May 30, 2019

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Miss Smith Under the Ocean

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Miss Smith Under the Ocean

Hopefully you have been enjoying my weekly book recommendations. This will be the last one this school year. Don't worry! I'll be back with lots more in September. In the meantime, check back this summer as I have lots of fun things planned!

This week's Frazzled Teacher Book Recommendation is Miss Smith Under the Ocean!

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Field trips can be a bit tricky. Your students are out of their comfortable environment and thrown into an unfamiliar area. Because of this, I love read alouds that will give them an idea of what they can expect. This one takes the students to the aquarium.

Quick Summary

Miss Smith takes her students to the aquarium. While there, the students experience under water themed books, bringing the ocean to life! 

Warning: This book does talk about the poem The Owl and the Pussycat and the book Moby Dick. I mention this is a warning because well...third graders. I think that explains everything!

Extension Activities

I am a HUGE fan of Miss Smith books! As much as I try to make the books come alive for my students, I can't do that the way Miss Smith can! In her books, the stories really do come to life, causing some mayhem in the classroom! 

This book may be a bit unrealistic about what really happens at an aquarium as the book won't actually come to life. However, reading familiar stories will help open the discussion of what students can expect. 

I have read this book before going to the aquarium on our field trips in the past. This year, we are going to the zoo, not the aquarium. I will still read this one just based on how it is a character our class has come to love. They especially love the illustration at the end that shows a character being left behind.

If you are going on a field trip, I recommend creating an anchor chart of expectations with students. This will show students exactly what you expect from them!

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As I have stated earlier, I love Miss Smith books and read them throughout the school year. I start the year off reading Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook and continue in October with Miss Smith's Haunted Library. In April, I read Miss Smith Reads Again! I end the school year with Miss Smith Under the Ocean. My only wish is that there will be more Miss Smith books!

Looking for more recommendations? Check out some of these past blog posts for more.


What book do you recommend?

If you are taking your students on a field trip, it is important to discuss rules and procedures. A fun way to begin this discussion is through a read aloud. This book whisks students away to the aquarium in a fun and magical way. Check out the blog in which I share more details about the book as well as extensions that can be used in your classroom. #confessionsofafrazzledteacher #fieldtrip #bookrecommendation #readaloud {Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade Students}

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