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Saint Francis DeSales

Privateers and Spanish Galleons, Week 2: Life On Board

Making a Sea Chest
Sailors took their possessions to sea in a chest that was stored below decks. It had to be strong to withstand buffeting at sea and it had to have handles so that it was easy to carry. Here's how to make a miniature version.

Take a rectangular box with a lid. Cut one long edge off the lid and throw it away.

Make hinge from thick cardboard or foam and fasten the lid to the box with prong paper fasteners.

On cardboard, trace around a large dinner plate. Cut out the shape, then cut in half. Glue the straight edge of one semi-circle to a short edge of the lid. Repeat with the second semi-circle.

With the lid down, fill the area between the two semi-circles with scrunched up paper. Next curve a piece of poster board over the lid and tape it to the edges.

Paint the box to look like wood. To make a lock for your chest, cut out an oblong and an arrow from thick cardboard. Paint them and attach them to the box and the lid with prong paper fasteners.
Thread some string through hold in the short sides of the box and knot it on the inside to make handles. Decorate with more prong paper fasteners.
Assignment 1: Knots Learn to tie some knots. You can get short lengths of rope and have them tie knots and glue these on to a page to keep in your notebook along with your other work. (The amount you require should be determined by age.)

Assignment 2: Projects: (Younger) Make a Sea Chest (above) or (Older) Timeline Begin making a timeline of Explorers and Pirates. Begin with Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and Amerigo Vespucci for this week. Make an entry with a picture, name, the country he worked for and for what he was famous. Include a map of his voyages.
Assignment 3: (Younger) Supplies: Although the king is paying for your supplies, you do have to stock your ship. What will you bring along? You can pick from this list or add any new items. If you are overloaded you might not be able to carry as much gold, but if you are missing an important piece of equipment, then your fate might be affected. Make a list of your supplies.

or make a map of two explorer's routes. Pick among with Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and Amerigo Vespucci for this week., or (Older) Salinity Ocean Currents Complete assignment and sketch first the set up, labeling which bottle has fresh water and which has salty water, and then using colored pencils, show the movement of the colored water in the bottles and where it ends up.

Assignment 4: Read a related book. Suggestions here.

Each of the assignments is worth 4 dots worth of movement.

FATES: A mixture of warm ocean air has come in contact with cool air off the continental landmass of Europe. This situation has caused a great deal of fog along the continent's western coastline. If you are on the westerly Route 4, you have missed fog bank. For the others, what do you do? If you go your same speed, you risk crashing into something or going off course. (Teacher rolls a 6-sided die. Even, things go without mishap. 1 or 3, the ship crashes into a rock, taking damage to the ship. If there is a carpenter on board, he will only go back 5 dots. If there is no carpenter, he will go back 10 dots. A 5 makes you off course. If there is a boatswain on board, move back 5 dots while you find your course again. If there is no boatswain, move back 10 dots while you find your course again.) If you reduce your speed, you will travel slower. (Student rolls a 6-sided die and goes back the number of dots the die says.)

Week I: Ships
Week 3: Navigation

1 comment:

  1. Very cool treasure chest!!



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