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Oceans of Fun!

We have been learning a lot about ocean animals.  We learned all about different types of sharks and we decided that we thought the Great white Shark was the most interesting.
We labeled the parts of a shark.

This is our schema chart based on an idea from Debbie Miller.

We made sharks and orca whales and then sorted the information we learned by using a venn diagram.

A close up of some of our shark and whale writing.





Our crabs and crab writing.






If y'all are looking for an adorable story to read, Pout Pout Fish is it!  We fell in love with this story.  The kids wanted me to read it over and over.  If you read it you might want to try using the voice of Eeyore for the Pout Pout fish character.  :)   After reading the story a GAZILLION times we did a directed drawing of the main character and then wrote about our text to self connections.





To end our unit we had a Pirate Party!  One of my favorite activities was brought on by a comment to my Pirate post by Emily (I'd love to know your last name so I can give you credit).  Emily told me about a field trip she took with her kids.  They learned why pirates wore an eye patch.  I did a little research and was even able to find a myth busters episode on Discovery Education that covered this topic.   We started out by making our hypothesis and then I gave each child a patch to wear and we turned out the lights and made the room completely dark.  We then quickly moved the patch over to the other eye and gues what????  We could see immediately!  Oh, my word!!!  How cool is that!??!!
These are our pirate shirts we painted for our special day.


We ate octopi.  :)


Yummy pirate cupcakes!  ARGH!
We only have two more days of school left.  YEE-HAW!!!

If you're like me you are already starting to plan for next year (Do we ever take a break?) :)
This unit has some of my favorite back to school activities.

Many of you have asked for my book bin labels so I'm including them here as a free download.
Click on the picture if you want to download them. 

I'm working on my Back to School unit.  Hopefully I will have it finished in a few weeks.
Enjoy your sweeties!  Summer is almost here! :)







26 comments:

  1. You are SUCH an inspiration!!!

    mrs. tabb

    anotherdayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

    =)

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  2. Cute activities! Love the sharks!


    http://lessonplandiva.blogspot.com

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  3. I LOVE the Pout-Pout Fish! Such a cute story, and my kiddos loved it when we read it for our ocean theme. :)

    --Caitlin
    thekindergarden.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you so much for your library labels! The graphics (as usual) are so cute! I love getting to see the work your students are doing. Virginia

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  5. Such cute activities as usual. I'm working on your ocean unit right now. My kids love it! Thanks for the labels. I'm excited about your new unit!!
    mrswilliamsonskinders.blogspot.com

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  6. I know I sound redundant but I have to tell you that every time I read your blog I am inspired and proceed to copy a lot of what you do. :) I used to do a pirate theme every year but when I moved I stopped. However after your pirate post I brought it all back and even added a pirate glyph! My students loved it. I mentioned you on my blog as my inspiration for creating my glyph. If you want to see it go here: Ms.M's Blog However, it is now where near as cute as yours I will have to buy your unit for next year.

    Thanks again for sharing your ideas.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  7. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas! I am looking for math and reading websites. I am putting together a sheet to give parents for the summer. If you have any great websites / links please leave a comment at my blog and I will be posting the sheet with them all. Thanks
    http://petersonsprimarypeeps.blogspot.com/

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  8. Is that just black marker on the pirate tshirts?

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  9. Fantastic unit! Can't wait to use it with my students!

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  10. Thank you for such a great unit! Love your unit plans!

    Alessia
    mrsalbanesesclass.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for sharing the book bin labels! The ocean unit looks fantastic; I ended our year with that theme!

    I am looking forward to seeing your back-to-school unit. Our first day of school is August 15! I'm already planning....:-)

    ReadWriteSing

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  12. We are still in class and learning about Sea Life, Would love the patterns you used for your sharks and whales venn diagram. Are they included in your Ocean Unit at TPT?

    THANKS!

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  13. Congratulations on being names 1 of the top 50 kindergarten blogs by California Teaching Credentials.

    http://www.californiateachingcredential.org/kindergarten-teachers

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  14. I am in awe of how much you are able to accomplish with your students! Even down to the cute charts you create! An inspiration indeed. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!
    Always,
    Brenna

    http://sothentherewere2.blogspot.com

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  15. I LOVE the pout-pout fish! I use it with my kinders at the beginning of the year as we're talking about how to interact and set up a good classroom community. We create pout-pout fish to put out in the hallway with a title that says, "Hey, pout-pout fish, there are no dreary-wearies allowed in our school!" It's a good reminder for the kids to come in with a good attitude and be ready for the day.

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  16. I can't wait to see your back- to- school unit! You are truly an inspiration :)

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  17. I love the eye patch experiment!! My son just read a Magic Tree House book about pirates, I'll have to have him try this!

    http://rakiradresources.wordpress.com

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  18. What a great unit on oceans. And I'm very glad to hear your students liked The Pout-Pout Fish! Their artwork is wonderful.

    Best Fishes to you and your students!
    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

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  19. Such cute ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! We are so excited to add some of your fun to our ocean unit!!! Happy learning!

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  20. I'm curious as to what the five colored bins are used for on top of your bookshelves. I have those same bins and they have had many different jobs, but these days they seems to be at a loss for use!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Amber Hatch

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  21. Hi Deanna!
    ♥ it all, as always!!! Thanks so much for sharing your billiant ideas!!! Just wondering what you used to paint your shirts with?? They are adorable!!
    Little Warriors

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  22. Thank you so much for the book bin labels..they will come in handy in my future (organized) classroom!! :-)

    http://my1stclass.blogspot.com/

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  23. Do you have a packet on Tpt for the whale/shark unit you talked about in this post? It looked great and like so much fun. Thanks!

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  24. How did you get kiddos to make the pout pout fish? So cute! we are doing this story now to go along with the second Common Core unit. would love to do this with mine!

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  25. Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

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