Objective: Children will learn about the movement of the ocean by using a variety of materials to recreate ocean waves to explore the ocean habitat.‹ Return to Theme
Oceans are the home of the largest variety of life on Earth. Oceans are constantly in motion to support the delicate balance of ocean life. Ocean tides are the up and down movement of the water and cause the change in the height of the surface of oceans. Tide changes happen about every twelve hours. Tides are caused by the pull of the Moon and Sun. There are two different habitats in the ocean, the ocean floor and the water itself. These two habitats support different communities of ocean life.
Water covers almost three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contains roughly 97% of the Earth's water supply. There are five oceans in the world: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, and Arctic. The Earth’s oceans are all connected to one another. An estimated 50% to 80% of all life on Earth is found under the ocean surface, and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet. Humans have explored less than 10% of the ocean space.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.