Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ocean Food Chains

There were so many ideas I didn't get a chance to share this year, so travel "back in time"with me to about 2 months ago, when we were studying ocean animals and food chains...I started doing these little ocean food chains back when I was a student teacher! They are so stinkin' fun to make, and they are such a fun visual to reinforce the concept!  Each child drew a giant shark, cut out a circle for the belly {well, I cut the circles--this was pretty hard for most of them}, then drew a fish, and cut out a circle belly, then added some plankton inside the fish!  Each piece was then taped to a piece of curling ribbon--but I have used yarn and string before too!  Teacher friends...this idea could be used with any food chain--you wouldn't have to wait until your ocean animals unit!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the idea!! Can't wait to "borrow" it : )

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

I love that idea! But I have a question about your pictures...the blue bird with the polka dots(the ones above your white board). They are so cute! I'd like to do something like in my classroom...how did you do them and what materials did you use?
Thanks
Yolanda
Oceans of First Grade Fun

Ms.M said...

Very cute and creative!

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Mrs. Duggins said...

These are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

http://dugginsdoodlebugs.blogspot.com

Kelie

Andee said...

I saw these stuffed animal food chain toys the other day at HomeGoods. Your post made me think of them. I thought they were cute. Here's the link for the toys: http://www.amazon.com/Food-Chain-Friends-Gamma-Set/dp/B002RTMI7U/ref=pd_bxgy_t_img_c

S. Parker said...

Too cute. Have you used Octopus by Charolette Diamond? It is a great song to reenforce the food chain. :)

Lauren Morse said...

What a cute idea! I graduated from Samford too! What year?
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Sarah Cooley said...

Hey Lauren! '06! I just started following your blog, girl--love it!

Sarah Cooley said...

Yolanda...I painted blank canvases with acrylic paint, then created the animals out of card stock and glued them on the canvas using craft glue! Super easy! If you do the card stock idea, you may want to use mod podge--but really, mine have held up really well without it, so I think it would be fine either way! Hope that helps!

techsuns said...

I love your idea for the ocean food chains. It really helps demonstrates who eats what. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

love it!

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