Our new science text is Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. We were both so excited to start this study!
This is the notebooking journal we bought to go with the text, to hold all our work.
(Inside, Maggie is able to record the things she learns.)
After our first day of reading from the text, we also read The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That's Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures by Bonnie Worth.
Here are some more of her journal pages. I always add applicable stickers to her work. She loves these.
For our very first experiment in this first lesson, we created a miniature gyre (a surface current) in a glass pan using water, glitter, and two sources of wind (a handheld fan and a blow dryer). Here, Mags is adding glitter to our pan of water. (I placed a white piece of paper underneath the pan so it would be easier to see our glitter.)
Next, we turned on our wind sources, with Maggie's facing the surface along one side of the pan, and mine facing the surface of the opposite side.
Pretty quickly, our glitter started moving in a large circle in the pan. We created our very own miniature gyre!
We also did a fun "Ocean Currents Science Experiment," found at http://lifeovercs.com/ocean-currents-science-experiment/, using a large, glass baking dish, plastic ocean creatures, cold water, blue food coloring, ice cubes, a wooden spoon, boiling water, and red food coloring. This time, I placed a white towel under our dish for optimal viewing.
After we added cold water to our dish, we dropped in a couple of drops of blue food coloring to make it look more ocean-like.
Next, following the instructions on the site, we added ice cubes to our water, mixing and mixing until the cubes melted more and got our "ocean" really cold.
Meanwhile, we boiled some water on the stove and added red food coloring to it. (This would help us see how deep ocean currents are formed when cold water mixes with warmer.)
We trickled in a bit of our red, hot water into the corner of our dish and watched the swirling of the current move across the dish. (Later on in this study and in this post, we would do a similar experiment to determine which is heavier, hot or cold water. See below.)
Next, we watched the "Digging the Deep" episode on our The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Ocean Commotion! DVD.
(Here is that same episode on YouTube,)
After that we watched another one, "The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach," also on YouTube (and below).
We then read in our text about tides and the layers of the ocean before reading The Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole.
We found a neat idea for "Ocean Zones in a Jar" on Pinterest (the link being http://www.icanteachmychild.com/make-ocean-zones-jar/) and decided to do it. Follow the link for the actual instructions, but this project uses everyday household items that are easy to gather so not a lot of planning is needed. Here, Maggie is mixing the "trench" of our layer jar.
Later, for an addition to her notebooking journal, we made the "Ocean" mini-book from Scholastic's Easy Make & Learn Projects: Animal Habitats (pages 45-49).
Here it is, all done, and adhered in our journal.
At the text's suggestion, we learned more about how air pressure worked on our lungs underwater using a 2-liter bottle with a cap, and a balloon. First, we stuck a balloon into the bottle, hanging on to the end. Next, with most of the balloon down in the bottle, we blew it up as large as it would go and tied it off.
That day, during lunch, we watched Disney Nature's Oceans.
It is suggested in the text that each student makes an "ocean box" for models of all the creatures we will learn about. We wrapped a shipping box in wrapping paper that looked like water, then added scrapbook pages that resembled water, and blue cellophane for an added touch. We can't wait to add all the creatures to our ocean scene! First up? Whales!
The last thing we did for Lesson 1 was another experiment, a "Water Temperature" experiment to determine which is heavier -- warm or cold water. First, we got a bowl of hot water and added blue food coloring to it.