Underwater Life

Research Project will begin in May

Underwater Life 


Aquatic plants and animals live in oceans, lakes and streams.  Oceans, lakes, and streams make up a large part of life on earth.  Salt water is mostly found in oceans and freshwater is mostly found in lakes and streams.  Saltwater and freshwater plants and animals survive best in their own habitats.  Aquatic animals can be classified as plant-eating, meat-eating, or both and are an important part of food chains.  Furthermore,  they have different physical traits and some animals, like frogs experience metamorphosis( we have tadpoles in our classroom and are observing the changes).  Changing seasons affect underwater life cycles.  When a habitat is drastically changed or destroyed, it can be harmful and hurt the plants and animals.  

Read-A-Loud Collection

The Ocean Story
In the Sea
About Fish
Ocean Babies
A Place for Fish
Big Al
Ocean Seasons
Fish is Fish
Swimmy 
In the Swim

Content Objectives
-recall that water covers most of the earth
-recall that the majority of the earth's water is salt water in the oceans
-locate 5 major oceans(Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, Southern)
-describe animals and plants that live in freshwater and saltwater
-explain that some aquatic animal babies look like their parents, while others do not
-describe basic characteristics of fish
-recall that freshwater is found in lakes and streams
-classify aquatic animals as plant-eating, meat-eating, or both
-describe water movement, such as waves and currents
-recall that seasonal changes affect the natural cycles of underwater life
-explain how environmental change and pollution damage aquatic habitats
-identify common food chains 
-explain why humans have a responsibility to take care of the earth/natural resources
-recall that water on earth moves in a continuous cycle
-identify ways to take care of underwater environments

Vocabulary
accidentally, bank, born, captured, carnivore, chased, coral, creatures, darting, delicate, destroyed, disguise, drenched, familiar, feast, fins, gasping, gills, gulp, hatch, hunt, inseparable, lonely, minnow, mysterious, natural, ocean, poison, prey, protect, scales, school, sea, seascape, shallow, shell, slippery, spurt, surface, survive, swarms, tadpole, tangled, trapped, upstream, vanish, waves, weightless, wide, wriggle

**The students will end the unit by collaborating with others in a small group, completing a research project, and presenting to the class what they have learned about their sea animal.  More information will follow as we dig in to our final big unit of the school year!