by susan

Hi Julie,

We have just started doing a topic on oceans. We couldn't believe our luck when we stumbled upon (or rather almost walked past) 2 basking sharks, a mum and baby, gorgeous. Can you beleive I didn't have my camera, I usually take it everywhere.

My son is 9.5yo and loves the animal side of the project but when I tried to read from horrible geography's Odious Oceans book, his eyes rolled heavenward.

Do you know of any geography sites, perhaps with on-line games. We did (grudgingly on his part) the ones on the BBC site and he actually quite enjoyed it.

Thank you for a great and timely newsletter. I love the smorgasbord homeschool curriculum idea. Will try it soon.

Kind regards



Hi Susan
Thanks for the message - I am delighted that you are enjoying the site.

I got the same reaction to the Horrible Geography books! But seeing basking sharks must have been fabulous.

The only game I could really come up with was the Jewel of Muscat game where you navigate a ship around the oceans. It is a pretty hard game, but quite realistic in terms of oceans and weather conditions.

I did find some other stuff though that I thought you might like to try:

  • Make a wave powered boat.

  • You could explain that the Earth is a biosphere - and make your own. (I have been meaning to write a page about this for ages - our biosphere lasted for months!).

  • Make your own water cycle. There is another example here and an easy version.

  • Take a look at extracting salt from the sea - just leave a bowl of sea water on a windowsill and let the water evaporate.

  • Experiment about water erosion. There are some great pictures showing examples of that here.

  • Experiment about tides.

  • We have had great success looking for fossils and mermaids purses on the beach.

  • I hope that gives you some ideas to get started with!. Best of luck with your project.

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    Aquarium website??
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    Is there an aquarium in the area that has a good website? Here in California, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great site, including a section for educators. We used several lesson plans and interactive pages from there before we visited last year.

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