I am so excited to introduce you to the newest addition to our Family Unit Studies: The Ocean Unit Study!
Did you know that there is an animal that lives in the ocean that never ever dies? Did you know that 80% of oceans are unexplored? Did you know that jellyfish have been around for 600 million years—before the dinosaurs?!
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. You are going to love exploring the oceans with this unit study!
About The Ocean Unit Study
This unit study, like all of our ever-growing library of unit studies, takes one big topic (Oceans) and breaks it down into ten manageable, bite-sized learning opportunities. This format allows you to dive all into learning about one area whenever you are set.
Perhaps you do one area per day, perhaps one per week. Whatever suits your fancy! You can learn and explore from start to finish in about 1-2 hours per bite-sized learning topic.
Dive in and watch the sparks of wonder ignite. Watch the child-led learning take off. Watch what happens when children are engaged in what they are learning!
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For this Ocean Unit Study, we have broken the unit study up into the following ten bite-sized learning topics. Each one includes everything you need for that topic—from a curated YouTube video to information to read, to a “what’s happening” section, an interesting fact, and an ultimate-can’t-be-beat Hands-on Activity!
Ready to grab your copy? Get The Ocean Unit Study right here! Need a bit more information? Keep reading!
The Ocean Unit Study Topics
Here are some of the hands-on activities you and your little ones will be exploring within The Ocean Unit Study:
Topic #1: The 5 Oceans
Can you name the five oceans? You will be able to do just that, plus so much more once you are done this part of the unit study! These awesome printable playdough mats bring that learning to life. Wait until you find out what the hands-on activity is in this one! So simple, yet completely brilliant (if I do say so myself!)
Topic #2: Waves
Learn all about HOW and WHY waves form with this part of your ocean unit study. Then solidify all of that learning with this beautiful art activity as you create your own waves!
Topic #3: The Sunlight Zone
We split this ocean unit study up into 3 zones, exploring the animals and plants that live in each one, as well as unique features of each zone. Did you know that the phytoplankton found in the sunlight zone produces as much oxygen as all of the plants found on land combined?! You will learn all about that and so much more as you explore the sunlight zone!
Topic #4: The Twilight Zone
Full of historical artifacts (more artifacts, in fact, than in all of our museums!), the Twilight Zone is what we explore next. As we discover the animals and plants that live in this zone of the ocean, we add to the diorama that was started with The Sunlight Zone! There are two ways to make this diorama, with shoe boxes or with water bottles—detailed instructions, as well as printable animals, are included in this Ocean Unit Study!
Topic #5: The Deep Ocean
Believe it or not, only 5% of the seafloor has been mapped out. There is still so much we just do not know! Let children wonder, question, and learn as they explore all about the incredible creatures that call the deep ocean home.
Topic #6: All About Dolphins
No Ocean Unit Study would be complete without exploring the adorable and incredibly smart dolphins! Did you know that dolphins actually give themselves names? Or that killer whales are actually a member of the dolphin family? There are so many fun and interesting facts in this section, ideal to spark wonder and curiosity in young minds and hearts. At the end of this section, you will create a gorgeous dolphin suncatcher.
Topic #7: All About Jellyfish
You might think the most surprising thing about jellyfish is that they are not actually classified as fish. But there are so many more surprising and interesting things about these creatures! Did you know that jellyfish don’t have a heart, lungs, or brain?! If that doesn’t make you want to dive into this bite-sized learning topic, nothing will!
Topic #8: Creatures of the Deep
We have made sure that each of the hands-on activities in our unit studies use materials you already have at home. So, with a few little alterations, we found a simple way for you to make bioluminescent paint at home! If you have a few highlighters, you are set. Children will get such a kick out of this cool art + science activity.
Topic #9: Coral Reefs
Coral reefs have been referred to as the ‘rainforest of the sea’ because of how incredibly diverse they are! In this section of the Ocean unit study, we explore the various types of coral and actually create our own.
Topic #10: Marine Biologists
Rounding out this unit study, we explore the various roles that Marine Biologists play. The culminating activity is solving an unusual mystery, just as real Marine Biologists do! With a coral reef turning white, your budding Marine Biologist will decide what is happening AND how to fix it.
And there you have it—the ten bite-sized learning topics that make up our great big Ocean Unit Study!
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Thank you so much for reading!