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1. Reading Corner – Set up a reading corner in your room and fill it with books and magazines about under the sea. Encourage students to visit the reading corner and read the different books whenever they have free time.
2. Reading Buddies – Pair up with a younger class and have students read an under the sea book to their reading buddy.
3. Book Review – Students choose a book about under the sea and write a book review. Encourage students to identify the main points of the book and tell whether or not they would recommend the book to their classmates to read.
4. Report Writing – Students choose an under the sea animal and research to find out more details about what it eats, where it lives, what it looks like, etc.
5. Acrostic Poems – Assign each student an under the sea animal. Students think of a word or phrase that starts with each letter of the animal’s name.
6. A Day In the Life – Students take the perspective of an under the sea animal and write about a day in their life. They use facts they learn about the under the sea animal to add details to their writing.
7. Venn Diagrams – Provide students with a Venn diagram. Ask them to choose an ocean animal and a land animal and to record the similarities and differences between the two animals.
8. Under the Sea Words – Put students into groups and ask them to make a list of all the under the sea words they can think of. One student records the words. After a set amount of time, gather together as a large group and create a master list.
9. Message in a Bottle – Tell your students to imagine that they could send a message to an under the sea creature. What would they say? Have students write their messages and place them in a bottle. Use the bottles for a display in your classroom.
10. Describe an Under the Sea Scene – Give each student a blank piece of paper. Orally describe an under the sea scene and have students draw it based on your description. For example, you might say to draw a red crab walking along the ocean floor, draw three orange fish swimming near a piece of coral, etc.
11. Guest Speaker – Invite a guest speaker into your classroom to talk about ocean animals. After the presentation, have students write a thank you letter and tell two or three things they learned during the presentation.
12. Oral Reports – Assign each student an under the sea animal and give them time to find five facts about their animal. Students then give an oral report and share the facts they learned about their under the sea animal.
13. One Minute Talks – Write the names of different under the sea animals on small slips of paper. Students take turns drawing a piece of paper and talking about that animal for one minute.
14. Turn and Talk – At different points during an under the sea unit, stop and have students turn and talk about what they are learning with a neighbour. After giving students time to talk to two or three classmates, return to the large group and have a couple students share the highlights of their discussions.
15. Math Problems – Ask the students to write addition and subtraction math problems and to create an answer key. When they are finished, they can exchange their math problems with a classmate. After the students finish answering the math problems, they can mark their work using the answer keys.
16. 2-D Shapes – Give students different 2-D shapes and have them create an under the sea scene. Students then count the total number of squares, triangles, and circles they used and graph these totals.
17. Length of Ocean Animals – Find the length of different marine animals. Take students out to the playground and measure the length of the different animals. Compare the lengths to determine the shortest and longest ocean animals.
18. Treasure Box – Bring in a treasure box filled with different “treasures.” Students sort the treasures and record the total number of each kind of object.
19. Paintings – Students paint under the sea pictures. After they finish their paintings, cover the pictures with a blue paint wash.
20. Clay Creatures – Bring in different colours of clay or play dough and have students make under the sea animals with the clay.
21, Porthole Pictures – Ask students to draw an under the sea picture. Cut out the centre of a round paper plate. Place the plate over the picture. Cover the front of the paper plate with a piece of plastic wrap. Use the porthole pictures for a display in your classroom.
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