1st Grade

Oceans Day 7: Marine Reptiles

Oceans Day 7: Marine Reptiles

Marine Reptiles (Sea Turtles) Today we learned about sea turtles with some crafts and a yummy cupcake snack. Read: Pages 34-35 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss:  Sea turtle are large turtles that spend most of their life in the sea. Most sea turtle species are endangered. Sea turtles are reptiles so they are cold-blooded with scaly skin. They are very strong simmers and good divers too. They have 4 flipper legs and a shell that is attached...

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Oceans Day 6: Cephalopods

Oceans Day 6: Cephalopods

Cephalopods (Octopus & Squid) Today was our cephalopods day.  J enjoyed learning about the squid most of all today. Read: Pages 26-27 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss: Octopus and squid are cephalopods. They are soft-bodied animals that live in the water. They are also invertebrates, which means animals without backbones. They can change the color of their skin to camouflage them from predators. They move by squirting water from their...

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Oceans Day 5: Jellyfish

Oceans Day 5: Jellyfish

Jellyfish Today we studied jellyfish.  We had some math, literature, science, and art fun today! Read: Pages 14-15 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss: Jellyfish float in the ocean and eat fish. They have soft bodies with long, poisonous tentacles. They catch fish with their stinging tentacles. Jellyfish are 98% water. There are many types of jellyfish ranging in size from just a few inches across to over 3 feet across. Some jellyfish can glow...

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Oceans Day 4: Aquatic Mammals

Oceans Day 4: Aquatic Mammals

Aquatic Mammals (Whales & Dolphins) Today we studied about some mammals that live in the water such as whales and dolphins. Read: Pages 10-13 & 38-41 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss: Whales are mammals that live in the water, not fish. They are warm-blooded and breathe air through lungs, they give birth to live young who feed on the mother’s milk. They even have hair, but very little. There are two kinds of whales, the toothed...

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Oceans Day 3: Cartilaginous Fish

Oceans Day 3: Cartilaginous Fish

Cartilaginous Fish (Sharks, Rays, Eels) Today we learned about cartilaginous fish such as sharks, rays, and eels.  J loved learning about these fish, especially the sharks. Read: Pages 18-19 & 52-55 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss: Sharks are one of the fastest fish in the sea. Sharks do not have bones like fish, instead their skeletons are made of cartilage. Cartilage is lighter and more flexible than bones. There are over 250 species...

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Oceans Day 2: Fish

Oceans Day 2: Fish

Fish Today we learned about the anatomy of fish and observed the fish in our own aquarium.  Read:  Animals Called Fish by Bobbie Kalman Discuss:  Fish are vertebrate animals that live in water Most fish are cold-blooded; which means that their body temperature changes with the temperature of the water around them. Fish can breathe underwater with their gills. Most fish swim by moving their tails left and right. Label a...

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Oceans Day 1: Earth’s Oceans

Oceans Day 1: Earth’s Oceans

Earth’s Oceans Today we did some geography and learned about the 4 main oceans on earth.  We also visited the ocean while we were in CA this month. Read: Pages 7-9 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo. Discuss:  Genesis 1:9-10, “And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land”, and the gathered waters He called “seas”. And God saw that...

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Ocean Unit Study

Ocean Unit Study

Ocean Unit Study In this unit study we learned about oceans. We studied the Earth’s oceans, ocean life, and the beach. This unit study is geared for early elementary students with 9 days worth of lessons.  I did this unit study with my 1st grader and I would recommend it for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  J had so much fun with this study, I think we will have to do a few more in depth studies about a some of the animals that we...

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Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Team USA Today we learned about this year’s U.S. team.  Read:   page 42-45 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and explore the Team USA Home. Discuss: Team USA Facts 530 athletes Youngest: Katie Ledecky, 15, swimming Oldest: Karen O’Connor, 54, equestrian Females: 269 Males: 261 Mothers: 13 Fathers: 54 Five-time Olympians: 7 Four-time Olympians: 21 Comprehension Questions: What does USA stand for? United States...

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Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Sporting Events Today we learned about some of the events that athletes can participate in at the Summer Olympics. Read: pages 33- 41 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and some more information about the 2012 London Olympics. Discuss: The ancient Olympic Games were just a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days of events. The ancient Games...

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