08-05-2010, 03:21 PM
We used to have a program called No Teacher Left Behind and we used the sailboat during the training so that the teachers could have a fun tool to begin letting the class set their own rules, agenda, possibilities, etc. Basics are below, in no particular order:
1. What do you think of about sailing (show pictures - beaches, clear water, etc)? Our classroom can be that.
2. What might be the obstacles that the sailboat may run into in this beautiful picture? Let them talk about what is in the water (rocks, sharks, etc). What are those obstacles in our classroom (and let them create the Crew Rules)
3. What allows a sailboat to move? (wind) What is the wind in our sails? (Discovery, excitement about learning new things, etc.) Also, sailboats can go around the world on a single tank of fuel - might be a great lead-in to environmental discussions - Great Pacific Garbage Patch <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch>
4. What are sailboats made of? (wood, steel, fiberglass, plastic bottles - plastiki <http://www.theplastiki.com/>) What is our classroom made of? (desks, etc., but also spirit, kindness, sharing, learning, etc)
5. Where might our beautiful sailboat take us? What is our destination? Describe it in great detail (have them draw pictures and put them everywhere in the classroom)
There is more but you get the idea.
There is also a huge amount of nautical, and specifically sailing, terms out there that you might be able to use and be fun for the students.
By the way, September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate day. Don't miss that fun opportunity! Your third graders will love it and may just have to Walk the Plank if they get sent to the office. :-)
I hope this helps!