Ocean Theme Unit

Continuing on with our ocean theme unit, today we utilized a whale activity found at Trillium Montessori.
Ocean Theme Unit from Suzy Homeschooler (5)
These cards are pretty cool, just print them out, laminate them, then measure out a string the length of the whale on that card.
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We went outside to lay our strings out and walk the length of each whale. We also tried laying down next to the string and seeing if we all lined up, if we could be as long as the smallest whale (we weren’t).
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At one point we unraveled both the Blue Whale and the Orca to compare size. Incredible difference!
LittleMan asked us to read him each whale’s stats several times. He really seemed engrossed in the topic.

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Of course not everything in our unit is so complex. Some of our activities are as simple as putting together a puzzle of an ocean scene. This puzzle turned out to be an excellent way to get the ball rolling talking about jellyfish.
We also have been utilizing some free under the sea coloring pages we found at Mr. Printables.

The whole family (ok, mostly Marmaduke and myself) helped in writing a song about the 5 zones of the ocean to the tune of Old McDonald. LittleMan has zones 1-3 memorized. Hopefully he’ll pick up those last two by the end of the week.
Here’s a free printable of the song we wrote: The Ocean Zone Song
A little taste: “The ocean has five zones, yo ho yo ho yo, and the first zone is sunlit, yo ho yo ho yo, with a dolphin here and a clown fish there, here water, there water, everywhere lots of water…”

LittleMan wasn’t too interested in the sensory bin we put together this week, but SunnyGirl seemed to love it.
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Rice dyed blue and scented using Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, blue glass gems, sea shells, star fish, and a couple measuring cups.

Since LittleMan wasn’t too keen on the sensory bin we put together, I offered an alternative sensory play option:
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A padding pool full of shaving cream, blue paint, and blue water beads. This of course lead to an epic shaving cream fight in the front yard. SunnyGirl may or maynot have looked like a Smurf by the end of it.

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