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Ocean theme activities and ideas for teaching and learning about the ocean and ocean animals in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms.
Ocean Theme Learning Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

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Ocean Literacy activities

Ocean Syllables
Ocean Syllable Identification Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students identify the pictures and the number of syllables in each word. This activity is available in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below and includes a black and white recording sheet.

Ocean Beginning Sounds
Ocean Beginning Sounds Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students attach clothespins with letters to the pictures that have the corresponding beginning sounds. There is also a black and white recording sheet included with this activity. The beginning sounds activity is available in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Rhyming
Printable Pirate Treasure Rhyming Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students will match rhyming coins to their treasure chest mats in this small group game available in the Ocean Literacy Packet below.

Ocean Alphabet Identification Game
Ocean Whale Alphabet Identification Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Both the upper and lower case versions of this game are available {black and white or color} in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. Students will take turns drawing a card, identifying the letter, and marking it on their recording sheet. When the Thar she blows! card is drawn all the students say “Thar she blows!” This activity also includes two recording sheets, one for uppercase letters and one for lowercase letters.

Ocean Mini Word Charts
Printable Ocean Mini Word Wall or Charts for #preschool and #kindergarten
These printable word charts are available in both black and white and color in the Ocean Literacy Packet available in the printables section below.

Ocean Pocket Chart
Printable Ocean Pocket Chart Sentences for #preschool and #kindergarten
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Emergent Reader
Ocean Theme Printable Emergent Reader for #preschool and #kindergarten
The predictable text in this book is designed to support your emergent readers. Use this book to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, common sight words, and more. The I Can Swim! emergent reader is available in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Read and Write around the Room Activity
Ocean Read and Write Around the Room Printable Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
This fun read and write around the room activity is available in the Ocean Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Word Cards
Printable Ocean Word Cards for Pocket Chart or Word Wall in #preschool and #kindergarten
The printable word cards can be used to expand vocabulary in a pocket chart or on a word wall; they are available in the Ocean Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Ocean Math Activities

Ocean Graphing Activity
Ocean Graphing Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
This graphing activity is available in the Ocean Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Counting Book
Printable Ocean Counting Book for #preschool and #kindergarten
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce number sense and counting. The Ocean Counting Book is available in the Ocean Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Ocean Patterns
Printable Ocean Pattern Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
The printable ocean pattern activity can be found in the Ocean Math Packet available in the printables section below.

Ocean Races
Ocean Races Printable Board Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Available in the Ocean Math Packet located in the printables section below, this activity will help build number sense and one to one correspondence. Students will roll a die and move their playing piece towards the hook.

Pirate Board Game
Printable Pirate Board Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
You little “mateys” will love this printable board game available in the Ocean Math Packet below.

Ocean Play Dough Counting Mats
Printable Ocean Play Dough Counting Mats for #preschool
Develop fine motor and counting skills at the same time! These printable play dough counting mats are available in the Ocean Math Packet below.

Shark Number Identification Game
Ocean Number Identification Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
This game is available {in black and white or color} in the Ocean Math Packet located in the printables section below. The Shark Number Identification game can be played using numbers 0-10 or numbers 0-20 depending on your student’s ability levels. The playing cards are available in black and white and color for your convenience. Also included are two printable recording sheets in black and white, one for each version of the game.

Beach Roll ‘N Stamp {Free}
beach roll stamp
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objectives: Number recognition, number sense, one-to-one
Materials: foam die, 1-6 beach recording sheet (see printables section below), Do-A-Dot markers
Instructions: Students take turns rolling the die, identifying the corresponding number on their paper and stamping that number with a Do-A-Dot marker.

Fish 1:1 Game {Free}
fish one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objectives: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: fish 1:1 mats- one per student in small group (see printables section below), Goldfish crackers
Instructions: Print the 1:1 fish mats on cardstock and laminate. Give each student in the small group a mat. Place the Goldfish crackers in the center of the table in a container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of goldfish on their mat. When there is one goldfish on each fish bowl on the mat the students have successfully completed the game. Students may eat the goldfish crackers when they have filled their mat.

Ocean Counting Book Template {Free}
ocean counting book
ocean counting book 1
ocean counting book 2
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Integrate math and literacy. Number identification, number sense
Materials: ocean stickers or stamps, one pre-assembled In the Ocean booklet per child (free template available in the printables section below)
Directions: Place the stickers or stamps in the center of the table in a basket or container so all students can easily reach them. The students identify the number in each sentence and using their knowledge of number identification, letter sounds, and sight words they stamp the appropriate number of ocean animals on each page.

Ocean Patterns {Free}
ocean patterns 1
ocean patterns 2
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Patterning
Materials: Patterning grid template- one per child (template available in printables section below), ocean stickers, stamps, erasers, or shells
Directions: Give each child in the small group one patterning template. Place the ocean stickers, stamps, erasers, or shells in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will use the items to create a pattern on the grid.

Counting 1-5
ocean 1 to 5
one to five grid
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Materials: 1-5 counting grid- one per child (available in printables section below), small shells, ocean stickers, ocean erasers, or ocean stamps (available in resources section below)
Directions: Give each child in the small group a counting grid sheet. Place the shells, stamps, erasers,or stickers in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will place the correct number of items next to each number on the counting grid.

Ocean Counting Clip Cards {Free}
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Materials: Ocean counting cards (available in printables section below), clothespins, laminating film, cardstock, laminating film, scissors
Directions: Print the ocean syllable cards on cardstock and laminate for durability. Seat the students in your small group around a table. Place the clothespins in a basket or container in the middle of the table so they are easily accessible to all students. Give each child an ocean counting card. Students will identify the number of items on each card and clip their clothespin to the correct number at the bottom of the card. When they are finished with their card they can switch with other students at the table.

Fun Ocean Activities

Wax Resist Painting
Materials: Crayola crayons (NOT washable), blue watercolor paint, white construction paper.
Have students draw an ocean scene with crayons on white paper. Paint over the picture with a wash of blue watercolor.

Saltwater Painting
Materials: water, salt, food coloring, white construction paper, paintbrushes
Mix 1/4 C. warm water with 6-t. salt and 3 drops of food coloring in each jar. Have students paint pictures with the water and salt mixture. The water will evaporate leaving colored “sand.”

Ocean Literacy and Math Packets

Ocean Literacy Packet {61 pages} $4
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Ocean Math Packet {42 pages} $4
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