Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Wonders of the World

This week, our theme "Wonders of the World" will take us on many adventures! We'll expand what we already know and learn about new things, including natural wonders, man-made wonders, animals, plants, people, and more!

#READ: Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World by Ben Handicott

Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World Book CoverSet your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or taking a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age. Celebrate the great diversity of our planet: with every turn of the page, you'll come across different animals, people and sights unique to each of the locations.

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#PLAY: Plan a trip to a Secret Destination...where will you go, how will you get there, and what will you see?

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Secret Destination

Supplies needed:

  • Map of the world or globe
  • Sticker
  • Blindfold (bandanna, strip of fabric, sleep mask, etc.)
  • Paper, pencil, crayons, markers, etc.
  • Large box, cushions, pillows, etc.

Get out your map or globe. Put on a blindfold and get a sticker, then place it on the map or globe. Wherever it lands is your Secret Destination! (Even if it lands on a body of water!)

First, you need to learn about your destination. Use the Internet to look up information and write it down so you can plan your trip. Use the following questions as a guide:

  • If it is a country:
    • What language to they speak there?
    • What foods do they eat?
    • What kind of animals live there?
    • And anything else you'd like to know about that place.
  • If it is a body of water:
    • How big is it?
    • What countries is it near?
    • Is it typically warm or cold?
    • What kind of animals call it home?
  • Now, you have to plan your trip! Here are more questions to consider:
    • How far is it from where you live?
    • How are you going to get there? (by plane, boat, etc.)
    • How long will it take?
    • What supplies will you need?
  • You're ready to take your journey!
    • Using household items like large boxes, cushions, pillows, etc., create your method of travel and take your journey to your Secret Destination.
    • Draw pictures and write about what you see to remember your visit!

 

#EXPLORE: Show us your world! Create a scene of the place in the world where you would most like to travel.

Construction Paper Scenery

Supplies needed:

  • JPL Art Kit for this week (available from your local library)

OR

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons
  • Assorted embellishments (glitter, sequins, buttons, etc.)
  • Scissors
  1. Use one piece of paper from your kit as a canvas.
  2. Your scene will be cut or torn out of the remaining construction and tissue papers and glued onto the canvas.
  3. Create distinct layers in the scene by overlapping your paper to create depth in your art. Have a background, a middle ground, and foreground, each taking up approximately 1/3 of your page:
    1. The background is the furthest away and gives context to where your scene is taking place.
    2. The foreground is closest to the bottom of the page and details tend to be larger.
    3. The middle ground falls naturally between the two.
    4. Using markers or crayons and embellishments, add detail elements to your art to help portray what makes this location special to you.

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#JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions.

Junior Scientists (K-2): Most of the Better Natural Things in the World

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades K-2 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is Wonders of the World! Where we will tinker with household materials to build something that will help us enjoy these natural wonders. This is based on the book called Most of the Better Natural Things in the World by Dave Eggers.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • A variety of household tinker supplies, such as: pipe cleaners, straws, toothpicks, scrap paper, toilet paper rolls, bottle caps, paper clips, etc.
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn
  • Pencils

*Optional: a small toy that’s able to sit

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – 3 pm

 

Junior Scientists (3-5): My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades 3 - 5 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is Wonders of the World! We will tinker with household materials to build a vehicle to win a race. This is based on the book called My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Bottle caps (4), or pieces of cardboard (like a cereal box) cut into circles
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Drinking straw
  • Balloon

*Optional: paint
*Optional: markers
*Optional: small toy figure
*Optional: additional decorative pieces

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – 4:30 pm

 

Junior Artists (K-2): How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists K-2 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children in Kindergarten, first and second grade. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Wonders of the World and we will be reading the story How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.

Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup.

Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue Stick

Not included in the kit: scissors

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 3 pm

Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 1 pm

 

Junior Artists (3-5): Miss Rumphius

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists 3-5 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children in third, fourth, and fifth grade. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Wonders of the World and we will be reading the story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.

 
Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup.

Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue stick

Not included in the kit: scissors

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 4:30 pm

 

#KEEP READING: Keep those adventures coming with more books on exploring the Wonders of the World, both near and far!

 

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