I created this Ocean Unit because I could not find any curriculum that tackled all the topics I wanted to cover. In our ocean studies we explored
- Marine Habitats
- Water Form Words (bay, estuary, lagoon, fjord, etc.)
- Features of the Ocean Floor (trench, seamount, guyot, etc.)
- Ocean Navigation (early navigation with astrolabes & the constellations, modern SONAR)
- Ocean Currents (Surface & Deep Sea Currents)
- Ocean Life:
- Special Body Features
- Fish Body Shape and Movement
- Biological Interactions: Mutualism and Commensalism in the Ocean
- Deep Sea Life – Bioluminescence, Anglerfish
We also talked about the ocean zones and different layers of the ocean again (which we covered three or four years ago).
Scroll down to see pictures of the worksheets, notebook pages and Montessori cards included in this packet.
We had an amazing time with this unit! As I mentioned in previous posts, we learned a *ton* from the Blue Planet (affiliate link – available on DVD and Amazon streaming), an amazing documentary about the history of the world’s oceans and ocean life. We watched all 8 episodes and the kids absolutely *loved* the series!! This unit was much more meaningful with the stunning footage and information the kids learned in this series.
Then the kids did a number of hands-on activities and worked on the various notebook pages in this packet. I’ve already shared a lot of the details about our hands-on ocean activities, so I’ll just provide links to those (they are also included in the packet as well):
- Features of the Ocean Floor
- Ocean Activities: The Moon and Tides (Spring and Neap Tides and more!)
- Ocean Unit: 5 Salinity Activities & Why the Ocean is Salty
- Surface Currents, Deep Sea Currents Activities
- Ocean, Seas and Straits – Pin Map Printable
- Bioluminescence – no hands-on activities, but I did include a couple of the documentaries we watched in this part of the unit
Answer Keys are provided with the notebook pages.
We actually have two Ocean Packets now: This 65+ page Ocean Packet as well as a packet about the Layers of the Ocean that has been on sale for some time now for $3.00. You can purchase them separately or in a bundle.
Ocean Packet (65+ Pages): (You can scroll down below to see some of the pages that are included in this unit.)
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window). You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use), which will have a link you can click on to download the pdf. (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.) Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com. You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page. ~Liesl
Ocean Bundle: If you would like to purchase both the Ocean Packet and the Layers of the Oceans Activities, they are $8.00.
Ocean Tides and Currents (and activity ideas):Ocean Life: Special Body Features, Body Shape and MovementBioluminescence: Other notebook pages in the Ocean Packet not shown above: Earth systems (an introduction to the hydrosphere as one of the 4 major Earth systems); Earth’s crust (highest and lowest points on Earth), Earth’s Oceans – The Hydrosphere: A page with basic information about Earth’s oceans; divides and watersheds and an ocean drainage map, biological interactions of some ocean organisms – examples of mutualism and commensalism.
Just before we studied the Hydrosphere (our Ocean Unit), we spent quite a bit of time studying the Biosphere. You might want to check out our Biology Unit (the Biosphere).
Note: We spent quite a long time on biologicial interactions in our Biology Unit (the Biosphere) (we only touched on a couple of them in our Ocean Unit). In our biosphere unit, we looked at all the biologicial interactions including…