One of my favorite thematic units is Ocean; after all the ocean is amazing! Did you know there are over 1 million different types of species that live in the sea, and the ocean covers more that 70% of our planet earth?
I didn't see the ocean for myself until my 30's, and when I did, I fell in love! Now I visit the ocean as often as my checkbook will allow. But to hold me between visits, I like to learn more about the ocean with my kindergarten students. I begin the unit with an overview about the ocean, using books that have general ocean information such as these with my affiliate links: I have found this books to be quality additions to my unit.
As we are beginning the unit with the ocean overview, I have my students finger paint large pieces of butcher paper to serve as the background for our hallway display. This is very messy, but fun. After adding a sign, the addition of sea life is added one-by-one.
After the ocean overview, I teach my students about oceanographers and the different ways that humans can study the ocean using submarines, scuba diving, and even robots. We then begin studying different sea creatures providing a variety between fiction and non-fiction books.
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We also love our Ocean Themed supporting materials.
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