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Ocean Life

Karen Toussaint
Gadsden County Schools

Description

Does the realm of the ocean fascinate you? If so, come and join us as we explore the types of plants and animals that can be found in the ocean.

Objectives

The student knows that life occurs on or near the surface of the Earth in land, water, and air.

Materials

-Chart paper and markers or chalkboard and chalk
-Book entitled: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. Publisher: Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590414313; Reprint edition (July 1994)
-Book entitled: LIFE IN THE OCEANS by Lucy Baker Publisher: Two-Can Publishers, LLC; ISBN: 1587285703; (April 2001)
-Drawing paper
-Pencils
-Crayons
-Scissors
-Glue
-Library books on ocean life
-Old magazines/pictures that depict life found in the ocean
-Pictures can be downloaded from the Internet if you chose

Preparations

1. Obtain and preview a copy of the book entitled LIFE IN THE OCEANS by Lucy Baker Publisher: Two-Can Publishers, LLC; ISBN: 1587285703; (April 2001)
2. Get chart paper and markers.
3. Obtain a copy of the book: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen Publisher: Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590414313; Reprint edition (July 1994)
4. Gather a collection of ocean related books from you school or local library.
5. Gather old magazines and/or pictures that can be cut up.
6. Obtain ocean life stickers (optional).
7. Obtain the necessary materials: drawing paper, pencils, crayons, glue.
8. Pictures may be downloaded from the Internet to use if magazines are not available.

Procedures

NOTE: In this lesson, focus will be placed on only part of the standard: the student knows that life occurs on or near the surface of the Earth in water (ocean).


DAY 1

1. Read the book, LIFE IN THE OCEANS by Lucy Baker, to students.

2. Ask students to tell you names of animals that live in the ocean.

3. Write the names on chalkboard or chart paper. This list will provide a reference.

4. Give examples and non-examples of animals and let students tell whether they live in the ocean or not.

5. Discuss with students the different types of plant life found in the ocean.

6. Provide students with books and/or magazines to browse to identify and gain a knowledge base of plant and animal life found in the ocean.

7. Have students cut out pictures of ocean animals and plant life to be used in the next session.


DAY 2

1. Read book entitled: THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

2. Discuss names of ocean animals and plants that students saw in the book.

3. Review list of names of animals that was generated the day before.

4. Explain to students that they are going to make an ocean scene.

5. Provide students with old magazines and/ or pictures that they can cut out of.

6. Provide students with drawing paper, glue, pencil, crayons, and cut out pictures of ocean animal and plant life (stickers may be used if available instead of the pictures that have been cut out of old magazines).

7. Explain to students that they are to produce an ocean scene using the materials provided.

8. Let students know that they can draw entire ocean scene free style, if they feel comfortable, or they can combine their drawing with stickers and/or pictures.

9. Inform students that their finished product must consist of at least two different types of ocean plant life and at least three different types of ocean animal life.

Assessments

NOTE: In this lesson, focus will be placed on only part of the standard: the student knows that life occurs on or near the surface of the Earth in water (ocean).

Students will gain knowledge of ocean plant and animal life through various mediums. (Formative assessment is used throughout this process by teacher observation and questioning as students view videos and browse books and magazines.)

For a final product, students will produce a picture depicting plant and animal life found in the ocean. The criteria used to evaluate quality of student product will be that the students will accurately depict at least two different types of plants and at least three different types of animals found in the ocean.

Extensions

ESE Modifications:
- For students that have fine motor difficulty, you may allow them to work cooperatively with another student.
- For students with visual difficulties, make sure that you provide larger materials as needed (extra large stickers).

Extensions
- Student can compare and contrast life in freshwater and salt water.

Web Links

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Under The Sea

Web supplement for Ocean Life
The Sea

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Enchanted Learning

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Bush Gardens

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Living Ocean

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Ocean Explorer Gallery

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Ocean Potions

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Reef Photo Library

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Coral Reefs

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Coral Reef

Web supplement for Ocean Life
Sydney Aquarium

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