Growing in Pre K
Make an ocean in a bottle using one drop of blue food coloring, a little sand (and a funnel), some tiny sea shells, and some beads that look like sea animals.
Experiment with whether items will float or sink.
Make a crayon resist ocean.
This is where I found the Hermit crab printable:
Printable: Ocean word wall words
Sea World offers this free printable: http://www.seaworld.org/just-for-teachers/guides/pdf/ocean-discovery-prek.pdf
Play bingo with Sea Shells as markers. I printed these cards from the Mailbox Companion Kindergarten)June/July 2011:
Above right: I have a dry sea sponge and one in water, so students can touch both and compare them.
Lots of Shells for students to explore
Wave discovery bottle and a tray full off plastic sea animals to handle
I hide a paper beach ball behind one of these sight word crabs. Students take turns naming a sight word. I pull out the sight word they name and we see if the ball is behind it.
I found this song on a website years ago. If you know who I should credit, please let me know. The kids really enjoy it when we read A House for Hermit Crab
I love this Lakeshore number puzzle set:
The kids really enjoy these stencils from Oriental Trading:
I also love a big book and CD that I purchased at Lakeshore called Under the Sea: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C898%2C025&FOLDER<>folder_id=2534374302104950&ASSORTMENT<>ast_id=14084743951
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