Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy and cut apart Ocean Animals 2; (2) Draw or trace a large world map onto butcher paper; (3) Obtain a copy of Ocean Animals by Kathie Billingslea Smith.

 

Group Size: Whole Class

 

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Identify the names and locations of the world’s five oceans.

·          Identify the animals that live in each ocean.

·          Explain why different animals live in different oceans.

 

Materials: Ocean Animals 2 (see attachment), Ocean Animals by Kathie Billingslea Smith, large world map, butcher paper, scissors, crayons, glue.

 

Procedure:

1.       Read Ocean Animals by Kathie Billingslea Smith out loud to the class. Pause while reading, to discuss important points and ask students’ questions.

2.       Tell students: You just learned a lot about the different oceans. How are they all similar? How are they all different?

3.       Display large world map traced onto butcher paper. As a class, identify and label each ocean.

4.       Distribute one ocean animal from Ocean Animals 2 to each student. Direct students to color in their animal.

5.       Call students one at a time to the front of the room to place their animal on the map in the ocean where it lives.

6.       Leave the map displayed in the room for the remainder of the Oceans Alive! unit.

 

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

·          The characteristics of organisms.

·          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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