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Oceans: A First Grade Theme by: Jennifer Smith by Mind Map: Oceans: A First Grade Theme by:
Jennifer Smith
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Oceans: A First Grade Theme by: Jennifer Smith


Read: "Mister Seahorse" and talk about the story: what animals did the baby seahorse see in the ocean

Activity: Talk with a buddy about your favorite ocean animal, what was your favorite animal in the story


Compare and contrast physical features of ocean animals. Also, ocean habitats: talk about what homes ocean animals have.

Activity: Draw pictures of different ocean animals. Look at facts about different animals and make a bubble map using describing words for that animal. Have students work in groups to talk about the differences and similarities of all the animals. Also, talk about ocean animal homes: compare and contrast using pictures and describing words.

Social Studies

Ocean Problems: Pollution, Waste, Problem Solving

Activity: Talk about ways you can clean up the ocean and prevent waste from entering the ocean. Problem solving with a group of peers. Make a graphic organizer with ideas. Make an advertisement about stopping ocean pollution.


Write about your favorite ocean animal--what do they look like, what do they do, what do they eat, what color are they?

Activity: After students are done writing and illustrating, have 5 students share out their journal writing with the class. Also, have students share their writing with a buddy.


Create an Ocean Scene

Materials Needed: Blue Construction Paper, Seahorse ocean animal cutouts, glue, scissors, crayons, markers


Ocean Word Problems

Activity: Create a math workbook with word problems pertaining to the ocean. Have students answer word problems and count ocean animals with addition and subtraction problems.

Dramatic Play

Ocean Animals Play

Activity: Have students act out their favorite ocean animals and how they interact with each other. Create parts for students.

Physical Movement

TPR Song about Ocean Animals

Activity: Students will act out a song about ocean animals using movement with their bodies.


Consonant Diagraphs, Focus Skill: /ea/

Activity: Phonics Bingo Game, Sight Word Bingo Game with words that concentrate on consonant diagraphs (sh, ch, th).