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Ocean Alive!

Come and "Sea" What's Inside!

The ocean is just teeming with creatures, big and small.  Let's learn about some of them and their environment and share this knowledge with our students! 

It's going to be FUN, so just dive right in!!!




Coordinating Unit: The Rainbow Fish


This is our bulletin board in progress.  I created the ocean bottom and kelp using bulletin board paper.  Both are 3D.  The bottom is stuffed with paper to make it textured, and the kelp is twisted and stapled.  The CD fish were created from a pattern that I made, the orca whale idea was shared with me via the 'net, the Rainbow Fish, the sponge is crumpled bulletin board paper, and the rest of the creatures were from patterns in Ocean Animals (see Resources below).  I used Smarties to create the octopus "suckers", Fruit Loops for the starfish,  and ribbon for the jellyfish.  I created the bubbles and letters on the computer.  I created the models and removed them and added the students' work as it was created.


Decorative Idea: Create the bottom and sides of a john boat (flat bottomed boat) using cardboard.  Hang it from the ceiling with a the end of a fishing pole extending over the side with a line and a fish on the hook hanging down.  It will look like you're looking at the bottom of the boat!  Further the illusion by having the students create stuffed fish and other creatures to hang from the ceiling.  You can hang twisted green crepe paper streamers to look like seaweed.


A great way to start this unit would be to do a KWL chart: What We Know, What We Want to Know, and What We Learned.  A neat way to do this would be to use a large piece of bulletin board or butcher paper and create an ocean type scene at the top.  Then draw a dividing line and add your KWL headers and 3 columns.  Laminate.  Then complete with the class using a Vis-a-Via pen.  Then when you're finished with the unit, simply use a wipe to clean the chart and it's ready for the next time you do the unit.


The next important piece of this unit would be to introduce some vocabulary words for the unit so that the children can use them in their writing.  I do this using graphics, sentence strips, and a pocketchart.  I often print colored graphics less than 4 inches tall onto cardstock and glue them onto a sentence strip.  Beside the graphic I print the word for the picture using a Sharpie marker.  Then I place this in a pocketchart in a prominent place in the classroom so that my students can use these words in their writing.  It definitely helps them to get their thoughts down on paper more successfully.  I call this my Thematic Word Wall and this becomes part of my Read the Room Station as well.  With a little extra effort, you can extend the activity for the Pocketcharts Station, too.


Welcome to School Bulletin Board:  This is my neighbor's bulletin board.  She always has something creative for the hallway.


click to enlarge


Dear Mr. Blueberry:  This book is a selection in the Hartcourt Trophies 2nd grade reader.  Below are printables to go along with the story.  I made these to use with my 2nd grade inclusion students who are reading on first grade level.


Vocabulary Matching Cards

pg 1

pg 2

pg 3

pg 4

pg 5

pg 6


/oo/ matching cards

pg 1

pg 2

pg 3


adapted workbook pages

pg 18

pg 20

pg 21

pg 23


 Use this whale page to list the facts about whales found in the story.


Sara Tomon from Wahneta Elem. created these Vocabulary Cards to share.


Vocabulary Cards


Visit Work Stations for a more in-depth explanation of how the Work Stations work.




Big Books Station

Bryn's Swim: Use this emergent reader to create a Big Book.


Drama Station

A Day At the Beach! - Provide a large beach towel, beach bag, a couple of books, sand pail and shovel, toy boats, seashells, sunglasses, flip flops, sun hat or visor, goggles, flippers, beach umbrella, beach chair, blow up raft or tube, and empty tanning lotion bottle.


ABC Station

Whale Match - matching capital to lowercase letters.  One set on gray whales and one set on blue whales.


Word Study Station

Use ocean vocabulary and have students build the words using magnetic letters, letter stamps, plastic letter tiles, etc.


Video Station

The Rainbow Fish

ocean videos checked out from library

The Magic School Bus


Pocketchart Station

(these activities are also part of Read the Room and Write the Room Stations)



Over the Deep Blue Sea

(tune: Merrily We Roll Along)


Merrily we sail along,

Sail Along, sail along

Merrily we sail along,

Over the deep blue sea.


Ocean liners go on a cruise,

On a cruise, on a cruise.

Ocean liners go on a cruise,

Over the deep blue sea.


continue verses with:

Pelicans will dive for fish

Fishing boats go out at dawn

Dolphins leap into the waves

~ Author Unknown ~


My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

(tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)


My bonnie lies over the ocean.

My bonnie lies over the sea.

My bonnie lies over the ocean,

Oh bring back my bonnie to me.


Bring back, bring back,

Oh bring back my bonnie to me, to me.

Bring back, bring back,

Oh bring back my bonnie to me.

~ Author Unknown ~

*I did this one from memory so I hope it's right.  It was the hands down favorite for my class!*



(tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)


Oh I can name all of the oceans,

Oh I can name all of the seas.

Oh I can name all of the oceans.

Just come and sing with me.

Atlantic, Pacific, Indian,

Artic and Antarctic.

~ Author Unknown ~


Fish Are Swimming

(tune: Frere Jacques)


Fish are swimming, fish are swimming,

In the sea, in the sea.

A-splishing and a-splashing,

A-splishing and a-splashing,

Look and see, look and sea.

~ Author Unknown ~


Take Me Out to the Ocean

(tune: Take Me Out to the Ballgame)


Take me out to the ocean,

Take me out to the sea.

There goes a starfish and sand dollar,

I'm having such fun, I've just got to holler.

Oh, it's swim, swim, swim underwater,

Catch a ride on a whale, don't fear,

For the sea animals are our friends,

Let's give a great big cheer!

~ Author Unknown ~


I'm A Fish

(tune: I'm A Little Teapot)


I'm a little fishy, I can swim.

Here is my tail, here is my fin.

When I want to have fun with my friend,

I wiggle my tail and dive right in!

~ Author Unknown ~


Five Little Fishes

Five little fishes   (show 5 fingers)

Swimming in the sea    (wave hand sideways)

Teasing Mr. Shark,

"You can't catch me!" (shake pointing finger)

Along comes Mr. Shark,

Quiet as can be   (hands like open mouth)

Snap!!!   (slap hands closed)

Four little fishes   (show 4 fingers)

Swimming in the sea!


-continue with fingerplay counting backwards -


Note: this would be a great activity to use for Math for number identification and number awareness.  You could also do it using an Ocean Math Mat and multi-colored goldfish.  When Mr. Shark eats a fish, the children could pretend they're Mr. Shark. :)


Ten Little Fish

(tune: Ten Little Indians)


One little, two little, three little fish,

Four little, five little, six little fish,

Seven little, eight little, nine little fish,

Ten fish swimming in a school.

~ Author Unknown ~


Note: Children can glue fish cut-outs to blue paper and number them 1 - 10.  Then as they sing, they can point to the correct number.  Or for one-to-one correspondence, they could have 10 multi-colored goldfish crackers on a blue paperplate and point to them as they sing.


A Sailor Went to Sea

(tune: A Sailor Went to Sea)


A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,

To see what he could see, see, see.

But all that he could see, see, see,

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea!

~ Author Unknown ~


Song without a tune :)

One day when I was sailing on the deep, blue sea,

I tried to catch a whale, instead a whale caught me!

So I started to holler and I started to shout,

"Listen Mr. Whale, I WANT OUT!"


"Excuse me," said the whale, "You may have your wish.

I didn't mean to catch you, I was looking for fish."


So next time I go a sailin' on the deep blue sea,

I will not catch a whale and I hope one won't catch me!

~ Author Unknown ~


*Need a song to help with Letter E identification?  This this is the song for you!*

Dolphin Song

(tune: Doo Wa Diddy Diddy)


There I was just a swimming in the sea,

Singing e e e e e e e e e e!

All of a sudden there's a dolphin next to me,

Singing e e e e e e e e.



She swam fast, she swam fast.

She swam deep, she swam deep.

She swam fast, she dove deep.

Hey this dolphin's really neat!

Singing e e e e e e e e e!   e e e e e e e!

~ Author Unknown ~


Dolphin Intelligence!


I'm A Big Whale

(tune: Clementine)


I am swimming.  I am swimming.

I am swimming in the sea.

I'm a big whale and I'm swimming,

I am swimming in the sea.


I am singing.  I am singing.

I am singing in the sea.

I'm a big whale and I'm singing,

I am singing in the sea.


I am spouting.  I am spouting.

I am spouting in the sea.

I'm a big whale and I'm spouting,

I am spouting in the sea.

~ Author Unknown ~


Did You Ever See A Fishy?

(tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie?)


Did you ever see a fishy,

A fishy, a fishy?

Did you ever see a fishy,

Swim this way and that?


Swim this way and that way,

And that way and this way?

Did you ever see a fishy,

Swim this way and that?


continue using: swish, slide, splash

~ Author Unknown ~


Five Little Shells

Five little shells laying on the shore,

Crash went the waves and then there was four.

Four little shells down by the sea,

Crash went the waves, then there was three.

Three little shells, smooth as new,

Crash went the waves, then there were two.

Two little shells, sparkling in the sun,

Crash went the waves, then there was one.

One little shell, left by itself,

I took it home and put it on my shelf.

~ Author Unknown ~



Creation Station

Seahorse Collage: This activity goes great with Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.  There's a gorgeous picture to use as an example on the front of the book.   Provide students with a seahorse outline on a sheet of light blue construction paper and pre-cut small squares of multi-colored tissue paper.  Students spread glue over the seahorse, then add the tissue paper squares in an overlapping pattern. 


Seahorses: These seahorses were created using tempra paint and sponges.  They were modeled after Mister Seahorse.  The children added the spikes and fin to the patterns.  Once the paint was dry, we added spots with Q-tips.  The seahorses were added to the bulletin board and "stuffed."


model seahorse

student seahorse


View of the Ocean Bottom:  Provide students with a sturdy white paper plate.  Have them spread glue across the bottom quarter of the plate and sprinkle with sand.  Add tiny seashells.  Then they can create their own ocean scene using green twisted strips of paper to create seaweed and small pieces of colored construction paper for fish and other creatures.  If needed, students can be provided pre-drawn creatures to color and cut out and glue to the plate.  (Make sure you have at least one or more models for them to look at when doing this project.)  When they're finished, stretch blue plastic wrap tightly across the top of the plate and secure with tape to give the scene and underwater look.


Paperplate Fish: Cut a triangle from one side of a paperplate to create the fish's mouth.  Staple the triangle to the opposite side of the plate (with the point pointing towards the back of the plate) to form the tail.  Sponge paint the fish and add a wiggly eye and details with a Sharpie marker.


Waxpaper Fish: Grate crayons onto wax paper.  Top with another sheet of wax paper.  Iron wax pages using low temperature iron to melt crayons.  When cool, cut into fish shape and add wiggly eye or eye using black Sharpie.  Hang in window if sun is not so hot that it will re-melt crayons.  Can also be displayed on blue paper-backed bulletin board.


Handprint Crabs: No thumbs!  Paint hands with red paint (not thumbs) and then press onto light blue paper simultaneously, with wrists together.  Add wiggly eyes.


Wall Mural: This unit is perfect for this activity.  You can cover a wall with blue paper with waves at the top and then let them create away!  What a perfect backdrop for exhibiting their creations.  If you'd like, you can paint the lower portion of the paper to resemble sand before they add their creations.  Seaweed can be created by twisting long strips of green bulletin board paper. 


Seashell Fossils: Spray seashells with Pam, then press into modeling clay.  Let dry.  Students can then match the shells to correct fossil in the Discovery Station.


Painting: Paint with sea sponges and different colors of paint.


Sea Urchin: Give each student a lump of clay and have them mold it into a ball that's flat on one side (for sitting) and then paint it dark blue or purple.  They will also paint 30 - 40 round toothpicks to match the body.  After they are dry, they break the toothpicks in half and stick the broken end into the body, covering the body except for the bottom side.


Handprint Octopus: Paint both hands of student (minus thumbs) black or gray and press one hand onto light blue paper.  Position the second hand over the first print with the palms totally overlapping but not the fingers.  This should give you one body and eight legs.  Add two wiggly eyes and a yarn mouth.


Starfish: Create a starfish using salt dough and allow to dry.  Paint the starfish an orange/brownish color.  Mix cornmeal with the same color dry tempra paint.  After the paint on the starfish has dried, spread the starfish with glue and sprinkle on cornmeal.  The cornmeal provides the rough texture for the starfish once it is dry.


Seashell Frames: Hotglue 4 craft sticks together to create a frame.  Hotglue a length of jute to the back to form a loop for hanging.  Students will glue small seashells to the front of the craft sticks, covering the sticks.  Add student's photo to the back of the frame.


Water Color Scene: Have students create an ocean scene on a sheet of construction paper or white paper plate using florescent colors.  Have them color the pictures heavily leaving a good coat of wax.  Afterwards, mix a thin wash of light blue tempra paint and paint lightly over the pictures.  This should give the pictures an underwater effect.


Orca Whale: The instructions for the whale are sort of complicated to explain.  I think we painted the back of two small paper plates black and stapled them together.  Then we cut another white paper plate to create the white belly.  We added the curved piece of red construction paper underneath the white for the mouth.  The side fins are one long, skinny, black, construction paper oval glued across the back.  We stapled the top fin to the paper plate and added wiggly eyes.


Egg Carton Lobster


Writing Station

Ocean Stationary


Listening Station

Wonders of the Sea

What's Under the Ocean


Reading Station


Mister Seahorse - Eric Carle

A House For a Hermit Crab - Eric Carle

My Visit to the Aquarium - Aliki

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor - Joanna Cole

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss

Fish Eyes - Lois Ehlert

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister

The Tickle-Octopus - Audrey Wood

Fish is Fish - Leo Lionni

Swimmy - Leo Lionni

My Very Own Octopus - Bernard Most

Is This A House For Hermit Crab? - Megan MacDonald

A B Sea - Bobbie Kalman

101 Questions About the Seashore - Sy Barlowe

Exploring an Ocean Tide Pool - Jeanne Bendick

Hello Fish - Sylvia Earle

Baby Whales Drink Milk - Barbara J. Esbensen

What Lives In A Shell? - Kathleen W. Zoehfeld

What's It Like To Be A Fish? - Wendy Pfeffer

A Swim Through the Sea - Kristin J. Pratt

How To Hide An Octopus and Other Sea Creatures - Ruth Heller

Starfish - Edith Thacker

Magic of Seashells - Fredlee, Fredlee, & Romashko

Sea Squares - Joy Hulme

The Ocean Alphabet - Jerry Pallotta

The Ultimate Ocean Book - Maria Mudd-Ruth

The Underwater Alphabet Book - Jerry Pallotta

Alphabet Sea - Carolyn Spencer

The Seashore - Gallimard Jeunesse

Whales - Gallimard Jeunesse

At The Ocean - Gallimard Jeunesse

A B Sea - Bobbie Kalman

Ocean Mammals - Elaine Landau

Octopus' Den - Deidre Langeland

An Octopus Is Amazing - Patricia Lauber

The Shell Book - Barbara H. Lember

The Magic Fish - Freya Littledale

Sea Shapes - Suse MacDonald

Seashells by the Seashore - Marianne Berkes
What Comes in a Shell? - Susan Canizares

Big Al  -  Andrew Clements

The Seashore book  - Charlotte Zolotow

A Beach Day - Douglas Florian

At the Beach - Eugene Booth

If All the Seas Were One Sea - Janina Doamnska

Under the Sea - Eugene Booth

Who Lives In the Sea? - Alice Low

Dolphins - Margaret Davidson

Manatee Winter - Kathleen W. Zoehfeld

Orca Song - Michael C. Armour

Dolphins First Day - Kathleen W. Zoehfeld

Dear Mr. Blueberry - Simon James

Ten Little Fish - Audrey Wood



Discovery Station

Wave Bottle - Hmmm .. I just realized that my wave bottle has come up missing! :(  Oh well, time to create a new one any way.  You'll need a clear, plastic water or soft drink bottle.  Fill 1/4 or so with sand.  Add small seashells and/or plastic sea creatures.  Fill 1/2 way up with water and add a couple of drops of blue food coloring; mix.  Fill up 3/4 full with mineral or baby oil (do not use vegetable oil due to the yellow coloring).  The empty 1/4 of the bottle allows the contents to move.  Seal the bottle tightly with the cap, then wrap top of the bottle and cap with electrical tape.  Rock the bottle back and forth gently to see the wave action.


Seashell Collection - put the seashells on display or put them all into a plastic box with sand.  The children can dig around in the sand to see what they find.  Kind of like a mini trip to the beach! :)




Sand Dollar


Hermit Crab


Fish Aquarium


Seashell Fossils (from Creation Station)


Factual books on the ocean


Salt Water Experiment: Did you know that it is easier to float in the ocean than in the swimming pool?  Do you know why?  Salt.  The ocean is full of salt.  Salt water can hold up more than plain water.  That is why you can float in the ocean more easily.  Try this experiment to see for yourself.  You'll need:

*2 clear, wide mouth, plastic jugs or jars

*9 cups warm water

*1 cup salt

*raw potato

*measuring cup



Pour 4 and 1/2 cups warm water (half of the water) in one jar and add salt.  Stir with spoon until salt has dissolved.  Pour the other 4 and 1/2 cups of warm water (last half of the water) in the other jar.  First put the potato into the jar without the salt and watch it sink.  Then put the potato into the jar with the salt and watch it float.


Sink or Float? - Provide a tub with water, a supply of items to experiment with, and a response sheet for your students to record their findings.  As they try each item to see if it will sink or float, they will indicate their findings on the response sheet.  The response sheet could contain a picture of each item and the students will circle the items that float  or they can write an "S" by the picture of the items that sink and an "F" by the items that float.  An alternate activity would be to have them sort the items into two categories "Sink" or "Float."  You could do this using hula hoops or label two sandpails with pictures or words.  Items that float are: corks, sponges, foam meat trays or letters, Ivory soap.  A pencil with an eraser will do both.  The end with the eraser will float and the opposite end of the pencil will sink.


Sand Table - Use the sand table and wet the sand until damp.  Allow the students to hide shells in the sand and use a sand pail and shovel to create a sand castle.



Computer Station

Undersea Adventures


Puzzles/Games Station

Ocean Creatures Memory Game - Create a memory game using ocean creature graphics and cardstock.  Create two of each picture and laminate.  Students put all cards facing downward and try to find a matching pair.


Ocean Bingo - Create ocean bingo cards using ocean graphics.  Make each card slightly different.  Print onto cardstock and laminate.  As the caller calls out different picture words, students can use small seashells for markers.


Coral Reef Puzzle - This puzzle was purchased from Lakeshore.


Book Box Station

Bryn's Swim

Whale Watcher's Guide - from The Mailbox.  My students really enjoyed this book.  It ended up that we did a lot and learned a lot about whales in particular.



Fine Motor Station

Shell lacing card

Fish lacing card

Fish Tracing template


Math Station

Estimation Jar: Fill small jar with seashells and have students estimate how many shells are in the jar and write their estimations along with their name on a slip of paper and drop into a sand pail.  Later, record the estimations on a chart or graph and then count the seashells in the jar with the class.  Discuss who's estimation was "just right", "too much", or "not enough."   Provide a pretty seashell or Gummy Shark for anyone who's estimation was "just right."


The second week you can fill the jar with multi-colored Goldfish crackers.


Counting: Use ocean stamps or paint stampers to create sets to match numbers.


Size Sequencing: Use ocean graphics and create 3 cards for each graphic .. one large, one small, and one smaller.  Print onto cardstock and laminate.  Students sequence each set of graphics according to size.


Non-standard Measurement: Choose 3 ocean creatures and show the length of each using yarn or rope (such as whale, shark, and starfish).   Have students order the lengths from shortest to longest or longest to shortest.


Non-standard Measurement: Dye shell pasta, then have students use them to measure objects such as the width of a starfish or a sand dollar.


Estimation: Divide class into teams and provide each team with a specified size of aluminum foil.  Have them work together to create a boat.  Then bring them back together and have them estimate how many people or bear counters each boat will hold before sinking.  The boat that holds the most wins!

Bulletin Board captions:
"Come and Sea what's inside"
"We are having a whale of a time"

"Sea" Our Work

"Star"fish - students' pictures on starfish

A School of Smart Fish

Hooked on the Ocean

Hooked On Good Behavior

Seal of Approval!

Learning is Oceans of Fun!

Make A Splash In Kindergarten

Dive Into Kindergarten

for ocean bulletin use blue saran wrap for ocean and
make sea weed on the bottom with ocean life inside



Gone Fishing! - spread multi-colored Goldfish on a light blue paperplate.  Provide a small cup of peanut butter and one or more pretzel sticks.  Students dip pretzel into peanut butter then "catch" a fish to eat.


Octopus - this sounds kind of gross, but the kids think it is soooo cool!  You'll need one weiner per child.  Start about one half inch from the end and slice the weiner into eight strips (8 legs).  Drop into boiling water.  When legs begin to curl, remove the "octopus" from the water and eat.


The Ocean Blue - Purchase Gummy Sharks or other types of gummy ocean creatures and place on the bottom of a clear casserole dish.  Prepare blue jello as instructed on the box and pour over the sharks in the dish.  You'll need more than one box I'm sure and make sure that you cool the jello before pouring so that you don't melt the sharks.  Refrigerate and eat.  Note: this can also be done individually for each student using a clear plastic cup.


Sand Pudding - This is so real looking, they'll actually think they are eating pudding with sand on top!!! :)  You can do this ahead of time (if you want to trick them) or do it with your class.  Fix instant vanilla pudding and put into individual paper or plastic cups.  Grind vanilla wafers into a very fine crumbs (practically dust) using a food processor.  Pour onto the top of the vanilla pudding and serve.  It's yummy!!


Fish Snack - Top a cracker or rice cake with blue tinted cream cheese.  Add multi-colored Goldfish crackers.



*these songs are really too long for using in the Pocketchart Station*


Ocean Song

(tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)


The earth is all covered with ocean,

The earth is all covered with sea.

The earth is all covered with ocean.

More water than land, don't you see!



Water, water, there's water all over the world, the world.

Water, water, there's water all over the world, the world.


So salty and cold is the ocean.

So salty and cold is the sea.

So salty and cold is the ocean.

Too cold and too salty for me!




Atlantic, Pacific, the Arctic,

And then there's the Indian, too!

These oceans all cover our planet.

I've named all of the, now can you?




~ Author Unknown ~


I've Got Whiskers
(tune: I've Got Rhythm)


I've got whishers,

Long front flippers.

I've got ear flaps,

Can you tell me who I am?

(sea lion)


Bounce like jelly,

On my belly.

You won't hear me.

Can you tell me who I am?




I've got whiskers,

Short front flippers.

Got no ear flaps.

Can you tell me who I am?



I've got whiskers,

Long white tusks.

Lots of blubber.

Can you tell me who I am?



On an ice floe,

I will below

Near the North Pole

Can you tell me who I am?



Walk on all fours,

On rocky shores.

Barking loudly.

Can you tell me who I am?

(sea lion)

~ Author Unknown ~


The Whales

(tune: I'm A Little Teapot)


I'm a humpback whale,

I'm very strong.

I leap about,

And sing a song.


I like to eat my fill,

In the Northern Sea.

But in the winter,

South I flee.


I am a beluga.

I'm all white.

From head to tail,

I'm quite a sight!


You can hear me singing,

Way up north.

Playing and swimming,

Back and forth.


I'm a mighty orca,

Black and white.

In the sea,

I'm a beautiful sight.


I'm not very big,

But I am sleek.

I hunt for my food,

Cause I have teeth.

~ Author Unknown ~


Stingrays At the Beach

(Tune: The Wheels On the Bus)


The stingrays at the beach flap their fins,

Flap their fins,

Flap their fins.

The stingrays at the beach,

Flap their fins, to swim around the sea.


The stingrays at the beach,

Hide in the sand,

Hide in the sand,

Hide in the sand.

The stingrays at the beach,

Hide in the sand,

So they can not be seen.


People at the beach should shuffle their feet,

Shuffle their feet,

Shuffle their feet.

The people at the beach should shuffle their feet,

So the rays can swim away.

~ Author Unknown ~



The Octopus Under the Sea

(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)


*Students get into a circle, except for one in the center who's the octopus.  When the time comes, the "octopus" will choose another student to play the next sea creature.  The students will hold hands and walk in a circle around the child in the middle as they sing.*


The octopus under the sea,

The octopus under the sea,

Splish, splish, splash, splash.

The octopus under the sea.


The octopus chooses a starfish,

The octopus chooses a starfish,

Splish, splish, splash, splash,

the optopus chooses a starfish.


The starfish chooses a  ...

seahorse, crab, lobster, fish, shark, jellyfish, whale, eel, etc.

~ Author Unknown ~


Ocean Motion

Jiggle like a jellyfish.

Creep like a sea snail.

Soar like a seagull.

Wiggle like an eel.

Float like a sea otter.

Bark like a seal.

Walk forward, backward, and sideways like a crab.

Swoop like a pelican.



Check to see if any parents scuba dive and have them bring in their equipment and talk to the class about their experiences.





Exploring the Ocean

Ocean Animals (Preschool/Kindergarten) ~ TEC 3186

Sea Life - Early Years Thematic Notes ~ FS 44019

Octopus Song - Charlotte Diamond's "Ten Carrot Diamond" CD

Baby Beluga ~ Raffi CD

Video - Free Willy (check rating)

Video - Flipper

Deep, Deep, Deeper - I Can Make It! I Can Read It!   Summer  TEC3508

Deep Blue Sea Mobile - Projects and Patterns - Mobiles  TF1352

Pearl and Oyster - March Idea Book TF0300

Awesome Arms (contractions) - Teacher's Helper   1st   June/July 2002

Sea Turtles - Teacher's Helper  1st  June/July 2004

Rhyming words - Teacher's Helper  K  Aug/Sept 2002

A House for Hermit Crab - Teacher's Helper  1st  Apr/May/June 1995

Teacher's Helper  1st  Apr/May/June 1995

The Best of Teacher's Helper  Seasonal & Holiday Activities  TEC1478

Ocean Animals - SCHOOLDAYS  Feb/March 1987

The Mailbox  Kindergarten  Aug/Sept 2001

Learning Centers Through the Years  TCM059

Whale Watch! - SCHOOLDAYS   Nov/Dec/Jan 1985 - 86

Dolphins - The Mailbox  Kindergarten  June/July 1997


Bryn's Swim


Ocean Zone printable


Create a Creature printable


Watching Whales printable


Who Lives In the Sea? (printable, incorporates Spanish)


You have to join this site, but it's free ... Ocean Gallery Ocean Clipart Ocean Fact Files Oceans Fun Sheets Oceans Mural Oceans Cut-outs Oceans Lesson Plans


The Year of the Ocean!


A to Z Teacher Stuff printable deskplates


Shamu Cam


Killer Whale Facts


A to Z Kids Stuff - Ocean


Secrets of the Seahorse


Kingdom of the Seahorse


Seahorse/Pipefish Photo Gallery


Starfish Craft


Learning About Starfish


Natural Perspective: Starfish


Types of Starfish


Starfish online puzzle


Corals and Coral Reefs


Coral Reef


Coral Reef Animal Printouts


Coral Reef Conservation Program


Orca Cam


Humpback Whales


Dive, Dolphins, Dive (printable reader)


Ocean Theme Dominoes (printables)


Shark coloring page


Fishy Lotto game (printable)


Under the Sea








updated 3.18.09

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