1. “Under the Sea”- Students make sea animals. Add seashells, plants, sand.

2. “Kindergarten is Oceans of Fun"-Children make ocean crayon-resists.

3. “We’re Diving into Learning”- Students color diver patterns. Use a digital camera to take a head shot of each student and glue to head of his/her diver pattern.

4.“Kindergarten Sea Stars”- Children decorate starfish patterns with wiggly eyes and popcorn. .

5. "What a Great Catch!"- Make a large boy and girl fishing in a boat. Each child decorates a fish. Place a photo of the child on his fish. Attach fish to yarn and attach to fishing rod.




Above-To create an ocean atmosphere in the classroom, I hang a fishing net (purchased at a party store), crepe streamer "waves", and ocean animals from the ceiling.







Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

My Visit to the Aquarium by Aliki

Under the Sea by Eugene Booth

Whales Passing by Eve Bunting

House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

The Magic Schoolbus on the Ocean Floor

by Joanne Cole

Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Swimming with the Dolphins by Lambert Davis

Baby Whales Drink Milk by Barbara J. Esbensen

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Louis Ehlert

Out of the Ocean by Debra Fraser

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Whales and Other Sea Creatures by Joyce Milton

My Very Own Octopus by Bernard Most

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck

What’s It Like to be a Fish? by Wendy Pheffer

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Phister

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Phister

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Danny and Daisy: Tale of a Dolphin Trio

by Suzanne Tate

Jenny Jellyfish by Suzanne Tate

Mary Manatee by Suzanne Tate

Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood

The Tickle Octopus by Audrey Wood


Rainbow Fish puppet and book

from Barnes and Nobles




“Ocean Motion”

Jiggle like a jellyfish.

Creep like a sea snail.

Soar like a seagull.

Wiggle like an eel.

Float like a sea otter.

Bark like a seal.

Walk forward.

Walk backwards.

Walk sideways like a crab.

That’s the motion in the deep blue ocean.

* Act out movements


“Five Little Fishies”

Five little fishies (show 5 fingers)

Swimming in the sea (wave hand sideways)

Teasing Mr. Shark

“You can’t catch me!” (shake pointing finger)

Along came Mr. Shark

As quiet as could be (hands open like a mouth)

SNAP! (slap hands closed)

Four little fishies (show 4 fingers)

Swimming in the sea!

* Continue until you reach zero.


“Five Little Shells”

Five little shells laying on the shore,

Crash went the waves and then there were four.

Four little shells down by the sea,

Crash went the waves and then there were three.

Three little shells, smooth as new

Crash went the waves and then there were two.

Two little shells,sparkling in the sun

Crash went the waves and then there was one.

One little shell left by itself,

I took it home and put it on my shelf.

~Author Unknown

* put five Ellison shape shells in pocket chart and remove them as you recite poem.



1. "Fish Tales" - Each child answers questions written on a fish:

What is your fish's name?

What does your fish like to eat?

What does your fish like to play?

Child colors fish and cuts out.

One year I hung the fish from paperclips on a net (above) and another year I used crepe streamers as waves (below).


2. Journals- "What is your favorite ocean animal?"

3. ABC Ocean Animals- List ocean animals from     

    A-Z on chart.






Patterns- Students create color patterns using fish counters . Color goldfish crackers can also be used.

Estimation- Students estimate how many seashells are inside a jar.

Number Recognition and Counting-

1. Students put numbered fish or shell patterns in numeric order.

2. Clam Counting- Fold paper plates in half and write a number outside each. Children identify number and put that amount of cottonball "pearls" inside.

3. Sea Urchin Counting- Child picks a number card and puts that many spines (toothpicks) into a sea urchin (playdoh ball).


1.Students measure a toy fish or paper fish using unifex cubes or links.

2. Take students outside. Mark a length of 25 feet using yarn or sidewalk chalk. Explain some newborn whales are this long.

3. Size Sequence- Students put seashells in order from smallest to largest.

Days of the Week Identification-

1.Place paper plate seashells in sequential order.

2. Days of the Week Fishing- Label paper fish with the days of the week and hook on to paperclips. Use magnetic fishing poles to catch fish and read days of the week on them.





1. Sink or Float Experiment- Test what classroom items sink or float in water.

2. Examine seashells.

3. Make an "ocean bottle" by mixing blue food coloring, water, oil, and small shells in a bottle. Glue bottle cap using a hot glue gun to avoid messes.

4. Observe sand with a magnifying glass. Discuss how sand is made from rocks being crushed.

5. Mystery Sand Box- Use sense of touch to guess what is in box.

6. Explore Marine Life online at: Watch Shamu real time

  on the shamu cam.

  Experience a whale watch on the New England

  Aquarium website.





1. Paper plate fish, whales, seashells (cut edges of plate), jellyfish (cut plate in half and add crepe streamer "tentacles") or octopus (add construction paper "tentacles")

4. Oil Pastels Seahorse- Children color seahorse pattern with oil pastels and then blend.Decorate seahorse with sequins.

5. Rainbow Fish- Decorate fish pattern with tissue paper squares. Glue on tinfoil square to represent shiny scale.

6. Cheerios Octopus- Color and cut out octopus pattern. Glue Cheerios on to tentacles to represent suckers.

7. Ocean watercolor resist- Color underwater animals and plants. Paint over with blue watercolor paint. Crayon will resist paint.

10. Paper Plate Hermit Crab- Child paints paper plate red. Draw a spiral on the plate with a permanent marker when dry. Cut out head and legs from red construction paper and glue on plate. Draw black eyes and mouth on head.

11. Swimmy Fish- Draw a large fish shape. Each child sponge paints an orange fish (or glues on orange goldfish crackers) on the fish. Sponge paint a black fish on the head to represent the eye/Swimmy.

12. Diving Dolphin- Color and cut out dolphin pattern. Tape to popsicle stick. Fold blue paper 1/3 up and cut waves on it. Cut slit on bottom fold. Slide dolphin through slit.

13. Coffee Filter Fish- Color coffee filter with markers and spray water on lightly using a spray bottle. Colors will blend. When dry, add paper finds and an eye and mouth. Laminate if desired.