Teacher: Ms. Linda Allen
Unit: Hawaii


Language & Literacy

Listen to many stories with children or animal characters set in Hawaii
Learn from dozens of non-fiction devoted to subjects covered in unit (such as volcanoes, sand, rocks, fish, mammals, etc.)
Discuss parts of a book: title, author, illustrator, dedication
Re-tell stories in own words
Guessed at word meaning based on context
Demonstrated comprehension by responding to content questions
Supplied last (rhyming) words of text in rhyming books
Created word and/or picture stories and book

Social Studies/Science

Locate Hawaiian Islands on classroom globe and maps
Learned about how first Polynesians came to island: how they built boats they crafted from natural resources
Learned about Hawaiian names. Each child adopts a name from a list of Hawaiian girls or boy’s names.
Learn about Hawaiian language. Children learn many words greetings, courteous phrases and various other words that pertained to the unit.
Learn the four directions: north, south, east, & west
Learn that Hawaii was formed by volcanoes
Learn about the processes that cause volcanic eruptions
Learn about the layers of the earth
Use ingredients and volcano model to create volcanic eruptions
Learn about the Ring of Fire in Pacific Ocean
Learn about rocks
Learn about how plants, trees, insects, and animals arrived on islands
Learn about the coral reef in Hawaii
Use magnifying glasses to examine wide variety of seashells
Create coral reef mural
Learn about the following marine animals, all which are specific to Hawaiian waters: nerties and periwinkles, sea cucumbers, sea humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
Learn about relationship between the clownfish and sea anemone, octopus, spiny dogfish shark, Hawaiian monk seal, sea turtle, dolphin and humpback whale.
Learn about flowers and plants and trees of Hawaii
Learn about how rainbows are formed.


Counted Hawaiian Islands
Use measuring tools such as cups, teaspoons when creating volcanic eruptions
Count shells and rocks
Use comparison vocabulary such as smaller, larger, longer and shorter regarding animal sizes
Count attributes such as stripes on clownfish
Use tape measure to determine length of mural
Use unit blocks to build marine animal theme parks
Use a variety of problem-solving strategies
Estimate length of humpback whale at birth and as an adult
Classify marine animals by type


Create island collages from shredded maps
Paint layers of the earth
Create watercolor maps of Hawaiian Island
Use clay to create types of coral
Create seaweed for mural
Use oil pastel to create individual “snapshots”
of mural
Play mural pictionary
Use liquid watercolors to paint orchids on display
Use brown paper and nature stamps to create version of tapas
Made pueo (guardian owl) from construction paper and feathers
Made paper bag nene (hawaiian goose) puppet
Create rainbow art
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