It looks like a new interest is emerging around here: Ocean life. It all started when Finn spotted the children's book "Old Shell, New Shell" (by Helen Ward) in a charity shop and wouldn't leave without it. I highly recommend it by the way. It tells the story if a hermit crab looking for a bigger shell. The illustrations are very realistic, picturing an incredible number of different sea creatures. The last few pages at the back of the book give the name of each and every animal pictured, as well as a few facts.
|Old Shell, New Shell by Helen Ward|
This book naturally led to him making connections with another book we own and that I have mentioned previously on here, "Skeleton" by Steve Parker. He excitedly showed me the double page with pictures of crustaceans, asking me to read the words to him. We talked about animals with their skeleton inside their body (humans), outside their body (crabs) and animals with no skeleton (jellyfish).
He was interested in shells in particular, what they are, where they come from. We compared the shells in our collection and I explained how one shell (of a scallop for example) is actually just one half of the complete shell. We tried to pair our specimens with their matching halves. We then researched how molluscs eat and how they use their shell. We talked about the difference between crustaceans and molluscs.
He took a special interest in starfish and tried to figure out where their mouth is. I let him figure out how to find out that fact and he did find it in one of our books.
We also talked about coral reefs, the location and names of the world's oceans, how fish and shellfish consumption damages the eco-system, food chains, food webs, life cycles, different reproduction techniques used by sea creatures, why a seahorse is a fish, why it is dark at the bottom of the ocean, and so much more. This boy is so curious!
|Fish by Sabine Krawczyk|
|Under the sea, by Kate Davies|
His interest for this fish skeleton puzzle was renewed.
He also enjoys this brain teaser puzzle, which has a fish theme.
A few more things I'm planning on offering him on the topic of oceans:
- Watching Big Blue UK about Seashores (available on BBC Iplayer until 26th sept if you are in the UK)
- Making a plastic bag jellyfish
- Learning about ocean zones
And as usual, he'll lead the way as well!