with the cup farther away from the subject. Try it again with the cup closer to the subject. Compare the results of “10 drops” at each distance.
  •  Shifting images Here’s another way to demonstrate how different images are projected on to each eye. Look at an object in the distance (20-30 feet away), such as a clock on the wall. Close one eye, hold up your arm and line up your finger with the object. Now without moving your finger or your head, close the opened eye and open the closed eye. The object in the distance will appear to jump to the side…your finger will no longer be lined up. This shows that different images fall on each eye.

Fun With Words

  • Read an Eye spy book and find the objects with a friend.  Here is a simple I spy book:

Fitness Play

  • Can you accurately judge your speed and distance to the bacon along with your opponent’s speed and distance and correctly decide if you should grab the bacon or catch the ‘thief’?
  • Play Grab the Bacon

Set Up: Large rectangular area, such as a basketball court or field. Designate clear boundary lines.  Choose an object to be the ‘bacon’  such as a soft block of wood, white board eraser, soft foam ball, or handkerchief.

How to Play:

Divide everyone into two to four groups; each team sits on a boundary line.

Give each player a number, each group should have a one, a two, etc.

Place the “bacon” in the center of the playing area and assign each team one goal line at either end of the playing area.

The adult calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the “bacon.”

The person who gets the “bacon” first tries to run across his/her teams goal line without being tagged. The person whose number was called who did not get the “bacon” should try to tag the other player before they get across the goal line.

Once someone is tagged or gets across their goal line, the round is over. Everyone who played in the round give each other high-five’s and they go back to the boundary line with their teams.

 

All in the head

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 2 of “What to Do When Your Temper Flares”
  2. Reminder:  It is your thoughts about what happens that make you mad, or that help you feel fine.  Remind yourself that this is not that bad, it could be worse.  Remember, you can handle this.
  3. Follow up: Have you changed some hot thoughts to cool thoughts? Rate yourself:  High five if you maintained control today; 3 up if you did OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.
  4. How does our brain think?
    1. The cerebellum controls and coordinates movements of the muscles, like walking or swinging the arms. This means that the movement is smooth and controlled and you don’t fall over when you turn around.
    2. The outside layer of the cerebrum has special areas, which receive messages about sight, touch, hearing and taste. Other areas control movement, speech, learning, intelligence and personality.
    3. The brain stem is in charge of keeping the automatic systems of your body working. You don’t have to think about breathing, you just do it automatically, but you can decide if you want to hold your breath for a short time. You don’t have to think about your heart beating because your brain keeps it going automatically.
  5. A brain’s structure and function

 

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make a Brain.  Well it can’t think, but it is the basic size and weight of the brain and it kind of feels like a brain.  This recipe is from the Pacific Science Center and the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA

Materials:

    1.5 cups (360 ml) instant potato flakes

    2.5 cup (600 ml) hot water

    2 cups (480 ml) clean sand

    1 gallon ziplock bag

 

Combine all of the ingredients in the ziplock bag and mix thoroughly. It should weigh about 3 lbs. (1.35 kg.) and have the consistency of a real brain.

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • Make a model of the brain using play dough:
  •   by Erin

Engineering and Science

  • Learn about synapse and neurons here:
  • How you think involves neurons and synapses:

  1. Create a model of a neuron by using clay, playdough, styrofoam, recyclables, food or anything else you can get your hands on. Use pictures from books to give you an idea of where the components of a neuron should go and what shape they should be. Use different colors to indicate different structures. Make a neural circuit with a few of the neurons. Create sensory or motor systems. Eat your model if you made it out of food!!
  2. Here’s the most simple model of a neuron I can think of…and you don’t need any supplies. It’s your hand! Hold out your arm and spread your fingers. Your hand represents the “cell body” (also called the “soma”); your fingers represent “dendrites” bringing information to the cell body; your arm represents the “axon” taking information away from the cell body.
  • Learn more about your brain:

 

Fun With Words

  • Make a list of ways to protect your head and brain OR choose 1 way and illustrate it and make a poster (poster contest) — ideas & answers are here
    1. wear a seat belt
    2. wear a proper helmet for sports
    3. have a proper falling surface for playgrounds and gymnastics
    4. don’t use drugs; be careful with all chemicals
    5. eat healthy – good brain food
    6. look before you leap, especially when diving/swimming

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

In the game of “synaptic tag,” you are part of the synapse. The object of the game is to get as many neurotransmitters across the synapse to the dendrite without being caught (deactivated) by the enzyme. It is like a game of tag. Draw or find a space for the axon and a dendrite (see the picture below). Some players are neurotransmitters and they wait in the axon; other players are enzymes, they wait in the gap between the axon and the dendrite. It is best to have more neurotransmitters than enzymes. The enzymes are “it.”

When someone says “go,” the neurotransmitters run across the synapse as fast as possible without being touched by an enzyme. If a neurotransmitter is touched by an enzyme, it must go back (be reabsorbed) into the axon and wait until the next turn. If a player makes it to the dendrite, the player is safe. Play as many times as you like. Make sure everyone has a chance to be a neurotransmitter and an enzyme. Note: make sure you provide enough space in the axon (synaptic terminal) so players will not run into one another.

  • Try also Saltatory Conduction and other games from the same site

 

Continue this unit based on the book, What to Do When Tempers Flare by going to the theme, On the Wild Side, which is based on chapter 3 of the book, A Secret About Anger.