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How Deep Is the Sea?

Milbourne, Anna (Author)
Riglietti, Serena (Illustrator)
Usborne 2009. 24 pages
First published: 2009
ISBN: 9780746096086 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Pipkin the penguin is curious, as many little ones are. “How big is a dinosaur?” he asks his mother, and “Does chocolate grow on trees?” When he wants to know how deep the sea is, Mama penguin sends him diving. As Pipkin swims down deeper and deeper, he asks the animals he meets how deep the sea is. Finally, he meets a salty sea dog piloting a yellow submarine and together they go “down … and down … and down.” They pass twinkling creatures, who show them the mountains at the bottom of the sea, until they land with a flump, “with miles and miles of water above them.” Pipkin is happy to get home and he tells his proud Mama what he has learned: The sea is “deep enough for very small penguins to have very big adventures.”

The text is simple, with short sentences and repetitive dialogue. The full-page colour illustrations are full of deep blues and black, plunging us into the deepest part of the ocean along with Pipkin.

While the story itself eschews scientific names and information, an accompanying 5-foot fold-out poster provides facts about various depths, relating them to the narrative.

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    Brainstorm what you know about the sea. Create a class mind map with the words you know. As you discover new words while reading, add them to your list.

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    As the book is read aloud, take notes on the different levels of the sea. Draw a depth chart according to this information. Once complete, compare it to the chart at the back of the book.

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    Use the How Deep Is the Sea? scale as a model to create your own How High is the Sky? scale. What is at 1 m, 10 m, 100 m, 1000 m, 10 000 m, etc.? What does this make you wonder about?

  •  Brainstorm what you know about the sea. Create a class mind map with the words you know. As you discover new words, add them to your list.
  •  

    As the book is read aloud, take notes on the different levels of the sea. Draw a depth chart according to this information. Compare it to the chart at the back of the book.

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    Add other information about what happens at different water levels: the level at which you swim, go fishing, travel in different types of boats, etc. What is the depth of a local lake or river?

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    Penguin seems to have deep thoughts. Make a list of deep questions that come to you. Research and create a booklet about a question of your own.

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