Ocean Animals Homeschool Unit Study

Is there a subject or topic your children are interested in and you would like to include in your homeschool plans? An easy way to do that is with a unit study. While there are many different ways to do a homeschool unit study, a great thing about them is the flexibility to go as in-depth as you want. You can make them last a day or a month, depending on your child’s interest level.

June is designated as National Oceans Month and National Zoo and Aquarium Month, so we wanted to offer you a unit study on ocean animals! There is so much that can be said and learned about the creatures that live in the ocean depths. Since only 5% of the ocean has been explored according to NOAA (the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration), it’s safe to say there are many, many undiscovered animals swimming in our seas. Of the animals we know, there are so many cool creatures we can discuss! This unit study will give you a jumping-off point, so let’s jump!

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Ocean Animals Homeschool Unit Study Activities

  • Fish for Numbers! – Use this fun math game to work on number identification, addition, sequencing, and more! Cut some fish shapes out of foam sheets and write numbers on them with a permanent marker. Add a paper clip to the head of each fish. Screw an eye hook onto the end of a stick for the fishing pole. Tie string onto the eye hook and hot glue a strong magnet onto the end of the string. Fill up a water table, kids pool, or plastic bucket with water, add your numbered foam fish, and start fishing!
  • Make a Whale Corner Bookmark! – For this fun activity, you need a square piece of blue paper (15 x 15 cm works great, but the size is up to you!), white paper scraps, a black pen, scissors, and glue sticks. Make a simple origami bookmark with the blue paper square (if you don’t know how, here are basic instructions). Once you have your bookmark, add the details to make it into a whale! Use your scissors to round off the edges. Use those tiny pieces you just cut off to add 2 fins and a tail. With your white paper scraps, add a mouth and eyes. Finish by drawing details (teeth, pupils, etc.) with your black pen.
  • Make an Aquarium in a Bottle! – Your kids are sure to love this fun project! Add a couple of inches of sand to the bottom of a clear, empty bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water and add a drop or two of blue food coloring (optional). At this point, your kids can add some small seashells and choose some mini plastic sea creatures like these to drop in their bottles. Once the aquarium is complete, tightly close and glue the lid. Enjoy your ocean aquarium sensory bottle!Free Unit Study Homeschool Ocean Animals
  • Create a Colorful Jellyfish! – Using only a few materials you probably have on hand, your kids can create a jellyfish! Cut the body out of cardboard, add some glue, and stick on colorful buttons. You can either use all one color or mix it up to have a rainbow jellyfish. To finish, cut 10-15 strips of ribbon and glue them to the back for the dangling tentacles.
  • Explore the Ocean Layers! – No matter the ages of your children, this activity can be adjusted to their level. There are 5 distinct zones or layers in the ocean with different light strengths and different animals that live in them. Get 5 small containers (glass spice jars work really well) that will stack easily. Label your containers for the 5 zones – Sunlight Zone, Twilight Zone, Midnight Zone, Abyss, and Trenches. Research which ocean animals live where, and using some small plastic sea creature toys, choose one to add to the proper zones. Fill the containers with water, and using blue, red, and green food coloring, make the zones the appropriate colors. There is so much that can be learned through this fun science activity!
  • Bonus: Visit an Aquarium! – At some point during this study, perhaps at the end, take your children to visit an aquarium so they can see the animals they have been learning about. Beyond walking around and viewing the ocean animals, make time to see some of the shows and hear the information from the trainers/workers. Let them ask questions and take charge of their learning. It’ll be a fun day to drive this study home!

Ocean Animals Homeschool Unit Study Snacks

  • Make Under the Sea Graham Crackers! – For this snack, grab some graham crackers and paint the bottom 2/3 with blue frosting. Sprinkle some graham cracker crumb sand on the bottom. Add a few swimming goldfish. If you want to get more creative, use some white sprinkles for air bubbles, some greenOcean Animals Free Homeschool Unit Study sprinkles to make seaweed, and some red sprinkles to make a scurrying crab!
  • Make an Aquarium Trail Mix! – Mix together 1 cup of goldfish crackers, 2 cups of popped popcorn, 1 cup of small pretzels, 1 cup of Kix cereal, 1 cup of gummy worms, 1/2 cup of Swedish Fish, and 1/2 cup of vanilla raisins. Once mixed together, add the mix into bowls or small Ziploc baggies, and enjoy!
  • Have an Ocean Yogurt Snack! – Your little ones will love making and eating this fun snack. Using clear, plastic cups will provide the best way to view and enjoy the treat. Crush some vanilla wafers for sand and add to the cup. Add blueberry (or any blue-colored) yogurt, and top with ocean fruit snacks!
  • Eat a Dolphin Banana! – Get creative with some fruit your kids are sure to love. Add some blueberries to a cup to look like water. Cut a banana in half, using the half with the stem. Cut a slit in the stem and stuff it with a goldfish. Finish by dotting an eye onto the dolphin with a permanent marker, and eat up!
  • Make Smores Starfish! – This fun dessert is so easy to make! Cut marshmallows into stars, dip them in melted chocolate and roll them in graham cracker crumbs before the chocolate hardens. Once set, add some candy eyes, and you’re done!

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