By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
This colorful ABC book introduces more than just letters. Before you begin, tell students that they are about to discover a whole new world! Invite them to guess where they will be going. Then explain that this journey will take place right here on Earth. After reading, have students recall the names of some underwater animals they studied. Show the illustrations and give them the first letter of each name to help them remember, if necessary.
Writing & Art
Have students imagine that they are going on an oceanic journey.What creature would they most like to meet and why? Have them draw the creature in its environment. Then invite students to write about what they drew, describing their creature and why they chose it. Give children the prompt: “I would like to meet a ________________ because ______________.”