7 Traits of Abraham Lincoln to Teach Kids

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During the current tumultuous election season in the United States,  many Americans have been longing for a presidential candidate with strong moral character. They’re reminded of the great presidents of the past, such as Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and the president best-known for his moral character – Abraham Lincoln.

The premium story Abraham Lincoln: From the Poor House to the President tells the story of how Abraham Lincoln grew up as a poor boy in Kentucky and went on to hold the highest office in the United States. Sharing the story of Abraham Lincoln can inspire children to develop strong moral character in their own lives.

Before or after reading the story with children, talk about some of the follow traits of Abraham Lincoln.

He was honest.
Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign featured the slogan “Honest Abe.” He was known for being truthful with those around him, even if it meant that his opinion was unpopular. Because he was so honesty, people realized they could trust Abraham Lincoln to do what he said he would do and to tell them the truth in all circumstances.

He trusted others.
Abraham Lincoln put the same trust in others that they put in him. Sometimes that meant that other people let him down. A few people spread lies about him and tried to get him in trouble. However, that didn’t keep him from giving people the benefit of the doubt. In many cases, this caused people to work even harder so they felt like they deserved the trust he gave them.

He was a hard worker.
Abraham Lincoln came from a poor family without a lot of money and without many opportunities to receive a formal education. As a child, he’d walk for miles to find a book to read and he focused on his studies. As an adult, he worked hard to build his law practice and develop a strong reputation in the community.

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He was persistent.
Abraham Lincoln ran for office more than once. He didn’t win every time that he ran. Instead, whenever he lost, he picked himself back up, worked on his strategies, and ran again. He persisted until he made it all the way to the office of the President of the United States of America.

He was humble.
Abraham Lincoln didn’t take on leadership roles to bring honor and fame to himself. He also didn’t take credit for everything he accomplished. Instead, he recognized the hard work of others and focused on helping others improve their lives. He did this both as a lawyer and as president.

He was a good listener.
Abraham Lincoln didn’t make a decision without listening to all sides of the situation. For example, when it was time to draft the Emancipation Proclamation, he considered the opinions of people in the North and the South. He wanted to make the right decision, but he also wanted to make sure the decision was fair. Being a good listener also helped Abraham Lincoln become a successful lawyer and win a lot of cases.

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He had a sense of humor.
When Abraham Lincoln was a young boy, his mother died. When he was a teenager, his older sister died as well. After experiencing so much heartbreak, Abraham Lincoln would sometimes feel very sad and depressed. Rather than staying sad, he used humor to help him feel better. His humor often helped others feel better as well.

Behind the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, the following words are inscribed: “IN THIS TEMPLE AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS ENSHRINED FOREVER.”

Abraham Lincoln may have been assassinated in 1865, but he left behind a legacy that children can learn from for centuries to come.

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7 Ways to Transform a Pumpkin

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In the story of “Cinderella,” Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turns a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage to take her to the ball. After reading the story of Cinderella with students, extend the story by giving them a chance to play “fairy godmother” and turn pumpkins into unique creations of their own. You can create the pumpkin crafts mentioned below at home or at school.

Design a Pumpkin Carriage

Taking inspiration from Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, have children design their own pumpkin carriage. Cut out orange pumpkins from construction paper and have students glue them onto the middle of a piece of paper. Students can then add doors, wheels, lanterns, and other decorations using stickers, ribbon, buttons, and shapes cut from construction paper.

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Make a Pumpkin Snowmen

Imagine a group of pumpkins want to avoid being carved around Halloween. How can kids save them? By turning them into snowmen. Stack three pumpkins (construction paper or real) and have students add accents that they’d typically find on a snowman. You can even paint the pumpkins white to make them look more realistic.

Create Pumpkin Heads

Instead of the traditional jack-o-lantern, use paint and other craft supplies to make pumpkin heads. Use either real or construction paper pumpkins and let kids add eyes, noses, hair, and other features to their pumpkins. You could encourage kids to make pumpkins that look like themselves or let them make more zany pumpkin heads, such as monsters and aliens.

Show Emotions with Pumpkins

Many jack-o-lanterns have mean or scary faces, but you can use pumpkins to show a range of emotions. Work with kids to make pumpkins that are sad, happy, excited, worried, scared, mean, etc. Besides having fun, kids will gain a new way to recognize emotions.

Turn Pumpkins into Animals

Pumpkins work well for creating other animals. For example, you can add feathers, eyes, and beaks to pumpkins to turn them into owls. You could put a bunch of little pumpkins together and add antennae to make a caterpillar. The possibilities are endless. What pumpkin animal will your kids make?

Decorate Pumpkins with Unique Materials

Instead of simply carving a pumpkin or painting a pumpkin, look for unique materials to use as you decorate your pumpkin. A few materials to consider include:

  • googly eyes
  • dot markers
  • ribbon
  • melted crayon
  • thumbtacks
  • small pieces of candy
  • glitter/sequins
  • feathers
  • toilet paper or gauze
  • fabric
  • string/thread/yarn
  • buttons
  • leaves

Bake a Pumpkin Pie

Turn your pumpkin activity into something edible by working with kids to bake up a pumpkin pie. Instead of using canned pumpkin, buy a few sugar pumpkins and a food mill and show kids how to make a pumpkin pie from scratch. Kids will learn about baking and about the composition of a pumpkin. For added fun, you can cut the crust to create a jack-o-lantern or other fall-related shapes on the top of the pumpkin pie.  Don’t forget to roast the seeds with a bit of cinnamon and sugar for an extra treat.

When it comes to transforming pumpkins, let kids take a lot of creative control. You can give them some of the suggestions above, but ultimately, they should be free to create whatever they want with either real or construction paper pumpkins. You may be amazed by what they come up with!

Lesson Plan: How to Write a Biography

A biography is an informational account of someone’s life written by someone else. Writing a biography is a great way to introduce students to informational writing and introduce them to some of the basic elements of research.

Before going through the lesson with students, you may want to read a biography to give students an idea of what the genre is. You can find biographies in your school library, local library, or read a story such as the biography of Mother Teresa from iStoryBooks.

After introducing students to the genre, follow the steps below to help students write their own biographies. You may want to write a biography as a class before having students write their own biographies.

Step 1:
Make a list of five people you could write a biography about. Look at your list and determine who you could find the most information on or who you may not be able to find much information on. For example, you may find more information on Lebron James than Anthony Davis. Narrow down the list to the one person you want to research.

Step 2:
Come up with a list of questions about the person that you want to find the answers to. Questions should include information such as when was the person born, what was the person’s childhood like, and what does the person do for a living.

For younger students, teachers may want to skip this step and simply provide students with a graphic organizer that contains the information students need to find. Items to include on a graphic organizer are: name, birth date, reason he/she is famous, about his/her childhood, fun facts.

Step 3:
Conduct research to find information about the person. Students may search online, in encyclopedias, magazines, and books in the library to find the information they need. Teachers may need to direct students to the appropriate resources. For example, students researching a current television star may find more information online and in magazines than in encyclopedias and books.

Step 4:
Find quotations from the person being researched. Write down 3-5 quotations from the person to include in the biography. This will help the biography seem more credible.

Note: As students conduct research and collect quotes, they should be sure to write down where they got the material so they can cite their sources at the end.

Step 5:
Organize notes into chronological order to make it easier to write the biography. Organizing the notes will help students create a rough draft of their biographies. During this step, students can also determine if any information is missing or any information is not relevant, then they can add or remove information as necessary.

Step 6:

Write the biography. Using notes, students can put the information into their own words. A good biography should follow this basic format:

  • Introduction
  • Chronological description of life
  • Conclusion

Step 7:

Cite sources by creating a works cited page or bibliography. Younger students do not have to create a properly formatted bibliography or a works cited page, but they should be encouraged to write down the author and title or website address of each source they used.

Step 8:

Publish the biography by writing a clean copy, creating a cover page, and adding pictures to the text where they can enhance the content.

 

Helping Children Prepare for a Natural Disaster

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Whether you live in an area known for tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, or flash flooding, chances are a natural disaster will happen at some point in your child’s life. The intensity of the storm may not be very high, but no matter the expected intensity, it’s important to help children prepare for a natural disaster before it strikes.

Start with a Plan

In the story of Hansel and Gretel from iStoryBooks, Hansel and Gretel are sent out in the woods.Fearing that they won’t be able to find their way home, the children come up with a plan (leaving a trail of crumbs) to find their way back home. When they get into trouble with the witch, Hansel and Gretel also work together to come up with a plan to escape. Because they have a plan, Hansel and Gretel are better able to withstand the challenges that come their way.

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Prepare your children by occasionally talking about what they should do if a natural disaster approaches. For example, talk about where in the house they should go if a tornado hits or what you plan to do if you are evacuated because of a hurricane. That way, children will be prepared if it happens.

Alleviate their Fears

When a natural disaster is poised to strike and government officials are urging people to take shelter or evacuate because the storm could cause serious injuries or damage, children start to become afraid. Some will express their fear. Others will put on a brave front and carry the fear inside. However, children handle their fear, it’s important to remind them that they do not need to be afraid. Don’t completely downplay the risk, but rather explain to children that you are taking steps to say safe, so there’s no reason to be scared. If children are still afraid, find something to comfort them, such as a stuffed animal or an activity (such as coloring) to take their mind off the impending natural disaster.

  • Turn Off the TV

While you want to know what’s happening minute-by-minute if a natural disaster is expected, children can be scared by the coverage of the natural disaster on television. Turn off the round-the-clock coverage on the television and, instead, look up information on your phone or listen to a radio feed with headphones on so your children cannot hear. Children often aren’t able to process the information shown on TV the same way as adults can, so they may get false ideas about what is to come.

  • Stay Calm

Your own attitude and demeanor can also cause kids to become more fearful. Try to stay calm and present a strong front for your children. It’s okay to be honest about your feelings and say something like “Mommy is feeling a little worried,” but you should follow it up with a reassuring statement like “but we’re taking precautions, so I’m confident we’ll be able to get through it.”

Heed Sound Advice

As a natural diaster approaches, be sure to heed sound advice. If officials recommend that you evacuate, then you should evacuate. If a tornado siren sounds, you should take cover. You’re not just responsible for yourself, you’re also responsible for your children. While you might be able to survive in the case of severe flooding or run from a tornado, it becomes more difficult with children in tow. So play it safe and heed sound advice to make sure you’re as safe as you can be during the disaster.

 

 

How to Put on a Readers’ Theater with “The Little Red Hen”

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One of the best ways to improve oral language skills, fluency skills, and comprehension skills in the classroom is to put on a readers’ theater. In a readers’ theater, students perform a version of a story using a simplified script. Readers’ theater doesn’t contain a lot of costumes or staging. It’s a bare bones production of a story where students take on the roles of the characters in the story.

While you can use any short story to put on a readers’ theater, “The Little Red Hen” is a great story for introducing readers’ theater to your students. The predictable storyline and repetition also makes it a great way to engage struggling readers in the reading process.

Step One: Read the Story

Before putting on a readers’ theater, it helps to help students become familiar with the story. Read through or listen to The Little Red Hen with students so they learn about the characters and the plot of the story.

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Step Two: Create a Script

You can buy books full of readers’ theater scripts or download scripts from various websites, but it’s easiest just to create your own script. If you have older students, you may opt to have them write their own script. For the readers’ theater script, you can follow the story verbatim or add in your own twists.  For example, some changes you may make to “The Little Red Hen” include:

  • Adding an additional character (such as the Little Red Hen’s mother)
  • Adding more dialogue (such as giving Farmer Brown some dialogue)
  • Adding a narrator
  • Giving the animals names or changing the animals
  • Changing what the Little Red Hen needs help with
  • Turning the repetition into a song

The script should be written in script format, with any details related to the setting included in italics or revealed by a narrator.

A sample script may look like this:

On a farm in Illinois

Little Red Hen: Oh, what a beautiful day it is. I think I’m going to bake some bread. Who will help me?

Cat: Not I.

Dog: Not I.

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Step Three: Prepare for the Readers’ Theater

One reason readers’ theater is good for oral language skills and fluency is because students have time to practice their roles. Assign roles to students in the class and give them a chance to read over their lines. If students want to act out the readers’ theater beyond reading the lines, do some basic blocking and gather some simple costumes. For example, the animals could wear construction paper headbands with ears stapled to them or a brown piece of paper could serve as the loaf of bread.

Step Four: Perform the Readers’ Theater

Have students perform the readers’ theater for the class. You can opt to have multiple groups of students perform the same text or make readers’ theater a regular part of your classroom routine and regularly assign new students to take on the roles.

Lesson Plan: Where is My Baby?

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In the story Where is My Baby? from iStoryBooks, Darla the Duck loses one of her eggs. She must travel around the farm to find out where her baby has gone. Along the way, Darla meets many animal babies and their mothers. This story helps kids learn the names of baby animals and their mothers.

Introduction

Introduce the book to students by having them identify different animals by their pictures. Show students pictures of different farm animals, such as a sheep, a cow, a duck, a horse, and a goat.

Once students have identified all of the animals, share with students that you are going to read them a story about animals and their babies. Show students the cover of the story and ask them what type of animal they think the story will be about.

Preparing to Read

Before reading the story with students, place pictures of all of the different animals in the book and their babies on a board. Attach the pictures with tape, magnets, or velcro, so they can be moved during the story. The animals you should have are:

  • a duck and a duckling
  • a pig and a piglet
  • a goat and a kid
  • a frog and a tadpole
  • a cow and a calf
  • a chicken and a chick

Each animal and baby should be a separate picture. Place the animals on one side of the board and the babies on the other side, but do not match them up.

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Reading the Story

Read through the story with the students. As Darla the Duck meets each animal, match the animal baby with its mother on the board. You may also want to write the name of the animal baby for kids to see. By the end of the story, all of the animals, including the duck and duckling, will be matched.

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After Reading Activities

After reading the story, have students create and play a matching game. On index cards or squares of paper, have students glue pictures of the different animals and their babies. Once they dry, students can spread out their cards facedown and turn them over one by one to try and match the animals with their babies. As kids turn each card over, encourage them to say the name of each animal or baby animal. For example, “I turned over a cow and a piglet. They don’t match.” or “I turned over a kid and a goat. They match.”

You can extend the activity by introducing kids to other baby animal names. A few baby animal names you may want to include are:

  • cat/kitten
  • dog/puppy
  • bear/cub
  • lion/cub
  • bird/hatching or chick
  • alligator/hatchling
  • ape/baby
  • seal/pup
  • deer/fawn
  • fish/fry
  • goose/gosling
  • kangaroo/joey
  • horse/foal
  • sheep/lamb

Fall Activities to Enjoy with Kids

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September 22 marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. While the weather may not yet feel like fall, soon temperatures will begin to fall and days will get shorter. In many areas, leaves will also fall off the trees and animals will start to prepare for winter. While it’s fun to get outside and enjoy nature all year-round, fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some fun and educational activities with your kids. We’ve rounded up a few activities to help you get started.

Go on a Nature Walk

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In the story, Nature Walk, a premium story from iStoryBooks, Billy goes on a nature walk with his grandfather. On the walk, Billy and his grandfather talk about the different plants they see. You can do the same on a nature walk with kids. As you walk in the woods, you can notice:

  • the different colors of the leaves
  • the size and shapes of different leaves
  • the height of different plants and trees
  • nests, thickets, and other animal homes
  • insects and other creatures hiding under logs
  • the sounds and appearance of birds in the forest

If you need to motivate kids to go on the walk, you can set up a scavenger hunt and have kids find different items, such as a smooth rock, a fern leaf, a piece of moss, and a feather. However, you should also encourage kids to look beyond their list to see what cool things they can find. There’s bound to an odd-shaped rock or a crooked tree to delight kids. Take along your camera to get pictures of the unique things that you find.

For more fun, pretend you’re re-enacting a story like Hansel and Gretel and leave a trail (of nature-friendly items, of course) for kids to try to follow on their way out of the woods.

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Make Leaf Art

On your nature walk, collect different shapes, colors, and sizes of leaves. Bring them home and use them to create fun art projects. A few projects you can do with leaves include:

  • Make a leaf collage
  • Arrange the leaves to make people or other objects
  • Buy sun paper and make the imprints of the leaves
  • Place a leaf under a piece of construction paper and do a leaf rubbing
  • Attach a leaf to a wooden craft stick and glue on googly eyes to make a leaf puppet
  • Draw an animal shape, such as a turkey or hedgehog, and use the leaves as feathers or quills
  • Paint the leaves and use them as stamps on a piece of paper
  • Cut a piece of construction paper into a strip wide enough to fit around a child’s head and glue leaves to it to make a leaf crown

If the ideas above don’t work, just give kids some paper, glue, markers, glitter, and leaves, and let them come up with their own creations.

Head to an Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch

Summer isn’t the only time you can pick your own fruits and vegetables. In the fall, apples and pumpkins are often ready to be picked. If you live in an area where apples or pumpkins are grown, head to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch to pick your own apples, pumpkins, and even corn, as well as enjoy other activities. Many orchards and farms have other activities for kids to enjoy during the fall, such as hay mazes and tractor rides. You may also get to purchase some treats, such as apple cider or pumpkin bread to take home and enjoy.

 

Lesson Plan: The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

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During fall, pumpkins are everywhere. Kids go to the farm to pick pumpkins. They carve pumpkins for Halloween. They also eat foods with pumpkin in them – pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, maybe even pumpkin cider. But do your students know how pumpkins grow? Whether you’re preparing for a field trip to the pumpkin patch or just want to bring a bit of fall into classroom,  this lesson will is designed to help you walk students through the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Introduction

Bring in a real pumpkin and hold it up for students to see. If you don’t have access to a real pumpkin, then bring in a large picture of a pumpkin or a large foam pumpkin for students to look at. Ask students what the object is (a pumpkin) and have them tell you what they know about pumpkins (they’re orange, they grow on farms, they can carve them, etc.)

Explain to students that you are going to learn about how a pumpkin grows from a seed into a large pumpkin.

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However, before you jump into talking about the life cycle of a pumpkin, tell students you’re going to read them a story about how plants grow. Choose one of the following stories from iStoryBooks to share with students:

If students have access to iStoryBooks at home, you may have them choose one of the stories to read the night before.

Exploring the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Hold up a pumpkin seed. Ask students if they can tell you what the object is (some may say seed, some may say pumpkin seed). Explain to students that it is a pumpkin seed.

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Explain to students that farmers and gardeners plant pumpkin seeds in the ground in the late Spring/early Summer.

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Then show students a representation of the life cycle of a pumpkin. You can use pictures of each step of the process, or, if you have access to a pumpkin plant, bring in actual examples of the parts of the process:

  1. Sprout
  2. Plant
  3. Flower
  4. Green pumpkin
  5. Orange pumpkin

You can model the process on the board by drawing pictures or taping print-outs of each step on the board to show how the pumpkin progresses.

Completing the Activity

Once you’ve gone over the life cycle of the pumpkin with students, have them create a craft to help them remember the life cycle of the pumpkin.

Take two small orange paper plates. If you can’t find orange paper plates, cut out circles from orange construction paper or use white paper that students have cut orange. Cut one of the plates or circles in half and tape or staple it to the front of the other plate or circle, leaving the flat side open like a pocket. You can also tape or glue a green or brown rectangle on top of the full circle/plate to represent the stem of the pumpkin.

Give each student five squares of paper. On each piece of paper, have the students draw a different step of the pumpkin’s life cycle (seed, sprout, plant, flower, green pumpkin). If you want, you can write or print out the names of each part of the cycle to add to the squares. Students can then place the squares inside the pumpkin.

When they are finished, students can take the squares out of the pumpkin and put the life cycle of the pumpkin in order.

Extending the Activity

If you have an actual pumpkin in the classroom, cut it open for students to explore. Let students see what an actual pumpkin seed looks like, touch the stem where the pumpkin was attached to the vine, and feel the inside and outside of the pumpkin.

If you’re taking a field trip to an actual pumpkin patch, point out the different stages of the pumpkin’s life cycle while at the pumpkin patch. You may not see pumpkins in the initial stages, but you can show students the pumpkin plant, green pumpkins, and orange pumpkins. You may also still see a few pumpkin flowers.

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Let each student plant a pumpkin seed in a small cup full of soil. Keep the cups in a sunny window in the classroom or have students take them home and put them in a sunny place indoors. While students may not grow a whole pumpkin, they may get to see the sprout and plant stages of the pumpkin’s life cycle.

Lesson Plan: The Fox and the Horse

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The Fox and the Horse is a re-telling of the classic story by the Brothers Grimm. In this story, a farmer gets rid of his horse, Dobbin, because he is too old to work. Feeling sorry for the horse, the farmer gives him a chance to prove he still has worth. Through the help of a crafty fox, the horse is able to come up with a plan to stay on the farm.

Introduction

Introduce the story by showing students the cover. Ask the following questions:

  • What do you think the story is going to be about?
  • Do the fox and the horse look like they like one another?

Next, listen to the introduction from the narrator. The narrator mentions that the story will be about an old horse and a clever fox. Knowing that information, ask students if they have any other predictions about the story.

Reading the Story

Begin reading the story with students. After each page, stop to ask students how they think the horse feels and what details tell them that. For example, the old horse was sad because he hung his head or the old horse didn’t want to leave because he did not move.

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After reading the first couple pages, ask the students to answer the following questions:

  • Was what the farmer did was the right thing to do?
  • What are some other things he could’ve done?

As you read the parts of the book about the fox, ask the students to share details about the type of animal the fox is. For example, the fox is kind because he helps the horse or the fox is clever because he tricked the lion.

Finish reading through the story with students and get their reaction to what happened.

After Reading the Story

After reading the story, explain to students that a moral is a message that the story wants to send. Sometimes a moral is stated at the end of a story, but in this story, the moral is not really provided.

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Work with students to come up with a moral for the story. A suggested moral might be: Don’t get rid of people or animals just because they get old or don’t give up on those who have been faithful to you.

Once you have come up with a moral, talk with students about ways the moral applies to students’ own lives. For example, they should not get rid of a pet just because it is getting old or they should keep their favorite teddy bear even if they’ve outgrown it.

Ways to Have Fun at the Aquarium

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Visiting the aquarium can be an exciting activity for kids. Aquariums are often full of neat fish and activities designed to help kids learn more about both ocean and freshwater resources. However, some kids may find themselves getting bored quickly after looking at tank after tank of different fish and other sea creatures. If you’re planning a trip to a local aquarium soon, keep some of these activities in mind to help make the trip more exciting for kids.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt
If you know the types of fish and sea creatures you’ll see at the aquarium (many aquariums list the creatures on their websites), create a scavenger hunt for kids ahead of time. For older kids, write out the names of the things they need to find. For younger kids, use pictures. Include a box next to each  name so kids can check the names off as they find them.

If you’re not sure what types of creatures you’ll find at the aquarium, create a more generic scavenger hunt. Some options to include on the list are:

  • a big fish
  • something with claws
  • an orange fish
  • something that can breathe outside of water
  • something that has tentacles
  • something that is spiky
  • something that is spotted

To make the scavenger hunt more exciting, give kids a camera and let them take pictures of their finds. That way they’ll also have something to remember the aquarium by.

Feed the Sea Creatures

Many aquariums have offer programs that allow kids to feed some of their sea creatures. Often you have to pay a little extra for the opportunity, but can be worth the extra cost to create a fun memory for kids. Look at your local aquarium’s website or call them to see if they offer feeding opportunities and to determine the feeding times. You’ll want to make sure you arrive early because a limited number of people are allowed to participate in the feedings.

Visit the Touch Tank

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Many aquariums also offer touch tanks. Touch tanks are small tanks or pools full of sea creatures that children are allowed to touch. Most aquariums encourage children to be gentle and only use one or two fingers to touch the creatures. At the touch tank, kids may get to touch baby sharks, starfish, sting rays, snails, sea anemones, and other cool creatures. As kids touch the sea creatures, talk with them about how the creatures feel and compare/contrast the characteristics of the different creatures in the touch tank.

Read the Signs

Aquariums are full of informational signs, but people often focus on the fish and other creatures and don’t take the time to read the signs. Your kids may not think the signs are that exciting, but by reading them, they’ll actually learn some cool facts about the sea creatures. Many signs will tell kids the average size of a particular creature and the region where it is usually found. As kids read different signs, they can compare/contrast the characteristics of the different sea creatures they find.

Ask Questions

Around the aquarium, you’ll probably find a lot of workers who are ready to answer your questions. Encourage kids to come up with 2-3 questions about the creatures to ask the aquarium workers. This will help kids become more engaged in the process and learn a few things too.

Read about Sea Creatures

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After visiting the aquarium, visit your local library to find books about your favorite sea creatures and other books about ocean life. You can also read through the book Sea Animals from iStoryBooks, which highlights some of the more common sea animals kids might see at the aquarium.

What are some ways you have fun when you visit the aquarium with kids? We’d love to hear your ideas!