Developed by: Joshua Wilson
Gasp! The illustrations in this alphabet book are Ah-MAZING. They vividly bring each sea creature to life, enticing your young one to interact with each page. Love it!
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Sing the alphabet song in different ways: fast, slow, in a low voice, like a robot, etc. Have fun with it! The sillier the better!
- Ask you child questions like these to activate background knowledge: What is your favorite sea animal? What do you already know about the sea? What do you think we will read about in this book?
- Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app to fully experience the story.Tilt the device or click on the screen to hear sounds, animate the sea creatures, or read an additional fact about each animal. Readers also have the option to have the text narrated out loud, which is helpful for beginning readers.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
As your child goes through the story, stop every now and then to chunk information and monitor comprehension. For example, you may choose to:
- Have your child generate his/her own questions sparked by the sea creature facts. For example, your child may read the shark page and ask, “Why does a Great White Shark lose so many teeth in its lifetime?” After seeing an icefish, your child may wonder, “How is an icefish able to survive in the cold Arctic water?”
- Discuss the idea that all animals need to eat, leading into a conversation about predators vs. prey. Simply explain that predators are animals that eat other animals. The prey is the animal that the predator eats. As you read the story, have your child talk about whether the animal on each page is a predator or prey (sometimes, it’s both!). If your child is ready, talk about adaption and how some animals evolve, or change, over time to become better predators (i.e. sharp vision, heightened sense of hearing) or more skillful prey (i.e. camouflage, speed).
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Take a visit to your local aquarium, zoo, or pet store. Explore the sea creatures there and have your child compare what he/she learned in the app to the information or sights at the aquarium, zoo, or pet store.
- Make a handprint sea creature! Have your child put his/her hand in kid-friendly, washable paint and carefully place it on a piece of plain construction paper. Encourage your child to visualize his/her favorite sea creature from the app and use his/her imagination to turn the handprint into that creature! If your child loves the octopus, for instance, use the fingers as tentacles and place the octopus’ eyes on the palm (googly eyes look great!). Add scenery to situate the sea creature in its “natural” habitat!
- Create an original song featuring your favorite sea creature. Feel free to plan it out ahead of time or just let the rhythm take over. Encourage your child to include facts about the sea creature in the lyrics to reinforce learning. It’s always helpful to set it to the tune of a familiar song, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. If jamming out to a made-up song about the Leatherback Turtle, it may go like this:
(To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
This tur-tle has a leatherback, leatherback, leatherback! This tur-tle has a leatherback,
Its shell is not that hard!
And everywhere that turtle went, turtle went, turtle went! Everywhere that turtle went, it searched for jelly-fish!