Ocean Life

This Topic Mini-Research Web Page was developed
for Mrs. Wilcox's Fourth Grade Class at Indian Creek Elementary School
Designed by Tyler Cason, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher.

 Why Is the Ocean so Salty and Blue? Blue is the color of the oceans.  In all of the colors of the rainbow why is blue the color that was meant to be, is it because of all the salt? Roll Tide Roll Tides are the periodic rise and fall of the ocean waters.  What causes this periodic rise and fall of the ocean waters. How Much Water is There The Earth's surface contains 71% water.  How much of that 71% is salt water, and how much is freshwater? The Ocean Zones There are four oceans zones that we know of today.  Can you name those zones?

 Topic Mini-Research Real World Activity     Student One Imagine that you are an early explorer traveling down a river and you discover the Atlantic Ocean.  When you get there you are so tired from traveling you decide to get a big cup of fresh water to drink.  When you pull your cup up to get a drink you realize that it isn't fresh water, it taste a little salty.  The rest of the crew  realizes that the water taste very salty also.  Since you are the captain of the ship and you know all the answers you need to find out why the water in the ocean is salty.     Student Two Imagine that you are a fourth grade art teacher.  One day you give your art class a painting assignment on the ocean.  Everything is going along pretty well until little Johhny raises his hand and asks a very difficult question.  "Why is the ocean blue?"  You are puzzled by the question and you just tell Johhny that you will get back to him later because you don't know the answer.  You need to find out the answer and get back with Johhny and the rest of the class. Steps to Complete Real World Activity Student ONE 1.  Go to the website Enchanted Learning and review the information on the page. 2.  Next you will be given a sheet of construction paper that you will need to fold once like a hamburger. 3.  On the top half of the paper you need to answer the question in the real world activity. 4.  On the bottom half of the paper you need to draw a picture illustrating why the ocean is salty. 5.  Turn your work into the teacher. Student TWO 1.  Go to the website Enchanted Learning and review the information on the page. 2.  Next you will be given a sheet of construction paper that you will need to fold once like a hamburger. 3.  On the top half you need to answer the question in the real world activity. 4.  On the bottom half of the paper you need to draw a picture illustrating why the ocean is blue. 5.  Turn your work into the teacher.

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