Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Science Journal: Ocean

Every year the Kindergarten does a very fun and exciting ocean thematic unit. This unit takes us about a month and half because there are so many amazing things about the ocean to study. We strive to learn about one animal each day, learning as much as we can. Then, at the end of the unit, we go on a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

We create an ongoing project during this unit called:
My Science Journal: Ocean

It is kind of like a learning portfolio to have at the end of the theme. This is a journal that allows students to write about the animal we are learning about each day. Students can color, label the body parts, and then write one or two facts about the ocean animal they are studying. The journal can be bound into a book or done one page at a time. Check it out at TeachersPayTeachers!
Over the next week or so I will be posting all of the different activities we are doing in our ocean classroom. Each day we begin with a story about the animal of the day, followed by our Ocean Journal and then we do a fun craft or activity. Keep checking my blog to see all of the ocean fun!

Here are a few sample pages from My Science Journal: Ocean
As you can see there is the wonderful opportunity to delve into each ocean animal, practice writing nonfiction and writing conventions.
 There are also some extra bonus activities!

I hope you get a chance to check this out. My students have never done better writing in all of my years teaching Kindergarten (8 in all!!). I do believe that if you get kids writing about what excited them, they will want to write and succeed at it. Make it fun!
“I know what I liked as a child, and I don’t do any book that I, as a child, wouldn’t have liked.”
- H.A. Rey (author of Curious George)

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