Previously: The Taiga
Two years ago we took the kids to the beach for the first time. They loved searching for shells and playing in the waves. I timed this biome study for the two weeks before we left for our second trip to the ocean. We studied the animals, plants, and more before we left – and then we experienced them in real life!
Our library held a plethora of books on this subject! We also found a few interesting books on our trip.
Down, Down, Down in the Ocean by Sandra Markle describes the four levels of the ocean and what is found in each.
About Habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill was a fun, quick read that introduced us to many ocean creatures!
Who’s at the Seashore? by John Himmelman has beautiful illustrations with a look at animals living in and near the ocean.
Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini provides close-up pictures and a guessing game. I love that our library has several books in this series. It has been a great way to keep my six-year-old interested in our study!
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin has beautiful illustrations and great information on food chains and webs in the coral reefs.
Even an Octopus Needs a Home by Irene Kelley has information on animals from many biomes and where they live. It covered a couple of ocean animals but also provided us with a review of animals we have already studied.
Life Cycles: Ocean by Sean Callery has a lot of information. We did not read this together, but my eight-year-old used it as a reference for a report he put together on sea turtles.
Ocean Seasons by Ron Hirschi covers a year in the ocean and how the animals migrate and live in the different seasons.
Seashore Life by Herbert S. Zim and Lester Ingle is a book we picked up on vacation. We used it to identify the many shells we collected at the beach!
We also included some videos in our study:
The Wild Kratts Ocean episode is a favorite in our house. We also watched Finding Nemo as part of our study. I think my kids absorbed and recalled more from these cartoons than from any book we read!
DK Eyewitness DVD: Seashore gave us a good introduction into ocean life and allowed me to get some other work done while we studied!
Who Lives in the Sea by Annie Crawley was another DVD I picked up as an intro to our study.
The world’s oceans support an immense variety of wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Some of the world’s most intriguing creatures live in the oceans. We learned about arrow worms, herring, salmon, sharks, seals, shrimp, hatchet fish, salp (which looks like one big creature but is really a colony that is connected!), sperm whales, giant squid, sea cucumbers, gulper eels, angler fish, viper fish, clams, crabs, tube worms, barnacles, sea stars, anemones, Portuguese Man of War, blackwing flying fish, octopus, lobsters, and penguins.
On vacation we went on a dolphin tour! It was amazing to see these animals up close!
Algae and seaweed are plants found in the oceans. Much of the ocean is void of plant life due to a lack of light.
Crustaceans, Sand Dollar, Conch Shells, Microclimate
The oceans are divided into four zones or levels: the ocean surface, the twilight zone, the midnight zone, and the ocean floor.
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