Animals Here, There and Everywhere!

It has been A WEEK! Oh wait…it’s only Monday! Well, shoot! Please tell me I am not the only one strugglin’ this week! Shew! Maybe all of this animal talk that we have going on in our classroom is bringing out the worst in us our animal lovin’ sides! :) This kiddos are cah-razy, but I really do think it has a lot to do with the fact that we are shipping out to the zoo and the aquarium tomorrow! We are all a tad excited (including me) to say the least! 

Here are a few things that have been going on in our zoo…oh…I mean classroom!

During our measurement unit, {they LOVE measurement} we researched dinosaurs to find their length from head to tail. Although they were completely amazed at their astonishing sizes, (we heard a lot of oooo’s and ahhhh’s) I really wanted the students to understand how large some of these creatures truly were. So, after our research, we headed outside with our tape measurers and chalk to measure out their actual size so that we could truly grasp and visualize how large they were.

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I honestly could not even visualize their large size! We were all amazed!

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Oddly enough, my student teacher planned a similar activity with whales…on the VERY same day! What can I say…great minds think alike! :)


The students stacked on top of one another to see if our class would be the size of a large blue whale…well…we were so NOT! Holy Hugeness! 

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We spent several days discussing ocean animals. Each day, the students wrote about what they would do if they were the size of each creature. We finished off this little study with a fun comparison activity. We took a picture of each student looking like this:


We then made their pictures and the sea creatures that we studied to scale (to represent their actual size). Here is how they turned out…

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The students pictures are the super small specks! This was another great visual to help students understand relative size!

We finished off our week with several research projects. We have really been working on incorporating a variety of sentences structures into our writing. So far, so good! Here are several research projects:

The Bear Facts:

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How cute are these little sea dudes?!? 

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Well, that’s all for me tonight! I better go get all geared up for our field trip tomorrow…from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.! PRAY FOR ME, Y’ALL! :)


  1. This whole day looks awesome!!

    And I have a LONG DAY field trip like yours coming up in May!!! Good luck tomorrow!! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. I love the measuring and comparing you did with the students. I'm going to have to do that with my students when we start our Ocean Unit. Have fun on your field trip!

    The Teacher's Backpack

  3. I love your measuring activity! I do the same thing every year when we learn about the saguaro cactus (desert unit). The kids think it is so fun to lay on the ground and use the chalk. I also LOVE the octopus fact guy. So cute!!

    Primarily Speaking

  4. Love the dinosaur measuring activity! Is the printable part available on TpT? Love your activities.


  5. Love this activity! Do you have printables availbale for this unit?

  6. I love the measurement activities! We did something similar with penguins-only they were WAY small! But they were excited to see that they were about the same size as the Emperor :)

    And you are not the only one who is having a crazy week! I am EXHAUSTED today, and it's only TUESDAY!!!

  7. I love the measuring activity!! And those cutie sea creatures :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  8. What a great way to learn measurement! I love using bodies to measure down the hall!