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Invite students to explore the mysteries of the bottom of the sea, depicting ocean animals, plants, shipwrecks, and underwater explorers in a 3-D scene.
Many kinds of treasures are found in the world's oceans. These oceans are so difficult to explore, however, that many oceanographers believe scientists know more about Mars than the environments below the earth's ocean surface. Underwater explorations have a long history. In 1620, Cornelius Drebell sailed his submarine, a rowboat covered with leather, in the River Thames. Early scientists dragged buckets on ropes across the ocean floor, scooping up sediment, minerals, deep-sea fish, and plants-natural treasures of the sea. Invite teams of students to select an ocean that interests them. What can they find out about organisms that live in one area of that ocean?
In 1943, explorer Jacques Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan invented SCUBA diving gear, which greatly improved underwater exploration. SCUBA stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. It enables divers to go deeper, move more freely, and stay under water longer. Invite interested groups to research how technology is used today to uncover natural and lost man-made treasures.
Using poster board or oak tag, student groups draw an underwater seascape with Crayola® Crayons. Remind students to include all three ocean environments: the surface, open ocean, and ocean floor. Reveal the ocean's treasures, both natural and manufactured.
Ask students to cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. To create an underwater effect for their art, students will paint over crayon drawings with Crayola Washable Watercolors and Crayola Watercolor Brushes. This technique is called crayon resist, because the paint slides off the waxy crayon. The crayon colors shine on the page. Dry.
Students may use Crayola Model Magic to sculpt ocean creatures and vegetation. Dry.
Color the sculpted creatures with Crayola Washable Markers. Attach them to your scene with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
Discover the wonders that lie under the sea! Go on a research expedition to find out more about the underwater world.
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