Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ocean Fun!

We have had so much fun with our Ocean unit this week!  We began by reading one of my favorites, "The Rainbow Fish".  After reading, we brainstormed things that we learned from Rainbow Fish.  We learned a lot about sharing and being kind.  

During writing, we wrote about a time that we shared something.  Then we made some finger painted rainbow fish.  They turned out great!  

Tuesday was Seashell Day, so we read "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell".  We love the little old lady!  After our reading we did this sequencing activity.  Then we retold the story using our props.  

On Wednesday, our learning was focused around "The Pout-Pout Fish".  I love this book!  Most of these activities are from Deanna Jump's Pout-Pout Fish unit.  

After reading the book, we talked about how characters can change in a story.  At first, Mr. Fish was pouty.  Then he got a kiss from shimmer.  At the end of the story Mr. Fish was happy.  We completed this reading response sheet to show how Mr. Fish changed.  

During writing we made text to self connections and wrote about things that make us pout and smile.  We did directed drawings of Mr. Fish when he was pouty and happy.  We didn't have art this week because of EOG testing, so we broke out the watercolors!  They turned out great!  

Here is a Pout-Pout Fish song and video that I found through another blog.  It is really cute!  But be will get stuck in your head!  :) 

On Thursday, we learned all about seahorses.  We read Eric Carle's, "Mister Seahorse" and talked about the beginning, middle, and end.  We learned that the daddy seahorse protects the eggs until they are ready to hatch.  We made seahorses using Eric Carle's tissue paper method.  

Next week we will continue our study of the ocean and ocean life.  We will be focusing on sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, divers, and submarines.  


  1. Thank you for including The Pout-Pout Fish as part of your ocean unit!

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

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! And thanks for writing such wonderful books! My students love them! :)