They started by reading the book A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. Then they retold the story using the pictures and words from Donna's unit. This picture shows them making a f low map. Donna's unit also contains pieces for making headbands to act the story out.
After reading the story and sequencing it with a flow map, the kids rotated through different learning stations.
Station 1 - observing shells
Station 2 - make your favorite character hat
students drew their favorite character
then they wrote a sentence to tell why that character was their favorite
Station 3 - sequencing the story
Station 4 - making sand cups
Station 6 - using the five finger writing planner
(from Joyful Learning in KC)
On the following day, students used their five finger planners to write a story about "Hermit Crab" Day. Here are a few sample pages.
Here are a few more fun Hermit Crab inspired projects I found....
From A Mommy's Adventures...
From Lesson Plan Source...
From Tippytoe Crafts...
And... my favorite crab hat!! If you love fun hats for special days at school and you ever make it to San Antonio, there is a great novelty shop directly across the street from the Alamo. It has tons of FUN hats in it!! I have made quite a collection from over the years.