Starfish: The Stars of the Sea Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
About this book
Subject Area: Science, Language Arts
This book from the Hello Reader! Science series uses simple, informative, and rhyming text along with vivid illustrations to provide children with important facts about starfish while reinforcing beginning-reading skills. Includes a note from an education specialist on ways families can support their children's reading skills.
Using the book, children will learn about the characteristics of a starfish that enable it to survive in the sea and they will work together to create charts and diagrams.
Show the class the book Starfish: The Stars of the Sea. Ask them to share what they already know about starfish. Then invite them to look at the cover illustration. Ask them to notice the different starfish. Have they ever seen any of these types of starfish before? Ask them to describe their differences and similarities. How many different types of starfish do they think there are in the sea?
- Chart paper
- Lined story paper
- Markers, crayons, and pencils
- Reread the book to the children. Engage the children in a discussion, focusing on each page of the book and the information presented. Encourage them to summarize what was depicted on each page.
- Focus their attention on each illustration. Discuss the characteristics of each starfish such as size, color, and texture. Have them describe the activity the starfish is engaged in. Have them notice how the starfish blends into the underwater environment.
- After they have read through the entire book, invite them to count how many different types of starfish were represented in the book.
- Now develop a language-experience chart to record all of the information that they learned about starfish. Encourage them to recall the knowledge without referring to the book. Then compare the book with their list to see what additional facts may be missing. Add those to the list.
- Provide the children with writing and drawing materials. Ask them to make a drawing about something that they found particularly interesting about starfish. They can refer to the chart or book for ideas.
- Create a bulletin board display in the science area about starfish. Include the language-experience chart and the children's writings.
Additional display ideas:
- Provide children with colored construction paper, crayons, and markers to make starfish. Encourage them to make starfish that represent the ones depicted in the book. They can look at the book to notice colors, shapes, designs, and textures. Have them cut out the starfish and include them in the classroom display.
- Put the book in a basket along with lined story paper and pencils and place it in the science area. Encourage children to use the materials to continue reading and writing about starfish.
- Plan a class trip to a local aquarium to learn more about starfish.
- Reread the story with the children and have them identify all rhyming-word sets. Have the children write the rhyming words on lined paper to include in the display.
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young