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Ocean Life Books and Resources


PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

From Unit Plan: Ocean Life



Grades K-3

The Magic School Bus: on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole (Grades K-3)
Ms. Frizzle's class embarks on a marvelous undersea adventure, where they see the formation of an island coral reef, witness life in a tidal pool, and more. Inviting and wonderfully funny, this Magic School Bus book features the most up-to-date scientific information on life beneath the surface of the ocean.

Life in the Oceans by Lucy Baker (Grades 1 - 4)
Beautiful color photographs and illustrations offer an exciting introduction to all forms of ocean life.

What Do Sharks Eat for Dinner? by Gilda Berger and Melvin Berger (Grades 2 - 3)
Developed specifically for second and third graders, this easy-to-follow book answers simple and complex questions about sharks. Clear explanations and lively illustrations help children understand the world and get up close to the creatures in it.

The Earth Is Mostly Ocean by Allan Fowler (Grades K - 2)
The natural world comes alive for young readers with Rookie Read-About Science. Striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text guide young readers through the fascinating world around them.

All About Turtles by Jim Arnosky ,Jim Arnosky (Illustrator) (Grades K - 3)
A fine science artist and author, Arnosky compiles meticulous first-hand observations of the life cycle, habitat, and behaviors of each of his subjects. He creates appealing picture books with thorough and informative text, accompanied by colorful and accurate drawings.

Splash! A Book About Whales and Dolphins by Gilda Berger ,Melvin Berger (Grades PreK - 3)
How do whales give birth to their calves? Do whales really have bad breath? What do orca dolphins eat? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this nonfiction easy reader illustrated with full-color photographs.

Grades 4-8

Ocean Wildlife by Carole Garbuny Vogel (Grades 3 - 6)


It's eat or be eaten beneath the sea. Discover how underwater creatures adapt to their dangerous environment and how they survive in a place where most wildlife ends up in the belly of a predator. Cannibalism, deadly venom, and even sex transformations (changing from a male to female or vice versa) are successful strategies used by some species to compete. Illustrated with stunning full-color photographs.


A Field Trip to the Sea Deluxe Academic Version (Grades 4 - 8)
Voyage to the coast for an ocean of knowledge! Students learn all about the plants, animals and habitats of the coastal sea. They discover facts about the flora and fauna in a kelp forest or research the rocky shore's food chain. With a zoom feature, they can get a closer look at 76 organisms and then check the Field Guide for more detailed information. It's a shore sure to inspire science learning!
This version contains 1 CD-ROM and a Teacher Materials Binder (76 pages).

Turtles by Anita Baskin-Salzberg, Allen Salzberg (Grades 6 - 9)
Describes different kinds of turtles, tortoises, and sea turtles and the endangered status of some species.

Web Links

Stimulate Background Knowledge with these related links:

BBC: Blue Planet Challenge, a natural history of the oceans
Choosing from seven ocean environments, users can play a game that explains that environment and accept a challenge to explore the environment on a deeper level.

Marine Biology
For older students (Grades 7-12), the Marine Biology site is a wealth of information about specific ocean life species as well as conservation efforts and solutions. This is a good site to start ocean life research.

Discovery School: Planet Ocean
Articles on the ocean, blue whales, barracudas and more allow users to learn about the complexity and diversity of ocean life. Includes a teacher tips and resources page.

Voyage of the Odyssey
Follow the five-year trip studying the health of the world's oceans. Watch videos of ocean life, track the voyage, participate in an interactive ocean, and more.

Lawrence Hall of Science: Whale Sounds
Listen to four whale sounds and learn to identify whale calls with their species. The site also introduces a Oscilloscope for students to read and create.

AOL@School search
Search for more ocean life teacher resources and student activities by grade.

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