Finding Nemo Lesson Plan

Leave it up to Pixar to have you crying in the first five minutes of a kids movie.  I remember going to see it in the theater with my husband years ago.  We love Finding Nemo <3  And now you can see it in 3D!  So, to start our Kindergarten year off, we did a fun lesson plan centered around Finding Nemo. 

LESSON PLAN
I'm Not A Nemo Fish, I'm A Clown Fish!
I'm guilty myself of seeing a clown fish and calling it Nemo.
Clown Fish and Sea Anemones Work Together by Martha E. H. Rustad is a great book with large colorful pictures for little ones wanting to learn about clown fish and their anemone home.
Fun fact! Clown fish have mucus on their bodies that help protect them against the anemones sting.   

Coral Reefs Are Awesome!
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin is a beautifully illustrated book talking about the relationships between the reef sea animals.  Learn about predators, prey, symbiosis and adaptation.  Also learn how coral, even though it looks like a plant, is really an animal!

Click HERE to watch a coral reef video with some cool sea animals in it!
Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons is a great book that shows lots of different types of coral and many of the animals that live in the reef.  It's a lot of fun finding out the names of each one and picking them out again on another page.

Click HERE to watch Underwater Masters of Disguise.

Make Reef Art!
We took out the watercolors and Kiley painted her own coral reef. Full of schools of fish, Nemo, anemone, coral, an octopus and plankton. 
Know Your Information!
It's a good idea to have a plan in case your child ever finds themselves lost.  As a family you can decide on safe spots, when to stay put, who can help and so on.  It's also important for your child to know your name (not just Mommy/Daddy) and a phone number.  Kiley spent the week learning our phone number by writing it and repeating it over and over to a tune.   

Following Directions
When Dory and Marlin find an address on the goggles they ask for directions on how to get there.  Directions can tell you how to get some place or how to build, make or cook something.  Have your child practice following directions. 

We printed out this really cool Nemo 3D papercraft at spoonful.com.  We followed the directions on how to put it together! 
I also read out a list of directions I made for Kiley to follow, which lead her to a surprise!





Memory Match 
Dory has a serious memory problem.  She will forget you right after she meets you.  Poor girl.  Practice your memory skills by playing a matching game.  I googled Finding Nemo pics and used PicMonkey to make a game spreadsheet.  You can use mine if you like.  I printed it out on card stock paper.  Worked out great.


Just Keep Swimming!
"Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do?  Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."  This is a good motto for us starting the school year back up.  Especially after summer and there are some things Kiley doesn't remember and can get frustrated with.  We incorporated this motto and it's really helped her keep going and have confidence in herself. 


Go See The Movie!  In 3D!!
Finding Nemo is such a sweet and funny story with lots of loveable characters.
With voice talents: Ellen DeGeneres, Al Brooks, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana and the great John Ratzenberger.
And WAY COOL in 3D!


Favorite quotes: 
"I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy."
"Nemo touched the butt."
What's your favorite quote? 


ALSO!
disneyrewards.com is offering a free movie ticket!  Click HERE to see about getting one!


Seize the Day

"Time flies by so quickly that another month has come 
and will be gone in a few minutes."

     Almost a year ago we moved from Texas to Utah.  And oh my goodness, is it a million steps up from where we used to live. Living in the mountains is a dream come true for me.  Since we are such outdoor enthusiasts, living here has been more than awesome.  There is so much to see, do, and behold here. There's hardly been any weekends where we sat at home.  Why?  Cause, we've got a diem to carpe!

Seize the Day Example #1 Drove to Idaho for the heck of it.
One day I just up and decided to go for a drive to Logan Canyon cause I heard it was super pretty.  It's about an hour away.  Right before I got there I realized I was only 30 mins from the Idaho state line.  I drove to Preston ID, which happens to be the town they filmed Napoleon Dynamite in!  Gawwwh.  Another day drove to Bear Lake and Wyoming. 
 
(click to in-large photos)

Example #2 Went to Guatemala.  Twice!
In the last year and 3 months I've been to Guatemala 4 times.  Each time was for a different mission trip, but to the same Mayan village.  I love the people and culture and have felt blessed to go back so often and be a part of what God is doing there. 

Example #3 Snow is my new best friend
We would get a little bit of snow, every once in a while in Texas.  Nothing, nothing like we do here in Utah.  I tried snowboarding for the first time (loved it) and we sledded our little hearts out this winter.  Thanksgiving day? Sled.  Weekends? Sled.  Free time during the day? Sled.  The Dew Tour came!  It was free and a lot of fun!

Example #4 Hike, explore and more hike
I was looking at my Runkeeper yesterday and boy have we hiked a lot!  There are so many trails here with miles and miles and miles to cover.  So much exploration to be had!  We went camping last weekend and even hiked then too!  We've seen waterfalls (200ft), natural springs, moose, deer, chipmunks and sheep.   

Example # 5 Embark into the unknown...homeschool
I was never homeschooled myself, but it's something that my husband and I really want to try with our daughter.  This last year was our first attempt.  It took a lot of effort on all our parts, but it was a lot of fun and very rewarding. 

Example #6 Having as much fun as possible with family & friends
No explanation needed here.

2011 was a pretty epic year for me.  There was a lot of the good, the bad and the ugly, but still epic.  2012 was the result of the good epicness.  Both years will probably go down as my best two years ever.  But who knows what 2013 will hold for us all.

[today's blog was inspired by: en(reach)inglives]

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