Diving the Deep

Diving the Deep lesson plan

Explore life underwater! Marvel at marine plants and creatures. Bring on the scuba-diving equipment for this colorful crayon resist!

  • 1.

    The seas are full of wonderful creatures, of many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Many ocean creatures are very different from those that on the land. Students find information about the undersea ecosystem and sketch their favorite marine creatures with Crayola® Crayons.

  • 2.

    Ask students what kinds of undersea equipment they would need in order to breathe and be comfortable at great ocean depths? Students gather information about scuba diving and the equipment used to dive in deep water.

  • 3.

    On white construction paper, students illustrate several of the plants and animals that they learned about. Show their varied colors and shapes. Press hard on your crayons for rich, deep color. Students include themselves in the picture, wearing scuba-diving equipment.

  • 4.

    Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Students use Crayola Washable Watercolors to paint the sea around their creatures. Using a blue or green wash (a watery mix of paint), paint directly over the crayon drawing. The crayons will resist the watercolor, and brightly show through. Dry.

Standards

  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of aspects of a topic.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SCI: Construct original explanations of phenomena using knowledge of accepted scientific theory and linking it to models and evidence.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Students participate in a study of oceanography, appropriate to grade level.
  • Possible classroom resources include: Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola; Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #9: Dolphins and Sharks by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce; Flotsam by David Wiesner; Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Sea Creatures by Jinny Johnson; Good Night Ocean by Mark Jasper; Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes; A Swim thru the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt
  • Organize a field trip to an aquarium. Prior to the trip, have students brainstorm what they need to observe carefully while watching the sea life. Upon returning to the classroom, students post their observations to a class blog.
  • Students select a species of ocean life to study in-depth. Research is organized into a written summary and accompanied by an original sketch of the species. Provide a place in the classroom to post writing.
  • Create a crayon-resist drawing of a single fish, drawn in great detail. Look closely at the fish's scales, fins, and other appendages. Draw as much detail as you see. Use several colors of watercolor to paint over the crayon drawing to complete your fish.
  • Challenge students to investigate ocean-life that is on the endangered species list. Research what this species contributes to the planet's ecosystems, how it became endangered, and what steps are being taken to protect it from extinction. Organize research into a written summary and include an original sketch of the species with your writing.