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Oceans unit study and lapbook

Oceans Unit Study & Lapbook
We’ve come to the end of our Oceans unit study.  There were still a few things that we didn’t do, but it’s time to move on.  (Now we’re studying the Olympics and Deserts.)
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Here are some of the things we did.

  • Read many books (listed below)
  • Read Pagoo (Holling), a living book about a hermit crab living in the ocean,
  • Field Trips to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and a local pet store (where we saw hermit crabs),
  • Science experiments from Bill Nye’s Ocean book,
  • Crafts, including making ocean dioramas (from Crafts for Kids Wild About Oceans),
  • Lapbook (materials from Hands of a Child, internet, and other places):  Ocean Habitats and Clownfish Adventure  



Shedd Aquarium Dolphin Show:


Books we read about oceans:

Pagoo (Holling)

Crafts for kids who are wild about oceans (Ross, Kathy)

A walk on the Great Barrier Reef (Arnold, Caroline)

Amazing whales! (Thomson, Sarah L)

Amazing sharks! (Thomson, Sarah L.)

Under the sea 1, 2, 3 : counting ocean life (Knox, Barbara)

Bill Nye the science guy’s big blue ocean (Nye, Bill)

Draw! ocean animals (DuBosque, D. C.)

I wonder why the sea is salty, and other questions about the oceans (Ganeri, Anita)

Finding Nemo [DVD]

The magic school bus on the ocean floor (Cole, Joanna)

Into the sea (Guiberson, Brenda Z)

Big blue whale (Davies, Nicola)

What lives in a shell? (Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner)

Manatee winter (Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner)

Giant of the sea : a story of a sperm whale (Raff, Courtney Granet)

Dancing on the sand : a story of an Atlantic blue crab  (Hollenbeck, Kathleen M.)

Amazing dolphins! (Thomson, Sarah L)

A home in the coral reef     (Taylor-Butler, Christine)

My first book about fish (Einhorn, Kama)

Surprising sharks  (Davies, Nicola)

Octopus’ den (Langeland, Deirdre)

One tiny turtle (Davies, Nicola)

Orca Song (Michael C. Armour)

Baby Beluga (Raffi)

In the Ocean (Maurice Pledger)

Primates, Insect-Eaters, and Baleen Whales (Encyclopedia of the Animal World)

Whales (Scholastic, A Firs Discovery Book)

Dolly Dolphin Can?t Stop Clicking (Matt Mitter)

Sea Lion Roars (C. Drew Lamm)

Be sure to see this post of a more recent unit we did on oceans for more great ideas!

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  2. I would love to hear more about the lapbooking/notebooking. I wasn’t sure if you used only the Apologia or some other lapbooking system. We are using this book this year and I LOVE your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We used the Apologia lapbooking materials from the Exploring Creation Notebooking Journals in the pictures in this post:

      For the lapbooks above we used some materials from Hands of a Child. You can find those links here:

      Have fun!

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