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Our A House for Hermit Crab unit study and lapbook will give you endless learning options as you follow hermit crab through his year-long journey of growth.

A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study Lessons

Here are a few lessons from the A House for Hermit Crab unit study:

Social Studies: Different Types of Homes
A house is a place where someone (or something lives). 
Discuss different types of animal houses with your young student. 
A Hermit Crab lives in a shell. Where does a bear live? A bird? A bee? A fox? (discuss other animals, too). 

Bible: Making Friends
How does the hermit crab make friends with all the sea creatures he meets?  He compliments them first and then asks for their help.  Proverbs tells us that if we want friends, we have to be friendly!  You may want to discuss a time when your student made a new friend.  You may also want to memorize Proverbs 18:24a this week.  “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”

Applied Math: Growing
“Little by little, over the year, Hermit Crab had grown”
Print a copy of this Growth Chart. Record your student’s weight and height each month for one year. If you have record of weight and height from other ages (even when your student was born), make up some math problems using the data. “When you were born you weighed about 9 pounds, now you weigh 42 pounds. How much weight have you gained since birth?” 

Language Arts: Word Choice
If you student is ready, direct his attention to the different words Eric Carle used for each of the sea animals as they answer the crab. Instead of using “said” each time, he used a variety of other words:  

the sea anemone whispered

 the sea star signaled

 the coral creaked

 the snail offered

 the sea urchin answered

 the lantern fish replied

Later, when the animals are speaking again, Carle only uses the word said once; he also uses murmured, complained, and cried.

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A House for Hermit Crab Lapbook

Story Sequencing & Months of the Year Cards (Matching Activity)

This A House for Hermit Crab unit study also includes these lapbook printables:

  • Ocean Animals Tab Book
  • Types of Houses Mini-book
  • The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Flap Book
  • Decorate Hermit Crab’s Shell
  • I’m Growing! Growth Chart
  • My Address Simple Fold Book
  • Shells Layer Book
  • Story Sequencing & Months of the Year Cards (and pocket)
    If you’d like some month handwriting practice pages, try these.

How to Get Started with A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study and Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the A House for Hermit Crab unit study and lapbook:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, A House for Hermit Crab, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the A House for Hermit Crab unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook activities you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of ocean animal learning with your student.

Lapbook Sample

This sample lapbook was made with one file folder. It also includes a center extension which is a piece of cardstock taped to the center section of the lapbook. You can find more information here: How to Make a Lapbook.

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