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I think I can… I think I can… I think I can… 
That’s what I am saying every morning I wake up to go to school these days. 
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE school. I LOVE my kiddos. But I am ready for summer. 🙂 
Thank goodness I’m teaching a fun unit to keep *ME* excited about coming to school… OK and maybe the kiddos too!
So what’s keeping me going to school as excited as the first day? 
OCEANS, baby! 
(Ok… maybe that and coffee, and those of you who know me, know I DON’T drink coffee) 
But anyways, learning about the sea is such a high interest unit! Great way to pull in fiction and LOTS of non-fiction into our reading! 
Here are a few of the things we’re working on:
Ocean Animal Reports

Inspired by Holly, from Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade’s Non Fiction Animal Report writings, we created our own marine animal reports. 
After reading about animals that live in the ocean, my kiddos chose their favorite animal to do a report on. We spent the week researching at the library looking through books and on the computers 
( a little nerve racking with 8 year olds!)
The best part? When my kiddos couldn’t find information using the resources I had pulled for them, they actually went searching for more on their own!!! (Proud teacher! Tears!)
We used the information we found to create Powerpoint presentations on the traveling computer lab.
The kiddos had a blast creating! One of my little boogers even figured
out how to add sound to her’s! Don’t you LOVE it when they figure stuff
out on their own?
Here we are sharing our presentations in triangle groups.
Under the Sea Adventures
We also used our new found knowledge to write about an under the sea adventure.  We first made an A-Z list of all things oceans

Then we got our creative juices flowing and wrote our stories! On Monday we will illustrate our stories using crayon, and then “paint” the paper with baby oil to make it look “see through”. 

There are soooooo many other cool things we are working on! I am working on compiling ALL of them and more into a “Under the Sea” Unit.
Be sure to follow me on TpT  so you’ll have first dibs when this bad boy’s ready!
3 days and counting! 🙂
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Hi, I'm Leigh.

The Applicious Teacher is all about creating hands-on and engaging lessons that align with the standards while still having time for your life. This is your place for ideas, tips, and resources for the REAL teacher!

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