Shells, Shells, Shells!
We live about 5 minutes away from the beach in our new home!
So, in our first few trips to the beach, we’ve already been beachcombing and have collected DOZENS of shells.
So being a homeschooler, in comes a unit on SHELLS!
Here are some resources that I found while “combing” the net. They range in age from preschool – high school.
Even if you don’t live near the beach, you can still have fun with a seashell unit. There’s loads of activities on the internet and seashells can be bought at dollar stores, etc. for hands on activities.
Across the Curriculum
Science: What is a shell?/About Shells
Making a Shell – how seashells are made (older students)
Mollusks – 3 page resource, kind of like a picture dictionary for mollusks.
Reading Shells – You can tell a lot about the world a mollusk lives in by looking at the shape of its shell.
Identifying seashell finds, guide for kids – start here for the younger ones; also has photos of seashells
Seashell Identification Guide – Find out what kind of shell you have by comparing it to the pictures.
Family Identification Help Page – beefier than the guide just above. “The first step of identifying a shell is clearly the determination of the family to which the shell belongs to. Then you will be able to browse the family in order to discover its Genus name and then the Species name. This page will help you to succ[e]ed in the first step : identifying the shell’s Family.”
Shell Discovery: A lesson in inductive classification
Seashell Mapping – has a nice little PDF map to help students sort shells for identification. Neat idea!
Poetry – Seashell. 2 page worksheet to help write a poem about seashells. (for younger kids)
Writing – A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process – “Students use their senses to write detailed sentences about objects (for example, a seashell).”
Reading: Why Do We Collect Shells? snippets from several people on why they collect shells (older students)
Nursery Rhymes/Poems – She Sells Seashells by the Sea Shore – Enchanted Learning
Spelling: Go through the reading material and select key concept words and use these for spelling lists.
Have student make a PowerPoint presentation or make up a test/quiz on what he/she learned. To give this activity more purpose, find somewhere online to upload the test/quiz such as Quia or Quibblo or student can put on your homeschool student gallery blog (if you have one or make one). A gameboard/game could also be made with a seashell theme.
Shells in History (older students)
Seashell Search – Cute addition flash game! A seashell washes up on the beach and is collected in a beach pail if you get an answer right. (1 digit addition)
Seashell Match Up – pair up seashells (printable)
Sort seashells according to color, shape, size, etc.
Use seashells as math manipulatives (after cleaning)
This site has a discussion of some CMers (Charlotte Mason) who used shells as manipulatives. One homeschooler said her some memorized the math facts by using something tangible…shells
Home Ec – Cooking
Seashell Cookies – iced sugar cookies
This one’s a neat one for kids (not a kids recipe, but due to the large pasta shells used, it would probably be fun for kids to eat)
I fondly remember making one of these when I was a kid. It was a super neat craft.
Seashells, Seashells for your home – ideas for decorating your home using seashells
Preschool Seashell Crafts – seashell candle, seashell monster, seashell necklace, seashell wind chime
How to Decorate with Shells – ideas for decorating with shells, shows pictures of different decorating ideas
Seashell Painting – KinderArt
Seashell Jewelry – 3 articles about making seashell jewelry
Crafting with Seashells – seaside potpourri, seashell candles, seashell pin cushions
Seashell Shadow Box – a great way to display seashells collected
Seashell Coloring Pages
Seashell Coloring Pages – this is just a google IMAGE search for ‘seashell coloring pages’ that turns up thumbnails of seashell coloring pages.
Seashell Coloring Pages – this is just a google search that turns up sites with seashell coloring pages
* Have student practice copying/drawing or tracking a shell from a shell coloring page
Make worksheets from coloring pages. Example: Letter /number recognition, take clip art of shells and paste numbers or lettes in them to make a drill sheet. (Arabic or English)
Easily incorporate into other subject areas by reflecting upon the fact that shells are a Creation of Allah and their beauty and intricacy and that this was easy for Allah.
Also, learn beach terms in Arabic (sand, shell, etc). For older students, use these words as spelling/vocabulary.
Fun & Games
Seashell Online Jigsaw Puzzle, 48 pieces
Live Seashells Picture Database – shows shells in their natural habitats
FontSpace.com – just a few selections here. I really liked the Jenna font, but it didn’t work for me other than the S.
I hope you find these resources helpful.
We “shell” “sea” you later, insha Allah!