With your child, of course! You have to go where your child's interest is and adapt this ocean creatures homeschool Unit Study to them.
First, we took the largest sheet of poster cardstock we could buy. BIG is always best with small children. Wallpaper lining paper would be great.
As you can see, we've painted the waves on the card and then got messy sticking our fingers in paint to make white fingerprint 'wave crests.'
We've used crinkly shredded paper to make homeschooling seaweed and cut out a big blue whale which the children have drawn on.
How about going down to the beach – there's lots of free homeschooling stuff just waiting on the tide line to be collected!
Sequins make great eyes for an octopus:
Or you could put them on fish and add some flower shapes and gold barring for scales:
You'll see from my affordable homeschooling advice, there is one area I don't think you should skimp on. Top quality craft materials are a must for homeschool unit studies or any other projects you work on, like our model solar system.
Ocean creatures look good in felt too! Here's a hammerhead shark:
Lesson Plans, including an introduction to Coral Reefs (grades 3-5, 6-8)
An Activity Book
More complex issues for older kids
like a lesson where students investigate the relationship between the
size of the wave and depth to which the effects of its energy can be
(Grades 6-8 covering Earth Science and Physical Science)
is also great for all ages. Find great facts, photos and videos of
ocean creatures from the bottlenose dolphin to sharks and emperor
"I took these of my son playing Endless Ocean 2 on his time off the
other week and thought you might like to see them, I think it's a
wonderful, realistic and detailed game....It's very educational as the animals are shown in great detail in their
natural environments and there are descriptions of each species, from
whales and herring to goblin sharks,
giant squid and angler fish.
There is a cast of characters, a story line
and boats to dive from into some of the world's oceans and rivers."
"Thanks for sharing this Janet. I have just ordered Endless Oceans (the first edition), which says it is suitable for age 3+ x"
Help Save Ocean Creatures
If you want a fantastic way to inspire your kids to start this homeschooling unit study, watch this true home video of the rescue of a humpback whale from fishing nets. It's so amazing; the whale even comes back to say thanks!
Art And Craft
Kids love drawing! What a shame so many of them get put off by school…
Ocean Creatures stencils are fun.
How to Draw Sharks and other Sea Creatures helped us with outline shapes.
You can get stamps of ocean creatures to use with ink stamp pads and leave impressions of killer whales, dolphins and seals all over the place!
Pasta shapes, red lentils and kidney beans make an unusual free shark collage.
I love this seahorse diorama. It's just some seahorses hanging from cotton thread in a box..but fabulous nonetheless!
Shirley tells you how to make some great sparkly pink and yellow sea
anemones using toilet rolls and plastic bags in her page on sea anemone craft.
Origami is fun. You can easily make a homeschooling origami
whale, either by following instructions from a book or by getting an
origami Ocean Creatures World kit. We added a silver foil shiny spout and a stick-on eye.
Watching David Attenborough's The Blue Planet got us fascinated with ocean creatures like Anglerfish and how they attract their prey.
We enjoyed Free Willy too. My homeschooling diary from October records that we spent the whole of one day with everyone being whales – krill for lunch - hmm!
Set Up An Aquarium
Setting up an aquarium can be a huge excitement - and a great addition to your homeschool Unit Studies.
"Our new fish tank minus the fish. My kids have already named their new pets even though we don't have them yet haha." ~ Mandy
If you are thinking of doing the same, Simone can help you make sure you don't make a mistake I wouldn't have thought of:
a fun hobby (and quite addictive!)...I would recommend watching some
videos on youtube about the cycling process. It can take weeks to build
up the beneficial bacteria. You can
cheat by using some used filter media from an established aquarium (if
you know a friend who has a tank?) or even adding a bacteria starter
which you can buy from the pet store...
learned the hard way and nearly lost all my fish yikes! I was keeping
my filter too clean by rinsing it under tap water instead of in the
water removed from the tank... who knew?? Youtube saved the remaining
fish." ~ Simone
What an ideal way to add water into the equation and learn all sorts of free homeschooling science!
You can fill your bath full of ocean creatures and play the game: Does it float or does it sink? ("Properties of materials" for those who do teacher-speak homeschool unit studies).
If you squeeze the bubbles out of a sponge, you'll be able to work out why 'floaters' sink too.
You can make metal ships out of tin foil, divide the inside into cargo holds with bits of cardboard and work out how load effects which end sinks first. (Physics for free as part of homeschool unit studies.)
This is a must activity to get the most out of your homeschooling unit studies.
The London Aquarium left us with memories of glass catfish, a sleeping leopard shark and feeding manta rays.
We met Bruce, the black-tipped reef shark, on a homeschooling trip to a Sea Life Sanctuary.
Monterey Bay Aquarium in California may be a little far away for some of us, but since it has a live Kelp cam we can all enjoy virtual views of ocean creatures in a kelp forest for free!
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