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The kids and I are starting our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study and want to invite you to join us on our adventure. Especially since we're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great.
This summer my mission is to show my kids just how awesome science is. Right now, they think it's lame-sauce. It seriously kills me. I lurv science. We're going to have a ((((SUMMER OF SCIENCE)))) Read that in an echo-y announcer voice.
I decided to start us on oceans because we were super lucky to get our hands on these awesome fish toys. Inspiration! I'll take it. They're Lil Fishys and are so super fun!! We pulled out the baby pool, filled it with water, and got to playing.
How I Introduced our unit study with summer toys
While they were playing, we named our new pets (the best kind of pet-- battery operated), and I had each kid pick their favorite one.
(Little Miss has even made beds for the fish to sleep in)
After play time, I printed off the coloring page that matched their favorite pet.
Their assignment: color the page, write the pet's name, and then write a story about their pet.
If you want to have your own introductory project, grab your own Lilfishys, print off the coloring page, grab some writing paper, coloring pencils (or crayons), and pencils.
Here are some writing prompts to get you going:
- Tell me a story about ______ (name)____.
- What is ______'s favorite thing to do?
- What does ______ do all day?
- Where does ______ like to go?
- What is _____'s favorite book/movie/etc?
- One day _________ got stuck on a sunken ship....
- Oh no! ______'s in danger...
- Last week ____ met a new friend named _____...
This was a super fun way to set the stage for our upcoming Ocean unit study. Throughout the next few weeks we'll be finding fun ways to use our new pets to learn with, as well as play with.
The kids can't wait until the weather warms up, and they can take their fish to the pool. They are great swimming toys. The nice thing is they have plenty of space to play with them in the baby pool even when we can't make it to Grandma's pool.
We'll be using some other fish toys and goodies in our upcoming projects and experiments, so keep reading!
Ocean study resources
Here are all the resources I've cobbled together from our home library, our public library, and lovely lovely Amazon.
[wc_box color="secondary" text_align="left"] Tip: Check your shelves and your library before you go buying stuff! Buy only books that you love and will use more than a few times. [/wc_box]
Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia (Main book/spine)
Awesome Ocean Science (lots of fun experiments)
Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide (huge book with beautiful pictures and tons of information)
The Pout-Pout Fish (fiction and adorable)
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea (beautiful illustrations)
Water Sings Blue (poetry for Tea Time)
Sharks (Easy Reader)
Deep Trouble (Goosebumps book)
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9)
Dolphins and Sharks (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (we're listening to an audio version)
The Living Sea (also on Amazon Prime)
The Blue Planet (also found on Netflix)
The Magic School Bus: Takes a Dive (also found on Netflix)
Bill Nye: Food Web & Ocean Life (found on Netflix)
Humpback Whale Shows Amazing Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets (I got weepy,! Fantastic video)
Misc (including fish toys)
*** Lil Fishy has a giveaway going on -- be sure to scroll to the bottom so you can enter for a chance to win!***
Unit study subjects covered
This week and next I'll be showing you exactly how we do everything so you too can do it. Each post will be a breakdown of the subject. I'll add the links to this post so you only have to remember one post to refer to.
I'm a visual person, I like to see how things actually go down. That's been the most helpful to me as I've been homeschooling and I'm betting that it'll be helpful to you. Here, you'll find the general timeline and plans we've followed.
I'm leaving it in weekly format for flexibility. Meaning, spread it out over the week, or chunk it in 2 or 3 days. Whatever works for your schedule and life!
- Define vocabulary words
- Learn ASL ocean signs
(video to come this week)It's here!
- Identify oceans, major seas, and major rivers-- map work
- Writing prompt, story on Lil Fishy toy pet
- Read Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia sections 1 - 2, The Magic School Bus: The Ocean Floor, and other books
- Begin listening to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea audiobook (lunchtime)
- Watch The Blue Planet (episodes 1 & 2), Ocean, The Living Sea, and The Magic School Bus,
- Create the ocean floor with playdoh
- Ocean layers experiment
- Salt water density experiment (uses fish toys)
- Listen to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (finish up)
- Watch The Blue Planet (episodes 3 - 5), Deep Sea Dive, Dolphins
- Read Oceans (sections 3 & 4), and other books
- Study & review map work
- Continue vocabulary work, review, and add new terms
- Review & practice ASL vocabulary
- Measure & compare sea-life, aquarium math, pie chart ocean
- Food chain collage
- Shark buoyancy experiment, how do whales stay warm experiment
- Create tide pool (uses fish toys)
- Watch Blue Planet (remaining episodes), Monterey Bay Aquarium live feed
- Read Ocean (remaining sections), and other books
- Write research article
- Create animal poster
- Create ocean diorama (group project)
- Review map work, vocabulary, and ASL signs
- Water/shoreline erosion experiment (if time), any other experiment
If you want to keep going, keep going! Add more goodness or take more time with each plan. If we add more to our study I'll add it to the post as well.
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (but first you gotta enter)
Now, remember I said you'd get a chance to win some Lil Fishy toys of your own? Well, here's your chance. They are so generous to gift 3 winners with a Lil Fishy Aquarium AND a grab bag of Lil Fishy toys.
When they say grab bag, they mean, lots of toys to grab.
Join us for the fun instagram challenge! It'll be a fun way to meet other homeschool families and see what fun things they're up to.
Oh, and did I mention 5 MORE chances to win some sweet goodness? Oh yeah. I told you Lil Fishy was generous.
We're also having a Twitter party! Sa-weet! The few twitter parties I've joined in have been massively fun and a great way to connect with new friends and get great ideas and support. Yeah, you guessed it-- PRIZES!
I hope your family enjoys this ocean unit study as much as we are!
Stay tuned for the Head over and watch the Learn ASL ocean signs, as well as all the other activities and projects we're up to.
Oh, and, come back and join us for more ((((SUMMER of SCIENCE))))