World Ocean School at Home

Student Program

Welcome to World Ocean School at Home! 

In this season of virtual learning, World Ocean School is bringing learning home to you! Our crew members have taken some of our favorite onboard lessons and created a series of fun, engaging virtual lessons and activities that you can do in your living room, your backyard, or wherever you can imagine yourself sailing on a wooden ship with a salty breeze on your skin. 

What is a Sea Shanty? 

Join Captain Matthew (on his boat, Rose!) as he discusses the purpose of sea shanties over the course of history and teaches two traditional sea shanties—"Rolling Down to Old Maui" and "Spanish Ladies". 

Disclaimer: Traditional sea shanties often make references to sailor's libations. While this video does not promote drinking, alcoholic beverages are referenced in the shanties' original lyrics. 

Talk Like a Sailor! Episode 1: "Bow" with Aundre

Talk Like a Sailor is for kids of all ages. In just 30 seconds, learn a new nautical term that our students and crew use every day aboard Roseway!

Episode 1 features Aundre. Aundre is a 6th grader in the Accelerated Multiage Class at Ricardo Richards Elementary School in St. Croix.

Join Aundre to learn: what is the bow aboard schooner Roseway?

How to Test Speed (Using a Modified Dutchman's Log)

  • Grade Level: 5th
  • Materials: Measuring tape, stop watch, a partner (or pet!), pencil, paper, calculator

Join Hana as she guides you through a fun speed experiment. She will teach you about the history of the Dutchman's Log, introduce the formula for speed, and guide you through a simple speed experiment you can do with a partner. The goal of this lesson learn what speed is, explore unit conversions, and to test your own or your partner's speed. If you're feeling competitive, you can race your partner!

Have you tested your own "Dutchman's Log" at home? We'd love to see a video! Share with us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share your experiment.

How to Build Your Own Simple Machine

  • Grade Level: 5th
  • Materials: Cardboard box, popsicle sticks, hot glue or craft glue, scissors, ping pong ball (or something similar), paint (optional)

Join Claire as she brings simple machines to life! She will guide you though constructing your own mini roller coaster at home and take a deeper dive into the uses of inclined planes. The goal of this lesson is to see the practical application of the inclined plane, learn about the different types of energy that an object can have, and have fun building (and decorating!) a mini roller coaster. 

Have you built your own mini roller coaster (or theme park!) that you want to share with us? Take some photos and tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share your work with our followers! 

What are simple machines?

  • Grade Level: 5th
  • Materials: Paper and pencil 

Join Claire as she defines what a simple machine is, introduces and defines terms like "work" and "mechanical advantage", outlines the six types of simple machines, and guides you through a scavenger hunt in a mission to find simple machines around your house. The goal of this lesson is to understand how simple machines help do work, what the six simple machines are, and identify the simple machines that you use everyday. 

Next week, Claire will facilitate an activity to make your own simple machines at home!

Have you found a bunch of simple machines in your house that you want to share with us? Take some photos and tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share the wide range of practical applications of simple machines with our followers! 

Why do boats float? 

  • Grade Level: 5th
  • Materials: Container of water, waterproof objects, tin foil 

In this lesson, Claire explains why boats float by defining mass, volume, density, and buoyancy, discusses the differences in density between fresh and salt water, and guides you through building your own tin foil boat at home (and testing how well it floats!). The goal of this lesson is to understand why boats float by defining the relationship between mass and volume, begin making educated guesses on the densities of common objects, and to test how well your tin foil boat floats. 

Have you built your own boat that you want to show off? Have you and your family members had a "float off" competition that you want to tell us about? Tell us what you named your boat, take a photo or video of you and your family members with your boats, and tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share the boats you've designed with our followers! 

What is a watershed?

  • Grade Level: 5th
  • Materials: Food coloring, water, plastic sheet (like a shower curtain or tarp), building materials (like old milk cartons, buckets, paper towel rolls, etc.) 

In this lesson, Tierney describes what a watershed is, describes the types of pollution that affect our watersheds, and guides you through building your own watershed at home. The goal of this lesson is to understand what a watershed is, find out what watershed you live in, and to brainstorm some ways that we can modify our daily actions to protect the health of our waterways. 

Have you built your own watershed that you want to show off or have some suggestions of how we can protect our watersheds? Take a photo or video of you with your watershed and tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share your creation and ideas with our followers!