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Tide and Rock Pool Interactive Notebook

We are continuing our ocean theme this week, and the boys got to participate in our first science interactive notebook. If you are unfamiliar with interactive notebooks, it has become a popular trend where students take control of their learning by participating in note taking, strategic reading, or even foldables. I love how they allow the students to apply what they are learning in a fun, interactive way. Since they are in a notebook, it is easy for the students to go back through them and “review” their learning.

Megan Hayes-Golding has a very informative post about using interactive notebook.

We have been reading the book Discover Science: Ocean and Seas.


It is an awesome book with very detailed pictures, but written in verbiage that my Pre-K and Kindergartener understand. They love how the pictures have numbers next to them, and then details about it at the bottom of the page. We have had fun looking for the numbers, and then reading about the picture. As we have read we have also been recording our thinking and attempting to draw pictures of it to help us visualize. Before we start up reading again, we always go back and read our chart.

Today I decided it was time to let them apply what we have learned.

We started off by cutting out rocks out of black paper. My Pre-K little one’s rocks were really just rectangles, while my five year olds looked more like circles. This is their notebook though, so that was fine. I don’t expect them to make it Pinterest worthy, just participate and give it their best. We glued them at the top of our blank page, and then took out the printable with our ocean creatures on it. They amazed me as they cut out the animals and were able to correctly sort them into two categories. Those that they might find in a rock pool, and those that would be in the ocean. We glued the starfish, hermit crab, mussel, and crab in our rock pool, and colored the pictures in. All around the rock pool we colored the paper blue, and then the surrounding area brown for the sand. We also labeled the brown part as the beach, and the rock area as the rock pool.

Next we pulled out blue construction paper. We cut the blue paper so it was the same size as our original page, and then cut an additional inch or so off the bottom.

The next part look a little bit up fiddling with, and I will do my best to explain it. (Though if you are crafty, you can probably do this with your eyes closed.)

I matched the bottom of the blue paper to the bottom of the original page. We then pulled the blued page back toward me till the whole rock pool was totally visible. At this point, we simply folded the paper by pressing down and creating two creases. We put glue at the bottom of the blue paper up to the first crease and glued it onto our original paper. Then at one of the creases we labeled it tide. We talked about how when the ocean recedes it leaves behind rock pools, and when it comes back in it covers them up. We also labeled the top of the blue construction paper as coast. The boys were great at explaining in their preschool language that the coast was where the water and the sand meet.

We finished by gluing the shark, eel, whale, and octopus onto our blue paper. N (my five year old) actually was able to add the labels by himself. C (my four year old) needed a little help. He is able to recognize the sounds of letters. All I had to do was say the word, and he would tell me what letter it started with. He then was able to pick out the word based on the beginning sound. Love how we got a little alphabet practice in while doing science.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon project, but what really made me smile was when Grandma made a surprise visit. C grabbed his paper, and began to explain to my mom all about tides and rock pools. Through out the whole conversation he kept  moving his blue construction paper up and down to illustrate the tide.

Tide is in covering the rock pool.
Tide is out, and the rock pool is visible.

I absolutely love seeing them excited about what they are learning, and I can’t wait for us to make another entry in our notebook about islands and coral reefs. Stay tuned for that FREEBIE coming soon.

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