Continue Our Story…….

As school came to an end we were writing fairy tales and folk tales…. help us continue this story by adding to it.  Perhaps the sharks arrive, pirates take them aboard a ship,  they are washed out to sea to a deserted island or another adventure awaits them…..Perhaps they are sweep away to the Gold Coast, Saltburn by the Sea, Hilo, Spain, Jamaica or Italy……. What do you think will happen to the young travelers as they explore the ocean?

Once upon a time in the month of June there was two young boys who waited weeks to go to _____________ beach when  school was out. They packed their gear and climbed aboard a __________ to make the journey of  many miles and long hours with the excitement of a long awaited trip.  Chatter could be heard along with “Are we there yet?”  Arriving at the final destination they quickly got prepared for the trip down to the Atlantic Ocean.  They crossed sand dunes with long pieces of grass sticking up and big and small footprints could be seen in the deep, yellow-white sands.

When they walked a little further  the ocean waves called to them to” come  closer.”  So the two  eager young boys journeyed across the hot desert with a few stops along the way.  Others had journeyed there ahead of them and  screaming and laughter could be heard at every turn.  Someone had built a  a moat, another  built a castle with a drawbridge, others gathered shells in buckets and each time the two young travelers stopped to add more to the scene .   The others were all sizes from tiny infants to giants as tall as a building with their shadows looming over the small ones crawling, jumping, running around the castles.  Joyful laughing and the splashing of water was close by.  Some sat under big colorful umbrellas while others laid on colorful blankets scattered across the sands.  Water had gathered in the center of the desert and one small person lay on his belly kicking and laughing in the wet sand and water while other small ones continued to pile wet sand around the edges.   Soon the ocean was calling again and the  eager, young travelers set forth to continue on the journey across the hot sands.

Once they reached the edge of the sand, the giant waves crashed into the boys knocking them down………

Traveling the Atlantic Ocean

As we follow along and read the adventures about  Tom on his bike we also follow what’s happening with the author Alastair Humphreys as he rows across the Atlantic Ocean in his newest adventure.   We are now in  Ethiopia as we continue to read about his bike trip to the end of Africa.  As we read we discuss different culture values and beliefs from different areas and we are following his trip with our Atlases.  His diary pages give us information about different places.

Why would a boy on a bike with his supplies be considered rich in one country and poor in another?

Why do two people who work near each other but are from different countries not talk until Tom comes through the border?

When will Alastair Humphreys and his crew  arrive on land again?  See where he is and read about the author’s other adventures.


As you can see reading takes place even in the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing we’d expect in the water.    We think some things would be important to have on this trip.   What else would they really  need?  We are getting ready for our economics unit in a few weeks and we will disucss needs and wants.   They may want other things but are they really needed?  What do you think the top 10 things they should have with them in the Atlantic Ocean?  Will the weather be stormy or fair?  Wll it be hot or cold?   How will this change what they will need with them?

  • A compass
  • A map
  • food
  • water
  • sunscreen
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • raincoat
  • something to sleep on

We think you would be hungry, sunburnt, wet and tired.

It’s amazing to us that students in England. Australia, North Carolina are all following his trip.   They received phone calls from him so check out their sites to learn more

A Room with a View (England)

4KM and 4 KJ ( Victoria, Australia)