Children's Books on the Ocean Habitat / Ecosystem best picture books for K-8
page lists books on the marine / ocean habitat, including coral
reefs. Our planet is 70% water, so this is certainly a
deserves our attention and understanding. More people have set foot on
the moon than have visited the deepest area of
Trench). That's amazing. In recent years, scientists have made
fascinating discoveries of bizarre deep ocean creatures. There's so
much we still have to learn about this 'last great frontier', and I
think interjecting some of that mystery into your lessons on the ocean
habitat will spark students' natural curiosity.
on other ecosystems, see the Ecosystems section on the
the Sea that Feeds Us by
Summary: A lighthearted
exploration of interdependence within the ocean habitat and why society
needs to protect it "Calling all elementary school teachers! This is
the book to use to introduce ecosystems." (Sci.Bk)
A beautifully illustrated cumulative tale about the interdependent
plants/animals in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Vibrant acrylic
paintings "will grab and hold the attention of young viewers." (SLJ)
Set to the tune of 'Over in the Meadow', this fun title features a
variety of plants and animals that live in the ocean (crabs, sharks,
jellyfish, manatees, sea turtles...) The illustrations are "graceful of
glowing with color" (Booklist)
and will wow children and hold their attention. Five pages of 'fun
about the animals featured is included at the end.
Level-- K-Gr.3 Difficulty Level-- age 4-8
Caldecott Medal book is definitely NOT scientific, but it
fun to use in ocean units, perhaps when discussing
depths. This wildly imaginative look
at the mysteries of the deep will certainly get them thinking.
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picture book for older children, full of "vibrantly colorful and
amazingly detailed collages"
(SLJ) of a unique ocean habitat--the kelp
forest. In the story, a boy and his friend dive into the ocean to get a
trapped fishing net, and there they discover the
'mysterious, hidden world' of the kelp forest. Illustrations
incorporate materials like "seaweed, sponges, and sand to
Journey 'down, down, down', from the surface of the ocean to the
deepest point on the ocean floor--the Mariana Trench. En route,
discover amazing sea creatures rarely seen--like jellyfish that flash
bright neon lights or giant sea squids that are longer than your school
bus! Perfect for read-alouds and for fascinating individual,
'up close' examinations.
Square: Coral Reef -and-
One Small Square: Seashore
Summary: These two titles in the
One Small Square series are both appealing, intricately
invitations to see all the living things that live in just one small
area of a coral reef (One
Small Square--Coral Reef) or seashore (One Small Square--Seashore).
addition to information about the habitats, both books provide
directions on how to measure off a 24-inch square, look under the water
with a home- made viewer, and conduct and record observations. Picture
glossaries, field guides, and resource lists round out these books that
Books and Films called "science education at its best."
into the Ocean (Biomes
of North America series)
This entry in the Biomes
of North America
series covers the distinguishing features of the marine / ocean
habitat, including the the interconnections of the plants and
animals that live there. As with all books in the series, it is
illustrated with black-and- white drawings and crisp color
Level-- Gr. 3-6 Difficulty Level--age 9-12
More details on this book coming soon
World's Last Wilderness Revealed
Summary: If you are looking for
the best reference book on the ocean for older students, this is it! Bookpage called
this book "...the definitive reference for the entire family" and Good Morning America called
it "...the ultimate informational book on the ocean." It's
not written specifically for this age group, but we've included it
because there are no similar titles that come close, and the reading
level is not challenging.