Under the Sea
Children will create an undersea environment in their classroom while researching
interesting facts about their favorite sea creatures.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Crayons, colored pencils, markers
- Crepe paper (blue, green, red, yellow, pink)
- Paper plates
- Construction paper
- Index cards
- Yarn or string
- Books or magazines with pictures or illustrations of fish
WHAT TO DO
- Tell children that over the next week they will all work together to turn the
classroom into an undersea environment and teach each other more about the
creatures that live in the sea.
- Discuss with children the different kinds of sea creatures they have learned about
so far and ask them to choose their favorites. On the board or chart paper, list each
child's name and favorite sea creature. Then explain to children that during the
next week they are to find out as much as they can about their favorite sea creature
so they can tell the class about it at the end of the week. Suggest to children that they
write interesting facts about their sea creature on index cards. Children may also
want to make illustrations to help them describe their favorite sea creature. Provide
books and magazines for the children to look through and arrange for them to have
some research time in the school library.
- Then begin to decorate the classroom by hanging blue and green crepe paper
across the room to create the sea water. Then have children draw and cut out a
picture of their favorite fish or other sea creature. Make sure that children decorate
both sides of their fish. Then hang the fish from the ceiling or display them around
the classroom walls. Continue to create an undersea world in the classroom by using
some or all of the following ideas.
- Children can make jellyfish by coloring paper plates and hanging red, yellow, and/or pink crepe
paper tentacles from the plates. Hang the jellyfish from the ceiling so they look like
they are floating in the water.
- Brainstorm with children things that might be found on the ocean floor, such as a
coral reef, an octopus cave, a sunken ship, a lobster trap. You can decorate, or simply
refer to, areas in your classroom as these undersea landmarks. For example, the
reading corner may become a coral reef (pipe cleaners can be used to make coral), a
bookshelf could become a sunken ship.
- Invite children to bring in any sea shells they may have at home to display around
the room. You may want to bring in some tapes of ocean sounds to play in the
background during the week.
- At the end of the week have children share with each other what they have
learned about their favorite sea creature. You may want to celebrate with a special
snack, such as saltwater taffy or crackers shaped like fish.
You may want to expand this activity into a project that extends over two weeks,
giving children more time to do research and to better decorate the room.
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