In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about Ocean Habitats. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Ocean Habitats topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Ocean Habitats Teacher Activities
Entering the Twilight Zone
Animals in the twilight zone have different adaptations to survive in areas with little light. Have pairs or small groups pick a living thing in the twilight zone and prepare a presentation about its adaptations. Does this plant or animal remain in the twilight zone, or move to other zones? They may want to create a BrainPOP Jr.-style movie or create a storyboard. They may also want to perform as anchors and give a news report. Encourage students to be creative and double-check their facts.
How do scientists explore the deep sea? Today marine biologists use many different techniques and machines to help them explore the deepest parts of the ocean. Scientists use robots, submersibles, and employ imaging techniques in order to find out about places no humans have ever gone. Research together to find out about underwater missions and technologies. This may require a trip to the library or, if possible, a trip to the aquarium.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Ocean Habitats
Trip to the Aquarium
If possible, visit an aquarium with your child. Go through the exhibits together and observe different living things. How do plants and animals survive in their environment? Encourage your child to take notes, draw pictures, or take photographs (where permitted) and make inferences based on his or her observations. See if your aquarium contains any endangered species, and discover what is being done to improve their chances of future survival. Many aquariums have programs specifically for students or have experts on staff who can answer questions. Write down species that interest your child so you can research more about them later.
Many ocean animals migrate, just like birds, caribou, and other animals. Together with your child, learn about migrations that happen across the ocean. Do any fish migrate between the ocean and freshwater? Certain species of whales travel hundreds and hundreds of miles to warmer water or breeding grounds. Millions of living things migrate from the twilight zone to the sunlit zone every day to get food. Choose an animal together and track its migration on a map.