Lots of craziness and excitment this week! We started our end of the year Ocean Animals unit, and I have been having so much fun! Hopefully the kids have been, too (oh, and learning some things as well, haha!)! We started the week off by learning about the five oceans--I feel old since I was only taught about four main oceans, you know, way back when there were nine planets...Anyways, I found this song on Proteacher last year and fancied it up a bit for our song book...I do not know the song's author, so please let me know if you do! Click the picture to download it for free!
We also did a lesson on the ocean's zones and made a fun foldable to hold facts about each layer. The kids were totally into all of those creepy creatures down in the twilight and midnight zones! The original idea for this flipbook came from this site. I tweaked it a little for my kiddos, and have included directions and a printable for you below if you'd like to add this to your Ocean file (or should I say, binder?).
Click the pic below for the freebie!
Next week, we are going to become marine biologists to prepare for our Ocean Animals Museum. I am so pumped! My team is doing a grade level Museum Day, with each class studying a different animal group. It is so much fun to watch all of our little firsties give their speeches and show off their published "All About" books, models, and posters. If you think your class would like to become wildlife biologists too, please check out my newest unit. It is common core aligned for grades K-2 (standards included) and it can be used to study any animal!
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Ocean fun and freebies in the next few weeks! And, if you have any great Oceans activities you'd like to share, I'd love to hear them!