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Homeschool lessons: Ocean Unit Study

I know this website you're on is for a photography business- I'm a family and business branding photographer in College Station, TX. However, I'm also a homeschooling mom of three! I currently homeschool my first grader & third grader.

Just to give you an idea of how we do things, we use The Good and The Beautiful (TGATB) curriculum for math for both kids & we fill in writing and language arts gaps year round with TGATB too. But my kids REALLY love the unit studies I create about subjects they're interested in!

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

I truly believe kids learn best through storytelling.

Stories catch their attention, their imagination, and their creativity in a special way. That's why a huge part of our homeschooling revolves around reading. I can share a ton of studies to back this up, but that's an easy search you can do on your own.

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

The way I encourage reading with my children is by finding a specific subject they're interested in & searching down amazing books on the subject. I look for living books over textbook-style books. After collecting a good set of books to efficiently cover a subject, I create lessons based off of each book.

I've done this for two years now. And I will tell you, it is very time consuming. I love it, so that helps with making the time I commit to it not feel like a chore. But not everyone loves to do all of those things, or many people just struggle to find the time. That's why I've decided to start creating lessons plans others can follow along as I make lesson plans for my own kids! If it helps anyone feel prepared and confident in teaching their little ones, then that's wonderful!

This first unit study I have decided to share is one based on the Ocean!

So, we usually kick off the school year/end the summer with a beach trip. I plan to start our schooling a little before that beach trip, so an ocean unit study just felt like the way to start. But honestly, my kids are very curious about the ocean and would have been excited to read these books and do the lessons just about any time of year. No beach trip required (although a quick Galveston visit after or during is sure to be a hit while doing a lesson plan like this).

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

So this blog post was created to not only share about the Ocean Unit Study packet, but I will also share all of the books that I selected for the Ocean Unit Study! The books we used really are all wonderful books. The books include incredible stories of determined people who achieved great feats for our oceans. Some of the books teach about different parts of our oceans, using creative imagery and captivating detail. There is also a mix of fun little stories that kids just enjoy, but still the books sneak in ways to naturally include science and literary learning along with the silly story.

You can find the unit study packet for purchase at my brand new etsy shop!

As I mentioned before, I created a lesson off of each of the included books. And just to give you more of an idea of what to expect from the lessons, here are criteria met through the lessons in this unit study:

  • Critical thinking & discussion of important themes in a text

  • Cause & effect

  • Problem solving (Identifying problems and finding solutions)

  • Learning about conservation & taking care of the world around us

  • Geography & using maps

  • Using a chart/table to compare and contrast attributes of different things

  • Prefixes/Suffixes

  • Parts of speech: Finding the verbs/adjectives

  • Finding patterns

  • Writing a paragraph (older children) or writing a sentence (younger children)

  • Learning about character traits (understanding characters in books)

  • Literal vs. figurative language

  • Main parts of a story: Who? What? When? Where?

The books you will need

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

Here is the list of needed books (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):

Manfish, and Story of Jacques Cousteau:

The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish:

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist:

Inky the Octopus: The Official Story of One Brave Octopus' Daring Escape:

One Tiny Turtle:

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs:

In One Tidepool:

Over and Under the Waves:

Sea Glass Summer:

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

The activities and crafts in the unit study

There are also activities and crafts throughout the study! Children will draw and paint a tidepool, make ocean and sand slime, and create their own yarn octopus!

Here is the list of needed supplies (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):

I hope this is helpful for those of you that plan to or have already purchased the Ocean Unity Study, or for those of you just browsing out of curiosity!

homeschool lesson plans
homeschool lesson plans

Can't wait to share more homeschooling fun with you guys!


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