Shells and New Math Centers

Today, we read A House For Hermit Crab. After reading, we talked a lot about the hermit crab's home and about shells we see on the beach close to where we live. This past weekend, I collected some shells for our class at the beach, and this morning, each child got to pick their own. After we picked our shells, we worked together to create a describing words chart for shells. Then, we each wrote about our shells. The kids' writing turned out really cute.

I am so proud of this sweetie! When he came in October, he knew hardly any letters and today he wrote this!

We also started some new math centers today and as usual, the kids were super excited.
Working on place value with numbers 10-20

In my ocean pack, I have lots of ways you can use these cards, but I have 2 sweeties who are still working on numbers to 10, so they used them to play a matching game today.

Finding missing numbers on a number line

Practicing addition to 10

Practicing subtraction within 10

 You can get these math centers (plus more) and lots of literacy centers here in my ocean pack. Hope you all are having a great week!


  1. The shell activity looks great! Our school is very close to the beach- I may have to do this. The packet looks fabulous- it's in my cart!!
    ~ Amy

  2. I love the shell activity. What a wonderful writer your little guy has become!


    1. Thanks Erica! I know it's not perfect, but he has come such a long way and I couldn't get over how excited I was for him today!

  3. Hi Vicki
    I just purchased your ocean unit and love it --so much there!! Could I have the shell writing page above? Thanks Chris

  4. I love your ocean unit! The kids are loving the centers! Can you tell me what you use (font or whatever) to make the lines in your documents? I would appreciate it....not liking the one I've been using.

    1. Hi there! I'm so glad your class is enjoying the ocean unit and thanks so much for your purchase!! I *think* in my packs I used the font ABC print dotted line from
      I just hold down the shift button and the hyphen to make the lines. I also have a HB manuscript font at school that the school purchased that I really like, but I'm not sure if you can use it for commercial items. :)


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