- Learn about the characteristics of a starfish that enable it to survive in the sea
- Work together
- Create language-experience charts
- Starfish: The Stars of the Sea by Peter Roop and Connie Roop
- Chart paper
- Lined story paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Before Reading Questions
Step 1: Show the class the book Starfish: The Stars of the Sea. Ask them to share what they already know about starfish.
Step 2: Invite students 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 students to describe their differences and similarities. How many different types of starfish do they think there are in the sea?
Activity: Starfish Facts
Step 1: Read Starfish: The Stars of the Sea aloud to the class. Engage students in a discussion, focusing on each page of the book and the information presented. Encourage students to summarize what was depicted on each page.
Step 2: Focus students' 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. Lead them to notice how the starfish blends into the underwater environment.
Step 3: After you have read through the entire book, invite students to count how many different types of starfish were represented in the book.
Step 4: Develop a language-experience chart to record all of the information students learned about starfish. Encourage students to recall the knowledge without referring to the book.
Step 5: Compare the book with the students' list to see what additional facts may be missing. Add those to the list.
Step 6: Provide students 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.
Step 7: Create a bulletin board display about starfish in the science area. Include the language-experience chart and students' writing.
- Provide students 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 students 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 students and have them identify all rhyming-word sets. Have students write the rhyming words on lined paper to include in the display.
Other Books About Starfish
- Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd
Cut-paper collage illustrations and simple text introduce young children to scientific concepts about starfish.
- Starfish by Rebecca Stefoff
This nonfiction book introduces children to a variety of starfish through vivid full-color photographs and simple text.
Other Books by Connie and Peter Roop
- Octopus Under the Sea (Hello Reader! Science series)
- Whales and Dolphins (Hello Reader! Science series)
- If You Lived With the Cherokee
- Tales of Famous Heroes