Ocean Lesson Plans
The Ocean - Show students some of David Doubilet's photographs. Explain
that he is a famous photographer who specializes in taking pictures in
to Oceans - The student will begin to be familiar with the concept
of size of oceans in world comparison.
Make Waves- The most effective way to help children replace a misconception
is to give them an experience that directly challenges it. In this simple
set of activities children use wind to create waves and use marbles to
model energy moving through water.
Trip to the Ocean - The goal of this lesson is to have the students
learn about the ocean while completing many different activities that
will strengthen their understanding of the ocean.
Advocacy Project - Use persuasive writing skills and multimedia technology
to change a specific behavior or an action of the identified target audience,
such as littering, which could harm an endangered species.
Art- Children create an ocean picture with showing sea creatures in
Exploration Time Lines- Students use suggested online or library sources
to create time lines of various ocean explorations.
Life Mural- Students draw pictures of marine life. Students work together
to create a mural.
Mysteries, Legends, and Customs- Students use the Internet to research
mysteries, legends, and customs related to the ocean. Students choose
one topic and create a short story about it.
Puzzle Fun- Students complete word search, word scramble, and maze
puzzles with an ocean theme.
Sensory Center- To feel and experience the ocean in the sand/water
in and Around the Water- A collection of poems.
of the World- Students use the Internet or library sources to compare
and contrast information about the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic
Oceans. Students also locate the oceans on a world map.
True or False?- Students take a quiz to test their knowledge of the
oceans. (This activity might be used at the start or end of an oceans
Spill! - Students will experience the cleanup of a simulated oil spill.
Students will be able to retell important key concepts relating to the
the Wave!- Students learn about sonar and how sonar works.
the Oceans Poster- Students work in pairs to create posters showing
things people can do to protect and preserve the oceans.
Endangered Ocean Ecosystem - Write persuasively for on an advocacy
issue to preserve the ocean ecosystem.
- The Ocean
Floor- My students found this very interesting and loved to see what
that they had copied their ocean floor onto a graph, and of course, paper
mache is always messy fun!
Rainbow Fish- Builds on the book "The Rainbow Fish".
Rainbow Fish: Other Activities- Cut many different fish out of paper
plates, one for each child. The ridges on the plates make really great
Rainbow Fish- After reading the book and discussing it, we make rainbow
fish with watercolors.