Ocean Adventures !
This TopicQuest was designed for Miss Jones' Kindergarten Class at W.G. Nunn Elementary School by Ginger McClellan, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher.


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Are you ready to dive deep into the ocean?  Have you ever been to the ocean and wondered what it is like under the water?  Do you know that there are millions of exciting creatures that live in the ocean?  You probably will recognize a few but there will be some that you have never seen before.  So get ready to get wet!  Let's go explore!


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Maps

Water covers about 75% of the earth's surface.  Do you know where all the oceans are located in the world?  Before our journey begins, lets take a look at some cool maps.  The oceans will be all the areas in blue.  Check it out!



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Dolphins
Did you know that dolphins are mammals, and they breathe just like you do?  Did you also know that dolphins communicate to one another by squeaking, whistling, and leaping high in the air?  Go explore my dolphin link and see what else you can find out!

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Killer Whales
Did you know that killer whales are one of the fastest swimming marine mammals?  They can average a speed of 30 miles per hour, but usually travel about 6 miles per hour.  Wow!  Click on Killer Whales under the picture to learn more fun facts.

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Manatees
Did you know that manatees are sometimes called "sea cows"?  They are gentle marine mammals who eat a lot throughout the day.  Manatees are also endangered species so it is important to learn about ways we can protect them.
So lets learn so more about manatees!

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Sharks
Did you know that sharks have been around for about 350 million years?  The Great White Shark is the largest of the aggressive sharks.  They can travel up to 43 miles per hour.  Let's learn some more about sharks by exploring a really cool website.

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Sea Turtles
Did you know that sea turtles can see better underwater than out of water?  Another interesting fact is that you cannot tell the age of a sea turtle by its appearance.  Let's go explore some more about these reptiles!
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Tropical Fish
The ocean is home to billions of fish from over 250,000 different species.  They come is all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Did you know that fish ruled the sea before dinosaurs ruled the land?
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Coral Reef
On the ocean floor lies a city full of beatiful shapes and structures.  This city is made up of coral reef.  Coral reef is found in oceans all over the world. It provides homes and hiding spots for millions of fish and other marine creatures.
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Ocean Crafts
Now that we have explored about ocean life, it's time to have more fun by doing some ocean crafts.  There are a lot of cool art projects to choose from.  Have FUN!!
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Sounds of the Ocean
Have you ever wondered what sounds a dophin makes?  Well, here's your chance to find out.  Here is a website where you can hear the sounds of dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, and more.  Enjoy!



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Mission Project

    You are writing and illustrating a book for children about ocean life.  You need to research about different ocean creatures to put in your book.  Your goal is to write a sentence about two of your favorite creatures that you researched.  You also need to draw pictures to go along with your sentences.

    The TopicQuest Page has some links you may want to explore for some ocean life information.  The Ocean Adventure website has a lot of information on different creatures such as dolphins, sharks, and whales. 

Get ready to get splashed with information!

Mission Steps

1.  Explore with your teacher Ocean Adventures for information to write sentences and draw pictures for you children's book about ocean life.

2.  Write or describe to your teacher two of your favorite ocean creatures that you researched for your book.

3.  Draw a picture of each ocean creature to go along with your sentences.

4.  Give sentences and drawings to your teacher to scan and publish on the Internet.

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