Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Are Sharks Scary or Cool? Download this free graph!

 Shark week, math, measurement, graphing, reading, resources, non-fiction
It's shark week - does that excite you, or freak you out a little?  Maybe some of both?  I was thinking about how our students might feel about sharks this week, so I put together a graph to find out.  (Click on the picture for my first freebie, then read on for another!) It's pretty simple, something you could use quickly at the beginning of a shark or ocean unit.  Of course, you could follow up by teaching your students about them, and then revisit the graph.  How many students do you suppose might feel differently after learning about sharks?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3VE7_wMwNcfcWdSbmxBUXJXMWM/view?usp=sharing
Sharks really are scary - to me at least.  They're also incredibly cool and amazing - okay, I guess I have to repeat, to me at least.

Perhaps that's why I've been busy learning about sharks, and making fun resources to use when learning about them.  One of the things that stuck with me is the variety of sizes sharks can be, from dwarf lantern sharks that only grow to 9" long (not scary!) up to whale sharks at 45' long (also not scary, they eat plankton).  Of course, the great white, with all it's teeth, and growing to over 20' long is somewhat more intimidating! Sequencing them by size really gives a whole new understanding of shark sizes.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shark-Math-for-First-Grade-measurement-graphing-addition-subtraction-2565521
Of course, we need to practice actually measuring things ourselves (not real sharks, thank you!).  This activity uses fish lengths as a non-standard unit of measure.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shark-Math-for-First-Grade-measurement-graphing-addition-subtraction-2565521
For slightly older students, I wrote a non-fiction reproducible reader about sharks.  To make differentiating easy, there are two versions of the text.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sharks-Guided-Reading-Books-3247361
For my younger kiddos, I made this patterning center.  I clipped the pattern strips onto ribbon, and the kiddos clip on additional pictures to either match...
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shark-Patterns-Math-Center-with-AB-ABC-AAB-ABB-Patterns-2569049

...or extend the patterns.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shark-Patterns-Math-Center-with-AB-ABC-AAB-ABB-Patterns-2569049
We follow up with cut and paste versions.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shark-Patterns-Math-Center-with-AB-ABC-AAB-ABB-Patterns-2569049

Finally, I want to share another freebie with you!  This is a very simple reading center, which I like to put in a pocket chart or on a table.  I hope you'll download it, and I'd so appreciate you leaving feedback after you do!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sharks-Reading-Fun-Reading-Center-2607044

 I hope you have an exciting - but not too exciting - shark week!



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