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Classroom Activities and Printable Activity Sheets

Winter 2012 Meet the Sea!

Supplemental Activities fro the Classroom

Who am I?

Have students "become" marine animals and write stories about their lives in the first-person to share with the class. Without stating what animals they are, the stories should include where the animals live, what they eat, which predators they need to watch for, how they move, how big they are, and a fun fact about each animal. Fun facts might be things like a sea star grows back lost arms, and a jellyfish uses its tentacles to sting prey. Each story should end with the question, "Who am I?" After a story has been shared, the other students in the class must guess which marine animal is being described.

Marine Mobile

Working in pairs or small groups, have students construct a mobile illustrating one marine habitat. Each group should do a different habitat so that many habitats can be depicted in the classroom. Plants, animals and significant features can all be included. For example, a rocky reef mobile may include rocks, sea anemone, sea stars, and a variety of fish. Students may draw their own images or use images from magazines and online sources. Alternate mobile: Instead of a habitat mobile, make it a food chain, starting with the sun and including the plants and animals within a marine food chain. Overlapping food chains can be joined together to form a food web.

Marine Word Search

Review your marine vocabulary! Download our marine animal word search (PDF) 52 KB.

Teacher Supplement

Meet the Sea teacher supplement (PDF) 65 KB