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Oceanography/Marine Biology - 3rd Grade


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I'm planning a course of study for 3rd grade. I am brainstorming and have these topics in mind:


-Marine life and ecosystems


-Marine habitats including beach, reef, estuaries


-Ocean currents, ocean layers, waves, plate tectonics


-Ocean water (salinity, depth, acoustics, etc.)




-Underwater archaeology


We will be studying the Middle Ages next year and I hope to tie in early exploration, ships and sailing and famous shipwrecks as well. What am I forgetting? I know very little about Oceanography so help me brainstorm!

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My younger dd and I will be studying tidal pool life later this year. Here is what we will be using:



Tidal Pool Life:

Pagoo by Holling C. Holling

Life in a Tidal Pool by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein



We won't be using this unit study, but I thought I'd share it in case you might be interested:


Pagoo Unit Study at Homeschool Share




Here are some books for explorers/exploration:



Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World by Ann Martin Bowler




Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta

by James Rumford

**Book Notes



Amerigo Vespucci by Nina Brown Baker

Magellan: First Around the World by Ronald Syme


Adventures of Marco Polo by Russell Freedman

Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities

by Janis Herbert


Additional options for Adventures of Marco Polo:

Marco Polo: His Travel and Adventures by George Makepeace Towle


or we have and read He Went With Marco Polo by Louise A. Kent


He Went with Vasco Da Gama by Louise A. Kent

Around the World in 100 Years by Jean Fritz

The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy Maestro



General books on Maps/Navigation:


Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden

Where Am I? The Story of Maps and Navigation by A. G. Smith

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The Burgess Seashore Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess (Stories of ocean creatures)

http://www.amazon.co...s Seashore Book


The Ocean Book by The Center for Marine Conservation (curriculum)

http://www.amazon.co...=The Ocean Book


The Seaside Naturalist (informative entries on sea creatures)

http://www.amazon.co...side Naturalist


And one of my favorites:

Sea Searchers by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (curriculum)

http://www.amazon.co...ey bay aquarium

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Check out the GEMS Guides. There are several for Ocean studies.


Thanks, I forgot about the GEMS guides. The ocean specific guides are above her level but I did find Sandy Shores, Water Habitats which may work nicely.


I am pretty sure I am getting Sea and Sky from WP to use as a jumping off point and then adjusting to suit our needs. I appreciate all the suggestions!

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