Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
- FREE choice journal writing
- Turtles Make Ten Math Game
- Turtle FREE printable books
- Turtle FREE printable counters
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
Why we love this book:
The book begins with a brief introduction with facts about sea turtles and explains that this book is about the loggerhead turtle. The story begins with a tiny “Loggerhead” baby living in an ocean nursery of weeds and driftwood. The narrative takes us along on the journey of Loggerhead‘s life as she grows and wonders about the sea for thousands of miles. After thirty years, Loggerhead returns to the beach where she was born. She lays her soft Ping-Pong ball, eggs in a deep, safe hole. And before the summer is over the tiny, baby turtles wriggle from their eggs and skitter toward the sea. One day the baby turtles will return to this beach and begin the circle of life once again.
Since our visit to Sea Turtle Inc., Rescue and Education Center, Miss Enigma has been smitten with turtles. They are in fact her favorite animal (well, next to dogs). When I spied the book One Tiny Turtle, I knew I had hit right upon one of her fondest memories. The book is especially nice because along side the narrative of Loggerhead‘s life are facts about sea turtles. The story-telling style of the book makes this very accessible nonfiction for younger children. However, this is not a book strictly for little tikes. It is packed with information making it an excellent research resource for older children.
We invite you to join Miss Enigma as she enjoys a little sea turtle reading, writing and arithmetic . . .
Journal Entry, Miss Enigma, Age 5
- This turtle laying her eggs is one of Miss Enigma’s first journal entries in kindergarten. It reflects her fascination with sea turtles.
- Miss Enigma loves this journal entry so much that it is framed and displayed on her art shelf.
- My approach to introducing journal writing to children is very simple. I don’t use prompts or story starters.
- I begin with very simple directions:
- “This is your new journal. Today you can draw a picture or write letters and words.”
- For the first few writing sessions, I follow: 10 Easy Steps to Introduce Journal Writing
- My children know that their journal is all about them. It is a place to write about special memories, specific interest and things they are learning about.
- Journal Writing with Kindergarteners
Turtles Make Ten Math Game
- While at Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center, we purchased a set of plastic sea turtles.
- We used these turtles to play a simple math manipulative game. (of course she couldn’t find the entire set, so we had a few stand-ins.)
- We put down a sheet of yellow and blue construction paper to represent the sand and the sea.
- As each tiny sea turtle swam out to sea we changed our addition sentence. This could also be done as subtraction.
- If you don’t have plastic sea turtles you can use the FREE printable counters I’ve included in this post.
- Looking for something more advanced? Check-out our advanced version of Make Ten Math Game for older children.
Print this book FREE: 10 Tiny Turtles Illustrated
- Book designed for guided reading.
- Can be used for basic counting and number recognition or for acting out addition and subtraction operations.
- Highlight T words: ten, tiny, turtle
- Highlight TH words: the, then, there
Print this book FREE: 10 Tiny Turtles Blank
- Blank version for children to read and illustrate.
- Children can use FREE printable turtle counters as math manipulatives.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
When you were a child, what was your favorite animal? Horses, puppies, pigs, dolphins, turtles . . . (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 2, 2013
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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