Ocean and Sea Shore 1

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Ocean and Sea Shore 1 by Mind Map: Ocean and Sea Shore 1

1. How waves are created

1.1. Art/movement activity: Have children mimic the motion of ocean waves with their arms while playing ocean waves sounds.

1.2. Science Activity: Put water in a big container and have the children try and create waves with wind.

2. Beach

3. The difference between salt water and fresh water.

3.1. Science project: Have clear containers, one with salt water and one with tap water. See how lightweight objects react differently when dropped into the water.

3.2. Science: Create a diagram with freshwater on one side and ocean water on the other and have the children sort animals into their proper environemnt.

4. Salt Water

5. Sand

5.1. Types of sand

5.1.1. Science: Bring in different types of sand in containers. Let the children feel the sand and tell them how it's made and why they are different. Math: Bring in a scale and have the children count out equal units of sand into plastic baggies and then way them to see if the different types of sand weigh different amounts.

5.2. Trips

6. Waves

7. Sea Plants

7.1. Types of plants in the ocean

7.1.1. Art: Have the children make art projects using different materials like felt pieces, string, yarn, construction paper and ribbon to make seaweed and other plants that are found in the ocean.

7.1.2. Art activity: Make coral out of colored pipe cleaners.

8. Pollution

8.1. What pollutes our ocean?

8.1.1. Literary: Read the book, "Abigale the Happy Whale" to help children learn about pollution in the ocean.

8.1.2. Art activity: Print out enlarged photos of art sculptures made from ocean pollution. Have the children see what household items they can identify in the sculptures.

9. Sea Creatures

9.1. What animals live in the ocean?

9.1.1. Art project: Color pictures of various sea animals and then put them "in" the ocean you have made on the wall.

9.2. Trips

9.2.1. Aquarium

9.2.2. Musical activity: Use the book with illustrations and accompanying CD with the song/story, "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea".

9.3. Literary: Read the book, "Commotion in the Ocean" to learn about the different creatures in the ocean.

10. Sea Shells

10.1. Math: Create mock oceans on paper each with different numbers and have the children count sea shells and place the amount "in" the ocean to match the number.

10.2. Types of sea shells found on the beach

10.2.1. Art Project: Draw a picture of the ocean and the beach. Glue seashells onto the picture.

10.2.2. Literary: Read the book, "A House for Hermit Crab".

10.2.3. Science: Play a matching game with animals and what their shells look like.

11. Temperature

11.1. Compare temperatures of ocean in different coastal cities.

11.1.1. Science project: Look up average ocean temperatures for different cities. Make small "oceans" in containers so children can feel the difference between temperatures.

11.2. Math: After the ocean temperature experiment have the children count how may degrees difference between two or more cities and put them in order from coldest to warmest.