Ocean Day Surprise!

We had so much fun at our surprise pumpkin-themed learning day that we had to do it again! Today, students arrived to an ocean-themed classroom, complete with waves, animals and seashells!

 

We started our day with a word puzzle. Students had to “break the code” to spell out the question: “What is your favorite ocean animal and why?” and then write about their answer.

Next, more practice with adjectives! Students brainstormed to think of adjectives to describe the ocean.

Then, we took our spelling test about WH words and students read books about the ocean on their beach towels when they were finished. 

 

After that, SLIME! Ocean slime, to be exact. Did you know that saline solution (used to turn the water and glue into slime) is similar in composition to the water in the ocean? Both are water and sodium mixtures.

Last thing before lunch: ocean animal research. Students watched videos about different types of ocean animals and then wrote about what they learned. These two students learned about blobfish!

A “beach picnic” for lunch! We watched The Wild Kratts episode about ocean animals.

After lunch and recess we colored an ocean coloring sheet while we read a book about the animals that live at different depths in the ocean.  Did you know there are three zones in the ocean? Many animals that live in the deepest zone (aphotic zone) use bioluminescense to create their own light.

When our book was done, we watched a live cam of jellyfish at an aquarium. Very peaceful to watch!

We have even more fun and learning to come this afternoon! Ask your child what their favorite part of Ocean Day was! Ms. Ursino’s favorite part was seeing all the smiles from students as they began each fun activity! 

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