One of my favorite end of the year activities, is our ocean book that we complete during our ocean unit. We usually do this unit for two weeks, and it's just too fun!
Each page of the book is glued to a piece of construction paper, and over the course of the two weeks, we write facts and create the ocean animals we're studying. It's just a great way to wrap up the year...we research the animals and practice our reading comprehension, we practice our listening skills as we create the animals, and work on our informative writing. It's awesome!
You'll see that as the week went on, I was able to stop modeling as much, and was able to let the kids add more of their creativity/writing. Check it out:
(Our cover page is a directed drawing/painting activity we do the last day of the unit).
(We started out with whales! I had a parent help me cut the pieces for the craft from a paper plate, and the kids painted the entire whale blue. After drying, we glued, added an eye, and added a setting).
**I modeled what our writing could look like, and let them at it!
(Seahorses were next on the list! This is where we got our inspiration for our craft. Again, I cut the template from a paper plate, and then we swirled acrylic paint with shaving cream. Then, we dipped our seahorse in the mix, scraped off the shaving cream, AND the paint stayed!)
**This was the last day I modeled my writing...
(Our fish was next! We read Rainbow Fish, among other research based books, but had to make our craft a rainbow fish! So fun!)
**Like I said, I didn't model the writing anymore. Just reminded them where the title went, and how to start it off).
(We made another shape craft for our crab. I love these so much!)
(We did a directed drawing for the dolphin. I just didn't finish coloring my example page).
**Again, I was able to be a lot less "directed" with our crafts and writing as we got to the end of our two week unit. They were pro's by the end of it!
I hate that I didn't get a picture of my last "example" page. We studied sharks last...look closely in the video and you'll see a student example of the sharks. I think that was their favorite one!