Fun & Free Ocean Unit Study Using Fish Toys

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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.

 

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included!

 

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.

 

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included   Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included   Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

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.

 

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

 

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

(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.

 

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

 

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]

Books

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)

Eyewitness Books: Fish 

Eyewitness Books: Whale

The Pout-Pout Fish (fiction and adorable)

Here Come the Humpbacks!

A Symphony of Whales

The Magic School Bus: The Ocean Floor

City Fish, Country Fish

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea (beautiful illustrations)

Water Sings Blue (poetry for Tea Time)

The Best Book of Sharks

Sharks (Easy Reader)

Deep Trouble (Goosebumps book)

Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9)

Dolphins and Sharks (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)

Whale of a Tale! All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (we're listening to an audio version)

Movies

The Living Sea (also on Amazon Prime)

Eyewitness DVD Ocean

National Geographic Really Wild Animals: Deep Sea Dive

The Ultimate Guide: Dolphins

The Blue Planet (also found on Netflix)

The Magic School Bus: Takes a Dive (also found on Netflix)

Monterey Bay Aquarium live feed

Tide Pool video

Three Ocean Zones

Exploring the Coral Reef

131 Seconds That Will Change The Way You See The Ocean

How Deep is the Ocean?

Bill Nye: Food Web & Ocean Life (found on Netflix)

10 Facts About Great White Sharks

World's Largest Blue Whale

Kingdom of the Blue Whale

Humpback Whale Shows Amazing Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets (I got weepy,! Fantastic video)

Biggest Whales of the Planet

Dolphins: Even Smarter Than You Thought

Misc (including fish toys)

Eyelike Stickers: Ocean

Under the Sea Plastic Sea Life Creatures

Lil Fishy Dipper, Chomps, Lucky, Jawbones, Fishbowl, Jelly Fish

Melissa & Doug Ocean floor puzzle

*** 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.

Join us in our much-anticipated Ocean Unit Study adventure. We're using some sweet fish toys to make our studies especially great! Plans & schedule included

The Plans

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!

Week 1

 

Week 2

 

Week 3

  • 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.

Enter here:

ETA: Sorry folks, the giveaway has ended.

 

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.

 

Lil Fishys Instagram challenge!!

 

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!

 

Lil Fishys Twitter Party!

 

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))))

Mwah