We got new books today! That’s like Christmas at my house…lol! Every time the UPS truck pulls up my girls start jumping and shouting wondering what books I’ve gotten for them. (Serious letdown for them when it’s our monthly Amazon delivery…) Today we were adding to our easy reader collection. One of my favorite books of the day (so hard to choose) is the “Under the Sea” from the Usborne Beginners Collection. I created this super cute free ocean matching pack to go along with the book.

This free ocean matching pack is a fun activity to go along with an ocean theme!

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Ocean Matching Pack

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Fastener
  • Paper Clip
  • Mini Eraser

If you have not yet been introduced the the Usborne Beginners series, “Under the Sea” is a great place to start. The content and wording is perfect for 1st graders. It is an L1 Accelerated Reader. Short sentences and simple text make it easy to read, while “hard” words such as tentacles will challenge beginning readers.

The book covers many of the favorite topics of early elementary students and has some facts that even I hadn’t heard before such as the information about the “upside-down jellyfish” mentioned in the picture above.

What’s included in the Ocean Matching Pack?

Spin & Cover Game

To prep: Print and laminate the Spin & Cover Game. Use scissors to gently poke a hole at the center of the spinner. Place the paper clip on the brad and slip the brad into the hole that you created. Open the backing of the brad and tape the “legs” of the brad to the back of the game board to secure it.

To play: Spin the spinner. Cover a picture that matches the animal that the paper clip landed on. You can play with two players using two colors of game markers or you can just play with one player.

Spin & Graph Game

To prep: Print and laminate the Spin & Cover Game. Use the scissors to gently poke a hole at the center of the spinner. Place the paper clip on the brad and slip the brad into the hole that you created. Open the backing of the brad and tape the “legs” of the brad to the back of the game board to secure it.

To play: Spin the spinner. Color one box on the graph to show which picture the paper clip landed on. Continue spinning until one of the graph lines reaches the top. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct number to show how many times each animal was spun.

Memory Game

To Prep: Print on the white side of scrapbook paper and laminate. The scrapbook paper makes it so that the kids can’t see through the cards to cheat. Cut out the cards.

To Play: Place the cards face-down on the table. The first player turns over two cards to find a match. If a match is found they try again, if a match is not found it’s the next player’s turn. Winner has the most matches at the end of the game.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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    1. I always get them from the Target Dollar Spot, but they are seasonal so you have to grab them when you see them. Otherwise, Oriental Trading Company has a bunch or you could try Ebay.

  1. This looks like a fun printable pack! I have an ocean book post coming up next week, and I’ll be linking back here. 🙂 The book looks great too! I’m always tempted to join Usborne just to get the books! Then I remind myself I’m too busy already. 😉 Stopping by from the Mom2Mom linkup.

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