1.2 Students will identify, by sight or by sound, a wide variety of[sea life].
1.3 Students will observe, describe, or imitate how animals behave in their natural environments.
Grade Two: Habitats
2.1 Students will investigate characteristics of pond and ocean environments.
Grade Two: Oceans
3.1 Students will become aware of the diversity of life found in oceans.
3.2 Students will gain an understanding of oceans world wide.
4.1 Students will develop and reinforce math, language, research, science, and aesthetic concepts, through the use of literature.
4.2 Students act as continuous learners as they develop a life long interest and appreciation for life under the sea.
At the math centre, students will develop and reinforce concepts from the number and operation, geometry, measurment, and data management and analysis strands. These concepts will be explored through hands-on experiences with teacher-created and student-created manipulatives and children's literature.
The following objectives are taken from the Saskatchewan Mathematics Curriculum Guide for the Elementary Level, 1992. The objectives are for Grade One and Grade Two.
D-4 design classifications and sort data using
D-6 display data using
N-21 use ordinals to describe and order an arrangement
N-42 read, write and solve open number sentences using +, -, = and _.
N-44 use manipulatives, pictures or a number line to calculate sums and differences
N-45 demonstrate and record various compositions of a given number
G-14 trace and draw two dimensional figures
G-16 combine two dimensional geometric figures to make other figures.
M-4 read measuring devices to measure length in
These activities can be modified for the students depending on the grade level.
Task: Watch the video tape provided and observe a variety of sea creatures. Choose one sea creature to research in depth and report your findings in the journal provided.
Challenge 1: Draw a picture of your sea creature. What is it's name?
Challenge 2: Write two facts you found the most interesting about your sea creature. (i.e. Where does it live?, what does it eat?, How does it breathe?.)
Write down any questions you have about your sea creature. How and where can you find some answers? Share your questions with a partner.
Task Create various combinations of the following numbers using the yellow and orange fish on the blue aquarium card.
5 8 4 3 7 10 6 9
Using the shape tracers provided, create a unique sea creature. You must use a minimum of 5 shapes and at least 2 different shapes. On a sheet of paper, write down the shapes you used and how many of each shape. You might also want to include a name for your sea creature and some characteristics.
Challenge 1: Using the information books recreate a real-life sea creature using various shapes.
Challenge 2: Look at the sea creatures other students made. Can you name all the shapes? Write your answers and guesses down.
Task 1 Classifying and Organizing Data
Organize the sea creatures by
Choose 1 of the four books:
Arctic Fives Arrive
Read the book with a partner. Using the pictures and given equations, follow along as a math interpreter. When you are done, write down what you learned from the book, what you liked and disliked , and anything else in you Math Book.
Challenge 1: Write the next page of the book
These questions could be asked while the teacher is at the center, during conference time, or during the whole class debriefing time.
What shapes did you use to create your sea creature? Is there anything different you would do if you created another one. Is he real or imaginary? Where does he live? How does he eat? Is there a real sea creature that looks like him? Tell me what makes your sea creature special.
Which number did you work on? How many different ways did you make that number? Are there any other numbers you would like to try to make? Were you successful with answering the addition questions? Subtraction questions? Tell us how you came up with your answers. Did you make up any new questions? Share them with us.
Fishing for Number:
How did you go about fishing? Did you try to catch certain fish or did you catch which ever one you could? Were you successful in finding the answers to the questions? Can you tell us how you set up your question? How many fish did you catch and add them all together.
How did you sort the sea creatures? What was the longest creature you measured? The shortest? Did you share your results when you measured the creatures using the Link'N Learn, cubes, ruler. Did you see how many fish it would take to equal the blue whale? the bottle nose dolphin? etc.
Which book did you read? Why did you like that book? What was the book about? What math activities did you do while reading the book? Tell us how you would create the next page of the book.
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