"There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Sea" is a children's book written by Pam Adams. The book is about an old woman who swallows a fish and then continues to swallow larger creatures, such as a squid, seal, shark and whale. Read the book, suitable for children ages 4 to 8, to kids in a class so they can participate in educational activities.
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Print out copies of a picture of an old lady with her mouth wide open. Make copies of all the sea animals that the old lady eats in the book. Each child should have a copy of the old lady and all of the animals. The children can colour the pictures and cut each one out. The kids glue the picture of the old lady on a cereal box and cut an opening for the mouth. As you read the story out loud, have the children "feed" the old lady by placing an animal in her mouth as it's mentioned.
Help kids to improve their memory skills by making a memory game. Print a sheet of paper with two images each of all the animals that the old lady eats as well as two images of the old lady. Make copies for everyone in the class. The children can colour all of the images before cutting them out and gluing each one on a blank index card. Children can play the memory game by placing all the cards face down. Players take turns flipping over one card and looking for its pair by flipping over another card. If the pair is found, the player gets another turn. If not, the cards are flipped to face down again and the next player gets a turn. Whoever finds the most pairs wins.
Students will learn to recognise patterns by working on an activity about the food chain. Print out images of different animals found in the ocean to form a food chain. Glue each of the images on an index card. Show the kids the image of the largest animal, such as a shark, and ask the kids what animal they think the shark eats. Continue to ask the children so that they see a pattern in the food chain, such as a shark eats tuna and tuna eats mackerel and mackerel eats smaller fish.
Take the kids on a field trip to an aquarium. Kids not only see real, live sea creatures in an aquarium but learn about them, too. A local aquarium may have live animal demonstrations, such as fish feeding, or a touch tank where kids can hold different kinds of sea creatures. After the field trip, engage the kids in a discussion about the different animals that they saw. Kids can complete activity sheets such as colouring pictures of animals that they saw in the aquarium and writing a short report about their favourite animal.
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