Shark Unit w/ Free Printables


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Shark Week on Discovery Channel is a BIG deal in this house, even though we don't have cable.  Dinomite loves watching all of the shark videos made available online.  He also enjoys watching ones we have at home.  This year Bulldozer has joined in the fun.  In celebration of the big event, we're learning all about sharks during learning time this week.

Language:
Cursive Letter Sand Tray
 The kiddos continue to learn their cursive letters. This is our second set of four.  I'm so pleased with how quickly Dinomite and Princess are picking it up.  Bulldozer prefers print at this point, which is okay.  He just barely learned how to write all of his letters.

Source.  The free printable cards for this activity can be found at 3 Dinosaurs.

Painting Spelling Words
 The kiddos will write their spelling words using the paint and paintbrush provided.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Language Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Noun & Verb Sorting
 The kiddos will sort shark themed nouns and verbs using the Montesori Grammar Symbols.  As a control, I have added the word "to" before every verb.  This seems to help the kiddos understand that the word is an action.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Language Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Math:
Shark Food Addition
 How many different types of animals do sharks eat?  How many animals has this shark eaten today?  The kiddos will add up the appetizing animals to find the answer to the addition problems. They will use blue glass beads as markers for their answers.   The animals shown are those that many different types of sharks eat.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Math Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Skip Counting by 5, 7 & 9
 I am so excited to use my Montessori Beads for this activity.  Mind you, they're homemade.  The kiddos will skip count using the beads as a control, as they put the numbers in order.  They can choose to count by 5s, 7s, and/or 9s.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Math Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Culture & Science:
Water Forms
 Just where do sharks swim? Which sharks prefer which types of water?  Do they stay close to land? Do they prefer to be in deep waters? Fresh water? Salt Water? There are so many questions to answer this week as we read, watch, and study sharks!

We have used the water form cards and felt designs before, but this week I made cards with pictures of real life water forms, so the kiddos could see what they look like.
 Source:  I created the photo printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Culture & Science Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.  The water form diagram printable is from Montessori Mom.

36 Shark Cards
I was aiming for our usual 50 card pack, however finding clear pictures of so many different sharks underwater proved more difficult than I thought.  Then there was the fact that so many sharks look almost identical to each other.

 Source:  I created the photo printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Culture & Science Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

3 Ocean Food Chains
As always, when we cover an animal unit, especially one dealing with a deadly predator, it's a challenge to teach Dinomite something he doesn't already know.  I must give Jason full credit for this one. It was his idea.  He did all of the research AND made the cards.  All of the kiddos have enjoyed learning about food chains, especially when they learn about sharks eating sharks.  I like the activity because it focuses on sharks in their world, not the world of attacking people that is portrayed so much.

Source:  Jason created the printable for this activity as part of the Shark Unit Culture & Science Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Shark Anatomy
The kiddos have moved beyond the basic shark anatomy of head, trunk, tail, fin, etc.  When I found this diagram, I loved the extra detail.  However, placing all the tiny labels seemed a little daunting.  Instead the kiddos will put the diagram together like a puzzle, which will require them to look at the body part labels at the same time.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Culture & Science Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Visual Arts:
How to Draw a Hammerhead Shark
The kiddos will practice drawing a hammerhead shark using the white board, erasable crayons, and step by step cards provided.  Dinomite and Princess did an amazing job with this today!
Dinomite's drawing.
Princess' drawing.
 Source: The drawing cards for this activity came from How to Draw Animals.

Music:
The kiddos continue with their piano lessons and love to learn new songs each week.

Physical Education:
We continue exercising as a family.

Practical Life/Sensorial:
Cutting Activity
The kiddos are moving up in the world of cutting.  They can test out their skills using any one of these designs.

Source:  The free printables for this activity came from Montessori Nature and Ang at Home.

Pouring Water
The kiddos will practice pouring water into four glasses.  A funnel is provided if needed.

Transferring Water Beads
The kiddos will use the spoon to transfer water beads from one bowl to the other.

Shark Invitation to Play
The kiddos will enjoy a hands on experience that includes sharks, their prey, and so much more.

For those interested in the free printables, click on the links below:




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18 comments:

  1. I love all your ideas! Beautiful set up.

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  2. You truly create some amazing units Renae! I love reading through your ideas as I'm not too familiar with Montessori inspired work. What a great unit! Thanks so much for sharing with the Love to Learn Linky! Best, Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue! Montessori has been so wonderful for our family. I highly recommend it!

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  3. So many really fun ideas for a shark week! Pinning =)

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  4. Some really great ideas here. Thx for join in the pin it party.

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  5. I love the sand tray for cursive letter practice.
    Great ideas!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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    1. Thank you Jill! I'm sure I'll be back to your blog soon to link up.

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  6. Really nicely put together units on sharks...Many, many thanks for all this wonderful work!

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    1. Thank you Katharine. I hope you're able to use some of the printables and ideas!

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  7. This is such an awesomely fun activity! Thank you for sharing your post with The Natural Homeschool and The Life of Jennifer Dawn Linky Party. :) See you next Wednesday! :)

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  8. Wow You are an absolute genius and gem! I think this pack will be the only printable we need for our shark week. These ideas are perfect for my LO. She HATES spelling and has an over active necessity to process everything to do with learning, in a sensory or hand input sort of way. Almost SPD so this is up our alley. Thank you for sharing!! Found your link via Shark Printables round up on LivingMontessoriNow.com congrats :D

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    1. Welcome Jeanine! I'm so glad you're enjoying all of the printables and activity ideas. Please stop by again!

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  9. I am so excited to find this! My daughter has a shark towel and is always signing "shark" to us (well, maybe not an official ASL sign, but her own) She's 21 months. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work of all the shark cards! I think my daughter will enjoy them! I also really like your play-doh set-up. I will have to keep that in mind.

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  10. So nice :) Perfect for shark week (and beyond). Everything is beautiful and inviting - sharing

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