Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Under the Sea

Our ocean theme continues! This class seems to really enjoy this topic! As a whole they are more interested in ocean creatures than shells or the ocean itself. You just never know and I of course had several "shell" activities planned so we are shifting gears to reading and writing about the creatures themselves.

Our big book for this week is pictured here. They LOVED  reading about the different types of sea life!! You can also see a poster used for writing prompts and our ocean word list.  We generated the list together in class and each child copied the words they found the most interesting into their word rings.

Here is a sample from one of the word rings. Somehow this class has begun calling the rings "your handy dandy word ring!"  Not sure how this happened but I think it is adorable! They keep the rings with them as a picture/word reference when writing.

On the easel above you can see some blank sea creature books. Each child could choose which creature they wanted to write about.

We have been discussing adding details to their stories and pictures. This student is really embracing this concept!   "I see a sea horse. It is pink. I like pink because it is pretty. The sea horse is eating some sea weed. She threw up!"   We've also been discussing the /oo/ sound...can you tell?!

"She felt sick. I felt sick from being in the water and I got sea weed in my eye. I was crying and my tears were tickling me. It made me happy!"  When we discussed this story during author's chair the class loved it! They pointed out the details and they especially loved that the main character was happy at the end of the story!

In our writing center this week we have new stickie stories...we love these! Each story had different stickies on the front and as I introduced them I said that the stickies represented their characters that they should be writing about. We are still working  on these, but I can't wait to see how they turn out!

This next activity is one of my favorites!! We read A House For Hermit Crab and had a discussion with Ms. W about Hermit Crabs! Now it would have been fun to have a real Hermit Crab in the classroom for the kids to observe, but let's just say that I haven't had the best luck with this creature in the classroom in the past. Poor things just don't make it very long for me! So the next best thing was to create our own homes for hermit crabs. The kiddos each painted their own shell and we attempted to use play-doh and create the crabs to put on the inside of the shells. The play-doh part didn't work out very well so they just glued the eyes to the shells instead. I think they turned out great!  We have just a few more fun ocean activities and then we will be tying up this unit. Also, I hit 100 followers yesterday! Yay! Thank you everyone who follows and reads this blog. I'm having a great time writing it! I think a giveaway will be on it's way soon...stay tuned!


  1. I love the homes for Hermit Crab!! A Home For Hermit Crab is one of my favorite books. I will have to add this activity to my file for next year. Love it!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute story! I like the "oo" chunk that she used. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. So cute ...I love this time of year when their writing really takes off. =)


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