Ocean Unit Study

Resource Type Title/Author Comments Check Out Again? Rating
Book/Library The Earth Is Mostly Ocean (Rookie Read-About Science); Fowler, Allan Nice introduction to oceans. Simple yet informative Y 5
Book/Library beneath the oceans (worldwise); Clarke, Penny     3
Book/Library Animals of the Oceans (Animals by Habitat); Savage, Stephen     3
Book/Library I Wonder Why The Sea is Salty (Reader's Digest Young Families); Ganeri, Anita Nice question and answer format, with very well worded answers. Lots of good info. Y 5
Book/Library Jellies, the Life of a Jellyfish; George, Twig C. Very, very nice. Good descriptions and pictures. This would even make a good bedtime story. Y 5
Book/Library Jellyfish (Naturebooks); Sharth, Sharon More in-depth than the above. They make good companions. Y 5
Book/Library Time of Wonder; McCloskey, Robert Fictional work about two children who spend their summer on an island off Maine; lots of marine imagery including a hurricane Y 5
Book/Collection The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia Entries for: Coral reef, Crab, Deep-sea fish, Dolphin, Eel, Fish, Flatfish, Jellyfish, Killer whale, Lobster and Crayfish, Octopus and Squid, Seahorse,  Shark, Shellfish, Shrimp and Prawn, Starfish, Swordfish and Whale.  Y 5
Book/Collection 95 Animals of the Bible; Johnson, Nancy Pelander Read what the Bible has to say about fish, leviathan, and whale Y 4
Book/Purchase Usborne Mysteries & Marvels of Ocean Life; Morris, Rick I'm usually a fan of Usborne books, but this one is an exception. It's just too busy for my tastes.

Note: This book was purchased at our zoo; it was the only one available on the oceans. After visiting a special exhibit, I like to find a book souvenir to remind and reinforce the trip.

Craft Make a Jelly! (aka Jellyfish) This one was actually my three year-old's idea. It's simple, but it proved lots of fun Y 5
Craft Make a(nother) Jelly! (aka Jellyfish) Turn a plastic bag and some wax paper into a sea creature. Y 5
Craft Make a Sea Star (aka Starfish) Just like the live ones, this sea star can "grow" another arm when it loses one Y 5
Craft Make a Scaly Fish. Using Poster board, clear contact paper and sequins, make a colorful fish  Y 4
Field Trip Pet Shop / Aquatics Shop A good pet shop makes a great field trip for young children. Y 5
Field Trip Zoo and/or Aquarium I find it helpful to actually make at least two trips to the zoo/aquarium: one before and one near the end. The first peaks the boys interest and on the second they get to witness first-hand what they've been learning about. Y 5


Ratings: 5=Excellent, 4=Good, 3=Average, 2=Fair, 1=Poor