Discover the Wonderful Ocean
Were you able to choose an
animal that you would like to learn more about? I found a few great ones
that really need our help. I was looking at the Harbor Porpoises, Harbor
Seals, Lobsters, Sea Otters, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Swordfish, and Whales.
Did you find another animal that you would like to explore and learn more
about? I think that all the animals are great so I'll let you and your
group choose which animal we can study further.
Choose an animal that
relies on the ocean to explore and learn more about.
Once we pick our animal we will
Draw a detailed
illustration that shows our animal in action. We need to
include details to show where it lives (habitat.) In the picture we need
to show some of the other plants and animals live there.
We will need to scan your illustration so
that you can e-mail it to OceanQuest.
We need to send our picture as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com.
I have heard that
OceanQuest does not want us to include our real names for safety
reasons. They suggest that we make up an alias, made up name, that
something to do with the ocean. They want us to put down our grade level. They
provided a great site about keeping safe on the Internet. You might
want to check it out also. Here's the link, Making Safe
OceanQuest ids going to
illustrations to create an web page that will introduce our upcoming life-size
animal and our report.
I really think that we are making
some great progress. Now, that we know what ocean habitat that
our animal lives in and what other plants and animals live there we
can start to work on the background for our life-size animal.
We will need to:
- Draw a realistic picture
of what we would like our background to look like.
- Develop a strategy to make
- We will need to find out the size
of our animal so that we can measure out the background to
make sure that it is big enough to fit our animal and have room on
all sides so that people can learn about our animal's habitat.
- Use all the resources that we
have available to us (large bulletin board paper, construction
paper, paint, markers, glue, tape...) to make sure that our
background looks realistic.
Investigate Ocean Animals
Now that we know more about our
animal, we need to create a life-size animal to place onto the
background that we have created. I suggest that we:
We each draw a picture of our animal in
action that we can use as a blueprint to design of our life-size
We will have to
work together choose the best one to model our
life-size animal after by coming to a consensus. This
probably will not be easy to do but we can work together to make
sure that we come to a fair decision.
We can use this
picture as a blueprint to create
our life-size animal. Remember, we can use all the resources
that we have available to us (large bulletin board paper,
construction paper, paint, markers, glue, tape...) to make sure
that our animal looks realistic.
Finally, we'll tape
or glue our life-size animal onto our our background. I
suggest using light newspaper to stuff our animal so that it looks
We'll have to use
clear packing tape to tape the outside of our mural to add extra
strength. We are now ready to attach plenty of string and hang
it in our hallway.
Report Your Findings
We need to create
a web page to share what we know
about our animal, it's habitat, environmental problems facing our
animal, and solutions that we can implement to help our animal with the
National Commission (Ocean Act 2000) and the rest of the
To do this we must:
- Review all our explorations
- Write an essay to share our
findings. We will need to:
- Introduce our animal.
- Share our knowledge about our
- Educate others about our
- Address the environmental
concerns that threaten our animal.
- Recommend realistic solutions
to these environmental threats.
- Create a web page that
combines the essay that we will write and the digital images we have
of our life-size animal.
- Get help to post our web page onto
the Internet and then send OceanQuest your web address.
Other Fun Activities
The Java Aquarium
Sea Fun For
Amazing Ocean Facts
Year of the Ocean's Kids
NEAq - Kid's Space - Make A Deep Sea Vent
Fishin' for Facts Scavenger Hunt Activities