Friday, June 25, 2010

Commotion in the Ocean: Books about Ocean Life

One of my favorite themes to do with Prekindergarten children is "Under the Sea." Below you will find some great books and a few classroom activities to try! During a unit like this, children may bring up what they've seen or heard about the Gulf Oil Spill. If so, here are some links to help you discuss this tragedy with them.

Ocean Life From A to Z Book and DVDSomewhere in the OceanCrab (Welcome Books)


  • Cut sea creatures in different lengths or heights and have children put them in order from shortest to tallest
  • Make an Ocean Counting book using ocean facts such as: Dolphins have 1 baby at a time; an octopus has 8 tentacles, there are 5 oceans in the world, etc...
MUSIC (Source: A to Z Kids Stuff)
Fish Story

One, two three, four, five (hold up fingers while counting)
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten (hold up additional fingers)
Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right (hold up pinky on the right hand)

Five Oceans (Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Five oceans, four oceans,
On the earth, on the earth.
Five oceans cover the earth, you see,
Can you name them all with me?
Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern make five.
Five oceans.

  • Make an Ocean in a Bottle
  • Learn about the differences between mammals and fish. Cut out pictures of various animals and encourage children to sort them according to two categories (fish or mammal).

  • Read the book Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again. The children will learn about a dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. The story of rehabilitation and triumph is amazing. Visit Winter's Website or visit Scholastic for more information. 
  • Use a large map and mark the five oceans on it. Also mark the oceans where certain sea animals live.
  • Contact your local Aquarium and see if they have an outreach program. Invite someone in to talk about ocean life, sea animals, and how children can help the environment

Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again  The Underwater Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)  A House for Hermit Crab (The World of Eric Carle)
Seashore (DK Eyewitness Books)  Mister Seahorse  The Ocean Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)

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