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Ch 3: Ocean Animals Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

If you're covering animals that live in the ocean for your science class, you could benefit from these lesson plans to keep your students engaged and help them better understand the topics you might be discussing. Use these in your classroom to supplement your existing lesson plans or assign suggested projects for homework.

Ocean Animals - Chapter Summary

Your students might enjoy the activities outlined in these lesson plans to help them learn about some ocean animals. These lesson plans focus on dolphins and whales. You can use lessons that address facts about these animals before utilizing the lesson plans that provide suggestions for fun group and individual activities such as writing and drawing assignments, participating in vocabulary word review, listening to audio examples and even watching movies.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives - Make sure you reach objectives set in your normal lesson plans by adding activities and class discussions to facilitate the learning of these topics.
  • Curriculum standards: Ensures your study of ocean animals meet curriculum standards.
  • Student engagement: Keep students engaged with creative activities relating to the animals they are studying.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Support conventional studies about ocean animals with class discussions prompted by lessons that cover facts about whales and dolphins.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning ocean animals lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific ocean animals topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related whales and dolphins lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of ocean animals from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant ocean animals activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

37 Lessons in Chapter 3: Ocean Animals Lesson Plans
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Sea Animals Lesson Plan

1. Sea Animals Lesson Plan

Sea animals include a wide variety of interesting animals. Your students are going to learn about sea animals as they read and discuss a lesson, create their own sea animals flip book, and take a quiz.

Sea Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

2. Sea Animals Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Sea animals are plentiful and interesting. This lesson will help you to cover some of the more common species of sea animals while gaining student interest.

Sea Animal Facts: Lesson for Kids

3. Sea Animal Facts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about some of the many amazing animals that live in the world's oceans. From giant whales to tiny zooplankton, the ocean is full of interesting creatures.

Squid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Squid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Squid are among the most unique creatures on Earth. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to teach students about squid. An activity leaves students with a visual representation of the awesome squid!

Squid Lesson Plan

5. Squid Lesson Plan

While teaching your students about ocean animals, this lesson plan will provide activities for your class to help them understand distinguishing characteristics of squid. Further, students will use scientific language to describe and classify these creatures.

Squid: Characteristics & Classification

6. Squid: Characteristics & Classification

Let's take a trip to coastal and ocean waters to learn about squid. On this voyage, you'll discover what squid are, their characteristics, and how they are classified taxonomically.

Giant Squid Games & Activities

7. Giant Squid Games & Activities

Giant squid are an incredible species of deep sea creature. Students will really get into learning about these creates with games and activities designed to get them engaged in the learning process.

Aquarium Lesson Plan

8. Aquarium Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides two text lessons, quizzes, a hands-on activity as well as discussion topics that will engage your students and help them learn more about fish.

Fish Lesson Plan for Elementary School

9. Fish Lesson Plan for Elementary School

How much do your students know about fish? This lesson plan teaches them the basics with the help of a text lesson. A fun activity allows students to create a visual representation of what they learned.

Fish Facts: Lesson for Kids

10. Fish Facts: Lesson for Kids

You may have seen them in the ocean, in an aquarium...or on your dinner plate! Fish are important and fascinating animals. This lesson will teach the basics of what makes a fish, a fish.

Tropical Fish Facts: Lesson for Kids

11. Tropical Fish Facts: Lesson for Kids

Meet Gabby the goldfish, just one of many types of tropical fish. In this lesson, she'll help you learn all about the bodies, habitats, and other fun facts about tropical fish!

Sea Turtles Lesson Plan for Elementary School

12. Sea Turtles Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is unique about sea turtles? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about sea turtles. An activity gives students a chance to create a model of a sea turtle.

Sea Turtle Lesson for Kids: Facts & Life Cycle

13. Sea Turtle Lesson for Kids: Facts & Life Cycle

Sea turtles are one of the only existing animals that's been around since the age of the dinosaurs. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a sea turtle's life cycle, diet, and threats to its well being. Let's take a dive into its ocean environment!

Salmon Life Cycle Lesson Plan

14. Salmon Life Cycle Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the life cycle of a salmon with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text that explains the seven stages of salmon development, discuss content, and apply actively.

Salmon Life Cycle Lesson for Kids

15. Salmon Life Cycle Lesson for Kids

Have you ever tried to run against the wind or had to hide from someone bigger? Salmon experience similar challenges during their lives, too. This lesson describes the stages and struggles of the salmon life cycle.

Sharks Lesson Plan

16. Sharks Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about sharks. While reading an informational text, they will create a graphic organizer highlighting facts about sharks. They will also engage in activities that extend the learning.

Sharks: Types & Facts

17. Sharks: Types & Facts

In this lesson we'll be exploring three different orders of sharks. For each one, we'll look at examples of specific sharks, where they live, what they eat and interesting facts about them.

Sharks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

18. Sharks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Sharks are some of the most feared creatures on Earth. Your students will enjoy learning about sharks as they read and discuss a text lesson, create shark profiles, and complete a worksheet.

Minnows Lesson Plan

19. Minnows Lesson Plan

As students learn about ocean animals, use this lesson plan guide your instruction in helping them identify the characteristics and types of minnows. A kinesthetic game and dramatic small group activity are included.

Minnows: Definition & Types

20. Minnows: Definition & Types

Sure you've heard of a minnow, but what is it exactly? A fish? A family? This lesson will answer all of your minnow questions, defining the term and then going over a few types.

Fish Lesson Plan

21. Fish Lesson Plan

As an educator, you will utilize this lesson plan to teach your students several characteristics which are common to fish. They will read a text lesson, take a quiz to confirm their knowledge about fish, and participate in a fun hands-on activity.

Jellyfish Lesson Plan

22. Jellyfish Lesson Plan

Jellyfish are often viewed as mysterious sea creatures. Take the guesswork out for students with some help from this informative lesson plan. In it, a text lesson summarizes key facts about jellyfish and an activity drives home learning.

Starfish Lesson Plan

23. Starfish Lesson Plan

Starfish are among the most fascinating of sea dwellers. This lesson plan includes a video lesson that teaches students basic facts about starfish and their anatomy and a pair-and-share activity that elicits understanding.

Anatomy of a Fish Lesson Plan

24. Anatomy of a Fish Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the anatomy of a fish. Students will be able to sketch and label parts of a fish. Further, students will be able to describe the function of each part.

Anatomy of a Fish: Internal & External

25. Anatomy of a Fish: Internal & External

While fish seem pretty simple, there's a bunch of vocabulary that goes along with them. Sigh. Don't worry! This lesson will help you learn all of the terms you need to understand the internal and external anatomy of a fish.

Sea Otter Lesson Plan

26. Sea Otter Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your elementary students are going to learn about the physical traits and adaptations of sea otters. They will compare them to other marine mammals with a brief research project.

Sea Life Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Sea Life Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about sea life. They will be engaged in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities throughout the lesson. This lesson plan is also cross-curricular in that it combines elements of literacy and science.

Seahorse Lesson Plan for Elementary School

28. Seahorse Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the fascinating seahorse with this lesson plan. Students will apply reading comprehension skills to a text lesson, play a seahorse game and do a project, then finish with a quiz.

Octopus Lesson Plan

29. Octopus Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about octopuses. After analyzing an informational text and taking a quiz, students will create an octopus craft to show what they have learned.

Octopus: Characteristics & Facts

30. Octopus: Characteristics & Facts

In this lesson, we'll be learning about some of the most intelligent animals in the ocean, octopuses. We'll learn what octopuses are and then dive deep into some of the most fascinating aspects of these animals.

Echinoderm Lesson Plan

31. Echinoderm Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the phylum echinodermata. They will explore echinoderms as a phylum and as individual species, and synthesize their knowledge by creating a mock aquarium exhibit.

Ocean Animals Lesson Plan

32. Ocean Animals Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about animals of the open ocean biome. They will consider the ocean in terms of climates and ecosystems, and will synthesize their knowledge through creative writing.

Mollusks Lesson Plan

33. Mollusks Lesson Plan

Mollusks have served several purposes in our lives over the years. Your students will become familiar with mollusks as they enjoy a video, classify mollusks, create flip books and take a quiz.

Fashion a Fish Lesson Plan

34. Fashion a Fish Lesson Plan

While learning about fish adaptations can be dull, this activity allows students to learn about fish form and function in a fun, creative way. Students will create their own fish and will be able to share their knowledge with their peers.

Sea Life Lesson for Kids

35. Sea Life Lesson for Kids

Many different plants and animals live in seas all over the world. In this lesson, learn what a sea is, and discover some cool creatures and plants that live in sea waters.

Pod of Dolphins Project Ideas

36. Pod of Dolphins Project Ideas

Dolphins are social creatures, and dolphin pods have their own distinct dynamics. These projects will help students explore dolphin pods in unique and creative ways.

Shark Project Ideas

37. Shark Project Ideas

When the teaching is done, project work is begun. This asset offers multiple projects on sharks for upper elementary school students. These projects are designed to be assigned at the end of the unit. Group and/or individual projects are offered.

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