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Our "Scientific Word of the Day" wand: cut out image, mount and laminate, put on a ruler. Child chosen then writes the scientific word of the day on the back and at various times during the day (on the hour, half, etc.) stands up and says, "What's the extremely important scientific word of the day?" - pdf file
Our Water Songs Sing-Along Booklet - compressed pdf file



General Water Links   

Water Science for Schools
Bill Nye
Extensive water glossary
National Weather Service
Activity Sheets to view and print: Water Cycle (K-3), Water in the Air (K-3), Water Cycle Dot-to-Dot (K-3), The Weather Report (K-3), Air Pressure (K-3), My Weather Dictionary (K-3), Sayings About Weather (K-3), Seasons Word Scramble (K-3), It's Chilly Out Here (K-3), Mini-Book of Seasons (K-3), Let's Cook with Snow (K-3), Water Cycle (4-6), The Weathered Look (Making Weather Instruments) (4-6), Water Collage (4-6)
Ask Jeeves for Kids (student search engine)
Water Bodies
Water Transportation Icons
Hawaii State Content Standards



1. Properties of Water
  

Properties of Water WebSources:   

The Properties of Water Glossary

Properties of Water Experiments/Activities:   

What Floats? my experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file - 44K)
Is It Buoyant? my experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file - 38K)
Surface Tension: Foil Boats and Teddy Bears & my experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file - 76K) Award Medals! (pdf file - 609K)
Clay Boats S.E.E.D.S. unit (Physical Science, Gr. 3 kit)
Drop Behavior - Water on Penny - introduces meniscus and the effect of detergent on surface tension. My experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file - 100K)
Drops on a Soapy Penny - my experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file - 108K)
Moving Grains of Pepper - an experiment showing surface tension and the effect of detergent
     - my Magical Moving Pepper adaptation (pdf file)
Floating Eggs - an experiment with buoyancy - my experiment directions for Investigations Logs (pdf file)
Floating Pencil: a 4th grade NAEP performance task comparing the lengths of the portion of a pencil that floats above the water surface in fresh water and salt water. Student directions given.
The Weight of Water - students learn how salt water differs from fresh
Big Time Displacement - my experiment directions for Investigations Logs. Students explore and compute displacement (pdf file)
Liquid Rainbow -Students are challenged to layer five liquids of different density in a drinking straw.
Potato Float - A slice of potato mysteriously floats in the exact center of a glass of water.
Rising Waters: a 4th grade performance task correlating the weight and water displacement of various balls.
Fact or Fable? - a displacement activity reinacting the fable of "The Crow and the Pitcher"
The Climbing Property of Water
The Movement of Liquid Molecules
Creeping Colors Take-home Activity: chromatography activity using capillary action
Changes S.E.E.D.S. unit (Physical Science, Gr. 2 kit)
Moving Molecules Game
Scientific Reasoning S.E.E.D.S. unit (Earth & Physical Science, Gr. 3 kit)
Vortexes: using 2 soda bottles and connector (put into Observation Station and have children fill out observation paper)
Water Droplet Race
•A whole site on Bubbles - Sticky Water (make a paperclip float using the surface tension), the Shape of Bubbles, When Bubble Meets Bubble, Soap (explanation), Bubble Colors, Bubble Formulae, Bubbliography
•Floating Soap Bubbles - use baking soda and vinegar to create a carbon dioxide base to help you study bubbles up close
Sinkholes - Students observe what happens when ice-cold water mingles with warm water

Properties of Water Language Arts Tie-ins:   

My Water Poems page
Water Use Poems for students' individual poem books -from my poem collection above (pdf file -16K)
•Water Use Poems posters - from my poem collection (pdf file - 16K)
Make an Unrolling Book: "Our Book of Science Questions" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 26-27 Begin at the beginning of school with questions brainstormed by students relating to our theme.
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-31 Create one for each topic!
Make a Two-Tab Pop-Up Book: "Scientific Opposites" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 36-37 Begin as class book and keep adding to it throughout year.
Shimmery Color Bursts from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 81-82 clear nail polish and water make iridescent colors on papers
Amazing Water by Melvin Berger, Newbridge ( has 6 copies, tape, big book & photo set!) has table of contents & index
Wind, Water and Ice by Susan Ring, Newbridge Discovery Links Fluent level ( has 6 copies) has table of contents & index

Properties of Water Math Tie-ins:   

Measurement: weight in metric & customary units
Graph data from experiments

Properties of Water Social Sciences Tie-ins:   

Properties of Water Technology Tie-ins:   

Graph data from experiments using ClarisWorks for Kids, AppleWorks
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Properties of Water Art/Music/PE Tie-ins:   

Water Music and Water Festival: Smetana's "The Moldau," Debussy's "La Mer," and Handel's "Water Music." Traditional music might include "Shenandoah," "Haul Away, Boys," "Rio Grande," or "The Erie Canal.
What is Red? from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 71-73 chromatography
Marbleized Paper Pictures from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 134-136 discover what immiscible means by mixing cooking oil with paint an marbelizing paper
Drifting Drops from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 137-138 students fill jars with water, oil, and food coloring to learn about cohesion and surface tension
Layered Liquid Rainbows from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 139-140, 144 students explore the density of different liquids as they make unusual rainbows
Sink and Float Sparkle Jars from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 141-143 make jars that sparkle and swirl to explore the effect of mixing liquids, solids, and gases of different densities
Tiny Tim jump rope rhyme

Properties of Water Field Trips:   

Properties of Water Vocabulary:   

(pdf file of definitions for my "Extremely Important Scientific Words" wall - 36K)
water, matter, states of matter, solid, liquid, gas, molecules, hydrogen, oxygen, H2O, surface tension, hydrogen bonds, buoyancy, meniscus, cohesion, adhesion, states of water, ice, water, water vapor, capillary action, density, geyser, hardness, sediment, solute, solution, solvent, turbidity, water quality, displacement, immiscible.

Properties of Water Books/Media:   

    •The Magic School Bus Ups and Downs: A Book About Floating and Sinking
    •Who Sank the Boat?, Pamela Allen
    •Archimedes' Bath,
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



2. Water Cycle & Use of Water    (Check out Weather Section too)

Water Cycle & Use WebSources:   

Water cycle pages from a 3rd grade classroom
Water cycle links & Mass. Science Standards    
Follow a drip through the water cycle
Water cycle interactive jigsaw puzzle
Water Cycle WebQuest

Water Cycle & Use Experiments/Activities:   

Build a model of a well
Make a model of a water wheel
Growing Seeds S.E.E.D.S. unit (Life Science, Gr. 1 kit): tie into use of water and cycles also
Terrarium: build a simple terrarium using a liter-sized plastic soda bottle with lid cut in half. Plant cuttings, radish seeds, or grass and tape to seal. Put into the sun and keep a science log of your observations.
Create a puddle and record its evaporation process in a science log
National Geographic Society Geographic Awareness Week Activities related to appreciating/conserving freshwater - LOTS!

Water Cycle & Use Language Arts Tie-ins:   

My Water Cycle Poems page
Water Cycle and Weather Poems for students' individual poem books -from my poem collection above (pdf file)
Follow a Raindrop book: Scholastic Read About Science Library has 6 copies & activity folder
Poems to practice short vowel sounds Bebop Bath
Water cycle flow chart (with illustration and vocabulary words)
The Water Cycle worksheet (clear illustration w/room for labels): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 11
•Create a class Power of Water book
Play: "It's a Big Circle" from Take a Quick Bow! (Good Year Books) pp. 210-217 (many parts)
Mini-Book: "Water Gets Around" from 25 Solve-the-Riddle Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 45-46
Minibook: "Clouds in the Sky" from 25 Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 20, 67-68
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-31
The Water Cycle reading from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education
Amazing Water by Melvin Berger, Newbridge ( has 6 copies, tape, big book & photo set!) has table of contents & index
Rub-a-Dub-Dub Rebus Rhyme

Water Cycle & Use Math Tie-ins:   

Water Cycle Dot-to-Dot (after adding tens students count by tens to connect)
Geometry! Shapes!

Water Cycle & Use Social Sciences Tie-ins:   

Cultural Research: ways cultures around the world have used water. Find a way to share what you have learned.
Make a Paper Canoe

Water Cycle & Use Technology Tie-ins:  

•My Water Cycle Kids center page
HyperStudio animation of water cycle
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Water Cycle & Use Art/Music Tie-ins:   

Water theme park: Design your own! Try to construct a model.
Water Cycle Jigsaw: students create their own illustration of the water cycle on tagboard and color it carefully. Draw lines separating the various parts of the cycles and cut along lines. On the back label each part of the cycle.
Make a Paper Canoe

Water Cycle & Use Field Trips:   

•pool!

Water Cycle & Use Vocabulary:  

evaporation, condensation, precipitation, accumulation, irrigation, aquifer, aquatic, aquaculture, aqueduct, desalinization, domestic water use, erosion, ground water, impermeable layer, permeability, reservoir, runoff, transpiration, water quality, solid, liquid, gas, vapor, temperature, moisture,

Water Cycle & Use Books/Media:   

   •The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book About the Water Cycle 3 copies
   •Water, Frank Asch (with beautiful watercolor, acrylics and colored pencils illustrations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   



3. Weather
      (Check out Water Cycle Section too)

Weather WebSources:   

Wild Weather on the Web - Scholastic online field trip page with many links to other sites
NOAA Weather Wonders images
NOAA Historical Meteorological Monsters images
National Severe Storms Lab Photo Album
Flying with NOAA: Hurricanes
The true shape of rain drops   
The Weather Dude from the Weather Channel
Cloud types with photos and explanations of names
USA Today Weather
The Weather Channel
Yahoo Weather
WebWeather:
Worldwide School Weathernet
RealTime Weather in Kansas (from L'Ouverture Magnet School)
Lightning photography!
Cloud Photos & information
Build a Snowman! (The closest we'll ever get on Molokai!)
Build a Snowman: links to Build Snow People and Build a Snow Woman
Wind: Our Fierce Friend: w/links
Have You Seen the Wind? An Internet Resource About Hurricanes and Using the Internet
Cloud Watching and vertical motion - photos and explanations (with a diagram) of the air currents

Weather Experiments/Activities:  

•What Makes Weather - my homeworkfor 3 nights (pdf file)
Water is in the Air   
The Weather Report (students individual papers for recording data on local weather)
Plunger Strength (demonstration on air pressure using 2 plungers)
The Weathered Look (students create a simple weather station and record information gathered from their instruments).
Weather S.E.E.D.S. unit (Earth Science, Gr. 2 kit)
Water Collage (Students think about ways in which water, ice and steam are used and cut pictures from magazines)
The Case of the Missing Water (evaporation using 2 clear measuring cups): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 7
Fantastic Cloud Maker (clear glass jar, plastic wrap, ice, hot water): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 15
Make Your Own Rainbow (glass): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 17 follow-up w/use of prism
You're Electric! (thunderstorms: balloon): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 18
Snake Charmers from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 102-103 students explore static electricity by bringing yarn snakes to life
Create a Wind Vane
Create a Wind Gauge
Air Pressure Experiment (using plastic cup and index card): in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 9
Air Power Pop-ups from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 96-97 students discover that air takes up space and that moving air can exert force and do work
Floating Ball Toys from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 98 students discover that moving air can exert a force when they make these air powered toys
Warm Air Whirlers from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 99-100 students use the energy from warm air to make paper flowers whirl around- and in the process, discover what makes winds
Pinwheel Power from Science Art (Scholastic) pp.100-103 students observe the wind at work
Songs in the Wind from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 112-113 students explore the sounds different materials make with wind chimes that capture the music of an outdoor breeze
Create a Rain Gauge
Make a Newspaper Book: "What Causes Seasons?" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 72-73, 140-141 Act it out! Poem tie-in.
•The Power of Water and Ice: in The Changing World: Oceans and Rivers, p. 23 hardcover
Blue Sky/Red Sunset - using a flashlight and milk, see why our sky appears blue!
  •This page explains it further!
How Lightning Works - on multiple pages w/ a printing option
Make your own lightning! using a large iron or steel pot (not aluminum) with a plastic handle, rubber gloves, an iron or steel fork, and a plastic sheet
What is thunder made out of?
Air Pressure at work - using 2 plastic bags and 2 jars

Weather Language Arts Tie-ins:   

My Weather Poems page

•Read Ms. Frizzle's interview with the Weather Dude, then write your own interview and act out
Weather Poems for students' individual poem books -from my poem collection above (pdf file)
Things to Do If You Are ____list poem: after reading/enjoying 2 Bobbi Katz poems, brainstorm what you could do if you were lightning... or a cloud... Then let children write their own list poem.
Compound words: how many weather-related compound words can you brainstorm? These poems will help add to your list: Snow Words, Snowman, Water.
Book reports & publish best on web
My Weather Dictionary (students create their own dictionary of weather terms)
Sayings About Weather Activity Sheet (after reading Tomi De Paolo's The Cloud Book, students determine the meaning of the
      saying, "In the morning, mountains, in the evening, fountains.")
Pantomime Play: "In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb" from Plays Around the Year (Scholastic) pp. 129-135 (1 speaking part, rest are pantomiming) Lion-into-Lamb accordian book directions included
Seasons Word Scramble
Mini-Book of Seasons
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs rewrite
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs cyberguide
What Makes Weather? Crossword in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 10
Cloudy Riddles Worksheet: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 14
Tornado Nicknames Word Search: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 22
Watching the Weather Crossword: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 25
W
eather Facts & Superstitions: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 26, 27
Find the Secret Words worksheet: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 28
Katy and the Big Snow cyberguide
Snowballs cyberguide
Play: "Stormy Weather" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 31-33 (6 parts- great onomatopoeia)
Make a Pull-Tab Book: "All Kinds of Weather" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 12-13, 112-113
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-31
Make a Newspaper Book: "What Causes Seasons?" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 72-73, 140-141 act out!
Looking at Clouds by Susan Ring, Newbridge Discovery Links Fluent Level ( has 6 copies)
Amazing Water by Melvin Berger, Newbridge ( has 6 copies, tape, big book & photo set!) has table of contents & index, activity booklet also
Rain Rebus Rhyme - with online and offline printing options

Weather Math Tie-ins:   

Measurement: reading/comparing thermometers in Fahrenheit and Celsius
What's the Temperature? worksheet: in Weather, An I Know It! Book, p. 4, 5
Snowball Number Recognition Activity: match the correct number of "snowflakes" (cotton balls) to the corresponding "snowball". (Cut 10 shapes resembling large snowballs. Glue onto blue paper. Write a numeral of 1-10 on each one..)

Weather Social Sciences Tie-ins:

Weather Technology Tie-ins:   

My Weather Kids center page
Illustrated poem with audio! Copy your choice of a poem from our Weather Poems web page, paste onto a HyperStudio page and illustrate it. Then create a button which allows others to hear you read the poem.
Book reports & publish best on web
Build a Snowman! (The closest we'll ever get on Molokai!)
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.
EXPLORING WEATHER -Learn to think about weather in global terms. There are 4 timed quizzes (the timer can be turned off). The first 3 address understanding of words relating to the Earth, its atmosphere and weather systems. The last covers meteorology words and weather exercises - it is harder and would be most suitable for ages 12 and up. Learn about weather, and test your knowledge of geoscience terminology in a multiple choice format. Free software to download

Weather Art/Music Tie-ins:   

Do It Yourself Rainstorm (one of our Morning Meeting Group Activities!)
Common Sense Weather Rules
Cloud Catchers! from Science Art(Scholastic) pp. 44-45

Weather Field Trips:   

•Cloud Watch outdoors!

Weather Vocabulary:   

meteorology, meteorologist, weather, scientist, atmosphere, troposphere, temperature, air pressure, wind, moisture, thermometer, barometer, humidity, snow, sleet, freezing rain, hail, thunder, thunderstorm, lightning, hurricane, tornado, typhoon, cyclone, twister, funnel, whirlwind, spinner, vortex, churn, waterspout, wind, flood, rainbow, rain gauge, snowstorms, snowflakes, ice crystals, blizzard,
wind words: blast, blow, breeze, current, draft, gale, gust, wind
descriptive weather words: humid, drizzly, breezy, freezing, chilly, soggy, rainy, calm, sunny, damp, dry, still, windy, wet, cool, hot, cloudy,
cloud words: cirrus, cumulonimbus, cumulus, stratus, fog, mist, smog,

Weather Books/Media:   

   •1001 Questions Answered about Hurricanes
   •1001 Questions Answered about the Weather by Frank H. Forrester
   •All Wet! All Wet! by James Skofield
   •Can It Really Rain Frogs? by Spencer Christian
   •Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
   •Eyewitness Explorers Weather by John Farndon
   •Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros
   •Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn Branley
   •Hurricanes by Arlene Erlbach
   •It's Raining Cats and Dogs by Franklyn Branley
   •Lightning by Stephen Karma
   •Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
   •Rain and Hail by Franklyn Branley
   •Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer
   •Rain Player by David Wisniewski
   •Simple Weather Experiments With Everyday Materials by Muriel Mande
   •Snow is Falling by Franklyn Branley
   •Storms by Semour Simon
   •Storms: Nature's Fury by Jenny Wood
   •Sun Up by Alvin Tresselt
   •The Rains Are Coming by Sanna Stanley
   •The Snow Speaks by Nancy White Carlstrom
   •The Usborne Book of Weather Facts by Anita Ganeri
   •Thunderstorm by Mary Szilagyi
   •Tornado Alert by Franklyn Branley
   •Tornadoes and Other Natural Disasters by Barbara Tufty
   •Weather by Brian Cosgrove
   •Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons
   •What Will the Weather Be? by Linda De Witt
   •White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
   •Flood by Julia Waterlow
   •Hurricanes and Tornadoes by Norman Barrett
   •Weather Words by Gail Gibbons
   •The Super Science Book of Weather by Key Davies and Wendy Oldfield
   •It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
   •Rainy Day Rhymes by Gail Radley
   •The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
   •Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco Unit
   •Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
   •Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
   •Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by (multiple copies in Teachers' room) Unit
   •In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsey George Unit
   •The Big Snow by Berta Hader
   •Catch the Wind by Gail Gibbons
   •The Sea-Breeze Hotel by Marcia Vaughn and Patricia Mullins
   •Hurricane, David Wiesner: a family experiences a hurricane
   •On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather, Marilyn Singer
 
 

   



4. Freshwater and Freshwater Life
  

Freshwater WebSources:

eNature Field Guides - fantastic link for all animals! Great photos and information and organized well.
   Fishes   Reptiles and Amphibians    Mammals
Discovery Online: Live Alligator Cam
Discovery Online: Croc Hunter Live Cam
Birmingham Zoo - the Animal Omnibus: a great source for animal research (animal sounds too)
Oregon Zoo - From Antelopes to Zebras: information about animals from around the world. Includes scientific name, adaptations and coloration, behavior, reproduction and life span, diet, habitat and range, current status.
Zoonet - Animal Pictures
The Freshwater Biome: w/link to animals of this biome page
Freshwater Ecosystems
Rivers seen from space photos
Something Froggy from Franklin Institute Online
Electronic Zoo Animal Site - you can search to find links to images, sounds...
National Geographic Society Geographic Awareness Week Activities related to freshwater - LOTS!

Freshwater Experiments/Activities:  

Frogs and Tadpoles S.E.E.D.S. unit (Life Sciences, Gr. 1)
Food chain mobile: Research and construct one for a pond
Make edible aquariums with jello and gummy fish!

 

Freshwater Language Arts Tie-ins:   

My Freshwater Poems page
Pdf files of these poems! Small sized for students' Poetry Notebooks (39K) - pdf file
Poster sized - Freshwater #1 (2.5MB), Freshwater #2 (2.1MB), Frogs (1MB), Alligators/Crocodiles (2.5MB), Turtles (518K)
(Sorry for the file sizes: I used fancy fonts and need to learn how to optimize them...)
Alligator Pie booklet for students to illustrate (pdf file)
Readers Theater: "The Three Little Tadpoles" from Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theater, pp. 83-85 (5 parts)
Readers Theater: "The Tadpole and the Frog" from Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theater, pp. 86-88 (4 parts)
Readers Theater: "The Tadpoles Get Upset, and Then They Get Really Mad, and Then They Get Really, Really Mad" from Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theater, pp. 89-91 (5 parts)
Readers Theater: "Don't Kiss Us, We're Just a Bunch of Tadpoles" from Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theater, pp. 92-95 (5 parts)
Readers Theater: "Two Terribly Terrific Tadpoles" from Tadpole Tales and Other Totally Terrific Treats for Readers Theater, pp. 96-98 (3 parts)
Play: "New Frog in the Pond" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 41-42 (2 parts)
Play: "A Duckling Tale" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 43-44 (2 parts)
Play: "Fish School" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 45-46 (5 parts)
Minibook: "Food Chains" from 25 Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 11, 31-32
Mini-Book: "Who Eats Whom?" from 25 Solve-the-Riddle Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 29-30 food chain
Minibook: "The Busy Pond" from 25 Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 12, 37-38
Minibook: "Hide and Seek" from 25 Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 14, 45-46 camouflage
Make a Flap-Peek Book: "Camouflage Riddles" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 46-47, 127
Mini-Book: "How We Stay Safe" from 25 Solve-the-Riddle Science Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 17-18
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-29
Make a Pop-Up Book: "Cycles" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 30-31
Make a Brown Paper Bag Book: "Animal Classifications" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 70-71, 139
Five Little Speckled Frogs Rebus Rhymes
Wacky Tales - you add some words according to parts of speech and they are added to the story Gone Fishing!
•The Alligator's Words descriptive word worksheet to accompany the book The Moon of the Alligators by Jean Craighead George, from Literature-Based Geography Activities, p. 104-107

Freshwater Math Tie-ins:   

Addition number stories: using Swimming poem, leave out numbers and let children create their own poems and write the equations that go with each couplet. Make a class big book!

Freshwater Social Sciences Tie-ins:   

Map out freshwater streams, ponds, lakes on Molokai
•Finding river cities
•Moon Calendar to accompany the book The Moon of the Alligators by Jean Craighead George, from Literature-Based Geography Activities, p. 104-107

Freshwater Technology Tie-ins:   

Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.
Animaniacs River Adventure - The Animaniacs have gone out in a canoe and gotten lost. It's your job to traverse the maze to find them in their northward camp. Problem is, the sun is going down - so you need to hurry, and you might not always reach them in time. You also need a good sense of direction, although the map and compass will help. Free download
Crocodile - Don't you just hate it when your town is flooded and overrun with alligators? Direct the raft with your mouse. Move fast to avoid becoming gator-bait! Free arcade-style game download
Lion King Crocodile Adventure - Kiara is stranded on one side of the river filled with corcodiles. On the other side, Kovu is hanging from a tree branch with a crocodile snapping at his heels! It's up to you to get Kiara across the river and save Kovu. Jump across on the crocodile's backs and you'll both be safe! Three levels of play to keep you hopping. Free arcade style game download

Freshwater Art/Music Tie-ins:   

Fantastic Fishing Contest
Fishing ABCs Coloring Book - in pdf format supplied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (click on link on page)
Rainbow Light Catchers from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 73-74 making aquatic creatures in the colors of the rainbow (need colored acetate)
Mother Crocodile from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 168-169 using long cardboard gift-wrap tube, cereal box cardboard, 2 cotton balls
Clothespin Alligator from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 170-171 using 3 spring-type wooden clothespins, pipe cleaner, 2 larg wiggle eyes
Alligator Snapping Turtle Puppet from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 172-174 4 9-inch paper plates, 2 long white socks, elbow macaroni, 2 flat black buttons, old glove (not essential), 2 small wiggle eyes
Origami Jumping Frog
Wacky Tales - you add some words according to parts of speech and they are added to the story Joe's Frog!
Make Turtle Eggs and Walnut Turtles
Turtle Convention - turn brown paper bags into turtle shells to wear
Turtle Sock Hand Puppets

Freshwater Field Trips:   

Freshwater Vocabulary:

estuary, freshwater, energy, predator, prey, producer, consumer, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, photosynthesis, carbon dioxide, sunlight, manufacture, community, camouflage,

Freshwater Books/Media:  

   •A River Ran Wild, Lynne Cherry has hardcover
   •Tuesday, David Weisner - HAD to put this wordless book in! Tie it in with frogs! has hardcover
   •The Changing World: Oceans and Rivers, Dr. Frances Dipper, hardcover
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5. Oceans and Ocean Life
  

General Ocean

Unit Plans: One of my previous Ocean Unit Plans, Scholastic Online Ocean Unit Plan

Ocean WebSources:

eNature Field Guides - fantastic link for all animals! Great photos and information and organized well.
   Fishes   Reptiles and Amphibians    Seashells     Seashore Creatures     Marine Mammals
Lanikai's Water Website - a beautiful multimedia project with pages on Waves, Shorelife, Mokulua Islands, Water Safety, Sand, Water Quality, Fish Life, Recreation, Kaelepulu Stream, & Eco-Balance
Creatures of the Sea - Scholastics online field trip page with many links to other sites
Exploring Oceans on the Web - Scholastic online field trip page with many links
Discovery Online Live Seal Cam
Discovery Online Live Manatee Cam
Discovery Online Live Shark Cam
National Undersea Research Program: images
NOAA's Ark site: images of many ocean and arctic animals
Nudibranch of the Week: love slugs?
NOAA site for free photos covering MANY areas!
Ocean Ecosystems links page
Under the Sea Unit (colorful and very informative website)
Oceanography links
Coastal Sealife links page (by a 5th grade class)
Shark School: San Diego Natural History Museum Kids' Habitat
Zoom Sharks - great site with information in easy-to-read format, plus activities (including 1st grade math activities)
Ocean Factoids
K-12 Oceanography
WhaleTimes has easy-to-read information on whales, seals, sea lions, sharks, penguins, and walruses.
SeaWorld
Treasures @ Sea: exploring the oceans through literature. GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS!!
Oceans/Water Lesson Plans page
Sea Turtle Survival League's site
Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor cyberguide with lots of links and accompanying activities
National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week activities related to appreciating/conserving the ocean - LOTS!
•Cute little marine icons to download

Ocean Experiments/Activities:  

Ocean Pollution in a Bottle
Mapping the Ocean Floor
Brine Shrimp S.E.E.D.S. unit (Life Science, Gr. 3 kit)
•Create a Tsunami!
Crab Legs Puzzler from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 107-108 students discover that a bulb will light up only when a circuit is complete
Where is the Salt in Salt Water? from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 16
Make an Ocean or Sea from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 25 use stacked shoeboxes to recreate the zones of the ocean
•Understanding Tides: use Slime to feel the tides, in The Changing World: Oceans and Rivers, p. 23 hardcover
•Making Salty Water Fresh, in The Changing World: Oceans and Rivers, p. 49 hardcover
Ocean Oil Slick - create your own oil slick then try to clean it up

Polluted Ocean in a Bottle

Ocean Language Arts Tie-ins:   

My Ocean Poems page
Ocean Writing Activities
Reading for facts, using captions & detailed illustrations: Seas and Oceans by Felicity Brooks
Using illustrations & captions for understanding: What's Inside? Shells by Dorling Kindersley 
Writing Question/Answer format: use Questions and Answers About Sharks by Ann McGovern
Writing couplets: A Hole in the Ocean: A Daring Journey by Jasper Tomkins: written as couplets
Memorizing poems, word play: Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreas
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor cyberguide
Open Seas web page: easy to read text and beautiful links. Use as model for students' own pages

Phonemic awareness lesson using One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Mini_Book: "Sharks - A Question-and-Answer Minibook" from 25 Thematic Mini-Books (Instructor Books)
Mini-Book: "Going to an Island" from Think, Do, and Read Mini-Books (Instructional Fair Books) pp. 119-124 ("You __ go to an island on a ___" format)
Play: "Fish School" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 45, 46 (5 parts)
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-31
What are Oceans? reading from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 1
Ocean Waves reading from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 3
Currents and Tides reading from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 4
About the Oceans reading from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 5-10 talks about each of the zones (coastal zone, ocean shallows, sunlit zone, twilight zone, midnight zone, ocean floor) and the plants and creatures that live there. Also has section on oceans at risk.
Do You Know Who Lives in the Ocean Unscramble worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 11
Animal Relationships Worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 12 Animal classification activity with mammals, invertebrates, birds, and fish
Who Lives Here? worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 13 students match animals and plants with the zone they reside in
Ocean Vocabulary Wordsearch from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 14
Animal Mix-Ups Unscramble worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 15
Writing About Oceans from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, pp. 17-19 step by step directions and accompanying organizer sheets
A Foot for Every Task Reading and Worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, pp. 23-24 birds' feet and how they are adapted to their habitat
Ocean Animal Report form from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, pp. 26-27 very structured form but mixes writing with illustrating
Animals of the Oceans worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 28 has a list of animals and an illustration, students write a sentence next to the animals sharing an interesting fact
Ocean Quiz from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 30 asks for 4 zones, size of oceans, animals (mammals, invertebrates, fish, birds), and the water cycle
Glossary from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, pp. 31-33
Life in the Sea by Melvin Berger, Newbridge ( has 6 copies, tape, big book & photo set!) has table of contents & index
The Mighty Ocean by Melvin Berger, Newbridge ( has 6 copies & big book) has table of contents & index
Wacky Tales - you add some words according to parts of speech and they are added to the story Gone Fishing!

Ocean Math Tie-ins:   

Linear Measurement: use silhouette and measurements in back of Where's That Fish? by Barbara Brenner & Bernice Chardiet to create
      life-sized animals
Number word recognition, numeral recognition, counting by ones: Shells on the Beach from Hands-On Math Around the Year pp. 85 (modifications: •have index cards with words and numbers on them & use sandpaper "beaches, students place shells on their beaches, count up and place number card and word card. •same but use another language (Hawaiian, Spanish, French...) on the cards. •have blank cards available and students need to write word and number on them for each beach they build
Addition, subtraction, recording number sentences: Seashell Stories from Hands-On Math Around the Year pp. 86 Students manipulate shells on sandpaper beaches as they listen to equations or story problems, later they create their own.
Patterns (reading, copying & extending): Seashell Patterns from Hands-On Math Around the Year pp. 87 (modification: could do with ocean life clip art)
Ocean Math Chart and worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 21-22 chart & questions comparing the size, average depth, and maximum depth of the world's oceans

Ocean Social Sciences Tie-ins:   

Famous Ocean Explorers study! Biographies, historical fiction, mapping routes...
Columbus' Voyage - create maps and ships
Famous Explorers Dictionary -
•The Ocean as Resource: using the book I Am the Ocean by Suzanna Marshak, from Literature-Based Geography Activities, p. 46-49

Ocean Technology Tie-ins:   

Illustrated poem with audio! Copy your choice of a poem from our Ocean Poems web page, paste onto a HyperStudio page and illustrate it. Then create a button which allows others to hear you read the poem.
Oceans CD: Visions Technology in Education: interactive student activities, teacher management element, accompanying worksheets, Hybrid Mac/PC
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.
Starcastles Neptune Coloring Book - software to download. Description: Time for some underwater fun! Choose from six pictures and 30 colors to use for the finishing touch. Click on the starfish to get cool facts on the marine life.
Battleship - The classic game of battleship - sink your opponent's aircraft carrier, battleship, cruiser, submarine and destroyer. Play against the computer or a friend (registered game only). There are 4 levels of play with the computer, each with a different strategy (levels 1 and 2 available in the shareware version). Choose from 3 different games: one shot per turn, one shot per unsunk ship (salvo game), and shoot until you miss. Look under the Apple menu in About Battleship for details on how to play the game. Drag your ships to place them and double click to rotate by 90 degrees.
BOKA BATTLESHIPS is a strategy game in which 2 players attempt to destroy each others' fleets of 6 ships, by guessing their location. It includes 7 different levels of computer opponents (4 if unregistered), ranging from 'Little Johnnie' to 'The Grand Master'. It also allows to human opponents to play each other. Nice sound effects when the shots fall into the water or hit a ship!
King of the Sea - This is a promotion for Walt Disney's Little Mermaid. It's not easy being King of the Sea with Ursula around. You need to keep her eels from getting past you with your magic trident. But be careful, because you'll get a shock if they touch you. Free arcade style download

Ocean Art/Music Tie-ins:   

Ed Emberely's Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley
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I'd Like to be a Marine Biologist" cassette & lyrics
Ms. Frizzle at the beach coloring page
Fantastic Fishing Contest
Shark Surprise! Create a card game
Under the Sea: create an underwater environment reflecting research
Song: Yellow Submarine
Sand Castle construction from Science Art (Scholastic) pp. 65-67
Ocean in a Bag from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 34-35 using 2 ziplocs, blue hair gel (?) and assorted beads & shells, students create their own ocean
Clam Puppet from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 38-40 using paper plates and an old white sock
Jellyfish Windsock from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 46-47 using 2 clear kitchen trash bags, clear con-tac paper, cellophane tape, sequins
Scary Shark Puppet from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 50-51 using 2 42-oz oatmeal boxes, adult black or dark-gray sock
Shark Coloring Book to print out
Make a Tropical Ocean Fish from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 29
Down by the Bay: learn the song and then create rewrites ( has big book and tape)
Ocean Art Activities page
Ocean Diorama directions
Hanging Koi directions

Make Turtle Eggs and Walnut Turtles
OCEANS DAY COLOURING & ACTIVITY BOOK - This is a 10 page document in PDF format. Coloring pages show marine life on Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and in the Great Lakes around Canada. There is information on what kids can do to save the oceans, and word games (word search, crossword and match name/picture) about marine animals. Learn about North American marine life.

Ocean Field Trips:   

•tide pools
•wharf
•One Ali'i Park

Ocean Vocabulary:   

estuary, currents, oceanography, marine biology, adapt, algae, biome, camouflage, carnivore, competition, conservation, consumer, continental shelf, decay, decomposer, detrivore (animal that eats only the dead flesh of other animals), diatoms, disperse, diverse, ecosystem, energy, environment, food pyramid, habitat, herbivore, holdfast (the part of seaweed that attaches it to the seafloor), intertidal, invertebrate, kelp, krill, mammal, midnight zone, abyssal zone, migration, minus tide, nutrient, omnivore, organism, planktivore, plankton, photophore (a body organ that makes light), photosynthesis, phytoplankton, pollution, prey, producer, predator, respiration, salinity, shoreline, species, sunlight, sunlight zone, temperate, thermal vent, tide, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, equator, tsunami, twilight zone, upwelling, vegetation, vertebrate, vertical migration, zonation, zooplankton (taken from the glossary in the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education), nudibranch,

Ocean Vocabulary Wordsearch from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 14

Ocean Books/Media:   

    •How to Hide an Octopus & Other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller: camouflage
   •A Hole in the Ocean: A Daring Journey by Jasper Tomkins: written as couplets
   •Amazing Sharks by Melvin Berger (Big Book)
   •Dive! A Book of Deep-Sea Creatures by Melvin Berger (Scholastic Hello Reader! Level 3)
   •Into the Sea by Brenda Guiberson (Trumpet): full circle story of a sea turtle
   •Odious Oceans by Anita Ganeri ("Horrible Geography" book): has lots of info in short snippets
   •Questions and Answers About Sharks by Ann McGovern: question and answer format
   •Sea Turtles by Caroline Arnold (Scholastic)
   •Seas and Oceans by Felicity Brooks (Usborne Understanding Geography book)
   •The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole (1 hardcover, 1 pb) ( has 1 copy) cyberguide
   •The Mighty Ocean by Melvin Berger (Big Book)
   •Under the Sea from A to Z by Anne Doubilet: alphabet book with photographs, large print captions, and detailed
     information about each animal)
   •Underwater: A First Look at Animals by Diane James & Sara Lynn (Scholastic): table of contents, captions, index
   •What's Inside? Shells by Dorling Kindersley (hardcover): photos, illustrations & captions
   •Where's That Fish? by Barbara Brenner & Bernice Chardiet (Scholastic)
   •Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell Unit Unit
   •One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss Phonemic awareness lesson
   •The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Guide
   •Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister Guide
   •Swimmy by Leo Lionni Unit
   •When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest Unit (immigration) Read Aloud
   •The Sand Castle Builder by Dennis Nolan
   •In the Swim by Douglas Florian: poems and illustrations don't get any better than this! Kids love 'em!
   •At the Seashore, David M. Schwartz: looking closely at the photos shows you there is so much more to see
   •The Changing World: Oceans and Rivers, Dr. Frances Dipper, hardcover
   •I Can Read About Sharks, C.J. Naden
   •Look Inside the Ocean Board Book,
   •Turtle Watch, George Ancona: older pb but has some excellent b & w pix
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  Oceans:  Coral Reefs          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Coral Reef WebSources:

NOAA's Photo Collection -The Coral Kingdom: separate sections for Pacific, Caribbean, and Red Sea reefs
Coral Reef World: maintained by a school, page has large text, easy vocabulary, and lots of links
Sea World/Busch Gardens Coral Reef page: difficult text but good information
Fish Eye View Coral Reef Cam
Venture into Hawaii's Coral Reefs

Coral Reef Experiments/Activities:        (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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What is a Coral Reef? Scholastic Read About Science Library has 6 copies & activities: Coral Reef Mini-Book & Coral Reef Lunch-Munch Game
Coral Reefs: Facts, Stories, Activities Jenny Wood (Scholastic): glossary & index
The Coral Reef by Christine Economos, Newbridge Discovery Links Early Level ( has 6 copies)
Life in a Coral Reef by Melvin Berger, Ranger Rick Science( has 6 copies, has big book)

Coral Reef Math Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Coral Reef Social Sciences Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Coral Reef Technology Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Coral Reef Art/Music Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Pile of Sea Urchins from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 41 using 2-inch styrofoam balls, toothpicks, and poster paints
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oft Sculpture Snail from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 42-43 using old pantyhose, fiberfill, safety pins, wiggle eyes, and a pipe cleaner
Sea Star from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 44-45 using light cardboard, paper fastener

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Coral Reef Books/Media:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

   •Coral Reef by Barbara Taylor (hardcover): great photos and captions, index & glossary
   •Coral Reefs: Facts, Stories, Activities Jenny Wood (Scholastic): glossary & index
   •Life in a Coral Reef by Melvin Berger (Big Book)
 
 
 
 
 
 


  Oceans: Tide Pools          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Tide Pools WebSources:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

The Secret World of Tide Pools: written and illustrated by a student

Tide Pools Experiments/Activities:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Tide Pools Language Arts Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Tide Pools Page: text is fairly easy and large, picture links at bottom. Use as model for students' web page design

Tide Pools Math Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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Web Quest on Tide Pools for early learners: includes links, a HyperStudio template, rubric
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Tide Pools Art/Music Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Tide Pool shoe boxes

Tide Pools Field Trips:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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Tide Pools Books/Media:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

   •A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (big book)
   •The Hermit Crab by Brian and Jillian Cutting (Wright Group book)
   •Is This a House for Hermit Crab by Megan Mcdonald
   •Tide Pool by Paul Fleisher
   •At Home in the Tide Pool by Alexander Wright
   •Grasper by Paul Owen Lewis
   •Exploring the Seashore, (National Geographic Society)
   •The Seashore, by Gallimard Jeunesse (Scholastic First Discovery)


  OceansDeep, Deep Ocean          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Deep Ocean WebSources:

Exploring the Ocean Floor: some great photos of unusual creatures & subs
•Nova's Abyss site
•Visit hydrothermal vents in Alvin

Deep Ocean Experiments/Activities:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Deep Ocean Language Arts Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Deep Ocean Math Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Race to the Bottom of the Sea

Deep Ocean Social Sciences Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Deep Ocean Technology Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Deep Ocean Art/Music Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Deep Ocean Field Trips:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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  Oceans:   Pirates!          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Unit Plan from another year: A Pirate's Life for Me?

Pirates WebSources:

Treasure Island unit includes many pirate links!

Pirates Experiments/Activities:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Pirate Choice Time Choice Board

Pirates Language Arts Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Pirate Poems page
My Favorite Pirate Word: after brainstorming & charting all known pirate words, use this in a center
If I Were a... poem frame: brainstorm & list words describing all the things pirates do, then allow students to use frame to write their own

Pirates Math Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Dividing up the Gold activity
Pirate Fraction Action activity for center

Pirates Social Sciences Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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Peter Pan vs. the Pirates - Peter's in trouble - with Captain Hook chasing him, pirates dropping bombs, and sailing overhead. Luckily he's nimble and can jump over Hook, avoiding the pirate's attack. If Pan survives long enough, he's declared the winner. Three levels of play keep the game challenging. All program images copyright Disney - FREE!

Pirates Art/Music Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Ed Emberely's Big Purple Drawing Book by Ed Emberley: GREAT pirates and pirate ships!
Pirates & Buccaneers Coloring Book by Peter Copeland (Dover)
The Pirate Song, Bill Harley CD

Pirates Field Trips:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Pirate Olympics using playground equipment!

Pirates Vocabulary:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•check out here,

Pirates Books/Media:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

    •Ed Emberely's Big Purple Drawing Book by Ed Emberley: GREAT pirates and pirate ships!
   •A Pirate's Life for Me! by Julie Thompson and Brownie Macintosh (hardcover): has a glossary in the back and information about famous
      pirates
   •Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail (hc): once Edward learns to read his books & imagination provide adventures
   •Grandma and the Pirates by Phoebe Gilman (Scholastic RL 2?)
   •Pirates & Buccaneers Coloring Book by Peter Copeland (Dover)
   •Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas by Gail Gibbons (Trumpet): w/section on famous pirates
   •The Pirate Queen by Emily Arnold McCully (Trumpet): story of Grania O'Malley from Ireland
   •The Princess and the Pirate King by Debi Gliori (hc): a wish against boredome brings a pirate
   •Tough Boris by Mem Fox (hc): even tough pirate cry
   •Everything I Know About Pirates by Tom Lichtenheld (hc): good format to mimic, but some marginal word choices
   •The Jolly Mon by Jimmy Buffet
   •Do Pirates Take Baths? awesome poems!
   •Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Unit Unit Unit Unit(with cool backgrnd image)
   •Muppet Treasure Island Treasure Hunt
 
 
 


  Oceans:   Whales          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Whales WebSources:

NOAA's Ark site: images of many ocean and arctic animals
Whale Thematic Unit (some links are "commercials" but others are good)
WhaleTimes has easy-to-read information on whales, seals, sea lions, sharks, penguins, and walruses.
Zoom Whales - great site with lots of easy-to-read information on whales and links to activities, a picture glossary, printouts, more!

Whales Experiments/Activities:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

How Does Blubber Help Keep Animals Warm?: use 2 plastic bags with Crisco between them to act as the blubber. Place one hand inside bags. Put both hands into ice water and time how long each can remain. Graph/compare. p. 15 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies

How Does a Whale Live in the Arctic? from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 16 similar to above
•"Name That Tail" cooperative activity, pp. 47 - 50 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•50 Tails for 50 Whales game: learn about 22 different species of whales

Whales Language Arts Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

My Whale Poems page
Swim with the Whales: Scholastic Read About Science Library has 6 copies & activity
Whales & Dolphins Coloring Book by John Green (Dover, 2 copies): detailed captions on each page
"What Is a Whale? Minibook" from 25 Thematic Mini-Books (Instructor Books)
What About Whales? reading and worksheet from the manual accompanying the Oceans CD by Visions Tech. in Education, p. 20 toothed and baleen whales

Watching Whales by Brenda Parkes, Newbridge Discovery Links Fluent Level ( has 6 copies)
•"What is a Whale?" mini book, pp. 9 & 10 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Whales: Inside and Out" look through the page to see the skeleton of a baleen whale and a toothed whale, pp. 11-14 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Whale Identification Cards", pp. 19 -23 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Whales in Their Habitat" action poster, pp. 28 & 29 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Humpback Whales: Singers of the Sea" mini book, pp. 33-35 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Whale Migration" worksheet, p. 38 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"From Field Work to Final Report" worksheets teaching how to read charts, pp. 9 & 10 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"The Rescue of Comet" play, pp. 55 -60 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies

Whales Math Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Linear Measurement: Measure, mark actual lengths of whales on sidewalk. Figure out how many of you it would take to measure the same length.
Whale and Dolphin dot-to-dots
•"How Do Whales Measure Up?" graphing activity that goes with Whale Identification Cards, pp. 24-25 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Charting the Course" worksheets teaching students how to use a grid to be a researcher in the field, pp. 40 -42in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
•"Whale Tracks" worksheets, pp. 44 -45 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies
Whale Origami and geometry lesson

Whales Social Sciences Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Whales Technology Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Create your own humpback song after listening to whales' songs, use Sound Companion and its effects to create your own humpback song
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Whales Art/Music Tie-ins:

Paul Winter Consort CDs
Water-Spouting Whale from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 52-53 using gallon plastic milk jug, 14 oz dish detergent bottle, aluminum foil
Leaping Dolphin Puppet from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 54-55 using 16-oz soda bottle, adult dark-gray sock, adult white sock, square tissue box
Bag Narwhal from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 72-73 using 4 large brown grocery bags, long cardboard gift-wrap tube
Molting Beluga from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 74-75 using 2 white sock, fiberfill
Origami Whale directions
Whale and Dolphin Coloring Book to print out
Whale Mobile - print out the cutouts and directions
•"A Whale of a Puppet" moving right whale puppet, pp. 30-32 in Whales, Activities Based on Research from the Center for Coastal Studies

Whales Field Trips:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Whale Watch!

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   •As Big as a Whale by Melvin Berger (Big Book)
   •Crystal, the Story of a Real Baby Whale by Karen Smyth: North Atlantic Humpback
   •Do Whales Ever...? by Nathalie Ward
   •Dolphin by Sue Houghton (Troll): w/factfinder & index
   •Illustrated Encyclopedia of Whales and Dolphins by Dr. Anthony Martin (hardcover)
   •Orca Song by Michael Armour (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection): a calf is trapped in an abandoned net
   •The Legend of the Whale by Ian Stansfield (hardcover): legends; beautiful aboriginal art
   •The World's Whales: The Complete Illustrated Guide (hardcover, rough shape)
   •Whales & Dolphins by Della Rowland, Explorer Books (Trumpet, 4 copies)
   •Whales & Dolphins Coloring Book by John Green (Dover, 2 copies)
   •Whales by Gail Gibbons
   •Amos and Boris, William Steig: great fiction for primary grades
   •Baby Beluga, Raffi: great fiction for primary grades (and a song to go with it too!)
   •Dear Mr. Blueberry, Simon James: great fiction for primary grades
   •Joshua Disobeys, Dennis Vollmer: great fiction for primary grades
   •Whale Brother, Barbara Steiner: great fiction for primary grades
   •Whale Song , Tony Johnston: great fiction for primary grades
   •I Can Read About Whales and Dolphins, J.I. Anderson
   •Time of Wonder, Robert McCloskey (Caldecott Award Book, 2 copies: & )
   •Crookjaw, Caron Lee Cohen: beautiful oil paint on board illustrations, about a whaler
   •The Whale in Lowell's Cove, Jane W. Robinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


  Oceans
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  Arctic Regions          (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)
Unit Plan from previous year: Detour to the North Pole!

Arctic Regions WebSources:

Discovery Online: Live Penguin Cam
Penguin Cam at Montreal's Biodome
Penguins Page - quite sophisticated for little ones but lots of great info. A comprehensive page on penguins and their behaviours, evolution, prey, history, or myths.
Discovery Online Live Polar Bear Cam
Discovery Online Live Seal Cam
NOAA's Ark site: images of many ocean and arctic animals
Mrs. Bee's Penguin and Antarctica Site: TONS of activities, poems, etc.
The Aurora Page: Find out when and where the Northern Lights are happening.
Build a Snowman! (The closest we'll ever get on Molokai!)
Build a Snowman: links to Build Snow People and Build a Snow Woman
WhaleTimes has easy-to-read information on whales, seals, sea lions, sharks, penguins, and walruses.
Sea World's Animal Page!
Be a Penguin! Using Shockwave plug-in, visit a rookery in Antarctica

Arctic Regions Experiments/Activities:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Arctic Regions Language Arts Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Arctic Poems
Penguins Through the Year: Scholastic Read About Science Library has 6 copies & activity
•Research online & write a polar adventure
Minibook: "Winter Clothes" from Think, Do, and Read Mini-Books (Instructional Fair Books) pp. 81-83 ("I put on my __" format)
Minibook: "Go, Penguins, Go!" from 25 Emergent Reader Mini-Books (Scholastic) pp. 19-20 ("Penguins go __" format)
Play: "Snowflakes" from 25 Just-Right Plays for Emergent Readers (Scholastic) pp. 18, 19 (6 parts)
Reindeer Quiz designed by 2nd grade class

Arctic Regions Math Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Reading Temperatures: Visit the walk-in cooler in the school's kitchen to read/record temperatures!

Arctic Regions Social Sciences Tie-ins:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Research online & write a polar adventure
•Cardinal Directions: learning direction words and using a compass: to accompany the book Katie and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, from Literature-Based Geography Activities, p. 8-11
•Reading Picture Maps: to accompany the book Katie and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, from Literature-Based Geography Activities, p. 8-11
Life in Polar Regions: It's Chilly Out Here activity sheet, Northern Lights,

Arctic Regions Technology Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

Illustrated poem with audio! Copy your choice of a poem from our Arctic Poems web page, paste onto a HyperStudio page and illustrate it. Then create a button which allows others to hear you read the poem.
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.
Pop a Penguin - This is one of the many games from the Stay Tooned CD by FunnyBone Interactive. Penguins (and decoys, be careful) keep appearing and hiding on a snowy scene. Can you catch them before they disappear? You are given 4 choices of what to do to the poor penguins if you do get them - kiss them, hit them with a paintball, bop them with a mallet, or blow them up with a bomb. The penguins respond in typical cartoon fashion. Free Demo
SNOWBALL simulates Snow Globes with swirling snow. Use the arrow keys to cycle amongst several images or put your own picture in the globe. The snow slowly settles until you click on the Shake command, or simply move the window to shake it up again. There are options for different sizes of snow - levels 1 to 4 for tiny to fat snowflakes. No snow outside? Shake some up on your desktop! Free
Lenny Loosejocks Goes Snowboarding - Guide Lenny Loosejocks down the mountain collecting Loosejocks as he goes! Arrows show location of the Loosejocks further down the slope. Snowmen and moguls change Lenny's direction. Free arcade style game to download (can also play using Shockwave at ezone.com)

Arctic Regions Art/Music/PE Tie-ins:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Many PE activities related to penguins
Penguin Pin from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 58-59 using three wooden ice-cream spoons, fiberfill, orange felt, wiggle eyes
Fuzzy Polar Bear from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 60-61 using 4 clamp clothespins, 2 wooden tongue depressors, fiberfill, small white pompom
Bottled Auroras from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 69 using corn syrup, star-shaped sequins, food coloring, 16-oz plastic bottle w/ twist-on cap
Bag Narwhal from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 72-73 using 4 large brown grocery bags, long cardboard gift-wrap tube
Molting Beluga from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 74-75 using 2 white socks, fiberfill
Hands and Foot Arctic Tern from Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About the Wild by Kathy Ross pp. 78-79 using construction paper
Papier Mache Penguins and other penguin activities/links

Arctic Regions Field Trips:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

•Visit the walk-in cooler in the school's kitchen to read/record temperatures!

Arctic Regions Vocabulary:       (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

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Arctic Regions Books/Media:      (Return to Oceans)           (Return to top)

   •Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (multiple copies in teachers' room)
   •Stone Fox John Reynolds Gardiner Unit Unit Unit Unit (multiple copies in teachers' room)
   •Winston, Newton, Elton, and Ed by James Stevenson: penguins and walruses wrestle with sibling rivalry
   •Katie and the Big Snow, Virginia Lee Burton (sharon has accompanying geography activities)
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   •The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
   •In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsey George unit
   •The Big Snow by Berta Hader
   •Snow is Falling by Franklyn Branley
   •The Snow Speaks by Nancy White Carlstrom



6. Conservation & Personal Choices
  

Conservation WebSources:

Mrs. Bee's Earth Day ideas
Ocean Conservation website based in Canada
Greenpeace's Oceans site
Sea Turtle Tracking site

Conservation Experiments/Activities:                 (Return to top)

Pollution and Ecology S.E.E.D.S. unit (Life, Earth, Physical Science, Gr. 1)
National Geographic Society Geographic Awareness Week Activities related to appreciating/conserving freshwater - LOTS!
National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week activities related to appreciating/conserving the ocean - LOTS!

Conservation Language Arts Tie-ins:                  (Return to top)

Create a class ABC book of ways to conserve
Make a Book on a Ring: "Dictionary of Science Vocabulary" from How to Make Books with Children: Science and Math (Evan-Moor) pp. 28-31

Conservation Math Tie-ins:                  (Return to top)

Water Wasters: figure out how much water you waste by letting the water run as you brush your teeth

Conservation Social Sciences Tie-ins:                  (Return to top)

Conservation Technology Tie-ins:                 (Return to top)

Scanning & creating thumbnails: post conservation posters online
Publish a website sharing what you have learned! Great directions and examples here.

Conservation Art/Music Tie-ins:                (Return to top)

Conservation posters
Create a class ABC book of ways to conserve

Conservation Field Trips:                  (Return to top)

•Sewage Treatment Plant

Conservation Vocabulary:

watershed, effluent, erosion, greywater, leaching, potable water, primary wastewater treatment, reclaimed wastewater, reservoir, runoff, secondary wastewater treatment, sedimentation tanks, septic tank, settling pond, sewage treatment plant, sewer, tertiary wastewater treatment, wastewater-treatment return flow, wastewater,

Conservation Books/Media:                (Return to top)

   •The Magic School Bus at the Water Works by Joanna Cole (Scholastic pb )
   •World Water Watch by Michelle Koch (hardcover): describes dangers caused by humans
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PALS (Performance Assessment Links in Science): resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks.
Laura Candler's Filing Cabinet: lots of pdf files to download with activities from all areas of curriculum
 Book Units & General Ideas for Responding to Literature Collection
Search for Activities by Curriculum area and grade levels
Make a Big Welcome Book for new students
 Computer Drawing and Animation site: easy how-to
Little Explorers Dictionary - includes English-Spanish, English-French, English-Portuguese, English-German links
Quizzes for Grades 2-3 These print-outs introduce young students to research on the Internet using the Little Explorers picture dictionary. Students use the on-line dictionary to look up the answers to a set of questions. Topics: Australia (25 questions), Bears (15 questions), China (15 questions), The continents (20 questions), Dinosaurs (25 questions), Earth Day (15 questions), Eqypt (10 questions), Human anatomy (25 questions), Insects (20 questions), Mammals (15 questions), Nutrition and diet (20 questions), Rainforest animals (20 questions), Solar System (15 questions), Spiders (11 questions)
Stay Afloat Computer Hangman - with categories: SCIENCE WORDS: Cells, Geology, Animals (Easy), Animals (Hard), Geography, Climate, Rainforest; HISTORY WORDS: World War II; MUSIC WORDS: Composers, Musical Instruments, Studio Recording
Science Icons directory


If you have any suggestions for other sites, books, activities, experiments which would be applicable to a multiage primary classroom (Grades 1-3), please email me!

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Hawaii Content Standards for Science (Extracted for Grades K - 5) (316K pdf file)
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Section Books/Media:

   •The Mighty Ocean by Melvin Berger (Big Book)
   •Odious Oceans by Anita Ganeri ("Horrible Geography" book): has lots of info in short snippets

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