We are continuing to work on our mini ocean unit. Take a look at the fish we made using our hand prints! It was a little ticklish painting our hands but they turned out really well. We worked with shapes to make the striped fish. Lots of circles, triangles, rectangles, and so on. We made two hand print fish. We used one for our fishy quilt. The other one we used for this….
We watched the story Swimmy by Leo Lionni! In the story, Swimmy works with other little fish who are in danger of being eaten by some big fish to create the illusion of an even bigger fish. Swimmy becomes the eye of the fish and the other little fish form the body of the fish by swimming in formation. The big fish run away in fright!
We have also been compiling an ocean folder! We did a research report about whales and found out about a lot of cool facts. Did you know that the blue whale is even noisier than a jet engine! We sorted all the facts into four different categories. There were About the Blue Whale, About the Babies, What They Eat and Cool Facts!
We have been watching some amazing videos about dolphins, whales and ocean life on the National Geographic Kids site. We love the one about the dolphins herding their dinner. Check it out! It is called Dolphin Dinner. I have added a link called National Geographic Kids Videos on the WIKI that gets you to the kid’s video site. Then you can put dolphin dinner in the search section and find the awesome videos. There are a lot of fun animal videos on that site!
Lots of fishy fun!
It was fun to see Chris Hadfield on the cover of the MacLeans magazine and an article about the Deep Sea Challenge expedition on the cover of the National Geographic magazine last week! So neat that we had the opportunity to learn about them and then see them on the cover of some magazines! If you haven’t already seen the cool stuff we learned, check out the blog posts called Wacky Water Fun – Space Age Style! and Deep Sea Fun!
Lots of fun!
We have started our unit about the ocean. Yesterday, we made ocean count-up books! I found some really neat stickers to use as a jumping off point. The children had to create a count-up book using words that described the action of the ocean creatures!
They did a great job! We had treasure chest, coral reefs, big and little waves, and some wonderful describing words!
I found a cute little ipad book app called Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jeanette Canyon to introduce our new unit!
We decided to listen to the song version. It also has a non-fiction section with facts about each of the ocean creatures in the story. Beautiful illustrations made with clay! The words are highlighted as they are read and there are some fun animations. The class really enjoyed finding all the ocean creature babies!
The children did a great job creating designs for the covers of their fishy books!
I have added the Just Dance Video Mix videos to our WIKI page! I found the mix on the MattbGomez site and it was compiled by Michelle Heibert. The mix is awesome and we use it all the time!
I will add few others to the page soon! Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as we do!
Just go to our class WIKI page at the top of this blog and click on the link that says Dance Mix!
I can’t decide which dance I like the best…. Which one is your favourite?
Today we had a lot of fun doing “fishy” things! We have been working on a seashore/ocean theme and today we put together our Rainbow Fish. The children worked on symmetrical printmaking on a fish shape and today we stuffed the fish and added the shiny scales to make our Rainbow fish. We watched the video based on the cool book called The Rainbow Fish. It is a great book about sharing. We hung our fish from the ceiling and of course the room is now filled with water for our swimming fish! Hence the signs on both of our doors!
We also had some fun with the iPad writing a little poem about the ocean using Doodle Buddy. First, we brainstormed words to go with the ocean stamps in Doodle Buddy. Then the children chose three stamps to make a short poem. Using the text boxes they put in their choices of ocean animals with a describing word. Then they illustrated their poem using the stamps. I found this cool idea on a really neat blog called ilive2learnilove2grow. I even like the name of the blog! Sounds like a great way to look at learning.
Yesterday I added a new link to the WIKI. We now have access to the site TumbleBooks. It is a really awesome site of excellent reading material. Make sure to check it out!