Graphing our favorite whales.
Writing about coral reefs on the back of paper plates.
The fronts contain colored pictures of different coral and fish.
Close up of the coral reef writing.
Graphing our favorite coral reef animals.
Writing about sea turtles
Our sea turtle writing was stapled to the back of paper plate turtles with a shell pattern. Even got the kids to understand that turtles travel through the ocean by currents (thank you Finding Nemo), so we hung them from the ceiling in a mesh net to symbolize the EAC, East Australian Current.
Writing about Killer Whales.
Display of student made books.
Jellyfish with facts inside them.
Our giant killer whale with facts written on the back.
One activity I really wanted to do with my kids is teaching them about personification. I found a great ocean-themed book at the library to help with this lesson. It's called "The House Takes a Vacation". Summary: A family packs up their car and leaves for a vacation, so their house decides to go on vacation too, to the beach. I read the book to my students and we discussed what they noticed the house doing that seemed real or something that humans did. Then we made a circle map all about where we would have our house go on vacation. The students picked their topic and wrote about it, then drew their house in that location. Finally I gave each student a speech bubble for them to allow their house to say something about their vacation.
One really great project we did was to write about what we would do if we got to have a vacation by the sea. We voted and I took photos of the kids in 3 different scenarios that they would then paste into their books. Below is how the book turned out.
I am posting links for some products that took me some time to develop, but were whole heartedly inspired by this unit. Next time I have the resources and a stocked library, I will be kicking my Ocean Unit up a notch!
Click Here for the Ocean 10 Frame Games
Click Here for the Ocean Pick and Mix Sentences
Click Here for the Ocean Syllables Counting Activity
Click Here for the Ocean Sorting and Classifying Activity