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Ocean Unit Study

 

Ocean Unit Study

During the cooler seasons this school year we are studying the ocean. My five year old is free to participate, but I put together this study for my second grader. This study is a 31 day study that takes about 40 minutes each day. We will do this once or twice a week until we can resume our flower studies in the spring. I am using 7 different books and online videos for this study. The books are:

Awesome Ocean Science

Tidal Zone (Exploring the Oceans)
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.)
Twilight Zone (Exploring the Oceans)
Midnight Zone (Exploring the Oceans.)
Seafloor (Exploring the Oceans)

The Titanic: Lost and Found (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)

Day 1:

Intro to the Ocean Awesome Ocean Science book pg 6-11 – Make ocean pie

oceanpie

Day 2:
Awesome Ocean Science pg 12-14 water cycle with experiment and videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw275056JtA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og9cQKxlFnE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=462heG_TjiE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oCoKj7b2o&feature=related

Day 3
Awesome Ocean Science pg 15-18 saltiness of ocean with experiments
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/16875-the-water-cycle-fresh-water-vs-salt-water-video.htm
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/17265-the-water-cycle-where-fresh-water-comes-from-video.htm

Day 4
Awesome Ocean Science pg 19-22 Arctic/Antarctic ice experiments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5-F30YFEv8&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMQ21p93JZc&NR=1

Day 5
Awesome Ocean Science pg 23-28 waves and experiments Tsunami
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6C3M_2ugio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DlqVuNMydk

Day 6
Awesome Ocean Science pg 29-36 currents
Mini video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu_Ga0JYFNg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fhZU93cO3s&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wLatK7sXg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN_NmCpry38
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5VPAqVQBw&NR=1

Day 7
Awesome Ocean Sciencepg 37-41 shores shaped by water with experiments

Day 8
Tidal Zone (Exploring the Oceans)4-17 Tides
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOUi-m8UyFk Ocean tide at Bay of Fundy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRbvvzK-ll0&feature=related Hopewell rocks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVISNiYfWxU&feature=related moon and tides

Day 9
Tidal Zone (Exploring the Oceans) 18-29 Waves, Tidal Pools, sand
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/6071-coastal-biomes-tide-pools-video.htm
http://www.starling-travel.com/2008/02/05/swamis-beach-ca-tide-pool-video/
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/invertebrates-animals/other-invertebrates/clownfish_amonganemones.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRAfjvws13E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxL2rAEGfUI

Day 10
Tidal Zone (Exploring the Oceans) 30-35 marshes, turtles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnUHD7X1DXY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7txP9MOCqs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhsxVpZb-cQ

Day 11
Tidal Zone (Exploring the Oceans) 36-44 mangroves, sea lions, orcas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed_5Pz2dQZU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsN63PRCW8

Day 12
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 4-13 coral reef, great barrier reef
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbNeIn3vVKM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4q3sBuCkRQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prCeHDa7GTQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSCSINHbgg0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnDJvhgPn8o

Day 13
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 14-21 shipwrecks, whale shark, flying fish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g3Ra2uROiI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwyAHjf0-4g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUMUSFLyZpU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmWRCdUw17E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRshhWGKBnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoPc1kAAzqs

Day 14
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 22-27 great white sharks, cape fur seals, tuna fish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-QEX3peHLY&feature=fvst
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjTOgjdgDM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIbGTwLGZNU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7au8lgWYguQ&NR=1&feature=fvwp
http://www.ocean.com/film.asp?locationid=44&resourceid=2544&ProdId=&CatId=44&TabID=&SubTabID=

Day 15
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 28-35 sargasso, submersible, gannets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grh6cYcPfBk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0fmRX0smNE&feature=PlayList&p=B155C461A627E3D1&index=7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKqT6EfTIVI&feature=related

Day 16
Sunlit Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 36-44 humpback whales, red tide, icebreaker ships, seals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqYUgfcBpPU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-AnEXFufc&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4RQXkI3B8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JerbLEXsSHQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30KiHAOX9F4

Day 17
Twilight Zone (Exploring the Oceans) pg 4-15 turtle, blue shark, sea butterflies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqMcP124qNI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VugEWOf73I8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxNHLuXlm_s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-fliVeXZQg

Day 18
Twilight Zone (Exploring the Oceans) pg 16-23 diving. Copepods, marine snow, vampire squid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0x6iYEkkNo
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4470365588579944979
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4514060660097791020&hl=en
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=vampire+squid&hl=en&emb=0#

Day 19
Twilight Zone (Exploring the Oceans) pg 24-33 swimming crab, deep water squid, blue shark, anglerfish
http://www.naturefootage.com/video_clips/LF04_072
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiX0QfV408A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2A44otWlxQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZs78EBt4vY

Day 20
Twilight Zone (Exploring the Oceans) 34-44 sperm whales. Krill. Deep currents, elephant seals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_xdl4DZiss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djckNIMEwQo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrxIbjdfOzU

Day 21
Midnight Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 4-15 gulper eel. Submersible, cookie cutter shark, spookfish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Euu0l1xKo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syISlRJTaw4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoygy-8PTtU&feature=fvsr

Day 22
Midnight Zone (Exploring the Oceans.)16-23 glow in the dark fish. Fangtooth, deep sea swallower
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXl8F-eIoiM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjaNzZt2olk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOwi6upg4I&feature=fvst
http://www.divetime.com/articles/Scuba_Diving_Trivia/12_Strange_Deep_Sea_Creatures_226.html

Day 23
Awesome Ocean Science pg 64-68 with experiments on deep sea life

Day 24
Midnight Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 24-35 squid, octopus, shipwrecks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z7REEnwKOQ&feature=PlayList&p=7291759D3AB8B167&index=0
http://www.ocean.com/film.asp?locationid=44&resourceid=6382&ProdId=&CatId=44&TabID=&SubTabID=
The Titanic: Lost and Found (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)
Squid experiment Awesome Ocean Science pg81

Day 25
Midnight Zone (Exploring the Oceans.) 36-44 rat tail fish, challenger deep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdrdAt3T8UM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U51cY6iod3U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ouvSaY5WQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pl6vNGVglQ

Day 26
Seafloor (Exploring the Oceans)4-13 treasure, sand, sea urchins, stingray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lgNHdx3Q6s
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/10381-global-ocean-realm-the-continental-shelf-and-slope-video.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbR3gAw9jUY&feature=PlayList&p=BF04DBD2834AA730&index=10&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3W4OCnHyCs&feature=fvst
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbuu1Fa-c1k

Day 27
Seafloor (Exploring the Oceans) 14-23 rivers, kelp forest, sea lion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdRVBEaMo34
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6BrKwdBO-s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXJQGiduDU

Day 28
Seafloor (Exploring the Oceans) 24-31 grey whales, creatures on ocean floor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMFznXz-Uh4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW05vMziy2o&feature=fvw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTeZPRdjTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsLBOkYLLeI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTFLmszMfG0&feature=related

Day 29
Seafloor (Exploring the Oceans) 32-44 volcanic activity, iceworms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQsbT9j3P44
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT3y5y3qieI&feature=fvw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNLoUc3fRgk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tr1wOl2SF0&feature=related
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/03fire/logs/subduction.html

Day 30
Awesome Ocean Science pg 57-63 with experiments ocean floor, volcanic activity, water pressure

Day 31
Awesome Ocean Science pg 94-113Saving our seas

2 Comments:

  1. I am starting homeschool for my 2nd and 5th grader after the Christmas break. I plan on continuing their math and language arts from the texts they are bringing from their public school, but I do not have any materials for science or social studies. (My 5th grader told me she got an A in social studies last term because they only had one test and everyone got an A. Yikes!) They really didn’t do much at school, but my 5th grader has a love for nature and has picked up quite a bit from exposure to experiences outside of school. Do you think that this study would be appropriate to do with both of them? I’d love to be able to use the same subject matter and just modify for their age difference so that my older child is still challenged but not too difficult for the 2nd grader. Btw – I am so glad I found your site, I have been searching for the past two months for ideas for science. I felt like you were reading my mind! We also are Christian, but did not want to teach science from a strictly young earth view. Thank you for sharing your wealth of information!

    • Eclectic Homeschooling

      Yes, I think it would work for those ages. The books contain quite a bit of information and wouldn’t be too young for that age. I aimed this study toward my then 2nd grader who was a science nut who wanted lots of details.

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