Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dive On In (Investigate the Ocean)

This week is our state testing. I thought I was fine with it but I've had nightmares about it for the past 2 nights. I will be so glad when Thursday is over. The week after testing, I finally, finally, get to do my favorite unit of the year...the ocean! I look forward to this week for the entire year. Not only because I love teaching about the ocean but because it signals that the end is near.

I have so many ocean books that it is hard to fit them into a week. I have been using a hodgepodge of resources for the last few years. This year, I decided to create a unit with the things that I need.  There are 9 different animals focused on in this unit. I try to do a different ocean animal each day but I won't have the time this year to do 9 days worth.

I created fact sheets that we can use to extend the books I have or in case that you don't have any books on that ocean creature.

 I also made a center featuring each ocean creature so you can keep those kiddos busy learning with an ocean focus.

I made some small books to use during the unit. We will read "One Tiny Turtle" by Nichola Davies and talk about the life cycle of a sea turtle. We will wrap up our unit with the Ocean Creature fact book. I know the kiddos will love keeping this to remember what they have learned.
I will be adding in crafts from A Cupcake from the Teacher. Her crafts are so cute that there was no need for me to make my own.

Amy Lemon also has some great whale freebies that I am going to use.

If you are looking for more ideas for teaching about the ocean, be sure to follow my Pinterest board.

Also, in case you missed it, I'm having a big giveaway on my Facebook page. Be sure to check it out.

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  1. I love your ocean unit ideas! I'm going to start out with an ocean theme to my classroom next year and this would be perfect! Putting it on my wishlist for later :)
    First Grade Found Me

    1. Oh, and I pinned it too. Thanks so much for sharing the other resources too. I also love the craft ideas from A Cupcake for the Teacher.
      First Grade Found Me

  2. I love all of these ideas, Courtney! Your Dive On In looks wonderful! I especially love the centers! Our school mascot is a shark and we always start the year with ocean activities. These are perfect to add to introducing our routine. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas in one place!

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