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Ocean Unit Study Resource List (with FREE Emergent Reader)

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Just because school is out doesn’t mean you should pack up your studies and forget school for the summer. In fact, summer can be one of the most enjoyable times to get out and learn! Many families spend some time at the ocean, which makes a perfect unit for summer!

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Online Activities

Nautilus  Watch Online Expeditions all the way into September

The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Titanic-discoverer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration.

Students can watch live expeditions and ask scientists questions.

Ocean Explorer

National Marine Sanctuaries

Marine Bio

Voyage of the Odyssey

Jason Learning

National Geographic

Thank You Ocean

Unit Studies

Ocean Animals Unit Study (3 Boys and a Dog)

15 Fun and Creative Activities for a Ocean Unit (One Stop Teacher Shop)

A Kindergarten Smorgasbord Ocean (Kindergarten Smorgasbord)

Oceans (See Jane Teach Multiage)

Marine Biology Unit (Premeditate Learners)

Oceans Week (A Day in First Grade)

Oceans of the World (Six Dollar Family)

Ocean Week at Preschool (Lessons From Our Life)

Oceans Animals Themed Preschool (Kidsparkz)


ocean books

A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle  Hermit Crab has outgrown his snug little shell, so he finds himself a larger one — and many new friends to decorate and protect his new house. But what will happen when he outgrows this shell and has to say good-bye to all the sea creatures who have made Hermit Crab’s house a home?Children facing change in their own lives will relate to Hermit Crab’s story — and learn a lot about the fascinating world of marine life along the way.

Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle’s heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear “peek-a-boo” pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae “There’s a curious commotion, at the bottom of the ocean; I think we ought to go and take a look. You’ll find every sort of creature, that lives beneath the sea; swimming through the pages of this book.” The sequel to the best-selling “Rumble in the Jungle,” this delightful new collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays and sharks.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.

Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies “SHAAAARRRKK!” That’s probably the last word anyone wants to hear while swimming in the warm blue sea. But most sharks aren’t at all what people expect. In fact, those who think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers are in for a surprise. The compelling narrative, colorful illustrations, and captivating facts in SURPRISING SHARKS reveal that sharks come in all shapes and sizes — and probably should be more afraid of humans than we are of them.


emergent color word reader

To help you on your ocean studying journey, please feel free to download my FREE ocean color word emergent reader.. This PDF is a great way to tie in your younger readers in the ocean study.

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