Try some of these seal lesson plans for preschoolers all across the curriculum.
- Focus on the letter "s" and its sound. Brainstorm other words that being with "s" and make lists or booklets.
- Practice writing the letter "S" for handwriting practice.
- Make up stories about seals for creative writing skills by using pictures for inspiration.
- Use plastic replicas of seals as manipulatives for counting or simple addition problems.
- Make up story problems, using seals.
- Create an arctic environment. Freeze water overnight in various sizes of containers. Put them into a large bin to create an arctic environment.
- Discuss Arctic and Antarctic habitats. Compare and contrast them to other habitats and biomes.
Discuss the Eskimos, who live in a habitat shared by seals.
- Seals are often associated with the circus. Talk about how circus life would be different from the real world.
- Create a mural of an Arctic habitat, including seals and other creatures who live with them
- Brainstorm different kinds of collage materials that could be used to create furry seals.
- Create an informative coloring book of different kinds of seals.
- Make a mask out of a paper plate. Also make masks of other Arctic creatures. Put on a play or skit.
- Make a baby seal out of a sock.
Books About Seals for Kids:
Read books at circle time about seals. Make them available to children to peruse at their leisure throughout the day. The following are just a few recommendations.
Hewitt, Joan. A Harbor Seal Grows Up. Carolrhoda Books, 2001. - Follow the life cycle of a seal from birth through adulthood.
Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal. Harper & Row, 1959. - This is a fictional series about a seal who escapes from the zoo. They are fun to read aloud.
Lang, Aubrey. Baby Seal. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2004. - This book also uses great photographs and simple text for young children about the seal's life cycle.
Kalman, Bobbie. Seals and Sea Lions (The Living Ocean). Crabtree Publishing, 2005. - This book is geared toward older children but is full of useful information and has great pictures. Adapt the text as necessary for sharing seal facts for preschoolers.