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The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

Becker, Helaine (Author)
Dawson, Willow (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2012. 80 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781554537471 (paperback)
9781554537464 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 577.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Today, oceans are changing in ways not seen “since the age of dinosaurs.” But what exactly is this mammoth ecosystem, and why do these changes matter? Meet some of the fascinating animals that make their home in the sea and discover the incredible adaptations they have made to survive. Learn about people around the world who are making sustainable choices to keep our oceans healthy and diverse. This overview of ocean science includes nifty ecological ideas, games, and nearly 40 do-it-yourself experiments using everyday household items.

Sections marked “What’s Going On?” use simple text to clarify the scientific concepts behind each of the experiments: children can see what happens during a tsunami or oil spill, or discover how marine mammals stay warm underwater.

Three sections include photos, diagrams and simple experiments to help explain scientific concepts like why the ocean is salty and why fish don’t get waterlogged. Informational sidebars provide strategies to help fight ecological hazards such as boycotting detergents with phosphates or using compost instead of chemical fertilizers.

This essential resource for any science library also includes a detailed index and table of contents to round out the offering.

  •  

    Create a class KWL chart to note what you would like to know about the ocean.

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    Carry out one of the experiments. Photograph your steps and the results. Make a media presentation of the process. Explain how your findings are relevant to the ocean.

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    Use a graphic organizer to clarify the effects of humans on the oceans.

  •  Working in groups or as a class, make an alphabet book or slideshow of ocean vocabulary. Present your creation to another group or class.
  •  

    Create a class KWL chart. Note what you would like to know about the ocean.

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    Notice the variety of topics in this book about the ocean. Prepare five fact cards with information you find interesting.

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    Choose a sea experiment from the book and try it out. Photograph the different steps. Make a poster or media presentation of how it worked. Find a creative way to present your results.

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To solve problems
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology
  • First Big Book of the Ocean (C. Hughes)
    Oceans and Sea (S. Parker)