Homeschool Unit Study – Oceans of the World

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School starts for us on Monday and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited Emma and I both are. As we move into her 5th grade year, I wanted to highlight some of the more fun lessons we have planned this year and some that we loved doing last year. To start, I want to show you the oceans of the world unit we did last year. My Emma has a love of all things water and she LOVED learning not just what oceans we have here on Earth, but also about ocean lifeforms and more! She knew about the oceans, but she asked to do a more in depth study on them and I was happy to oblige!

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Now before I continue, I do want to say that I make our homeschool units very book heavy and very interactive and this homeschool unit study is no different. My Emma gets really bored and goes a bit off the wall if I do too many worksheets all at once. Because of this, you’ll notice a lot of books, movies and things mixed in with printables and such. This particular unit took us more than a few weeks. I couldn’t tell you exactly how long though because we took our time learning it and having fun. Also, keep in mind that my Emma is 10 so these items probably won’t work for younger kids.


Return to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Extreme Adventures: Shark Bait

Titanic (I used this to talk about the dangers of the sea, etc)

Geography Encyclopedia

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

Discovery Channel: Sharkopedia

Explore Earth’s Five Oceans

DK Eyewitness Books: Ocean

DK Eyewitness Books: Fish

Smithsonian: Whales

Smithsonian: Dolphins

Coral Reefs



Models and Crafts:

Build the Bones Whale

Build Your Own 3 Inch Lion Fish

4D Vision Great White Shark Anatomy Model

Ocean in a Bottle

Waves in a Bottle



Imax Under the Sea

Imax Deep Sea

DisneyNature Oceans


Printables and Websites:

Discovery Oceans Curriculum

PBS Secrets of the Ocean

American Museum of Natural History Marine Biology

Alaska Sea Life Center Downloads

Oceans Alive Unit Study

Ocean Animals: Non-Fiction Close Reading for Grades 3-5

Oceans: A Bulletin Board in a Book


We had a blast with this unit! My Emma LOVED the models and the movies are fantastic! Even though we did the unit last year, I still find her sitting and reading the books! I’m certain that your kids will have just as much fun learning about the oceans and the things in them!

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Stacy Ott is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family as well as The Genealogy Queen and a few others.By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence, and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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