Literary activity: "Found Underwater"

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  • In the classroom, while or following the reading of the book, students are to construct a diagram of the differnt depths of the ocean and a list of three or more animals or things that live at those depths based on what was read within the story. For example the intertidal zone is home to sea urchins, sea stars, and barnacles.
  • After reading the book and participating in the coinciding activity student is to return home that night and categorize an animal, plant, creature, or thing that is found within the ocean for each letter or as many letters as possible for the alphabet. Along with each letter the students are to refer back to the in classroom activity and determine within which depth or depth's that animal, plant, creature, or thing is living or residing. They can refer back to the book or to other means of information. This is not meant to take a large amount of time, but rather a review of what exists within the ocean and where it exists.
  • Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain
    • Knowledge: Students will learn the basic habitat of organisms living within the ocean.
    • Comprehension: Students will understand that there are differnt levels of the ocean and that what lives within each level. The book will also teach the students all sorts of fun facts about the world oceans, water, and creatures. It is predicted that each student will gain a further knowledge and be able to better visualize the ocean, beach, and ocean floor at all the differnt depths/levels.
    • Application: With these new materials and knowledge students will be able to better understand why certain fish, animals, or creatures have certain adaptations, why only some plants grow at certain levels, and how big the ocean truly is.
    • Synthesis: A creation of an essay or a diagram would be most efficient. An essay could further dive into more specific details about certain aspects of the ocean whether it be plants, animals, etc. An essay would be for more of a student-teacher relation. Or a diagram could be used for more of a presentation type lesson with students sharing their interpretation of the information learned in a physical form.
    • Evaluation: Not applicable at this time.
This literary activity relates to Where do they Live?
a BES literature connection
Produced by students in Biology in Elementary Schools, a Saint Michael's College class.
Other resources can be found at the Biology in Elementary Schools home page