unit studies, materials, books, etc.

Oceans Unit study – I am doing this as we are completing each day, so it will be updated regularly until we have completed the unit



Plus the teachers guide and Power Vocabulary pages here (2nd set of printouts):

The Bravest Fish by Matt Buckingham (Scholastic)
All About Sea Turtles Guided Science Readers (scholastic)
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! By  Bob Barner (scholastic)
Arctic Fives arrive by Elinor J. Pinczes (scholastic)
Habitats Evan Moor Science Works for kids Series grades 1-3
In the Big Blue Sea by Chyng Feng Sun (Houghton Mifflin Reading)

E-books: (we pick up a lot of the free kindle books off amazon)
Seahorses by Mirko Lubi
Learn about Fish by Julie Sizemore
I’ll Follow the moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara
Crosby the crab by Laura Yirak
Sharks: Our Amazing World Series by Kay de Silva
Sea Turtles: Seven Beautiful Creatures of the Sea by Lynn Simone
Fish: Fun Facts & Incredible Pictures on animals & Nature By Jillian Hastings
Childrens Books about the Ocean: Jelly fish Interesting facts and Pictures about Jellyfish by Julie Pearson

History of Oceans and Humans:

Oceans In Art

Animal Adventures- Oceans – Silver Dolphin Books

Pinterest for craft ideas google Ocean unit for lots of fun ideas!           

Experiments – (some from websites, others we made up ourselves)

We used Youtube and saved a lot of video’s we watched to the Ocean Unit study playlist.


Day 1 – Introduction to Oceans

Watch movie  - The Little Mermaid
Craft project  - We did little tissue paper fish
Geography – Globe work looking at the ocean. What is there more of ocean or land? What is the difference of land vs. ocean. Made pie charts to show the difference 70% water vs. 30% land. How much more ocean than land? Made a bar graph found the difference.
Discuss water life cycle
Read: I’ll follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara
            All about Sea Turtles (scholastic)
Day 2 –

Craft project – More of the tissue paper fish
Start decorating our Ocean Science Journal
Start experiment 1 – Two containers of water, one fresh water, one salt water (added salt to tap water). Will one evaporate faster than the other? Will you be able to tell which one was fresh water and which was salt water? How? Measure amount of water in each container, record findings in science journal experiments section.
Start experiment 2 – Grow animals…Pick two of the four “grow” sea creatures. Measure and discuss the two you chose. We picked the Stingray and the Sea Turtle for the first set.  Take day 1photo’s Fill 10g tank with 5 inches of water and place both animals in the tank.
Fieldtrip to local Pet store to observe freshwater fish vs. saltwater fish

Day 3 – (Saturday, so shortened day)

Experiment 1 – Measure amount of water in each container. Record findings.
Experiment 2 – remove animals from tank, measure animals, note changes in appearance, take day 2 photo’s. Replace in tank. Compare size from Day 1. Increased? How much? Do you think they will increase even more? What changes did you observe from day 1?
Experiment3 – Measure, record and add Starfish and Shark grow animals to tank.
Experiment 4 – One container “fresh” water (four cups tap water)one container of “salt water”  (4 cups tap water + 2 tablespoons salt)place in freezer.

Day 4 – (Sunday )

Day 5
Experiment 1 – Measure amount of water in each container. Record findings
Experiment 2 – Remove from tank, measure, record, replace
Experiment 3 – Remove from tank, measure, record, replace
Experiment 4 - Remove from freezer, observe, record, discuss

Put together under the ocean diorama, discuss some of their favorite fish, coral reefs, sharks, etc.

Day 6

Begin individual books Day 1– We did “Under the Sea in ABC’s”- both girls got to choose different things from under the sea to represent each letter. We tried to find the more “unusual” things to use. On the first day it’s doing the title page, with graphics and the first 3 letters.

Discuss Oceans in historical terms – How did people in Ancient Civilizations use the oceans? Did they really think the world was flat? If so, When did that change?  Did “sea monsters” really exist?

Oceans in Art – view online, discuss different  paintings, which ones do they like, not like, why?,

Experiment 1 – Measure, record.
Experiment 2 – Remove, measure, record, replace
Experiment 3 – Remove, measure, record, replace

Day 7 -

Read - Hello Whale. Discuss different mammals in the ocean. mammals vs. fish. Read about Seahorses, discuss types of seahorses, look up pictures

Listen to the sound of the  ocean's - whale sounds, waves, etc.

discuss pollution and it's impact in the ocean - debris in from people, Float or sink experiments, density of salt vs. fresh water.

Day 8 -

Fieldtrip to the coast.

Day 9 - Break

Day 10 - Experiments - remove, measure, record, replace

Day 11 - Break - Reading for fun, and Dutch Kings day

Day 12 -