Under the Sea - Ocean and Sea Life Literature and Activities that Match!

Literature on the Ocean and Activities or Links with Activities to match the books!

The Rainbow Fish

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The Big Book - Click to learn more

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Rainbow Fish to the Rescue! -

The book

The Rainbow Fish and Dazzle the Dinosaur

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http://atozteacherstuff.com/lessons/rainbowfish.shtml - Find three good
ideas here!

http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow8/dec98/games/slidepuzzle/rainpuzzle.html - A
Virtual Game for Your Class to play!

Rainbow Fish:
Read the book and then have the children paint fish
shaped papers. When the paint is dry glue on a foil scale. 

Coffee Filter Rainbow Fish Craft

Rainbow Fish Paper Craft

Triangle Fish Shapes Craft

Rainbow Fish Party Planning Guide

Great Ideas Here

A Lesson


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More fun Activities to use with the book!

Swimmy Lesson Pre K

Ff is for Fish
Arts and Crafts activities, poems and lesson ideas.

Review and activity ideas by Betty Alexander

Swimmy bulletin board ideas

Online questionaires and activities

Practice recalling information by asking questions such as “How was Swimmy different? “How did Swimmy save the other little fish?".  Use the illustrations as an opportunity to teach the names of some of the creatures that live in the sea.  Talk about how these creatures are alike and how they are different. Then you may make a mural with the class of this book using sponge painting on the background paper and using construction paper to add the fish and other sea animals.

discuss cooperation and working together to solve a problem. Follow up by doing a sponge painting activity using little fish sponges and painting in an outline of a big fish. Students can present a school of fish puppet play where they can use puppets to act out finger plays, sing songs, and do movement activities.

A House for Hermit Crab

A little hermit crab must find a new home and discovers new friends and possibilities in the process. The book has lots of other goodies such as different sea creatures to count,colors,names of the month and is a nice tie-in to a beginning marine life book if you want to explore that too.

Many Ideas Found Here!

Craft Activity based on Hermit Crab


A lesson using the book

Let's Get Crabby

Key Vocabulary:
seashore, beach, driftwood, shells, hermit crab - A good idea before reading the book is to discuss these words with your class.

Discuss with students the different things on the seashore in the book.

My Very Own Octopus

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Talk about what fun things you could do with eight legs? Make up your own story about an octopus, then make an octopus puppet by attaching legs (cut from material scraps) to an old sock and drawing a face on the end of the sock. Have fun acting out your story.

Read it again and have the students raise their hand when they hear /o/.  List the words they choose on the board.  Then have the students draw a picture of an octopus and tell what they would change if they could use invented spelling.  Display their work.

Boiled Octopus
Take a hot dog and cut a + from each end towards the center. DO NOT cut
completely to the center. Place the cut hot dog into boiling water for a
minute or two and the ends will curl up and the hot dog will resemble an

Big Al

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Use this book to start a conversation about being kind to others and being a good friend. Then, let each student design a Big
Al award for a student in their class for his or her friendhip and/or kindness.

Key Vocabulary:
salt, water, lake, float, sink

Comet's Nine Lives

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My Friend Whale, by Simon James
A child's enjoyment of a whale in the sea ceases when he never sees the
whale again. A final page emphasizes the necessity of preserving whales.

Prereading Activity
Ask students to pretend that they have their own whale friend that they
visit and spend time with. Have students name the whale, draw a picture
of themselves with the whale, and write about some of the things they do

1. Write to the 3 organizations listed at the end of the book for
information about how to help save the whales (the organizations are
Greenpeace, the International Wildlife Coalition, and the Center for
Marine Conservation).

2. It is noted in the book that whales can hear other whales making
sounds from 100 miles away. Have students experiment with how far away
they can hear each other whispering and talking Check for accuracy by
having the speaker say a few words. The listener must repeat the exact
same words.

3. Have student write a story about why they think the whale in the
story did not come back. What happened to it? Where did it go?

Whales, by Gail Gibbons
Information on the lives of different kinds of whales, including how
they swim, breathe, eat, use sonar, and bear young. Concern about whales
is also addressed.

Prereading Activity
Explain to students that whales evolved from other animals millions of
years ago and that the whale's ancestors looked very different from the
way whales look today. Have students draw what they think whale
ancestors looked like.

1. The book says that female whales can only have one baby at a time.
Research how old a female whale is before she can have her first baby
and how long whales of that type live. Figure up how many babies she
might have in her lifetime.

2. Blue whales can weigh as much as 180 tons. Have students figure up
how many elephants, cars, trucks, horses, etc. (or some combination of
heavy objects) would equal 180 tons.

3. In the end of the book, there is a brief note about Humphrey the
humpback whale. Humphrey became lost and swam up California's Sacramento
River in 1985. In 1990, he got stranded in San Francisco Bay. Both
times, scientists helped Humphrey get back out to sea. Help students
make sock puppets and write a script about Humphrey's difficulties, why
he got lost twice, how the scientists helped him get back out to sea,
etc. Perform the puppet show for other classes. (More information about
Humphrey can be found in Wendy Tokuda's book Humphrey the lost whale: A
true story or in the video by the same name)

Whales Reader's Theatre based on Gail Gibbon's book, Whales

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

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On a special field trip on the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class learns about the ocean and the different creatures that live there. 

Teacher CyberGuide

Grade 2 Lesson

A Unit Study Using The Magic School Bus Series

Ocean Webquest

Treasures@Sea - The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

Harry by the Sea

PreK lesson

Humphrey the Lost Whale

Reading Comprehension Strategy

"a" Vowel Patterns Using Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story

Humphrey the Lost Whale - Follow Humphrey the Whale as he travels all over the United States visiting classrooms. Learn about whales of every kind by visiting, 100's of whale links.

Ocean Resources For Teachers

Sea Animals Thematic Unit

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This contains many lessons and printables for the books The Whale's Song, Animals of Sea and Shore
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Ocean Life : Theme Unit Developed in Cooperation With the New Jersey State Aquarium at Camden (Learning Connections Grades 1-4)
Exploring the Oceans : Science Activities for Kids Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Oceans
Puzzle Ocean (Young Puzzles Series)

Other great books for your unit on the ocean


A Million Fish...More or Less Harry by the Sea
3-D Look at Oceans


TSea Monkeys Ocean of Light

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Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo

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