Extreme Environments

Earth is our home, the third planet from the sun and home to nearly 8 billion people. It’s unlike any other planet in our solar system and the only one confirmed to host human life. It’s thought to be nearly 4.5 billion years old, and over the years, it’s been quite restless. Our Earth is always changing. Tectonic plates drift, the crust quakes, and volcanoes erupt. Air pressure falls, storms form, and these powerful forces continue to shape our planet. It has continuously evolved to pave the way for some of the most extreme environments that we’ve ever seen. This week’s adventure will give us a dose of some of those environments—and even those beyond our planet.

Content Note: Some videos in this adventure show animals losing their lives as a result of the extreme environments in which they live.

what you’ll need

    • Your Camp Kinda toolkit

    • A cardboard box

    • An empty water bottle
    • Old newspaper
    • Masking tape
    • Paper mache (can be made with flour and water)
    • Paint and brushes
    • Baking soda
    • Red food coloring
    • Vinegar
    • An old shoe box
    • Glue gun w/glue or clear tape
    • 4 sponges
    • A rubber band or hair tie
    • Old buckets or large bowls
    • Sidewalk chalk
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Vanilla frosting
    • A butter knife
    • 2-4 paper plates
    • 2 styrofoam cups
    • Glue stick
    • Brown paper grocery bag

    weekly family activity

    Explore with Nemo

    While this week’s adventure is all about extreme environments, the spirit of adventure is a common thread. Get the family together for a fun-filled movie night with Nemo and friends. It’s an adventure not worth missing! As always, check the Common Sense Media review first to make sure it's a good fit for your family.

    this week’s content builder:

    Whitney Henderson

    A native of East St. Louis, IL, Whitney is an award-winning teacher, school principal and instructional expert who currently serves as EdNavigator's Chief Program Officer.

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