Literature and Vocabulary Project

Literature & Vocabulary Project

Into the A,B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose

Rationale: This book teaches children about many of the plants and animals that live the ocean.  It includes action words to describe each of the plants and animals.  It also incorporates the alphabet in a nonobvious way which teaches the kindergarteners to associate the order of the sounds and words that start with alphabet sounds.

Motivation: Today we are going to read one of my favorite books about the ocean and the plants and animals in it! Before we start let’s sing the alphabet song as a class to refresh our minds on the alphabet. Ready, 1,2,3. Now as I read this book to you I want you to listen for each letter of the alphabet, because the animals and plants talked about go in the order of the alphabet.


  • Into the A,B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose
  • Post it notes
  • “Our Word is Chart”
  • Can, Has, Is Chart
  • Markers
  • Tape



  • Anemones
  • Barnacles
  • Crabs
  • Dolphins
  • Eels
  • Fish
  • Gray Whales
  • Humpbacks
  • Insects
  • Jellies
  • Kelp Forests
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Manatees
  • Narwhals
  • Octopus
  • Penguin
  • Queen Angelfish
  • Rays
  • Sea Star
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Umbrellamouths
  • Viperfish
  • Blue Whale
  • Yellowfin
  • Zooplankton


  • Sting
  • Cling
  • Crawl in
  • Spin
  • Explore
  • Soar
  • Peep
  • Leap
  • Prance
  • Dance
  • Sway
  • Prey
  • Lumber
  • Slumber
  • Hide
  • Glide
  • Glow
  • Low
  • Grab
  • Nab
  • Dine
  • Shine
  • Exhale
  • Dive
  • Thrive

Instructional activities:

Our Word Is Chart: This chart focuses in on one word.  This students will each get a post-note that they can draw a picture of the word on and then stick it onto the chart. After that we will write the definition of the word on the chart as well.

Can, Has, Is Chart: This chart is used to teach vocabulary by describing what the chosen vocab word (an animal) can do, adjectives about what the animal has, and what the animal is.  Have the students give input for each category.




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