Children will listen to a simple short story. Children will recall details from a simple short story. A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle is great way to help children transition from preschool to kindergarten or from kindergarten to first grade. One day Hermit Crab discovers that he has outgrown his shell.
Her work is grounded both politically and theoretically in holistic, integrated, and inquiry-based learning. This study demonstrates in a very powerful sense what can be learned through teacher research about children, their thinking, their feelings and understandings, and their strategies for meaning making.
Further, it reveals the transformative influence of teacher research in helping teachers reassess their own thinking and ideas about the competence of children and the role of parental involvement in inquiry-based curriculum.
Hong Kong is a large, cosmopolitan city. It has many wonderful cultural resources but little outdoor space in which children can explore nature. As an early childhood teacher in Hong Kong, I was concerned about helping the twelve 3- to 4-year-olds in my bilingual Cantonese and English class connect with nature.
I was also concerned about giving them time to explore and direct their own learning. The Hong Kong educational system is carefully planned and engaging, but the early learning curriculum requires three hours a day of teacher-directed instruction, leaving children in half-day programs without time to direct their own learning.
Among the different projects we undertook, one that the children found especially inspiring involved two hermit crabs, perhaps because children seldom have the opportunity to get in touch with nature.
This inquiry began with a visit to the Hong Kong Wetland Park, where the children spent a day observing different creatures, such as crocodiles, tortoises, birds, and insects.
The hermit crabs impressed them the most. Seeing their reactions, I believed hermit crabs would make an interesting topic for further inquiry. I talked with the children after the wetlands visit, and we decided to care for two hermit crabs in the classroom, studying their characteristics and habits.
Every child had an opportunity to take the hermit crabs home after school for two or three consecutive nights to develop relationships with them. After each visit, the children reported on what they did with the hermit crabs at home.
While that aim has primarily been pursued through a government-developed curriculum with little flexibility, changes are now under way.
My research study is grounded in the theoretical framework of inquiry-based learning through a project. During our hermit crab project, children engaged in naturalistic and scientific inquiry. During our hermit crab project, children engaged in naturalistic and scientific inquiry and also created visual representations of their explorations Malaguzzi Research questions and methods My entire class engaged in the hermit crab investigation for a month, shortly after our Wetland Park visit.
Every day, at a learner corner for science exploration, children observed the two hermit crabs. At night, with assistance from their families, children took turns caring for the hermit crabs at home, carefully completing their own visual diaries. When they brought the crabs back to school, children shared their experiences with classmates, illustrating the activities they did with the crabs.
Throughout the project, my research questions were What sorts of questions do children ask when exploring hermit crabs? How do children use the materials I provide to represent their understandings of hermit crabs? I chose the role of participant observer for this study.
Participant observation is a technique of collecting central ethnographic data when an observer is attached to the situation Punch My main methods of collecting data were observing, taking notes, taking photographs, and having conversations with the children.This preschool hermit crab craft is a great activity to go along with a unit about sea animals or pets.
You can make the hermit crab after reading one of the many great stories about this fun sea creature. A house for hermit crab literacy activities, games, pictures, and printables for preschool and kindergarten. Great book to use around graduation for teachers, daycares providers, and parents.
Before you have your children create this crab craft, you will want to read them the book A House for Hermit Crab.
Actually, you could read it to your children while the paint is drying. Actually, you could read it to your children while the paint is drying. Then we read “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle, and compared the hermit crab in the story to what real hermit crabs do.
Real hermit crabs do actually get sea anemones to help protect them from predators and will move the sea anemone from their old shell to their new one. A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle is great way to help children transition from preschool to kindergarten or from kindergarten to first grade.
Book description: One day Hermit Crab discovers that he has outgrown his shell. Read It Once Again offers Curriculum Units and Interactive White Board activities based on the popular storybook, “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. Available: Level 1 curriculum unit and Level 1 Interactive White Board Activities.