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Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Ocean and It's Animals--A Unit Study

We're going to be starting on our first unit study next week and I'm bombarded with ideas. So far, this is what I have down on our lesson plan (freaking out a little that I'm not even half way close to being done..guess I'll be up most of the night--thank goodness "SUNRISE" service is at 8!!)

Aquatic Sea Animals Lesson Plans:

Tuesday-Zoo Tots Under the Sea Program Field Trip
Saturday-Watch NEMO for family movie night, with goldfish and popcorn snack mix!

Crafts: Aquatic Fish Bowl, Fishing Game
Music: Sing Ocean songs in lapbook
Alphabet: “F” for fish; “J” for jellyfish-review of the letter “J”; “O” is for ocean; “S” is for shell
Numbers: 5 for the 5 Oceans: #1 Pacific, #2 Atlantic, #3 Indian, #4 Southern,
#5 Arctic
Bible: Jesus said He would make the disciples fishers of men; feeding the 5,000; talk about when God created the fish and when he created the oceans (refer to our earlier creation lesson)
Science: make a wave bottle with blue tinted water, oil and shells and sand
Reading: Various Ocean books from library and home
Tactile: Find shells in sand and pick them up with the tongs; sensory tubs: fill three tubs with water, cooked spinach and sand so she can feel water, sand and seaweed; make sea-scented play dough:
3. Sea Scented Play-doh Recipe:
3 cups of flour
1.5 ounces cream of tartar
¾ cup salt
3 tbsp. cooking oil
3 cups water
1 tbsp. coconut extract
Yellow food coloring
Gold glitter
Combine the first five ingredients in a large pot. Whisk together until free of lumps. Stir in the coconut extract and yellow food coloring. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat until it pulls away from the sides of the pot and forms a large ball. Knead the ball lightly on a flour board until the dough is smooth. (Be careful it is hot.) Knead in the desired amount of glitter. After cooled, store in airtight container.
Computer: Let Reagan explore this website: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/efc/exhibits.asp
Food: Have tunafish sandwiches for lunch one day; edible aquarium-make blue jello in a plastic bowl or cups and add in shark fruit chews; go to Kroger and have Reagan pick out fresh fish for dinner one night; ocean snack: let her ‘catch’ goldfish using pretzel rods dipped in peanut butter

Any other suggestions?
(By the way, I have do have a ton of information in our lapbook and tons of books and a concept kit from the library--Camping at the SeaShore)

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