Roll out a package of refrigerated crescent rolls and press the dough together where it is perforated. Spread a thin layer of butter over the dough and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar. Roll the dough into a long tube and slice into circles. Lay these onto a pan and back until golden. To evenly brown, flip them over halfway through. Serve these on their edges to make the snail, you can add eyestalks with licorice. Eat them as a snack for your end of the unit activity.
At the end of your ocean unit have a beach party! The children can wear their bathing suits. You can set up a real splash day or an imaginary one inside. Play beach music and provide sand, water, beach toys. Serve lemonade, popsicles, or snow cones. Encourage parents to donate or loan other supplies for the big day. Play balloon volleyball outside and Fish, Fish, Shark instead of Duck, Duck Goose.
Slit a hotdog from both ends to within an inch of the middle. Then slice it that way again so that each end is divided into fourths. Boil the hotdogs as usual. The ends will coil up and form the legs of the octopus. Serve on a bed of curly fry seaweed! This makes a great snack for your closing activities when you end the unit.
Hang a fishing net on the wall or place it on your science table. Hang toy ocean animals and shells in the net along with green streamers for seaweed.
Tape blue cellophane onto the windows of your room. The light coming in will give the room an underwater feeling. You could also tape sea creature pictures on the windows and cut bubble wrap into circles for bubbles.
Paint a large white sheet or shower curtain with blue at the top for the ocean and tan at the bottom for the sand. Hang it on a large wall. As the children create ocean animal art hang them on the mural.
Use car windshield visors that have ocean scenes on them as backdrops for ocean activities or your science table.
Have each group vote on the animal they want their small group to represent while studying the ocean. Then when you call those children to group use their new mascot name. (sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, etc.) Also, spend the month encouraging the children to learn everything they can about their particular ocean animal as a side project. Get the parents involved as well!