UNDER THE DEEP BLUE SEA

DESIGNED FOR GRADES FOUR AND FIVE
BY BABS PILAND

Do you know the place on earth where the fewest people have explored? It is the OCEAN! Think of the ocean as water sitting on top of the land. The ocean is a vast unkown--and yet most of our planet is covered by it. In this unit of study we will dive into this large wilderness of water. Come on along as we swim through this
knowledge together. Ready? Set. Go!

Explore the following: 


1.    Pangaea
Find out that the earth, as we know it, has not always looked as it does now. The continents on earth have been moving for millions of years. Pangaea is the name scientists gave for the earth all those years ago. They think the continents of earth were like a puzzle. Read and discover what this funny word means and how the earth is like a piece of a giant puzzle.
2.   Topography
Nearly all types of landforms seen on the Earth's surface are also found in the Ocean. There are mountains, plains and even volcanoes. Check out what these landforms look like under the deep blue sea. You can also find more information in this encyclopedia link.
3. Ocean Location

Although the oceans have names, they are all actually connected to each other. Take a trip on this site to see how all the oceans of the earth touch each other. Even though there is only one body of water, there are four main oceans. A fifth ocean has recently been identified. See if you can learn the names of all five. Name the Oceans

4.   Ocean Motion
The oceans are in constant movement. The ocean movements include waves, currents and tides. Find out why the ocean never rests. 
5.     Waves
There are some very extraordinary movements that are influenced by the ocean currents and movements. A tsunami is one of these. Read about these. Would you be in danger of harm from a tsunami?
6.     Currents
The ocean has many kinds of currents. They help move things around in the ocean. Some can even be dangerous. Find how currents are helpful and harmful.
7.    Tides
Tides are controlled by an object in our solar system. How can something out in space control the water in the ocean? Find out.
8.     Ocean life
The ocean is teeming with life. It has both plant and animal life. A few examples of these animals are fish and mammals. Both vertebrate and invertebrate animals live here. These provide many resources for the people on earth. Read about these resources here. The shark will take you on a journey to the depths of the deep.
9.    Technology
New technology allows scientists to gather more and more information about an area of our planet that few have visited. This knowledge allows us to learn how to protect, as well as use, the many resources available in the briny deep.
10.   Careers
The ocean provides a lot of opportunities to many people to do all kinds of work. Scientists study the ocean, people travel on the ocean and many people fish in the ocean. You can have many careers because of the oceans. Explore the many things you could do. You can also travel to the Smithsonian Museum to meet some of the people busy helping clean up the ocean.


 
 

Now that your brain is swimming with knowledge, come along on a mission to put that knowledge to work. Are you ready? Okay dive in to the missions that follow.

Mission 1

Scientists think they have found a sunken ship, but can't decide how to get to its location. You have been chosen to help them find the ship. You must help them map the ocean floor in order to find the location of the ship. You must decide what level of the floor the ship is resting upon.
This mission sends you to the depths of the deep blue sea. Get your scuba gear ready and swim on into this activity.

1.  Use the information you have learned and the resources in the science corner and explore the web site in order to complete the Ocean Floor diagram while on-line. 

2.  Complete the Ocean Floor handout located on the science shelf. 

3.  The scientists need information about the things they would encounter at each level. Using resources from the science corner and  on-line resources design a pictograph that would indicate what could be seen at each level.


 
 

QCC Objectives

Technology QCC Objective: Standard 10: 
Uses telecommunication tools and on-line resources to communicate with others, gather information and express ideas..
Science QCC Objective 30
Topic: Earth Processes:
Oceanography Standard: 
Identifies and describes the topography of the ocean floor.
Math QCC Objective 28
Strand: Statistics and Probability
Topic: Data Analysis
Standard: Interprets and draws conclusions from charts,
                  tables, and graphs (e.g., pictographs, bar graphs, and
                  circle graphs). 
Math QCC Objective 31
Strand:Statistics and Probability
Topic: Data Collection 
 Standard: Collects and organizes data into tallies,
                   charts, and tables; determines appropriate scale and
                   constructs bar graphs and pictographs. 
 

Rubric for Scenario #1

GA Quality Core Curriculum Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
5th Grade Technology Standard 10
Uses telecommunication tools and online resources to communicate with others.
Student is able to use telecommunication tools and online resources to gather information and express ideas with extra help or assistance. Student is able to use telecommunication tools and online resources to gather information and express ideas with some help or assistance. Student is able to use telecommunication tools and online resources to gather information and express ideas without help or assistance.   
5th Grade Science Objective 30
Identifies and describes the topography of the ocean floor.
Student correctly identifies, describes and labels two areas and regions of the ocean floor. Student correctly identifies, describes and labels  four areas of the ocean floor.  Student correctly identifies, describes and labels six areas of the ocean floor.  
5th Grade Math QCC Objective 28
Interprets and draws conculsions from charts, tables and graphs (e.g. pictograph, bar graphs and circle graphs).
Student will use information from the research and depict two facts on a graph. Student will use information from the research and depict four facts on a graph. Student will use information from the research and depict six facts on a graph. j
5th Grade Math 
QCC Objective 31
Collects and organizes data into tallies, charts and tables; determines appropriate scale and constructs bar graphs and pictographs.
Student will construct a bar graph or pictograph that shows two of the six areas of the ocean floor with examples from each area. Student will construct a bar graph or pictograph that shows four of the six areas of the ocean floor with examples from each area. Student will construct a bar graph or pictograph that shows each of the six areas of the ocean floor with examples from each area. jj


Mission Two 

Our class has been chosen to present the review for all the fifth grade classes on the oceanography units. You will be working with three other students. Your mission is to review the information we have studied and complete the following:
 

  • Watch the Brainpop movie and take the quiz for a quick review.
  • With your group, decide on the five things that you should know.
  • Using the materials from the art cabinet, design and complete a poster that will review those five items. 
  • You may choose to do a collage, a flow chart, or a word web.
  • Be ready to present your review tomorrow.
Be creative!!
 

QCC Objectives

Science QCC Objective: 32 
Topic: Earth Processes:
Oceanography Standard:
Recognizes that ocean water varies in the content of dissolved materials, its physical properties and the living things it supports. 
Science Qcc Objective: 33 
Topic: Earth Processes:
Oceanography Standard:
Recognizes and describes the ocean's many valuable resources, some of which may be threatened by pollution, excessive harvest and harmful mining techniques.
Technology Integration Research QCC Objective: 13
Topic: Research
Standard: Uses basic research techniques with teacher guidance. 

 

Rubric for Scenario #2

GA Quality Core Curriculum Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score
5th grade Science QCC Objective 32
Recognize that ocean water varies in the content of dissolved materials, its physical properties and the living things it supports.
Student will portray three characteristics about the dissolved materials, the physical properties and the living things of the ocean. Student will portray four characteristics about the dissolved materials, the physical properties and the living things of the ocean. Student will portray five characteristics about the dissolved materials, the physical properties and the living things of the ocean.  
5th Grade Science QCC Objective 33
Recognizes and describes the oceans many valuable resources, some of which may be threatened by pollution, excessive harvest and harmful mining techniques.
Student will portray one valuable resource and one harmful mining technique of the ocean. Student will portray one or two valuable resources and one or two harmful mining techniques of the ocean. Student will portray two valuable resources and two harmful mining techniques of the ocean.  
5th Grade Technology Integration Research QCC Objective 13
Uses basic research techniques with teacher guidance.
Student will follow teacher's directions with a minimum of three prompts.  Student will follow teacher's directions with a minimum of two prompts.  Student will follow teacher's directions with no prompts.  

 
 

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