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A collection of ideas to use when teaching a unit about oceans and ocean life.
Posted by:Marlena #14965

Hiya Rosie,
Yes, there are TONS of cool stuff you can do on oceans. Here is just a few of the things I did...let me know if you need more! : )

A globe (rubber ball) Have the kids toss it around the room and mark on a tally sheet where there left thumb lands on the end they will see that the world is mostly covered in water. There is also a mathematical formula that shows how to calculate percentage.

Water Density: Take 3 containers of water. Add a different food coloring to each one. But leave one "plain" water-no color. Add varying degrees of salt to "2" of the containers...make sure one has a lot of salt. Now you have to use a dropper and drop the varying degrees of salt water (just a drop or two) into the plain water and see which...

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YEA! The Ocean
Posted by:Kim #66039

AH, a girl after my heart . . .the Ocean is my ALL TIME FAVORITE unit to teach . .

I have TONS of ideas . . it depends on where you are going with this . . .I can outline a few of the things I do and if you need more info then e-mail me . . .

I first off want to tell you I teach Kindergarten in a school that is 99% Hispanic and I speak 1% Spanish . . .they are roundy and active and everything I have done has been HUGLY successful . .

I focus more on the Ocean, especially whales. They learn about the whales and what they can do. breech, spyhop, etc. Then we write a HUGE class book called A Whale of a Tale based on Brown Bear - so it goes like this . .
Susie Susie, what do you see,
I see a whale breeching at me . . . .etc They...

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Ocean water and Whale Activity
Posted by:hescollin #118009

Salt Water Experiment: Did you know that it is easier to float in the ocean than in the swimming pool? Do you know why? Salt. The ocean is full of salt. Salt water can hold up more than plain water. That is why you can float in the ocean more easily. Try this experiment to see for yourself. You'll need:

*2 clear, wide mouth, plastic jugs or jars
*9 cups warm water
*1 cup salt
*raw potato
*measuring cup

Pour 4 and 1/2 cups warm water (half of the water) in one jar and add salt. Stir with spoon until salt has dissolved. Pour the other 4 and 1/2 cups of warm water (last half of the water) in the other jar. First put the potato into the jar without the salt and watch it sink. Then put the potato into the jar with the...

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ocean sand cups
Posted by:Belle #74823

We make these each year in school for our end of the year's kind of along the lines of making "dirt and worms" - the kids make vanilla pudding and fill a short/clear plastic cup with the pudding....then they crush vanilla wafers and sprinkle it on top of the pudding for "sand" then we take those silly little drink umbrellas you get and put them into our "sand" and eat up :-)


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Ocean experiment
Posted by:Lori #83480

How about a salt water experiment? I used to do an experiment where we watched 2 dishes of water (one "fresh" water and one "salt" water) over several days. As the water evaporates the students can see that the fresh water just disappears and of course the salt water leaves behind salt. You could have them taste the salt water too. Just dip a q-tip into the solution and then place it on their tongue. I have also put "fresh" water and "salt" water into two plastic see through containers. The students can then see how you can see through the fresh water and the salt water is kind of foggy. Is this what you are looking for?

How about this: After reading many books on oceans and ocean animals I do an activity so that the students understand just how big ocean animals can be. I found the lengths...

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Posted by:Melissa #34080

We made an ocean mural. I got ocean books and displayed them. For science, they researched some information about ocean fish. They then each picked an ocean animal that they wanted to make. They made fish out of different materials. Paper plates folded in half for crabs and jellyfish. Construction paper drawings of fish. We cut everything out and make a great mural. We painted the bottom of the mural with brown paint. It was sponge painted. Then we cut thin strips of green paper for the seaweed. Finally, to bring in swimmy, in the center of the mural was a large fish that i traced. Inside the kids stamped fish inside of it with a fish stamp that i purchased from Walmart. They dipped it in paint and made one large fish out of small fish stamps. Just like in Swimmy! It turned out...

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Posted by:Ruth #73932

After we read books and study about oceans, I like to do a crayon resist art project. Have the kids color various ocean creatures, shells, sand, rocks, etc. Encourage them to color dark and heavy. Do not color background. When they are done, I call a few at a time to our paint center and have them paint over their picture with a tempera wash. If they color dark enough, it will resist the paint. I mount them on wave frames and label with fish name tags to put on our bulletin board.

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Posted by:kat #83656

you could also graph favorite ocean animals.

you could make fish and jelly fish---I did this with my clas and they are so cute!!!! You need Extra large coffee filters---don't know where to get them cause they were already at my school. Anyway, have the kids color them with watercolor markers. Spray with water and the colors blend. to make regular fish fold the fish and stuff the center with paper. Use a pipecleaner to hold it together, glue an eye on and and streamers for tails. For the jelly fish color and spray the same way. Staple two together while stuffing them. Add streamers and other stuff to make it look cool. Hang from ceiling. Very cool project and the kids LOVED it.

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Ocean ideas
Posted by:Rose Ann #27251

I teach 2nd grade and am presently beginning an ocean unit with my little ones. One idea that I do every year is to let them make an underwater scene by using thumbprints on blue paper. They print their thumbs five or six times.The next step is to let their creativity come into action.Challenge them to make their prints into fish by adding eyes, fins, gills, etc. You would be surprised what they can come up with. I encourage them to use things that we have talked about in class such as kelp, sea anenomes, coral and sponges.
Another fun thing that I do and the kids seem to like is to make fish from newspaper patterns that I cut out. They trace and cut two each from newspaper. I staple together and they stuff with crumpled newspaper. Then I staple it shut. The next step is to give each...

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Posted by:Donna #74454

I know its too late this year but... when I did ocean unit..I had a small plastic swimming pool from Walmart in my room and filled it with sand. If you have a sand table that will work. I then added lots of seashells. The children were to go and "Find" 20 shells and put them in a bucket. Then they did activties such as arranging them small to large, large to small, sorting them according to size, shape, color. Grouping them rough and smooth.....I also had two large beach umbrellas which I put in reading center with beach towels to lie on while reading....Float and sink activities in water center are always a hit...I also enlarged some pictures of sea animals on large poster board and then had the students measure them in math using unifix blocks or links. I have retired but I sure miss...

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Rainbow Fish
Posted by:Darci #38186

Hi! How exciting! We do an entire month on whales and fish......and tie it into our mammals unit. We even have a whale that is made of tarps and is inflated with two box fans. It is the size of the gym floor and we actually have class in it! I have tapes of whales (those tapes you buy at Target that have music and sounds of nature). We lay in there with flashlights and pretend we are either in a whale or an actual whale. I have several other books that we use that have cool things to do to go along with them. (Let me know if you want titles.)
I have the kids decorate a pretty-good-sized fish that I have cut out of either paper bags or brown mailing paper. I cut out two shapes each and staple them together and then we stuff them...

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