Unit Study: Kindergarten Marine Life

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the fascinating world of marine life and ocean ecosystems.
  2. Understand basic concepts of ocean habitats, animals, and conservation.
  3. Develop an appreciation for marine biodiversity and the importance of oceans.
  4. Enhance language skills through marine life-themed storytelling and discussions.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, ecology, and environmental stewardship.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Marine Life

  • Introduction to the concept of marine life and ocean ecosystems
  • Identify and discuss different types of marine animals
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Under the Sea Collage” using pictures and craft materials

Day 2: Ocean Habitats

  • Focus on ocean habitats: Discuss coral reefs, deep sea, and shoreline
  • Learn about the animals and plants that live in each habitat
  • Science activity: Create a mini “Ocean Habitat Diorama”

Day 3: Amazing Ocean Creatures

  • Explore amazing ocean creatures: Discuss dolphins, whales, sharks, etc.
  • Engage in ocean-themed creative activities (e.g., drawing, coloring)
  • Arts and crafts: Create “Sea Creature Puppets” using paper and craft sticks

Day 4: Ocean Conservation

  • Focus on ocean conservation: Discuss the importance of protecting marine life
  • Learn about pollution, plastic waste, and ways to help the oceans
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Ocean Adventure and Culmination

  • Embark on an “Ocean Adventure” imaginary journey with ocean-themed activities
  • Engage in a “Marine Life Scavenger Hunt” activity
  • Culmination activity: Create a class “Marine Life Display” with students’ artwork and facts

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “Commotion in the Ocean” by Giles Andreae Amazon Link
  2. “The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor” by Joanna Cole Amazon Link
  3. “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean” by Catherine D. Hughes Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Octonauts: “Creature Report – Whale Shark” YouTube Link
  2. Wild Kratts: “Dolphin Dive” YouTube Link
  3. National Geographic Kids: “Weird But True! Ocean Animals” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Sea Creature Puppets”: Use paper and craft sticks to create puppets of different ocean animals.

Science Activity

“Ocean Habitat Diorama”: Create a mini diorama of an ocean habitat, using craft materials and toy marine animals.

Culmination Activity

Create a “Marine Life Display” where students’ ocean-themed artwork and facts are displayed, allowing them to showcase their understanding of marine life and ocean conservation.

Bible Connection

Discuss the concept of stewardship and caring for the Earth as found in the Bible, exploring passages that emphasize our responsibility to take care of God’s creation, including the oceans and the creatures within them (e.g., Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 104:24-30).

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