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This Sea Otter 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 sea otter activities for your students or for exploring marine mammals and preparing work for your Life Cycle Unit in the classroom.
Children will learn the stages of the sea otter life cycle, sea otter characteristics, and parts of a sea otter, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.
This resource contains a sea otter life cycle diagram, worksheet, 3-part cards, information cards, sea otter characteristics, and parts of a sea otter printable.
HERE IS WHAT’S INCLUDED:
- Sea Otter life cycle poster
- Sea Otter life cycle 3 part cards
- Sea Otter life cycle information cards
- Sea Otter life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
- Sea Otter life cycle tracing strips
- Parts of a Sea Otter diagram
- Parts of a Sea Otter information cards
- Parts of a Sea Otter booklet (independent writing)
- Parts of a Sea Otter student activity page
- Parts of a Sea Otter labels
- Parts of a Sea Otter tracing & independent writing
- Sea Otter characteristics color poster
- Sea Otter characteristics black line poster
- Sea Otter characteristics mat
- Sea Otter characteristics color cards
- Sea Otter characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Sea Otter characteristics student booklet
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom: Marine Mammals, Vertebrates Unit, Winter Animals, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting
How to use this resource:
Parts of a Sea Otter – Gather books about penguins 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. 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 Sea Otter’s life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Sea Otter 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.
Sea Otter 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.
Sea Otter 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.
After reading books on otters, children can be invited to name the sea otter characteristics as they place picture cards onto the mat.
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.
Here is a fun activity you may like to try. Lay out the characteristics of foxes and otters and invite the children to choose and identify animal characteristics these two creatures have in common and explore how they differ.
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