Day 1: Introduction
Watch the Ocean Habitats video. Define the word "habitat" and discuss the different habitats mentioned in the video. Tell students that they will be learning about three of these habitats: coral reefs, tide pools, and the open ocean.
Label the Oceans worksheet. Encourage students to memorize the names and locations of the oceans.
Place blue bulletin board paper on a bulletin board or wall for Ocean Mural.
Day 2: Life in a Tide Pool
Read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. List the animals in the book. Tell students that the animals in this story might live in a tide pool. Read a nonfiction book about tide pools. Watch the Tide Pool Timelapse video and watch Tide Pool Animals. There are also many videos of tide pools on YouTube.com.
Exit Slip: Write one fact you learned and one question you have about a tide pool. Discuss the answers to questions students have at a later time.
Day 3: Coral Reefs
Read The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive by Joanna Cole. Watch Coral Reef video. Use various art materials to make an animal that lives in a coral reef or tide pool. Place on ocean mural and label "Tide Pool" section and "Coral Reef" section.
Day 4: Open Ocean
Discuss the open ocean without mentioning any animals. Ask partners to list as many ocean animals as they can that live in the open ocean. Make a class list of open ocean animals. Read / look at pictures in nonfiction books about ocean animals. Add animals to the class list that were not mentioned.
Day 5: Research
Divide students into mixed ability groups of 2-3 students. Assign each group an ocean animal. Include animals from each of the habitats studied. Groups will use books and websites such as Ocean Animals Printouts from EnchantedLearning.com and the attached Research Form to answer questions about their animal. If possible, ask parent voluteers or older students to help with this process.
Day 6: Revise and Publish
Teacher will model how to turn questions and answers into sentences to make a paragraph. After several examples, students will use their completed Research Form to write a paragraph about their ocean animal. If possible, ask parent volunteers or older students to help with this process including editing paragraphs. Groups will share their research with the class. Students will ask each group questions about their animal using complete sentences. Teacher will complete a Research Rubric for each group.
Day 7: Ode to an Ocean Animal
Teacher will discuss Cinquain Poems and read several examples. Give students the attached Poem Form. Students will choose an ocean animal and create a poem. Students will also use construction paper, scissors, and glue to make a simple collage of their chosen animal. Display poems and pictures on the ocean mural.
Day 8: Ocean Celebration!
Invite students to bring ocean themed snacks for a class celebration.
Crab Race - Students walk like crabs by crawling backwards while facing upwards.
Octopus Tag - Mark a goal line at each end of the playing area. Choose a child to be the octopus, the rest are fish. The object is for the octopus to catch the fish by tagging them with a sponge ball. If a child gets hit, they must freeze and become an octopus tentacle. The tentacle may help the octopus by using their hands outstretched to tag fish. Only the octopus may move however. To begin playing, all fish line up at one goal line. The octopus calls out, "Fish, fish, swim in my ocean." At this command the fish must try to cross the ocean without getting caught. The last one to be tagged is the next octopus.