The sea, oceans and marine life are a constant source of wonder to children, they love investigating rock pools, and playing in the waves, Beneath the sea makes a lovely project for science work. Here are a set of sites to help create such a project.
The Smithsonian Museum Ocean Portal – Hosts a wonderful set of web pages dealing with life in and under the oceans. There are many lesson plans available from this portal.
The Educator’s Corner – This site announces: “The ocean provides the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink. Just as we need the ocean, the ocean needs each one of us.
Our Ocean Portal Educators’ Corner provides you with activities, lessons and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for your students. We have collected top resources from our collaborators to provide you with teacher-tested, ocean science materials for your classroom. We hope these resources, along with the rich experience of the Ocean Portal, will help you inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.” (The Educator’s Corner)
BBC Bitesize share a video about ‘Animals that live under the sea’. “Take a trip under the sea and learn about turtles, octopi, rays, jellyfish, spanish dancers (sea slugs), sea cows (manatees) and marlin. Observe how they swim and move about in the water.” (BBC Bitesize)
Easy Science for Kids – Offers a whole set of information cards about animals that live beneath the sea. These information pages have videos, facts, vocabulary, questions and answers; they also finish off with quizzes to test the children’s knowledge.
The above YouTube video presents:“The Award Winning Who Lives In the Sea? has fun facts for kids and their parents about animals living in the ocean. Why do dolphins move so fast? What kind of noise does a sea lion make? Did you know turtles walked with the dinosaurs? Meet whale sharks, octopus and blue-footed booby birds!”
Ocean Animal Fun Facts – This is a page of facts, exactly as it says – there are some very interesting concepts to explore on this page!
PlayIdeas – Provides some craft ideas for an under the sea project on this page but it is only suitable for teachers, beware of adverts.
Kids Ahead – This site provides ‘Beneath the Sea’. This is a collection of articles, a scavenger hunt, activities and more.