Ahh Sea Week. I look forward to this all year long. We dive head first into science and if I'm being totally honest, it's AWESOME. I grew up here in Juneau and it's by far one of my favorite memories of school, so I know that I need to make it just that great for my own students #nopressure
We begin our unit of study (FYI Sea Week is not actually a week, but more like a month sometimes!) by taking a field trip to our local salmon hatchery (DIPAC--Douglas Island Pink and Chum). This place is. the. coolest. We get to ride the "fancy bus" (a Greyline instead of a yellow school bus) and chat it up with Mr. Rich. He is THE best. Check out how he turns a student into a squid step by step as students identify the body parts of a mollusk. So fun. Isn't it great when you take your class on a field trip and the speaker is super engaging, can talk to the kids at their vocabulary level and you can tell they really love kids?! If you have any sort of ocean center near where you live, I highly recommend adding it to your Sea Week.
And right as it was getting to be that time to go, I asked a few kiddos to stomp out letters and spell "Alaska" in the sand. Can you see it?
Mussels are such an interesting animal!
After reading, A House for Hermit Crab, we make these fun little craftivities. You can check it out here.
Most of these are activities and lessons from my Life in a Tide Pool resource. If you're interested, click below:
Another fun thing I like to do with my class is show this DVD. It has fun songs and the kids LOVE it. You can grab it (Amazon affiliate link) here.
So, that's it! I hope you and your students enjoy your own Sea Week! Feel free to leave a comment or question below about Sea Week if you are looking for ideas or would like to share.