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Picture Books About Sharks for #SharkWeek

Picture Books About Sharks for #SharkWeek

Pin It In honor of the end of Shark Week, here are our favorite children’s picture books about sharks. Most of our picks are non-fiction. When choosing fiction picture books for themed exploration, I try to choose ones that weave facts into the narrative. While there is no shortage of cute picture books with shark protagonists, the sharks tend to take the role of “scary-looking but really sweet inside.” While sharks are not the indiscriminate man-killers … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Science

Shark Week Kids Craft: Duct Tape Paper Cup Shark

Shark Week Kids Craft: Duct Tape Paper Cup Shark

We’re kicking off shark week around here with a fun shark craft for kids. Sharks are the largest fish and are at the top of the oceanic food chain. These prehistoric predators have fascinated and frightened humans throughout the centuries. Sharks are largely misunderstood and misrepresented in the media. Only four species of shark regularly attack humans. Compared with other animal attacks or water-related accidents, shark attacks are a very small risk. We put together a paper … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Science

Water Fun Round-Up: Ocean and Sea Creature Activities and Crafts

Water Fun Round-Up: Ocean and Sea Creature Activities and Crafts

Splashing, swimming, and sailing, in sinks, water tables, pools, lakes, and oceans…studying sea creatures, washing, measuring, and floating…there is so much fun to be had with water! For the Water Fun linky of the Smart Summer Challenge*, participants really “dove right in”! (*rim shot* Thank you! I’m here all week!) Pin It Mathematics Beach Party – Naturally Educational Pin It A House for Hermit Crab Craft – Naturally Educational Pin It Ocean in a Bag – Pink and Green Mama Pin It Juice Carton … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge

A House for Hermit Crab Craft

A House for Hermit Crab Craft

Pin It When I was a child, I got to take home the class hermit crab over a long vacation.  There is something incredibly fascinating about a creature that needs to borrow shell to protect itself and to exchange that shell for a new one as it grows. Check out this video on YouTube of a Hermit Crab changing its shell. My children are also intrigued by hermit crabs.  There are quite a few at the shore … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge

The Whale Watch that Wasn’t

The Whale Watch that Wasn’t

My husband, who grew up here on Long Island, enjoying voyages on the small wooden boat his grandfather built, turned to me two weeks ago and said, “I want us to get out on the water more often this summer”.  A few minutes and some clicks later on his computer, he declared, “I’m booking us on a whale watch trip for July 24.” Perfect, I thought, visions filling my head of educational sidenotes about cetaceans (whales … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge

Water Fun Week 5 of #SmartSummer

Water Fun Week 5 of #SmartSummer

Kismet. Sometimes it seems like things are just meant to happen.  My husband booked us a whale watching trip for the Sunday before the Water Fun week of the Smart Summer Challenge begins!  I can’t wait to share what we learned with you. We have a membership at the aquarium and it is a great way to beat the summer heat AND the summer slide at the same time. And since we live on an island, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Science, Smart Summer Challenge

Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish Craft

We’re on the shore of the Long Island Sound so we frequent the beach and the local aquarium and draw a lot of inspiration for our learning from the sea. When I noticed a cool school craft my friend did with her friend, I asked her to guest post while I am on “maternity leave”. Jellyfish are such lovely and ethereal creatures–even though you don’t want to bump into them at the beach! Here is … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Guest Post, Science, Summer

Tickly Octopus Craft

Tickly Octopus Craft

Octopuses have so many fascinating adaptations and we found a storybook that captures this information with humor and charm: Tickly Octopus. Pin It Tickly Octopus is the story of a fun-loving octopus who enjoys tickling his friends–but only the wiggly, giggly fish appreciate his tentacled-tickles.  When our octopus protagonist goes on an adventure to recover his friend oyster’s pearl, he discovers he has so many other talents, including zooming through the water, squeezing through holes, and squirting … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Featured, Science

Something’s Fishy

Something’s Fishy

Pin It Whether teaching your kids or students in the classroom, you usually have the advantage of knowing your partners in learning.  For my moms’ meet-up group, I have been organizing a weekly “Preschool Play Date”.  Today our preschool play date suddenly became a Toddler Play Date and I had to adjust our plans. The result was a fun and easy fish craft that even a toddler will enjoy. Sea creatures are always a hit with little … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Ecology, Science