The ocean is a vast place and trying to teach students about all that it encompasses can be a bit daunting for both teacher and student. Where to start? What is important to learn? These are obstacles that can present themselves when trying to teach kids about the ocean.
Thankfully, you can start just about anywhere and be able to explain important and substantial portions of the ocean. What might be easier is dividing these lessons into sections. Try talking about the layers of the ocean first, the animals in the ocean next, and then the science of the ocean.
Splitting things up can help kids digest the information more easily. Here are a few activities that you can implement to help kids learn about the ocean more effectively.
Learn About How Sharks Float
Sharks are one of the most well-known animals in the ocean, thanks to television and movies. But there is still a great deal we do not know about them. Learning how they float, for instance, could be performed with a simple science experiment.
This gives the students a tangible application to see the science. The activity will then be both fun and informative like few other lessons can be.
Explore Different Shells
Anyone who has been to the beach before has no doubt seen a shell. Learning about the different types of shells and where to find them in the oceans can be something that ties together an experience from the real world with a lesson. Anything that can connect to a real-life experience will help kids learn more effectively.
Observe the Difference in Density of Fresh Water Versus Salt Water
We are all aware of both fresh and salt water and why we are not supposed to drink the latter. But what else do we know about these two types of water, really? Exploring the density differences can help to make the aforementioned real-life connection. Plus, those kids who have never been to the ocean can experience salt water firsthand.