Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Talk Linky---We're going to the beach, the beach, the beach...

Who doesn't love a good beach trip?!  This family certainly does!  In fact, this last week we enjoyed tons of time in the sand and surf!  I did however forget to sunscreen one of my arms on our 2nd day there (how does that even happen?)  1 tan arm and 1 peeling, pink arm=not cool! LOL

In honor of beach lovers everywhere, I though I would share one of our beach stories, as well as a few ideas for how to use it in your instruction.  

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle has to be one of my very favs!  Who doesn't know that feeling of struggling to fit in and the joy that comes from being "home!"  I use this book each year to supplement our spring study of ocean ecosystems, but it would also be a great launching point after returning from summer vacation.  United streaming has tons of wonderful video clips to use to support this study of oceanography and plant/animal adaptations!  We compare and contrast different types of shells, discuss spring and neap tides, highlight methods of island formation including barrier islands and volcanic islands, and of course do TONS of creative writing!  One of my favorite writing topics:  Are you more like a crab or a sea sponge?  The illustrations are beautiful and hilarious as students illustrate themselves as one of these types of sea creatures!!!  

The link here will take you to a version of this story read aloud on vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/64470843  

Find the book available for purchase on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/House-Hermit-Crab-Eric-Carle/dp/B004S7VTPQ .

Happy Tuesday!!!  <3, Shannon

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