Title: I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
Author: Kevin Sherry
Weekly Online Activities:
1. LISTEN TO THE STORY, I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean: Click here
A lighthearted and clever story about a giant blue squid who proudly boasts that he is bigger than every other sea creature he encounters on his journey through the ocean. Your kids will roar with laughter when the blue squid finally meets a creature who is bigger than he is.
Pause the video and read the title, pointing to each word. To help to “activate background knowledge” as your child prepares to listen to the story, as these questions:
-Where do you think this story will take place? (the ocean)
-Can you identify the ocean animals on the cover? What do you think they are? (Take several responses, and then, identify the animals)
-What does it mean to be the biggest? (bigger than all others; the most big)
-Which ocean creature was the Giant Squid bigger than? (shrimp, clam, crab, turtle, jellyfish, octopus, shark)
-Was the Giant Squid actually the biggest thing in the ocean? (no)
-Was there an ocean animal in the story that was bigger than the Giant Squid? (Yes, the blue whale)
-How did the Giant Squid find out that the blue whale was bigger? (He was eaten.)
-Then what happened? (The Giant Squid is okay because he becomes the biggest thing inside the whale, so he still feels big.)
2. SCAVENGER HUNT
Get a bag or a pillowcase and tell your child that you are going on a “hunt” for things around the house. Encourage your child to choose items from each area of your home to put into the bag, keeping in mind that after you find the objects, you will have your child pull out two objects at a time and talk about which ones are “big” and which ones are “small”.
Remember that your child doesn’t care how you sing, so be enthusiastic and silly as you watch this cute video, sing along, and rewatch throughout the week. Click here
Singing this song will allow your child to practice making different sounds. This song is sung at a very slow rate, and was chosen intentionally. Singing more slowly allows your child to keep up with the words in the song. You can also create your own movements to go along with each ocean animal as you sing the song (e.g. “wibble wobble wibble” – wave your arms around like a jellyfish’s arms and encourage your child to imitate you; or “click click click”- make your fingers close together like a crab’s claw and encourage your child to imitate you). Feel free to pause the video as many times as needed to practice sounds or movements.
Please remember to contact me if you have any questions regarding these activities or the activities emailed to you on your child's "speech day."