The Living Seas
Age 9-11: Concept 2 - Diversity and Interdependence: Unit 1

Dive into an ocean adventure. Explore the amazing diversity of marine life. Understand the forces behind waves and currents. Recognize the effects that the oceans have on global and regional climate. For the final project, take on the role of a marine biologist and teach a class about oceans in motion.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for The Cay.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Fresh Water (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Water Cycle
  • Lesson 3: Oceans and Seas
  • Lesson 4: Ocean Life (3 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Waves and Currents
  • Lesson 6: Beaches
  • Lesson 7: Water and Weather
  • Lesson 8: Treasures of the Sea
  • Final Project: Presenting... The Ocean (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Classify animals into groups according to their characteristics. (Science)
  • Identify food chains in a variety of habitats. (Science)
  • Know how moving water erodes landforms, reshaping the land by taking it away from some places and depositing it as pebbles, sand, silt, and mud in other places. (Science)
  • Know that most of Earth's water is present as salt water in the oceans, which cover most of Earth's surface. (Science)
  • Know when liquid water evaporates, it turns into water vapor in the air and can reappear as a liquid when cooled or as a solid if cooled below the freezing point of water. (Science)
  • Learn how water vapor in the air moves from one place to another and can form fog or clouds, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and can fall to Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow. (Science)
  • Recognize changes in the earth are due to slow processes, such as erosion, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. (Science)
  • Recognize that a food chain is a series of plants and animals linked together because each is a source of food for the next one on the chain. (Science)
  • Recognize that energy from the Sun heats the earth and causes changes in the weather. (Science)
  • Recognize that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some do not survive as well, and some cannot survive at all. (Science)
  • Recognize that most of Earth's surface is made up of water. (Science)
  • Recognize that most of Earth's water is present as salt water in the oceans, which cover most of Earth's surface. (Science)
  • Recognize that waves are a form of energy. (Science)
  • Recognize that weather can directly impact communities. (Science)
  • Recognize that weather shapes the geography of the land. (Science)
  • See the influence that the ocean and the water cycle have on the weather patterns. (Science)
  • Understand that living things differ in their characteristics, and these differences can give them advantages in surviving and reproducing. (Science)
  • Understand that most of Earth's water is present as saltwater in the oceans, which cover most of Earth's surface. (Science)
  • Understand that water vapor moves from one place to another and can form clouds. (Science)
  • Understand that when liquid water evaporates, it turns into water vapor in the air and can reappear as a liquid when cooled, or as a solid if cooled below the freezing point of water. (Science)
  • Understand the process by which water vapor in the air moves from one place to another and can form fog or clouds, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and can fall to Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow. (Science)
  • Locate geographical places on a map. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize that the geography of water and land impacts living things. (Social Studies)
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