Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ocean Zones Foldables and GREAT Ocean Diaramas!

My class has been working really hard the past couple of weeks to learn about the different zones of the ocean. This is a really cute foldable that I CANNOT take credit for, but I use it and so does my First Grade team. It comes from The MailBox, Primary, June/July 2002 "Under the Sea" activity. HOWEVER, it could be tweaked to make it your own!

We used the large sized construction paper and folded it vertically down the middle.
Then we precut three slits so there were four even sized flaps. Next students were given pieces of different shades of blue (from lightest on top, darkest on bottom) and Black and brown for the bottom. They glued those on the front and then they colored a page from THe MailBox and cut out the animals to show what lived in which level/zone.

This is a view of the finished project when it is closed. This is the front cover. Each layer has a flap that opens up. This is made to show the Sunlight Zone, Twilight Zone, Midnight Zone, and the Abyss.

You can see the top flap (The Sunlight Zone) opened on this one. It is labeled and has a description beside it.

This is a view of all flaps opened.

This is the page that came in the magazine...BUT, you could have a lot of fun by letting student draw their own pictures or find pictures of the different animals in magazines or books (that they can cut out of).

Something else I do each year with my First Graders is assign an AT HOME Sea Life Diarama project. The students (and parents) have fun with this and it gives them a chance to research an ocean animal that they really want to learn more about. They have to create a diarama and make 5 FACT cards about their animal. They are graded on the fact cards, diarama creativity, and how well they "present" this to the class. :) THEY turned out SUPER CUTE this year! Take a look at a few of them:

THis one was actually made out of an Oatmeal Canister!

I love the idea of using this orange mop head for the sea anemone!

I could tell this little girl worked really hard on creating her Brittle Star!

This just blew my mind! They slid a thin piece of wood that had been painted THROUGH the middle of the shoebox to create the ocean/sky separation. AND, the little girl brought in a small recorder with DOLPHIN squeaks and clicks for the class to hear!

The projects WERE ALL AMAZING! I love having them in the room. THey just brighten up the space!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's SUPER SCIENCE lesson! It's all about Shark Skin!
Glitter Words
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  1. Great Stuff! Can't believe the last picture. That is awesome.

    First Grade Delight

  2. Wow! I love those dioramas. I really need to do an ocean theme too ... Given that we live on an island an all :)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers


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