Use for shells – #1: Place Value
Look at all of the uses I found for a couple of bags of shells and a few strands of beads. Perfect non-traditional manipulative for your place value center. Shells and strands of beads can take the place of base ten blocks.
Use for shells – #2: Ocean
Shells are the perfect addition for your ocean unit. Can be used as a math manipulative or science observation station.
Use for shells – #3: Thanksgiving
While we often think of using shells with our ocean units, these are also a great addition to your Thanksgiving lesson, too. Have you heard of wampum? Native American and later the early settlers made wampum from shells. Click HERE to download a FREE packet about wampum that can be used as a close reading lesson or Thanksgiving lesson.
Use for shells – #4: Money unit
Wampum had many uses including a substitute for money. Use it with your money unit and Thanksgiving – double duty! You will need a variety of shells, beads, and strands of beads. Let your students act out trading furs for wampum. I found this fur at Hobby Lobby, too.