By Bernadine Stuhura



    • Physical Characteristics
    • Diversity of life in ocean environment
    • Interaction affect humans and humans affect the ocean


    • Compare world’s land and water areas.
    • Observe the salinity in ocean water and the sources of its salinity.
    • Compare fresh water and salt water with its source.
    • Observe how ocean water moves.
    • Identify the part of the ocean - continental shelf as home to many living things.
    • Discuss the oceans ecosystem by illustrating and explaining food chain combinations.
    • Become aware of ways to help take care of the ocean.
    • Recognize the ocean’s resources and their products.



    Related subjects:


    • Identify the amount of land and water.

      Social Studies a. Brainstorm and list ideas about the ocean

      Listening (Language) b. "Apple Story" from AIMS

      Social Studies c. Map Study

      Art, Social Studies d. Color outline map of land and water







    • Observe salinity in water.


Investigation A:

 Reading a. Predict how salt gets into bodies of water (record)

Social Studies b. Make a vain model tray of land and ocean

Motor Activity c. Pour water onto the sand and observe change


Investigation B:

  • Observe how ocean water objects move on surface of water.
    1. Investigation A:

      Related Subjects


    Investigation B:

  • 4 Identify part of ocean (continental shelf) where many things make their home (habitat).



  • Reading a. Match riddles with pictures of living things found in the ocean.

    Social Studies b. Play matching card game with pictures of ocean related picture cards.

    Language Arts c. Recite rhymes about the ocean’s inhabitants.


    1. Extended Assessment


  • Write a story about the ocean, imagining a personal adventure including concepts (ideas) learned in the marine science unit.



































    Kaplan, Eugene: Southeastern and Caribbean Seashores

    Gabet, Marcia: Fun With Science


    Idol, Moorish: My Fish World


    Evans, Joy and Moore Jo Ellen: Habitats

    Oceans and Ponds


    Kean, Thomas: The Ocean


    Chavis, Paula and Camp Cammie: Sea Things Objectively


    McLean, Terri: Oceans of Fun


    Tyler, Tanya: Wonders of the Wild


    Atwater, Mary etc: Animals that Fly, Crawl Jump and Swim


    Low, Donald: Sea Shells


    Romasho, Sandra: The Shell Book


    Moore, Jo Ellen, and Tryon, Lesie: Science Rhymes and Chants


    Kaplan, Eugene: Seashores


    Moore, Jo Ellen, and Tryon, Leslie: Big Book of Science Stories


    Discovery Hall Staff: Dauphin Island Scavenger Hunt


    Coulombe, Deborah: The Seaside Naturalist


    Discovery Hall Staff: Mr. Sandman


    Charleston County Science Curriculum Objectives:

    Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science






    Process Skills:


    Observing Classifying Inferring

  • Predicting Communicating



  • Additional Skills:


    Drawing Conclusions Generalizing

    Interpreting Maps Interpreting Graphs

    Building Models Contrasting

    Recognizing Cause and Effect Problem Solving

    Applying Information Formulating Questions

    Oral Narration Role Playing

    Creative Writing

    Swim Back to Class

    Back to the Can Do Story

    Back to the Beginning