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Oceans of Fun!

I got up bright and early this morning and drove 2 hrs. in search of the perfect wedding dress for my daughter Taylor.  SUCCESS!  But, I'm one tired mamma so this is going to be a super quick post! We just started our ocean unit.  Nothing gets boys excited more than sharks!  (okay...maybe dinosaurs...but they still LOVE sharks too).

We used interactive writing to label the parts of a shark.

Comparing sharks and whales.

Schema Chart

Writing samples

I'll be back soon with more Ocean stuff.


  1. Deanna,

    This looks amazing as always! I wanted to tell you that I shared a poem on my blog called "Everyday Heroes". I would love for you to come read it because you are a hero not only to the children you teach but to all of us here in Blogland.

    Thank you for touching my heart and for inspiring me to be a better teacher. =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. I love this unit! I can't wait to use it next week with my class!!
    Jen's Kinder Kids

  3. Your kids are so lucky to have you - your units are always so fun and engaging! Thanks for the inspiration :)


  4. I can't believe you have a daughter old enough to get married!! You look so YOUNG!! You always have such amazing products! I bet your students have a blast in your classroom. I am a new follower of your blog! I admire your dedication to teaching and after having taught for 27 years, your dedication has given me a second wind!


    1. Thanks for the compliment Teresa. My oldest daughter is already married and has two babies. So...that makes me the "g" word! :)
      Here's the link to my post with a picture of the adorable cuties!

  5. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. What a thrill! Your ocean unit is amazing, too! :) Renee

  6. This is so cute! I love the charts!

  7. This is a great unit! I love to teach about sharks. In fact, I am posting our shark poems on Sunday. I love all the activities that you included. Great ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  8. Congratulations on having success finding the perfect dress. Where did you find it? I am going wedding dress shopping with my youngest daughter in a couple of weeks. My oldest found hers in a boutique when she got married a couple of years ago (for a beach wedding), so this will be a completely different experience this time. The only place I know of is David's. I need help! lol

    2nd Grade Pad

  9. I am using your ocean unit in my class this week as well! I love it and all of your stuff!!! Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!!

  10. Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding! So exciting! Wishing your family lots of love and happiness!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

  11. CUTE! Love the sharks.
    We're doing oceans in our room right now, too.
    Dragonflies in First

  12. Last week, I used many activities from your Ocean unit! We finish up this week....must make the sharks!

  13. Love your ocean unit! Random question...I see that you have long hair. Do you wear it up at school? I'm growing mine out and terrified of LICE! Eek!

  14. Deanna- Congratulations on finding the perfect dress. How exciting! I love your whale and shark projects. Too cute!

  15. Deanna,
    How do you organize your themes to pull back out the following year? Do you use a filing cabinet or large tubs labeled by unit? Do you have any pictures of how organize your theme materials?? Thank you!

    1. What can I say, I absolutely ADORE YoU! I want to be you when I grow up! I am a new kindergarten teacher, I taught first grade last year, making my teaching years a high total of two! And let's just say, you make my life so much easier! Thank you so much! You are so dang creative, I look at your blog and only dream of becoming as creative as you! I am dying to meet you someday! You're as cute as ever! Someday I will get to go to "I Teach K!" and meet ya!
      Keep up the amazing and cute ideas! And I read somewhere you get to meet The Pres? You SO deserve it! Love, One of your millions of fans!!

  16. I so need to make these sharks...especially since my kiddos have become major shark fans after learning Baby Shark. We watch the first part of this video when they have extra time waiting for the bell to ring to go home. They hurry to pack up so we can sing.

    Terri Izatt

  17. I love your ideas. Great ways to help organize and get kids writing! I need to remember these for next year. My goal is to get my kinders writing more.




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