A Whale of a good time!

We learned all about different whales today:  orcas, belugas and humpbacks.  Of course the orca was the most fun and most recognized… because of Shamu.  A lot of children shared their stories during circle time, of going to Sea World and getting to see Shamu.  We watched a video of the song Baby Beluga, read a fact book all about whales and dolphins and then made paper plate orcas.

Baby Beluga

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby beluga,
Is the water warm? Is your mama home,
With you so happy?

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where you dive and splash all day,
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
Sing your little song, sing for all your friends.
We like to hear you.

When it’s dark, you’re home and fed.
Curled up snug in your waterbed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night, little whale, good night.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
With tomorrow’s sun, another day’s begun.
You’ll soon be waking.

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You’re just a little white whale on the go.

Click here to hear Raffi sing Baby Beluga!

The Whales

(to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a humpback whale, I’m very strong.

I leap about and sing a song.

I like to eat my fill in the Northern Sea.

But, in the winter, South I flee.

I am a beluga, I’m all white.

From head to tail I’m quite a sight.

You can hear me singing way up north,

Playing and swimming back and forth.

I’m a mighty orca black and white.

In the sea I’m a beautiful sight.

I’m not very big, but I am sleek.

I hunt for my food, because I have teeth.

 

whale and dolphin bookWhales and Dolphins by Anton Ericson

whale and dolphin bookAn excerpt from Dolphins and Whales.  There are great photos of real whales in this book along with amazing facts.

preschool whale craftWe started with paper plates and fins out of black paper.

preschool whale craftPainting half of the paper plate black.

preschool whale craft

preschool whale craftThen we added a smile and google eyes.

preschool whale craftOur class “pod” of orcas!

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W is for Walrus….

Walruses are giants of the sea.  It was so interesting to learn all about them, they use those big tusks to pull themselves along thru the ice and snow.  And a walrus can weigh as much as 2 tons!  We had fun learning all about the walrus and the letter Ww.

The Walrus

by Jack Pretlutsky

The widdly, waddly walrus

has flippery, floppery feet.

He dives in the ocean for dinner

and stands on his noggin to eat.

The wrinkly, crinkly walrus

swims with a debonair splash.

His elegant tusks are of ivory

and he wears a fine walrus mustache.

The thundery, blundery walrus

has a rubbery, blubbery hide.

He puffs up his neck when it’s bedtime

and floats fast asleep in the tide.

We read Walruses of the Arctic by Sara Swan Miller.  A great book full of facts all about the walrus with great photos of the animals.

For this craft I used an outline of my shoe for the body of the walrus.

After adding hand print flippers and tusks, the walrus is complete!  Although our walruses kind of look like they have been on a diet, they could have been a little bit chubbier!

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A Vase of Violets….

Today we continued learning the letter Vv with a fun book, song and a beautiful craft.

Violet Violin

(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It)

Oh, I wish I were a violet violin!

Oh, I wish I were a violet violin!

Then I’d be purple and I’d play,

I’d have music everyday.

Oh, I wish I were a violet violin!

We read Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen.  A fun story about an unusual girl with big dreams of winning an air show in her homemade air plane.

We made a beautiful vase of violets for craft time.

To make the flowers, we used the bottom of a plastic egg carton for a stamp.

flower post divider

 

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