Just a tiny bit of directed drawing today. Love their work!
Thursday was the last day of preschool! I had a wonderful bunch of kids and will miss you kiddos that are moving on. I know your futures are bright.
Have a FANTASTIC summer!!
Submarines are large vessels that move underwater. The windows of submarines, called portholes, are usually round. Submarines have a tool called a periscope that sticks out above the water.
We made submarines using paper plates, cellophane, sea animal cut outs and markers!
This is our last unit for the 2018-2019 school year. Wow! This year went very fast and I was blessed with a fantastic group of kids.
Many shipwrecks are caused by big storms that create large waves in the ocean. Pieces of ships can sink to the bottom of the ocean. Treasures such as gold, jewels and expensive art have been found in shipwrecks. We made our own treasure chests with matching jewel cards. Pick a card, match and slide into the chest.
We played Shipwreck Hideaway! Each child would draw a card and move her fish to the next matching colored bubble. We switched it up and used a dice to practice counting!
For our sensory bin we hid jewels, buttons, and sea animals in Perler Beads.
Today we took a dive into the deep blue ocean! We pretended to be a scuba diver and explored what was under the sea. We made a diver's mask and flippers from cutouts, elastic and cellophane. Scuba divers must wear gear including a mask, flippers, oxygen tank and wetsuit to protect and allow them to breathe underwater. Some scuba divers explore underwater for fun while others scuba dive for research.
We also played with play dough and sea creatures.
We wrapped up our week of small sea creatures. Many small creatures live in the ocean. Despite being small, these sea creatures serve a purpose in the ocean. Microscopic plants and animals called plankton are very important for the ocean because they are food to many larger animals.
Sea Stars are invertebrates, meaning they do not have a back bone. They have hard, bumpy skin that protects them from predators. Sea starts have five arms that can wrap around their prey and squeeze it. Sea stars can be a variety of colors. A sea star may lose one of its arms, but it can grow back. We created our own bumpy sea stars using pearl stickers and a sea star cut out. The younger kids used q-tips and paint.
Rainbow fish are small and live in tropical waters. The older they get, the more colorful they are. They usually swim together in a school. Of course, we read the book Rainbow Fish! The kids created their own rainbow fish using paper, sequins, foil, markers and glue. The younger kids used tissue paper and foil!
Seahorses are small fish that breathe through gills. They have tiny, spiny plates on their bodies and their heads resembles a horse. The female lays her eggs in the male seahorse's pouch. The daddy seahorse carries the eggs in a pouch on his stomach before they hatch. Seahorses have small fins that propel them forward in the water.
We created our own seahorses today using seahorse template, yarn, glue, marker and sequins. The younger kids used tissue paper.
We counted seahorses. Each child was encouraged to choose an envelope and identify the number. They counted out the number of seahorses written on the envelope and put the seahorses in the envelope. We also played a memory game with ocean cards!
We enjoyed more Colorado sunshine today as well!
Despite their name, jellyfish are considered plankton, not fish. They have no bones, and do not have a brain or heart. These umbrella like sea creatures are translucent and have tentacles that can sting. Jellyfish use their tentacles to sting their prey. We made jellyfish hats out of a shower cap and curly ribbon! We also made a cute little jellyfish using crepe paper and curly ribbon.
The older kids worked together to cut the curly ribbon for the jellyfish hats!
X-ray fish are very small and have transparent skin. You can see their bones through their skin. They eat worms, insects and small crustaceans. Today we painted an x-ray fish. We used, paint, straws, triangles and paper.
We also enjoyed the park and a picnic!