Ocean Unit Study

Ocean Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about oceans. We studied the Earth’s oceans, ocean life, and the beach. This unit study is geared for early elementary students with 9 days worth of lessons.  I did this unit study with my 1st grader and I would recommend it for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  J had so much fun with this study, I think we will have to do a few more in depth studies about a some of the animals that we studied.  He is such an animal lover.

Ocean Unit Study

Day 1: Earth’s Oceans

Day 2: Fish

Day 3: Cartilaginous Fish (Sharks, Rays & Eels)

Day 4: Aquatic Mammals (Whales & Dolphins)

Day 5: Jellyfish

Day 6: Cephalopods (Octopus & Squid)

Day 7: Marine Reptiles (Sea Turtles)

Day 8: Crustaceans (Crabs)

Day 9: The Beach

Book List

Books used in lessons:

  • Oceans by Johnna Rizzo
  • Animals Called Fish by Kristina Lundblad and Bobbie Kalman
  • Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
  • One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
  • Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea by Marcus Pfister
  • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
  • Clams All Year by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Other age appropriate books:

  • The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • Octopuses and Squid by Tori Miller
  • Magic Tree House #9 Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole
  • Sea Turtles by Laura Marsh
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donalson
  • Ocean Soup by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • Coral Reefs by Sylvia A. Earle
  • Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway
  • Diego Giant Octopus to the Rescue by Alison Inches
  • Magic Tree House #39 Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Sharks by Catriona Clarke
  • The Magic School Bus gets Crabby by Joanna Cole
  • Sharks by Ian Boyd
  • An Ocean of Animals by Janine Scott
  • Killer Whale by Seymour Simon
  • Dolphin Talk by Wendy Pfeffer
  • Diego and the Baby Sea Turtles by Lisa Rao
  • Beach Day by Karen Rooosa
  • Mice at the Beach by Haruo Yamashita
  • The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni

1st Grade Reader:
J read a story a day from this reader Down by the Sea by A Beka Book.IMG_2839

Activity Books:

I got The Little Seashore Activity Book by Anna Pomaska for J to do on the airplane on the way to the ocean.IMG_0938J likes to draw so he drew a creature from It’s Fun to Draw Sea Creatures by Mark Bergin each day.IMG_3070

J had fun doing the activities in Amazing Creatures of the Sea by Faber Castell.  IMG_3117 IMG_3565

Ocean Movie List

  • Wild Kratts season 1 episode 102 Whale of a Squid
  • Wild Kratts season 1 episode 115 Octopus Wildkratticus
  • Wild Kratts season 1 episode 137 Stuck on Sharks
  • Magic School Bus Takes a Dive
  • Reading Rainbow Ocean Life

Bloco Toys -Marines Creatures

J loves to build things, so we barrowed these Marines Creatures Bloco Toys from his cousin.IMG_3087 IMG_3122

Ocean Crafts

I used a blue paper and clothes pins to make an ocean scene with our crafts from this unit study.  The boys really like to have their activities displayed.IMG_3709

Ocean LapbookIMG_1566_edited-1 IMG_1567