Water Fun

Go around the table talking about all the things the kids can think of that you can do with water. Write the answers on different size light blue circles of construction paper. Tape them as bubbles on a bulletin board to display. Include a few fish cutouts to add to it.


talks about personal situations

participates in group discussions

takes turns listening and speaking

Favorite Ocean Animal

Ask children to tell what their favorite ocean animal is and why it is their favorite. The other children should listen to the person talking. When you go to the next child to have them tell their favorite, first ask what the previous child's favorite was to see if they were listening. Send a note home that night telling the parents what their child's favorite ocean animal is and requesting that they help their child find out everything they can about that animal and bring it back to teach the class. Do this activity early in the month and as the children bring back their papers, incorporate their teaching into the day.


responds positively to differences between self and others

listens to others who are speaking

Fishy Feelings

Ahead of time draw faces on fish cutouts and place in a basket or bag. Start a story about a fish in the ocean. Somewhere in the story pull out a fish and add something to the story based on the feeling you pulled out. Pass the bag around the small group and have children continue to add things to the story as they pull out feeling cards. When all the cards run out make up an ending to the story. If possible tape record the stories and play them during large group as your story time or at the end of the day.


attempts to explain causes of feelings

examines situations from other perspectives

Under the Sea Mural

Hang blue and yellow paper on a large bulletin board to make the ocean and beach. In small group, have the children draw a picture of their favorite sea animal and then place it on the mural where they would find it in the ocean.


works as a member of a group

Shell Houses

During small groups, have the children talk about different kinds of sea animals that have shells. Then talk about how these animals have a shell to protect their bodies and they take them with them all the time. Have each child choose a seashell to be his "house". Write his/her name on it. Instruct them to take the seashell with them everywhere they go that day. You may want to make the rule that when they go to the bathroom they can let a teacher "baby-sit". Watch the children to see who keeps up with their shells and especially note those children who go out of their way to protect their shells.


takes care of own property

follows rules

Yellow Submarine

Ahead of time decorate a large appliance box set on its side to look like a submarine. Cut circles in the sides for the portholes. Tape ocean pictures over the holes. Sit inside the box during small groups and use the pictures to tell a story about the ocean. Children should take turns adding to the story.


engages in role play

Ocean Motion

Have children draw a picture card and then move like that animal across the circle. Have them jiggle like a jellyfish, crawl like a snail, wiggle like an eel, sidle like a crab, flip like a fish, etc. Have the children come up with movements for other animals.


moves in different ways

participates in movement activities

Sea Animal Shuffle

Give each child one of five different sea animal pictures. Sit in a circle. Call out one sea animal and have everyone holding that picture get up and go to a different space and sit down. To make it more of a game you could give all but one child a picture. That child then calls out an animal and when the children get up that child takes one of their spots quickly. The last one standing is the next caller and gives his card to the previous caller.


listens well

follows directions

What's in the Ocean?

Create a Ocean Word Wall. Hang colorful pages each with a different letter of the alphabet. During small groups have the children take turns naming an ocean animal and then tell what letter it starts with by sounding out the beginning sound. Write that name on the page that has the beginning letter and write their initials beside it. If children in other groups name the same animals you can give them credit for naming it by putting their initials by the word. During your large group later that day point out all the animals that were named, in particular, those that start with the same sound. Do this activity early in the month and encourage the children to continue adding more animals to the pages as the month progresses. At the end of the month, staple the pages into a book of ocean words and read it to your class.


recognizes letter sounds

identifies words with same beginning sound

Names in the Sand

Write the children's names on a small pieces of stiff cardboard. Put in a clear plastic jug and fill the jug almost to the top with dry play sand. Children take turns turning the sand and looking for names. Have them say the names as they see them.


reads familiar words

Sink and Float

Fill a tub with water. Provide many items for the children to test to see if they will sink or float. Dry off the items and tape them to a chart or write them down. Also allow children to select items for themselves to test.


makes observations using the senses

experiments with cause and effect

predicts outcomes based on previous experience

Salty Water

Show the difference between land and water on a world map or globe. Point out how there are large bodies of water called oceans and smaller ones called lakes, rivers, streams, etc. Ask if anyone knows what is different about them. Explain that we get our drinking water from lakes. Let children taste fresh water. Tell them that oceans are salty and unfit to drink. Let them taste a little salty water (just a sip!) Sort familiar water animal picture cards by whether they have to live in fresh water or salty water. (whales, sharks, octopus, jellyfish in salty; catfish, perch, bass, etc. in fresh)


uses scientific words and phrases