Ocean Life for First Grade
The Students are 6-7 years old and they
will be a wide range of learners.
SC.O.1.1.5 Use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating and caring for
science materials (e.g. follow safety rules, maintain a clean work area, or treat living
SC.O. 1.1.6 Collect, record and compare information using a variety of classification
system (e.g., ordering, sorting, or sequencing) and using a variety of communication
techniques (e.g., sketches, pictographs, or models).
SC.O.1.2.2 Identify that most living things need water, food, light, and air.
SC.O.1.2.3 Describe changes in life cycle of living organisms.
SC.O.1.2.5 Depict movement of living things in air, water, and on land.
SC.O.1.2.7 Recognize that material can be recycled and used again, sometimes in
SC.O.12.17 Use a model to compare land and water features on the Earth.
SC.O.1.3.4 Listen to and be tolerant of different viewpoint while in collaborative groups.
SC.O.1.3.5 Develop respect and responsibility for the environment by engaging
conversation practices (e.g., recycling or trash clean up).
A map of the world, worksheet
Computer lab/ writing center with internet access
Boarders, letters, shapes for board
Book: Baby Whales Drink Milk
BINGO game handout
Math activity handout
1. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ This website
gives us access to a wide range of things to explore
that deals with the ocean.
reFeature/Great-White-Shark This site will be very
beneficial to the students giving them information
they want to know.
3. http://teacher.scholastic.com/dolphin/ This
website show you where dolphins live, what they eat
and they do.
The first day I will introduce the unit and explain what will be happening throughout the
next week and a half. I will have the students do a KWL on the oceans and the
living/non-living organisms that live in it.. I will write their “K” and “W” responses on a
large poster so everyone can see what everyone has wrote and if they would like to add
anything that they want to know throughout the days, they may do so. Then I will read
Oceans by Katharine Jones Carter with the document camera so the children will have a
good view of the photos and text. I will teach them about the different oceans around
the world and do a worksheet, a map, they can color depicting were they are in the
earth. This day I will also show the photo story, on the smart board, which I put
together, on ocean life. Also, introduce them to the bulletin board I created and go over
the interactive aspect of it.
We will introduce the animals that live in the ocean. Such as; fish,
starfish, sea turtles, sea horses, octopus, sharks, whales, dolphins, coral,
etc. We will go on the internet to National Geographic for kids and
explore their website to see all of the photos and facts they have on the
basic ocean life as well as each of the other creatures. I will have them
choose or I will choose for them a creature of their very own to do a small
report on. They will have until the end of the unit. Their goal is to find at
least two different photographs of their animal and write two sentences
about what they learned. We will make a colorful bulletin board of
everyone’s and display it. Each day I will give them 10 minutes,
depending on resources, on the computer to do their research.
I will start out this day I will focus on the fish. Get more into detail about
where, how they live, what they eat. Have a digital storytelling in the
classroom and this information. I will have created a story with the
technology and resources I have and share it with the children. This will
have all the information I will like them to understand about these ocean
creatures. It will be interactive and entertaining. I will try to keep their
interest and motivate them to want to learn more on the subject.
This day I will focus on sharks. I prepared a PowerPoint
presentation on shark facts to get then interested. I will also have
a guest speaker on marine biology. This will give them a first hand
view on what goes on under the sea. I will have the speaker go
over the safety rule of the water and how to stay save when in
the ocean. Then go on the internet to explore sharks.
This will be day on dolphins and whales. Read the book Baby Whales
Drink Milk by Barbra Juster Esbensen. This book focuses on the
importance of how whales are different from fish. After learning about
whales we will explore dolphins on the internet using the scholastic
website. This day I would like to have an art worksheet/handout. I’ll have
the students draw a picture of their favorite thing they have learned so
far and make sure they know the name of the animal.
Have all of the children and I go outside for today’s lesson. I will go over how to keep
Earth as healthy as possible. Talk about the dangers of littering on land as well as the
ocean. We will as a class, create recycle bins of, paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass for
our room and school. Put the students in groups and assign each group a specific
product that is recyclable; paper plastic, aluminum, glass, etc. I will have them
understand the importance of reusing and how it is done. Learn the affect of littering
and waste have on the environment. If possible, go as far as we can and clean up the
school and surrounding grounds, recycle what we can. Give them an assignment to do
the same around their house and bring in things to recycle. The main goal for the day is
to show them we need to keep the land and oceans clean so we and all of the planet’s
creatures have a nice fresh and pretty place to live.
I will put the students into groups and in these groups we are going to create a book.
Each group of about three-four students will create a sentence per person and a picture.
Each picture and sentence will be on something they have learned throughout the unit.
Perhaps some students learned something different than the people in their group. I
want this exercise to bring out collaboration and cooperation with fellow students.
When everyone is finished I will bind all the pages together to make a classroom book
on ocean life. We will have finished our creature project and those will be made into a
bulletin board for the hallway, for everyone to see what we have learned. I will video
tape the students with the Flip, explaining their creature and put it on TeacherTube for
their families to see. This will also be our conclusion on the KWL chart. Have each
student give at least one example on what we have learned for our poster. Also we will
have the handout I created which is a BINGO games.
Each of my students will be required to take part in
each of the lessons daily. I will make sure they stay on
task and are learning. Have them focus when they get
off task. Each student will be expected to have active
participation with individual work and especially
group work and outdoor activities. Everything in the
unit is something the students will need and it is
important to me that they enjoy all of the projects
and events during the week, so having their
involvement and interest in very essential.
SC.O.1.1.5 This is the day the guest speaker comes and explains the safety and rules for ocean life care. He will
talk about the dangers of the ocean and explain how to avoid harm. I will have a small verbal test to make sure
they comprehend to safety rules. Repeat things as necessary.
SC.O. 1.1.6 This is when we use the KWL chart, we learn about prior knowledge of the ocean and apply it
through the unit. The completion of the chart will be my assessment on how I feel the students understand
SC.O.1.2.2 We use this throughout the entire unit when we learn about each animal’s environment and learn
how they survive. When we go over a certain animal and their environment ill will have them explain back to
me things that were in each lesson, have each student give a fact.
SC.O.1.2.3 Learn about how the ocean is a big “house” and how each animal is a part of that and is essential.
This will be evaluated at the end when we put our book and bulletin board together on how well the
information was received.
SC.O.1.2.5 This is basically our entire unit. Learning how the ocean works and its creatures. This will be
evaluated the as the previous objective, at the end of the unit and the information they students are able to
give back with their projects.
SC.O.1.2.7 We have and full daily lesson for this. The students learn about the importance of recycling and
how to recycle. How well they cooperate during the activity and their ability to identify recyclable materials.
SC.O.12.17 We use a map to differentiate all of the oceans in the world and were they are located. After they
complete the worksheet. I will evaluate their work on their ability to follow direction and neatness of their
SC.O.1.3.4 This is when we get in groups and makes sure they stay on task and relate well to others around
them. Keep them focused and make sure they respect one another. Make sure students work well together.
SC.O.1.3.5 This goes along with our recycling day. We will pick up trash and keep this going through the year.
This evaluation is the same as the recycling. Make sure they can properly recycle.