First The Photo: Instead of our usual scavenger hunt to find the place this photo was taken..Everyone: find the closest water source to your house.
Second The Question: Is it a lake, river, or the ocean? Is there a beach with sand or a dock to fish off of? What is your favorite way to enjoy water on a warm summer day? Do you run through the hose? Play in a pool? Fish for dinner or paddle a canoe? There is nothing like cool refreshing water on a hot day. Cools the body and relaxes the mind. Helps to wash away your troubles and infuses the day with a burst of refreshing energy that was sapped away by the sun.
Third Next Steps: Here are some creative things to do with water:
Fill some balloons with water, tie them to a string and play pinata! Or have people try to hit them with a dart to pop them while someone else gets splashed!
Draw a large crayon bulls-eye on a driveway or parking lot and give everyone a different colored sponge. Dip the sponge in a bucket of water aim for the bulls-eye. Everyone has to stand in a circle around the target so you get to feel the splash!
Put golf tees into styrofoam then place ping pong balls on top. Have everyone stand in a circle around the block..the same distance away and see who can dislodge the balls just with their stream of water.
Go wading in a pond and observe the tadpoles and fish swimming past your footsies!
First the Picture(s): Can you locate the place where each of these pictures was taken and can you name the type of civilization each of these communities once represented?
Second The Question: There are as many different ways to rule a group of people as there are civilizations to rule. You could be President of a Democracy or King/Queen of a monarchy. You could be a Pirate ruling the seas or a Dictator commanding an Empire. If you were in charge..what rules would you make? What things would you forbid? What would you make mandatory? Would you allow others to give input or would you demand that everyone do as you say?
Third Next Steps: After you dream of all the crazy rules you would make..try to think of the problems that come with being in charge? Can you see any down sides to ruling a group of people? What happens if the people you govern don’t like your ideas? What steps would you put in place if someone disagrees? What are things that rulers provide for the people they govern? Safety, structure, input, education, food, jobs? What would you provide?
Think of small communities and the people who rule them..Like a Family. Try letting each person be in charge for a day. Write down the rules you would set and then try to list the consequences of that rule. If you let everyone sleep as long as they want..what would happen? Or if each person ate whatever they wanted at every meal. Who would pay for all of that food? It is challenging to maintain balance within a small group of people imagine how hard it would be to run a country. You can see that it helps if the people that live in a country have the ability to give feedback and input to the rulers in charge?
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