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Ocean Fun and an Intro to Discovery Bottles
28 Apr, 2013. 6 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

You already know that I am a *tab bit* in love with Science. My class it, too. We’re a great fit for each other. I’m super excited that we are about to embark on one of my FAVORITE units to teach. We are about to dive DEEP into the ocean.

When I was in college I got to go to Australia for 6 weeks and fell in love! We took a catamaran out into the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the guy stopped the boat literally what felt like in the middle of no where. He goes, “okay, jump in.”

So, we grabbed our flippers, goggles, and scuba masks and jumped in. I’m not kidding when I tell you we jumped into Finding Nemo.

The day we spent swimming around the Great Barrier Reef is one of my all time favorite memories.
For that reason, every other year (or so) I create a floor to ceiling Great Barrier Reef with my students. Each child researches an animal that lives there and then makes a craft of that animal to add to our hallway display. It is one of the coolest things. My students always get SO into it and end up learning so much! Here are some pictures of the start to one of my Great Barrier Reefs.

 

 

 

We end up with sharks, dolphins, brain coral, turtles and more as the unit progresses!
If you would like to duplicate this in your class, I created a pack FULL of fun for your students. Not only does it include information about 12 ocean animals and vocabulary but it also includes some templates and craft ideas so you can create your very own Great Barrier Reef! Also included are pages for students to write their own research papers.
Here is a sneak peak at one of the information pages:
(If you are interested in the Ocean pack it is available at my TpT store. Just click on the cover page and it will take you there!)
I also created a pinboard which includes some AWESOME pins to get you ready for ocean fun! It includes crafts, activities, edible projects and more!!
One of the activities that I always do with my students when we study the ocean is we make a few science discovery bottles and bags. (Like the one pictured above.) I introduced them to Discovery bottles last week to get them ready for this process.
An easy intro is a simple oil, water, and food coloring bottle. My students LOVED this so I am sure they will flip when we make oceans!!
Step 1: Fill your bottle 3/4 of the way with water and add food coloring.
Step 2: Add Vegetable Oil
(As you can see, we use a water beaker to pour in the oil)
Step 3: Close up the bottle and observe!

 

 

These are so much fun {and SO easy to make} with your students. I brought each child a bottle of HEB brand Gatorade (which was on sale for $2.18 for 6!) and they got to enjoy their drink as the day progressed. They were told it had to be finished by 2:00 for our Science experiment. They were more than happy to help!
Stay tuned for more Ocean Fun!!

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6 Comments
  1. I love this, especially the bags.

  2. Where do you get the pack-TPT? I tried to find it but couldn’t! It would fit PERFECT for my lesson plans this week!

  3. Your reef looks great! Your kids must have loved making it!! How did it go with the oil? I’d love for my kids to give the bottles a try but I’m a little worried about the oil! Any spills? Thanks for sharing your fun science ideas! Love them!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

    • Sue- they did great with the oil. If you are worried about the kids spilling it you can put it into water bottles which are easier to pour from. I used beakers but we have been practicing pouring all year. Let me know how it goes for you!

    • Thanks Kristen, I think I’ll give it a try, I know my kids would love this activity!!

6 Comments

  • I love this, especially the bags.

  • Where do you get the pack-TPT? I tried to find it but couldn’t! It would fit PERFECT for my lesson plans this week!

  • Your reef looks great! Your kids must have loved making it!! How did it go with the oil? I’d love for my kids to give the bottles a try but I’m a little worried about the oil! Any spills? Thanks for sharing your fun science ideas! Love them!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

    • Sue- they did great with the oil. If you are worried about the kids spilling it you can put it into water bottles which are easier to pour from. I used beakers but we have been practicing pouring all year. Let me know how it goes for you!

    • Thanks Kristen, I think I’ll give it a try, I know my kids would love this activity!!

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