Club Activities: Operation Evaporation
In "Operation Evaporation," kids explore evaporation and the water cycle not just in the desert, but right in their own neighborhood, too. These activities were designed as a sequence that weaves together PLUM LANDING media resources, including animations, videos, and games, with outdoor exploration and hands-on activities. Each day offers approximately one hour of programming.
Today you'll introduce your kids to PLUM LANDING and to the Australian desert. Start out by having kids watch The Lost Lake, a short animated video about the fate of water in the desert. Then, head outdoors to complete the related hands-on activity Evaporation Station.
Continue exploring water in your neighborhood with the "Explore Some More" activities listed at the end of Evaporation Station. If time permits, watch and discuss The Search for Shrimp, a short video about adaptation to desert life, when you return indoors.
Now that kids have learned a few things about desert life, let them take what they've learned and set it to song! Listen to the song Deserts Aren't Dead, and have a discussion using its "Conversation Starters." Wrap up your day by completing the "Explore Some More" ideas.
Deserts aren't the only places where water can be scarce. In Build a Rain Barrel, see how one family helps their garden survive a midsummer drought. Have kids make their own gauges to measure rainwater. If time permits, wrap up your day by having a discussion using the "Conversation Starters" or completing one or more of the "Explore Some More" activities listed with the video.
Wrap up your desert unit by exploring deserts around the world and telling Plum all about YOUR world. Watch Earth to Blorb: The Desert!, have a discussion with the "Conversation Starters," and complete one of the related "Explore Some More" activities. End the day with a sharing session where kids read aloud their letters to Plum.