Very Last First Time written by Jan Andrews and illustrated by Ian Wallace

Subject: Geography - Ungava Bay, Quebec, Canada
Science - Biomes/tundra and sea life habitats

This week the children were asked to bring with them colored and cut out pictures of sea life to be used for one of the days activities.

The meeting started with the reading of the book and the discussion of the wonderful illustrations on each page. Not a single, subtle shadow escaped the children's eyes. They really enjoyed this story. After the story was read we discussed the area in which this story took place, Ungava Bay, Quebec, Canada. By using a globe, it explained that this place was located in the northern tundra area of Canada. The meaning of tundra was then defined and discussed (a barren area with few trees). The children did not like the idea of no trees to climb! Next we discussed how to get to Ungava Bay from our city. The children really had fun with this one as each child found his own way to get there from here. One child, a Russian native, was quite excited to discover that Ungava Bay and parts of Russia were in the same climate zone and thus he spent quite a bit of time circling the globe with his finger looking at these places. It was pretty exciting to watch the children discover places on the globe including our state!

Next we moved out of doors for an activity that I borrowed somewhat from the FIAR archives site for Very First Last Time. I took a large ice chest and covered the bottom with rocks and pebbles of varying sizes and shapes. Next I took shells from our summer adventure and scattered them atop the rocks. Water was then added to create a "tide". Then plastic wrap was placed across the top of the open ice chest and taped down. The children were each given a figure on the end of a string tied to a twig. I cut out holes in the ice for each child and they entered the ice cave below. The water that was inside the chest was removed by opening the water valve on the side. The kids enjoyed playing as if they were characters in the book. They even pretended to pry the mussels(shells) from the bottom and brought them up out of the cave.

After a well deserved break for lunch the children placed their pictures the sea animals on our mural. Each animal was given its proper place in the water such as coral in shallow areas and larger fish and moonjellies in the deeper area of the water. Bulletin board paper from the local teacher supply store ( 25cents a foot)was used to create the ocean floor and water. I checked out a book from the library that gave a good view of the ocean floor including the continent, continental shelf, continental slope, ocean floor and an abyss. The pictures that the children were given to color and cut out were from the Dover Coloring book series. This one is entitled Sea Life. I would highly recommend that you find these books to use as an art accompaniment as they are full of the most wonderful plate prints available.

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