Summer Fun with the Ocean


whyreefThis summer stretch kids’ imaginations and skill-building into exciting new dimensions. At the Field Museum’s WhyReef, you can play a number of interactive, educational games that will, according to the museum’s website, “show you who eats who, and learn what you can do to keep coral reefs healthy.” In addition to the games, you’ll also find a WhyReef YouTube channel, along with a downloadable educator’s guides.

Read and play to learn all about the Ocean and reefs with these books.

Adventure beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station. By Kenneth Mallory. Gr. 5–8.
Author and photographer chronicle their week in the Aquarius underwater laboratory on a coral reef off the Florida Keys exploring the stunning sights of a strange undersea habitat.

Ocean Hide and Seek by Jennifer Evans Kramer  (eBook) The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don’t believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The “For Creative Minds” learning section includes an “Animal Classification” and “Food for Thought” activity. Juvenile Nonfiction.

Ocean Seasons by Ron Hirschi (eBook)
Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, summer oceans glow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. The cycle begins again as they return to the northern waters in the spring. In fun, fanciful form, Ocean Seasons introduces plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in the Atlantic also. The “For Creative Minds” learning sections features and “Ocean Food Web Card Game.” Juvenile Nonfiction

Over in the Oceani n a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes (eBook)
Teachers and parents, take note: this book is already a classic. Two geniuses—author and illustrator—came into perfect alignment to create this book. The author has kids thinking it is entertainment while adults think it is a great lesson about the ocean. The genius of the illustrator is obvious. With painstaking detail each illustration is created entirely of polymer clay, then photographed, creating a 3-D impression of tremendous vitality. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfish that puff, gruntfishthat grunt, and seahorses that flutter, and begin to appreciate life in the ocean. And the art will inspire many a project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere. Juvenile Nonfiction

Investigating Earth’s Oceans by Michael Anderson (eBook)
Contained in the immensity and depths of the Earth’s oceans, many of the planet’s species and resources thrive far away from the reaches of human civilization. With expanses that have yet to be discovered and enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, oceans provide fodder for all manners of research. This informative volume describes the features and properties of the bodies of water that make up 70 percent of the world’s surface as well as the various branches of oceanography dedicated to studying all aspects of the ocean and its life forms. YA Nonfiction

Ocean (Always Available eBook) Eye Wonder
Explores the lives and habitats of sea creatures on the ocean floor from dolphins and sharks to jellyfish. Juvenile Nonfiction

Coral Reefs. By Jason Chin. K–Gr. 3.
During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. By Claire A. Nivola. K–Gr. 3.
A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle’s growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. K–Gr. 3.
Explains how all life on the Earth depends, directly or indirectly, on light from the sun, and describes how all ocean life, from the tiniest plankton to great whales, including the creatures in the darkest depths, form a web that uses sunshine.

Also see Hot Topic – Sciences General for additional resources.

From: Quick Tips:Play! Make! Read! Connecting Books and Digital Media Learning. by Engberg, Gillian (author). First published May 22, 2013 (Booklist Online).

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