After a long summer, how do you get kids back into the swing of school? One way is to build on their summer experiences. A recent box office hit was the movie “Finding Dory,” with a lovable (albeit grouchy) octopus named Hank, who used all kinds of tricks to escape from the aquarium.
Kids loved Hank, so why not capitalize on this teachable moment with a book about an octopus? Or maybe an entire ocean-themed unit!
The octopus in the fun adventure Octopus Escapes Again! is looking for a tasty treat. And just like Hank, she squirts ink, uses camouflage, and zooms away with a “blast off!” But she’s not trying to elude the aquarium staff, she’s avoiding a shark and other deadly predators.
These science lessons for Octopus Escapes Again! focus on one of the defenses that octopuses use:
- Now You See Me, Now You Don’t–In this science demonstration, young children discover how the octopus’ ink allows it to hide from predators. Grades preK-1
- Take a Closer Look–Students create a camouflaged animal and others try to find it. Grades 1-3
A few more recommended ocean-themed books: