This theme was, honestly, one of my favorites that I’ve ever done. It was so much fun, and the kids just loved it!
As usual, we started out with our opening song — “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, we jumped right into our first book which was Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham.
This is a really cute book that the kids enjoyed. It was a great opportunity for some active storytelling and fun voices too!
Then, we sang “The Sea” from KCLS.
(Sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down.
The waves on the sea go up and down all day long.
The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap…
The fish in the sea goes swish, swish, swish…
The boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot…
The crabs in the sea go snap, snap, snap..
By this point, the kids were begging for some shark stories, so we picked up Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway.
This was an absolutely adorable book about a shark who just wants to make friends but keeps scaring everyone away with his toothy grin. I liked the ending and the kids thought it was pretty cute too.
Then, I used a “Five Little Ocean Friends” flannel that the former youth facilitator here left. I found the words on Storytime Katie’s blog.
“Five little ocean friends on the ocean floor,
The starfish walks away and now there are four
Four little ocean friends living in the sea
The crab slides away now there are three
Three little ocean friends looking for a clue
“Glub, glub,” said the lobster now there are two
Two little ocean friends not having much fun
Off swam the sea horse now there is one
One little octopus sad and all alone
Back swims the starfish, back swims the crab,
Back swims the lobster, back swims the sea horse
And they played in the sea foam, safe in their home.”
Because my kids love the “Five Little Monkeys” fingerplay, we had to include it as the “Five Little Fishies in the Sea” Fingerplay. I found this originally at KCLS.
“Five little fishes
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
You can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark
As quiet as can be…
Four little fishes
Swimming in the sea
(Continue until no more fishes.)”
Our final book, of course, had to be everyone’s favorite — The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
I love this book more than almost any other I’ve read in story time so far! It’s so fun to read, it gets the kids engaged in the refrain, it’s silly, and it’s just so cute.
The Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner. If you haven’t heard this song, find it now! You won’t be sorry. It is the single most adorable children’s song ever. Not only is it incredibly silly and fun, it has plenty of actions to get kids moving, and every single class got into it, every teacher loved it, and I had a ball watching the kids.
Then, we did a few STEM Activities. Our first activity was to play a guessing game with some Ocean Trivia Cards that I made. I chose a few ocean facts that my kids might know and made two cards for each fact, one true and one false. Then, I’d hold up each card and have them raise their hands or stand in front of the card they thought was true. The facts I chose were:
An octopus has 6/8 legs.
Waves in the ocean are made by the wind/earth’s gravity.
A group of fish is called a pod/school.
The Great White Shark/Blue Whale is the largest animal in the ocean.
More people have explored outer space than the ocean/More people have explored the ocean than outer space.
Nemo was a clown fish/goldfish.
After they’d placed their guesses, we talked a bit about the science behind each fact.
Then, we played another guessing game where we formulated a hypothesis by looking at an inflatable globe I bought at a teacher supply store. Based on a glance alone, the kids almost always guessed that there was more land than water on the Earth. So, to test our hypothesis, I had three to five volunteers come up, close their eyes, and point randomly at the globe as I spun it. Then, we used the data we’d collected from where their finger fell (land or water) to see if our hypothesis was correct.
After that, we discussed waves, how they’re created, what they do, etc. and I demonstrated with an ocean in a bottle.
Then, we wrapped up with our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was all.
We did a simple jellyfish craft with cardstock semi-circles and curling ribbon in my walk-in story time.