Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Cut out and laminate Vocabulary Cards for display in the classroom; (2) Photocopy Ocean Zone Image onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (3) Photocopy Ocean Zones onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (4) Photocopy Ocean Zones (1 per student).

 

Group Size: Whole Class

 

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Identify the four zones of the ocean.

·          Name characteristics of each ocean zone.

 

Materials: Vocabulary Cards (see attachment), Ocean Zones (see attachment)

 

Procedure:

1.       Tell students: Now that we have learned all about the water and the water in the oceans, let’s talk about ocean zones. Display vocabulary card “ocean zones”. Tell students: Ocean Zones are the layers of the ocean.

2.       Display Ocean Zone Image on the overhead projector. Ask students: What do you notice about the different ocean zones? Give students time to share observations. Tell students: Today we are going to learn about ocean zones.

3.       Ask students: What is the first zone in the ocean? Call a student to read Sunlight Zone. Tell students: Ninety percent of all plants and animals that live in the ocean live in the Sunlight Zone. Why do you think that is? Guide students to answer it has the most sunlight.  Continue to tell students: It is the only zone fully lit by the sun.

4.       Distribute a copy of Ocean Zone to each student and display a copy on the overhead projector. Use the Teacher’s Answer Key to help guide students to fill it out.

5.       Display Ocean Zone Image again. Ask students: What is the next zone? Call a student to read Twilight Zone. Tell students: The Twilight Zone gets very little sunlight. No plants grow here. Some of the sea creatures that live in the Twilight Zone have special organs that grow in the dark.

6.       Display Ocean Zone again. Use the Teacher’s Answer Key to help guide students to fill it out.

7.       Display Ocean Zone Image. Ask students: What is the next zone? Call a student to read Dark Zone. Tell students: The Dark Zone gets no sunlight at all. It is pitch-black. No plants grow here, and there are very few animals. The animals that do live here have to be good hunters because food is so scarce.

8.       Display Ocean Zone. Use the Teacher’s Answer Key to help guide students to fill it out.

9.       Display Ocean Zone Image. Ask students: What is the next zone? Call a student to read Abyss. Tell students: The Abyss is also pitch-black. Because it is at the very bottom of the ocean it is freezing cold. There are no plants in the Abyss and there are very few animals.

10.    Display Ocean Zone. Use the Teacher’s Answer Key to help guide students to fill it out.

11.    Tell students: Now that you have learned all about the four ocean zones, tomorrow you are going to learn more about the animals that live in them.

 

Modifications: For students with special needs, provided one-on-one assistance as necessary.

 

Assessment: Direct students to turn to a classmate and share one thing they learned today.

 

Benchmark or Standards:

National Science Education Standards

NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry – As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop:

·          Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.

·          Understanding about scientific inquiry.

NS.K-4.3 Life Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

·          Organisms and environments.

NS.K-4.4 Earth Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

·          Properties of Earth materials.

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