Oceans Day 1: Earth’s Oceans

Earth’s Oceans

Today we did some geography and learned about the 4 main oceans on earth.  We also visited the ocean while we were in CA this month.

Read: Pages 7-9 in Oceans by Johanna Rizzo.

Discuss:  Genesis 1:9-10, “And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land”, and the gathered waters He called “seas”. And God saw that it was good.” God created the land and water by speaking them into existence. Look at your globe and notice how much of the earth is covered with water. The water covers over half of the earth. There are 4 oceans in the world lets look at them.

  • Arctic Ocean – an ocean around the North Pole, bordering northern Europe, Asia and North America. It is the smallest ocean. (to the north of the US.)
  • Atlantic Ocean – an ocean bordering western Europe, western Africa, Antarctica, and eastern North and South America. (to the east of the US.)
  • Indian Ocean – an ocean bordering eastern Africa, southern Asia, western Australia, and Antarctica.
  • Pacific Ocean – an ocean bordering eastern Asia, northeastern Australia, Antarctica, and western North and South America. It is the biggest ocean. (to the west of the US.)

Pacific Ocean

J playing in the Pacific Ocean.IMG_3347

J jumping the waves with Grandpa.IMG_3353

Playing in the ocean some more.IMG_3362

See the dolphin fins in the top right corner of the ocean.IMG_3311

Map Skills

Locate and label the following areas on your map or globe:

  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • North America
  • South America
  • Antarctica
  • North
  • South
  • East
  • WestIMG_2910

Find an example of these geographical features and mark them on your map:

  • Island
  • Inlet
  • Bay
  • Peninsula
  • Man–made Canal

Identify Oceans

We used the Identify Oceans printout to learn more about Earth’s Oceans.

Addition of Double Digits

J practiced his Addition of Double Digits on this fun seahorse printout.

Sea Water Experiment


  • Crayon

  • Cup of water

  • Salt Pot

  • Stove (parental supervision)


  1. Place a crayon in two cups of water. Does it sink or float?
  2. Change the density of the water by adding salt. Stir in one tablespoon of salt at a time. Then see if you can float a crayon upon it. How much salt did it take?IMG_2911
  3. Now, boil your water with the lid on the pot. Did salt crystals form on the side of the pan? Did the water condense (make drops) on the lid?
  4. Did the water on the lid still have salt in it? Why or why not? How would you distill sea water (remove the salt) to make it drinkable?

Ocean Poem

Write a poem about the sea. Start by using vivid describing words:

1. Describe the sounds:


2. Describe the smells:


3. Use interesting words to describe the movement of the waves:


4. Can you think of words to explain a tide?


5. Describe the changes you see, the storms, the currents, and the colors:


6. Use vivid descriptions for the way that sea creatures move. (For example: some dart and dash, others scuttle, some slither and some creep):


7. Use your answers above to write a poem about the ocean:







Ocean Art


  • Ocean Animal Printouts
  • Blue Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White Paper
  • Sand
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Small Shells


1.  Paint the entire piece of white paper with blue paint. IMG_2915

2.  While the paper is still wet, add sand to the bottom part of the paper.IMG_2916

3.  Color and cut out ocean animals.

4.  Glue the ocean animals onto the ocean picture.Ocean Study (248)_edited-1

5.  Glue shells to the bottom of the paper.

Ocean Spelling

J practiced spelling ocean animals with pages 11 & 15 of part 2 of this Ocean Pack. In the Ocean

J made and Ocean Accordion Book with this free download.IMG_2921 IMG_2922

Colorful Ocean


  • Crayons
  • White Paper
  • Tooth Pick


1.  Fill the whole paper with different bright colors.

2.  Cover the colors with black crayon, press hard and cover the whole paper.

3.  Use the tooth pick to draw pictures of ocean animals in the black.

Listening Skills

We used page 3 of part 3 of this Ocean Pack to work on J’s listening skills.  I read the directions once and he followed the directions.

Ocean Wonders Puzzle

J put together his Ocean Wonders Floor Puzzle  on this day.IMG_3047

Drawing a Marlin

J drew a Marlin on page 16 from It’s Fun to Draw Sea Creatures by Mark Bergin. IMG_2998 IMG_2999

Ocean Patterns

J made patterns by coloring page 2 of part 3 of this Ocean Pack.  I told him to do patterns that had 3 or more colors.

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