Oceans

 Objectives:

1. Students will gain an understanding of the number of oceans and their names by learning a song.

2. Students will become aware that there are three zones of the ocean and the plants and animals that are found at each level by completing the activity From Surface to Sea Floor.

 

Materials:

1. Scissors

2. Glue

3. Staples

4. Crayons

5. Copies of from surface to sea floor

6. Copies of slide rulers

7. Chart paper with words to "Sing A Sea Song"

 

Instructional Methods:

1. What are some plants and animals found in the ocean?

  • Make a list of each on the board

2. What are the names of the oceans?

  • List them Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and Atlantic

3. The song

  • Teach the class the song first verse and chorus and the rest of the verses.
  • The song is sung to the tune "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean"

4. Read the story Salt Marsh Secrets on page 71-79 in NatureScope: Diving Into Oceans.

  • Discuss the story by talking about the plants and animals found in the story.

5. Three Depth Zones of the Ocean:

  • Sunlight Zone: surface to 300 feet
  • Twilight Zone: 300 to 3000 feet
  • Midnight Zone: 3000 to 15000 feet

6. From Surface to Seafloor Slide Ruler.

  • Give each a copy of slide ruler and From Surface to Sea Floor.
  • Have them fold slide ruler paper hamburger style and have them cut along the fold.
  • Have them cut out the circle and rectangle
  • Have the sides of the glue the whole piece to the cut out piece.
  • Piece the stripe together and color the fish.
  • Slide into slide ruler.

 

Assessment:

1. Students will be able to list the oceans by learning the song and singing it as a class.

2. Students will be able to list plants and animals from the ocean on the board from reading the Salt Marsh Secrets.

3. Students will know what the three depth zones are by constructing From Surface to Sea Floors slide ruler.

 

 

Sing a Sea Song

(Sing to the tune of "My Bonnie lies over the Ocean.")

(Taken from NatureScope: Diving into Oceans p. 8)

 

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?

 

Chorus:

Water, water, there's water all over

the world, the world.

Water, water, there's water all over 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.

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Atlantic, Pacific, the Arctic,

And then there's the Indian too.

These oceans all cover our planet.

I named all of them now can you?

 

Repeat chorus

 

* Resources adapted by Emily England and Jodi Ott

 

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