• Welcome back families!

     

    I hope all are staying healthy, have been able to enjoy the summer, and had a happy 4th of July!

     

    This week’s speech and language activities are Ocean themed!

    See this link for the story read aloud:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geVIyGkdH50

     

    The Biggest Thing in the Ocean Book Cover

     

    I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry – 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.

     

    BEFORE READING

    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, ask 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)

     

    AFTER READING

    -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.)

     

    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”.

     

    SINGING

    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:

    (Animals In The Ocean | Kids Song | Lyrics | Nursery Rhyme | Animal Song).

    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 look for an email from me with additional resources for your child!

     

    Have fun with the new materials this week!

     

    Email me with any questions or concerns! -->  kcmattern@eriesd.org

     

    Blessings,

    Ms Katie