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This Harp Seal Pack with learning printables is great for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on harp seal activities for your students or for exploring marine mammals and preparing work for your Arctic & Winter Units in the classroom.
Harp seals are beloved marine mammals. The harp seal is of the family Phocidaeis. It is also known as the saddleback seal or Greenland seal. It is native to the Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans. Harp seals are true seals. They do not have external ear flaps. Harp seals have many different appearances throughout life.
Children will learn the stages of the harp seal life cycle, harp seal characteristics, and parts of a harp seal, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.
This resource contains a harp seal life cycle diagram, worksheet, 3-part cards, information cards, harp seal characteristics, and parts of a harp seal printable.
Here is what’s included
Harp Seal life cycle poster
Harp Seal life cycle 3 part cards
Harp Seal life cycle information cards
Harp Seal life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
Harp Seal life cycle tracing strips
Parts of a Harp Seal diagram
Parts of a Harp Seal information cards
Parts of a Harp Seal booklet (independent writing)
Parts of a Harp Seal student activity page
Parts of a Harp Seal labels
Parts of a Harp Seal tracing & independent writing
Harp Seal characteristics color poster
Harp Seal characteristics black line poster
Harp Seal characteristics mat
Harp Seal characteristics color cards
Harp Seal characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
Harp Seal characteristics student booklet
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom: Marine Mammals, Vertebrates Unit, Winter Animals, Arctic Animals, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting
How to use this resource:
Parts of a harp seal – Gather books about harp seals for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards. Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards.
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part and do their own research or gather information from the description cards. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the animal’s body.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the harp seal’s life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Harp seal life cycle 3-part cards – print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word. Present control cards and ask the child to lay the stages of the cycle in the correct order.
Harp seal life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Harp seal tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label the stages of the life cycle.
There are four blackline follow-up printouts available. These can be cut to make a booklet if you wish.
Younger children are invited to color pages or draw characteristics of the animal. Emergent writers are invited to use lined booklet printout sheets to write the characteristics down by answering questions.
After completing the task volunteers may like to make a small group report about their findings.
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