Looking for a new idea to explore “under the sea? “Why not plan a submarine adventure? … have a movie day? … hold a learning fair? … invite a marine biologist into your classroom? … or have an “under the sea” day?
Riding on a submarine is a great way to explore the ocean and all its creatures! However … for most kids, it is not a reality! Why not get creative and have a submarine adventure right in your classroom! Students can research about submarines and find out what type of crew members are found on a submarine. Assign different roles to the students and have them make plans for their departure! On the day of departure, have students meet in the library and then “board” their submarine (in the classroom). Cover the windows of the classroom and rearrange furniture to mirror the inside of a submarine. The opportunities for an in-class submarine adventure in your classroom are as limitless as the imaginations of you and your students! Students can keep a log of their adventures aboard the submarine! CLICK on the image below to download the templates for a submarine log.
Hold a movie day. Show students an entertaining movie about under the sea … perhaps Finding Nemo or The Little Mermaid. You can then watch a documentary about the ocean and under the sea creatures. Students then complete activities that focus on comparing the two shows. One activity you might want students to complete is a venn diagram. CLICK on the image below to download a template.
Brainstorm a list of questions that students want to know about under the sea. Have students choose a question to research and work individually, or with a partner or in a triad to find the answer to their question. Students decide how they will present the information. When all the students are finished their projects, hold a learning fair and invite other classes and/or parents into your classroom to view the hard work of the students. Tell students to prepare a short one or two minute presentation about their projects and then parents and other students can listen to the presentations and ask further questions.
Marine Biologist Classroom Visit
Consider inviting a marine biologist to visit your students. If you are lucky enough to have a marine biologist in your area, invite them into your classroom. If not, find a marine biologist that is willing to Skype or FaceTime with your class. Brainstorm questions that the students can ask ahead of time. After the visit, students can write thank you letters and tell one or two things they learned from the marine biologist.
Under the Sea Day
Plan an under the sea day when all your activities focus on the ocean and under the sea creatures. Read about sharks and dolphins. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a blue whale. Conduct a survey to discover what is the favourite under the sea animal of all the students. Graph the results. Ask the students to come up with other activities.
Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “What activities do you like to complete during an under the sea unit?” Thanks!
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- Under the Sea Part 3: How to Formatively Assess Students in an Under the Sea Unit
- Under the Sea Part 4: 5 Ways to Use Writing in an Under the Sea Unit
- Under the Sea Part 5: 21 Under the Sea Teaching Ideas and Add to the Link Up
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