Star Education Adventures Activities



Do you remember important events that happened in the world since you were born?

Here is your chance to make your own time line, using a listing something like this, with a line for each year:

Event 1
Year: _________________
Your Age: _____________
World Event: ______________________________________________

Event 2
Year: _________________
Your Age: _____________
World Event: ______________________________________________

Event 3
Year: _________________
Your Age: _____________
World Event: ______________________________________________

Event 4
Year: _________________
Your Age: _____________
World Event: ______________________________________________

Event 5

Year: _________________
Your Age: _____________
World Event: ______________________________________________


Social Studies


  • What characteristics would you want to have as an emigrant?


The year is 1879; you and your family are planning to move to New Zealand, which will take four months. You will be at sea for four whole months! Once you are on board and the ship leaves the harbor, there will be no way for you to go back to your home to get the things you left behind. You will be allowed a very small place for your possessions, so choose only what you really need. You must plan carefully before you depart your homeland.

In 1879, New Zealand is undeveloped. There are few if any stores where you can buy supplies which will be useful to you and your family. Make a list of supplies which you might bring with you to get you started clearing the land, building a shelter, and planting crops.

After visiting the Star of India Activity - Short writing exercise:

You have seen the 'tween deck' of the Star of India. What is your first impression of the life of aboard a sailing ship? Write or tell a story about an imaginary adventure as a child on the trip.

Why do you think people left their homes for a rough voyage to unknown lands? Do you think they were brave or foolish?

What characteristics do you think an emigrant should posses in order to be happy and successful on this trip to unknown lands? Read the list and number the characteristics in order of their importance.


  • Healthy
  • Brave
  • Strong
  • Resourceful
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Unafraid
  • Hardworking
  • Patient
  • Unselfish
  • Skilled Carpenter
  • Courageous
  • Curtis
  • A good Farmer
  • Self confidant
  • Intelligent
  • Religious
  • Kind


**Think up your own list of attributes that you feel would be helpful.


  • What do you want to do when you grow up?


An expert captain would have the knowledge of Mathematics, Geography, Seamanship, Navigation, Politics, Business, Human Relations and Discipline.

What do you want to do when you grow up and what do you think you will need to study to be an expert in your field?




  • Writing/Math Problem: How would you navigate without electronic instruments?

Write an essay describing what you would do if all electronic systems of navigation failed. Could you keep the boat going in the proper direction toward your destination?

Could you figure how fast you were going and when you were likely to arrive at your destination? Use this helpful formula: Distance = (Speed X Time)

  • Try your own Morse Code

Make audible sending devices and tap out messages to a friend. Try developing your own code and send a message.

Morse Code Alphabet:

A .- K -.- U ..- 4 ....-
B -... L .-.. V ...- 5 .....
C -.-. M - - W . - - 6 -....
D -.. N -. X -..- 7 --...
E . O --- Y -.-- 8 ---..
F ..-. P .--. Z --.. 9 ----.
G --. Q --.- 0 ---- Comma --..--
H .... R .-. 1 .----  
I .. S ... 2 ..---  
J .--- T - 3 ...--  


  • Make your own Signal Flags

Make your own signal flags from light cardboard or construction paper. Try and arrange them to spell out your name and glue them on your notebook.

The International Signal Flag Alphabet:





  • Writing: Which foods would you bring on a voyage?


Passengers were allowed to bring some foods to supplement the ship's provisions. Which of your favorite foods would you bring with you? Make a list of them. Remember there is no refrigeration!

Make some nutritious menus with the foods supplied by the ship's stores, plus any goodies you have brought.







  • Writing: What do you do for fun on a ship?


Describe what you could do to make sea trips both interesting and fun.



  • Make your own Class Newspaper


Now that you have read personal memories of Mary Jane Thompson and excerpts from "The Euterpe Times," you might be interested in publishing a newspaper. You could write about your classmates, class projects, your studies, or some skill or talent you discover while interviewing people at your school. Think of the fun you will have years from now reading your own, "Voices from The Past."

Either you could produce your newspaper the way the passengers did, written by hand, or you could use a computer. Ask your teacher to print copies for your class. Many fun projects could be promoted by this newspaper. You could write a play about life aboard Euterpe, describe some games, or write music about your imaginary adventures aboard the ship. One of the travelers wrote a waltz while traveling on the ship.




  • Make your own Yarn Picture


Yarn Pictures
To make a yarn picture you will need:
A square of burlap or other loosely woven material.
Thin woolen yarns, or embroidery yarn of different colors.
Needles with large eyes.
Felt pens (Indelible) for making your design on the burlap.

Tack the burlap onto a board to mark the design. Take it off the board and sew your picture with long, loose stitches, all in the same horizontal direction as shown in the illustration. Leave a border of plain burlap to wrap around the backboard of your picture. Glue or tack to the back.

  • Make your own Scrimshaw


To make your own scrimshaw you will need:

A piece of white ivory colored material with a fairly hard surface but soft enough so that you can easily scratch your lines into the material.
Scribers with a sharp point (A thick needle or a nail.)
Ink or thinned acrylic paints.

A drill to make a hole, or glue and a pin for the back.

  • Make your own Knot Board

Look at these sample knots and try making them yourself.

When you master them, you might want to make a key ring, a bracelet, or a belt. Maybe your whole class might make a knot board. All you need to make a knot board for your class is:

Some line to make knots.
A board.

Many crafts can be made from two basic knots. Here is a simple macramé key ring lanyard with the half hitches:

Supplies needed:
Upholstery pins.
Heavy string.
Key ring.

Push pin into soft board (to hold key ring and string, as you know it.) Put the string around the key ring as shown in the upper picture of the half hitches. Tie knots tightly. When lanyard is as long as you wish, tie each one to the ends of the next, so it will not unravel. You can put a drop of glue on each piece of string to be sure it does not unravel.


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