Easy Prep Octopus Themed Cross Curricular Activities for Lower Elementary Students!
Activities Can Be Used with the Books Tickly Octopus & An Ocotpus is Amazing
Each activity below includes the prep needed to do activity with students in the description. It may include just copying worksheet or printing, laminating and cutting center games.Each direction to games are located on one of the game sheets for student use.
Resource Includes the Following:
☀ Octopus Literature List
☀ Literature Lessons for Tickly Octopus & An Ocotpus is Amazing
☀️ Classroom Books
☀️ Student Worksheets
☀️ Art Projects
☀️ Literacy Center
☀️ Math Center
Octopus Literature List:
Choose books to read to your students about octopus.
“The Octopus” Classroom Book:
Copy cover on cardstock and then copy a sheet for each student and have them write what they know the octopus can be or do. Collect each student paper and make classroom book binding or stapling book together.
“The Adventures of Ollie the Octopus” Classroom Take Home Book:
Copy cover on cardstock and copy a few more student sheets than you have students., Use a plain piece of cardstock for the back and bind the book together.
I have a stuffed Octopus that we call Ollie that travels home in a bag with students each weekend. I usually have my student of the week take him home and he stays with the student over the weekend. In his bag I have a little blanket, toothbrush the book Commotion in the Ocean, a parent note, and the classroom book The Adventures of Ollie the Octopus. Before coming back to school students fill out a student page of the classroom book and then return with Ollie and his bag. Monday morning students read what Ollie did over the weekend with them. This activity has been so great for my students and it is amazing the things Ollie gets to do!
Tickly Octopus Story Parts Organizers (2 types)
: After reading the story a few times, have students fill out the story parts organizer . They can either draw or write their answers on the sheet in the appropriate box.
Octopus Acrostic Poem:
Make a copy for each students and have them write things they know about octopus using the first letters in the word octopus Note: For my students who were younger we did this activity with our 4th grade buddies.
Octopus Venn Diagram :
After reading the book Tickly octopus and many books about the octopus students will compare and contrast Tickly with a real octopus. With younger students we did this as a group together, older students could handle this on their own as long as they are familiar with how to use a Venn diagram.
Paper Bag Octopus:
Using a paper bag and following the directions on this page students will make an ocotpus and make Octopus Fact strips for its tentacles.
Octopus CVC Make a Word Game:
Students insert any of the five vowel cards onto line on the octopus cards and make words. I have included eight Make A Word sheets for students to write their words on so you can have record of their work.
Octopus Roll and Cover:
(2 types) One Dice Roll:
Roll one die and count your dots. Cover the number of dots you rolled with your marker. Two players will need to use two different colors. Covering the most numbers wins! Two Dice Roll:
Roll two die and count your dots. Cover the number of dots you rolled with your marker. Two players will need to use two different colors. Covering the most numbers wins!
Kids have some octopus themed fun whiile learning!
☀ Ocean Theme: Fish Unit
☀ Ocean Theme: Literacy & Math Centers
☀ Ocean Theme: Literacy Unit
☀ Ocean Theme: Pengun Unit
☀ Ocean Theme: Whale Unit