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HS Under the Sea

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Interest Area Changes to Environment

Sea Animals Sun Hat Goggles Sunglasses Sea Animal Stamps Fish Puppets Sand Shovels Buckets Sea Shells Net Card Board Submarine Beach Towel Empty Sunblock Beach Bag Sand Toys Life Jacket

Teaching Concepts for Large Group

1. What animals live in the sea? Discuss and show pictures. * Graph favorites 2. How do fish breathe? * Discuss gills 3. What do the fish eat? * Discuss things found in the water for fish to eat (plants, other fish, etc). 4. What are the differences in salt and fresh water? Make a salt water solution and dye it with food coloring. Fill the jar half full of salt solution and then slowly pour plain tap water on top of the solution. The salt water will stay at the bottom of the solution because it is heavier. Release a couple of small brine shrimp (check a pet store) and a goldfish into the solution. The shrimp will go to the seawater bottom while the goldfish will stay at the top (freshwater). 5.  What are ways to be safe around water and in the sunshine? 6.  Elaborate on the animals mentioned in number one.

Teaching Concepts for Small Group

1. Create 3D sea animals using play dough, toothpicks, goggly eyes, etc.. 2. Have cut outs of sea animals and fresh water animals sort them in groups. 3. Sort Sea shells (color, size, weight) 4. Sort animals (sea animals with pets, zoo, or jungle animals) 5. Make sea creatures. Octopus out of a paper plate folded in half with streamers and goggly eyes. Beach picture with colored sand and sea stampers

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Fishy Pokey – sung to the Hokey Pokey (put your left fin in, and put left fin out, etc.. 2.  Under the Sea Down under the sea, Where the dolphins swim free, And the sand and the sea grasses sway, Where the starfish shine bright, And the dog fish don’t bite, I ride my seahorse all day. Down under the sea, Where the whales sing and dive deep, We chase and rope sharks, Until it gets dark, When the waves gently rock us to sleep. Down under the sea, My seahorse takes me, On a ride through coral and caves. We round up fish there, Rescue mermaids so fair, My seahorse and I are quite brave! (repeat chorus) 3. Down Under The Sea (Tune: Home on the Range) Down under the sea, Where the dolphins swim free, And the sand and the sea grasses sway, Where the starfish shine bright, And the dog fish don’t bite, I ride my seahorse all day. Down under the sea, Where the whales sing and dive deep, We chase and rope sharks, Until it gets dark, When the waves gently rock us to sleep. Down under the sea, My seahorse takes me, On a ride through coral and caves. We round up fish there, Rescue mermaids so fair, My seahorse and I are quite brave! (repeat chorus) 4. Fish in the Sea (tune: Wheels on the Bus, suit motions to words) The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim, All day long. sharks go chomp, lobsters go pinch, octopus go wiggle, clam goes open and shut Chomp, Chomp, Oh No! (act out by making each ocean animal with your hands) Slippery fish, slippery fish swimming in the water A slippery fish, a slippery fish Chomp, chomp (clap hands together) OH NO! He’s been eaten by a Jellyfish, a jelly fish swimming in the water A jelly fish, a jelly fish Chomp, chomp (clap hands together) OH NO! He’s been eaten by a Tuna fish, a tuna fish swimming in the water A tuna fish, a tuna fish Chomp, chomp (clap hands together) OH NO! He’s been eaten by a Great White Shark, a great white shark swimming in the water A great white shark, a great white shark Chomp, chomp (clap hands together) OH NO! He’s been eaten by a Big blue Whale, big blue whale Swimming in the water Big blue Whale, big blue whale Chomp,chomp (clap hands together) BURP!

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1.  Six Little Fish (Tune: Six Little Ducks) Six little fish that I once knew, Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too. But the one little fish who was the leader of the crowd. He led the other fish around and around. 2. Fish Story One, two, three, four, five (Hold up fingers while counting) Once I caught a fish alive. Six, seven, eight, nine, ten (hold up additional fingers) Then I let it go again. Why did I let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Which finger did it bite? The little finger on the right. (hold up pinky on the right hand) 3. Little Color Fish Five little fishes swimming near the shore, The red snapper took a bite and then there were four. Four little fishes swimming in the sea, The orange roughy swam away and then there were three. Three little fishes in the ocean blue, The pink salmon took a seahorse ride and then there were two. Two little fishes, swimming in the sun, The yellow perch swam too far and then there was one. One little blue marlin, now you’re all alone, I’ll put you in my fish bowl and take you home. Make flannel board fish to use with this. *Use the “fish” from the above rhyme and say: There are so many fish in the deep blue sea. What color fish does______________see? (Insert child’s name in the blank. Point to a fish and have child name the color.) 4. Five Little Fishes Five little fishes swimming in a pool.(wiggle five fingers, move arm) The first fish said, “This pool is cool!” (Shiver and hug yourself) The second fish said, “This pool is deep.” (Use a low voice) The third fish said, “I want to sleep.” (yawn and stretch) The fourth fish said, “I spy a ship.” (hand shading eyes) Fishing boat comes, line goes kersplash! (throw in line) Away the five little fishes dash. (fingers “swim” away quickly)

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1.  Swim Relays- pretend swimming (fast, slow, backwards, etc.)

CLASS Concepts

When doing the experiment on salt and fresh water listed above, ask the children to predict what will happen. Repeat back to them what they thought would happen and then ask the following follow up questions. Example- “You said that all of the water in the jar would turn blue. Was your prediction correct? What happened to the water in the jar? Why do you think that the blue water went to the bottom?” Explain that salt water is heavier than the water with no salt, or ‘fresh water’. Ask them to brainstorm ways to prove this ‘theory’ or idea. Consider using experiments like this one outside. It is a great way of adding concept development, increasing quality of feedback, and facilitating language development on the playground. Advanced Language- gills


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


1. Work those muscles by crawling, bear walking, crab walking, and slithering like a snake across the room.


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Sing and dance to the Baby Shark song.


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