Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A House for Hermit Crab

My friend was inspired by Donna Glynn's A House for Hermit Crab unit, so she put together "A House for Hermit Crab" Day with filled with sequencing activities, an ocean snack, and writing.

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 Lesson Plan Source...

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. 


Miss Nelson said...

What a fun unit and lesson.

applesandabcs said...

Your crab hat is my favorite by far! I love how you showed the different ways to make the hermit crab!


Kinderglynn said...

Wow that was so sweet of you!! Thanks so much. My friend Amy Blanton and I did the unit together. She is great and has wonderful ideas!! We are glad you all liked it. The kids looked like they were having a great time. I love your hat too!!

Lisa R. said...

Those ideas are great!! I'm going to have to look into all of those ideas for the last week of school. I totally LOVE that crab hat! LOL

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Sarah Paul said...

CUTE! We used to do an ocean unit and I miss it so much! Everything looks great. :)
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Miss Trayers said...

Very creative! I can't believe you guys came up with so many activities to go along with one book! :)


Annie Moffatt said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the crab hat!!!

kristina said...

I LOVE House for Hermit Crab! We read the Eric Carle version and another one called "Is this a house for hermit crab?" then we made a class book about it. Thanks for the cute ideas! We just finished up our two week ocean unit in my class. If you have time you should come take a look at some of the ocean (and pirate!) stuff we did the last two weeks-we had SO much fun! Thanks for always posting such great ideas!
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