Ocean Transformation

A couple of months ago we did our very first classroom transformation for our dinosaur research project.   At that time I said this was our one and only classroom transformation.  Then one of my students asked me to “make an ocean” in the classroom.  What you have to understand is that this guy doesn’t verbalize much and very rarely asks for what he needs or wants, so when he asked for an ocean, I knew I had to do it.  That’s where our ocean transformation was born.  Unlike our dinosaur transformation, this ocean transformation was VERY SIMPLE!   Let’s call this a mini classroom transformation!

ocean transformation

We used inflatable ocean animals from Oriental Trading as the major part of our transformation!  Get your inflatable animals here!

ocean transformation

Then we made a “fish tank” in our reading area!   We used some metallic curtains and some fish and shells that I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo!

kindergarten ocean ocean theme

Next, we turned our stage into an “under the sea” adventure using some fish nets and more cut outs from the Cameo!

We also made an ocean sensory bin featuring sight words!  The sensory bin is filled with some blue and clear acrylic gems and beads from Amazon!  The sight word fish are from our Dive In And Explore creation!

kindergarten ocean unit

And finally some of the room parents made this awesome balloon octopus for us!!!

As part of our ocean transformation we made handprint octopuses (octopi?!)

Check out this fun little video tour of our ocean transformation!

We also play ocean sounds we got on iTunes and play an ocean video on our screen to help create the ocean atmosphere!  Check out the ocean video here!

Ocean Transformation:  Classroom Flip

This year we decided to do our one BIG classroom transformation for our ocean theme!  So we went BIG!

We ordered these cardboard cutouts from Shindigz.com!  They will be re-used for other projects in the classroom and school.  But I love how much pizazz they added to our transformation!

set the stage to engage

For our wall, we used blue plastic tablecloths to cover the wall.   Then we taped fish and ocean animal cutouts to the blue plastic. Notice the shark and eel!

The classroom stage is covered with ocean props (they’re actually plastic!) and two starfish cardboard cutouts.

classroom transformation

To get the blue light effect, we just used our classroom LED lights and turned them blue.  We also used some little LED lights sitting on the floor.

For a fun video tour of this transformation, check out this video!

For more ocean fun, check out our Ocean Research Project!

To see our dinosaur transformation, check out this post!

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