Oceanic Adventures: Digging in the Deep Blue Sea

By Jeanette Larson

Books to Share

Atlantis, the Lost City? by Andrew Donkin

The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard

Lightship by Brian Floca

Raising La Belle by Mark Mitchell

Books to Show or Booktalk

Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost-Was Found by Robert Ballard

Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus by Ferdinand Zoticus deLessups

Pharaoh's Boat by David Weitzman

Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea by Mary M. Cerullo

Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck by Thea Stilton

Wreck of the Ethie by Hilary Hyland

Bulletin Board

Ship Wrecks

Cover the bulletin board with a map of the world or, alternately, place cut outs of the continents on a blue background. Cut out pictures of ships like the La Salle, the Titanic, the Andrea Dora, and others from old magazines. Be sure to include some lake-based wrecks, like the Niagara or the Edmund Fitzgerald. Place them on the bulletin board near where these ships sunk.

Display

Use small boats, replicas of old coins, silver and gold beads, and other treasures from the deep to create a shipwreck display. Include an anchor, shells, and other seafaring items if available. If the display case permits it, add sand to the bottom or line the display case with sand paper.

Contests

Water Relays

Hold this program activity outside! Divide the group into two relay teams. Divide an open area into two tracks. Use tape or powdered chalk to mark two lanes. Place two barrels full of water at one end of each lane. Place two empty barrels at the other end of each lane. Give each contestant with a plastic or paper cup. All of the cups must be the same size. Start the competition. Each member of the relay team must fill the cup with water and run down to the other barrel. Empty the water into that barrel and return to the starting line. The first team to completely fill the empty bucket wins.

Songs

There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

(Traditional. This can also be made into an action song by having the audience make exaggerated movements for some of the words, as indicated. Add new actions while continuing to perform the previous ones.)

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea, (point downward while saying "hole")

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,

There's a hole, there's a hole,

There's a hole, there's a hole,

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a log in the hole (point to your body and "bob" up and down like a log)

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a log, there's a log,

There's a log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a branch on the log in the hole (hold an arm out like a branch)

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a branch on the log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a branch, there's a branch

There's a branch on the log in the hole

In the bottom of the sea.

There's a bump on the branch on the log (bend an elbow to make a bump)

In the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a bump on the branch on the log (bend an elbow to make a bump)

In the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a bump, there's a bump,

There's a bump on the branch on the log

In the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a frog on the bump on the branch (bend an elbow to make a bump)

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a frog on the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a frog, there's a frog,

There's a frog on the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a tail on the frog on the bump on the branch (wiggle a finger for the tail)

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a tail on the frog on the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a tail, there's a tail,

There's a tail on the frog on the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a speck on the tail on the frog (squint as if looking for the speck)

On the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a speck on the tail on the frog

On the bump on the branch

On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a speck, there's a speck,

There's a speck on the tail on the frog

On the bump on the branch on the log

In the hole in the bottom of the sea.

Audio Recordings

"Sea Cruise" on A Child's Celebration of Rock 'n' Roll.

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" on Complete Greatest Hits by Gordon Lightfoot.

Reader's Theater

The Sea King's Daughter

Use the script for this Russian story, available from Aaron Shepard, http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE14.html, for a reader's theater presentation.

Reading to the Rescue

Barrie Alguire wrote this original script for the 2007 Texas Reading Club manual. This story of a headstrong mouse who was shipwrecked is available at http://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2007/manual/readingrescue.html.

Tongue Twister

A Jolly Young Fisher

(Traditional)

When a jolly young fisher named Fisher

Went fishing for fish in a fissure,

A fish, with a grin,

Pulled the fisherman in.

Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

Riddles and Jokes

What food is a sea monsters favorite?

Fish and Ships

What sits on the ocean floor shaking?

A nervous wreck.

Crafts

Ocean in a Bottle
Materials
  • Clear plastic or glass bottles
  • Vegetable oil
  • Blue food coloring
  • Water
  • Funnels
  • Small plastic fish, shells, glitter, etc. (optional)
  • Measuring cups
  • Craft glue
  • Duct tape or other watertight tape (optional)
Directions

In advance remove any labels from the clear bottles. Purchase inexpensive measuring cups from a dollar store so that the children have a few half cup measuring cups to use. If desired, purchase small plastic fish, small shells, glitter, or other items that will fit through the neck of the bottle. Let the children pour ½ cup of vegetable oil into their bottle. Add about 15 drops of blue food coloring. Add optional fish, shells, glitter, etc., Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. Put a thin line of craft glue alone the threads on the neck of the bottle. Close tightly. For added security, seal with duct tape. Shake the bottle to mix the oil and water. The blue food coloring will mix with the water. Gently roll the bottle to make waves.

A photo of a Kon Tiki Raft craft made of craft sticks glued together. There are seven across the top and three on the bottom where the seven have been glued. A yellow pendant flag has been attached to the top of a toothpick and glued to the raft.

Kon Tiki Raft
Materials
  • Craft sticks or real twigs
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • White paper
  • Round toothpicks
  • Playdough
  • Scissors

Photograph by Debbie Gonzales; used with permission.

Directions

Each child will need about 11 sticks for the raft. Alternately, gather plenty of small twigs for a more realistic raft. Place three sticks parallel to each other on the table. These will serve as the base for the raft. Begin gluing eight sticks perpendicular across the base sticks. Cut a piece of white paper an appropriate size for a large flag on the raft. Color the flag. Attach the flag to a round toothpick with glue or tape. Place a small amount of playdough on the raft and insert the toothpick into it to secure the flag.

Games and Activities

Shipwrecked

Give each child a piece of paper with the word "shipwreck" printed at the top and a pencil. Set a timer for five minutes. Challenge the players to find as many words as possible using the letters in "shipwreck." Letters can only be used once but may be rearranged and words can consist of two letters or more. A paperback dictionary or special pencils would be an appropriate prize for the winner.

Web-Based Activities

La Belle: Clues from the Bones

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/belle/kids.html

This online activity encourages children to learn what happened on the La Belle by analyzing a skeleton discovered in the wreck.

On Board the Titanic

http://www.discovery.com/guides/history/titanic/Titanic/titanic.html

Take a virtual tour on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Web 2.0

DogEared

http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/dogeared/

This book blog encourages kids to blog about books or add comments about books they have read. Encourage the children to post reviews and information about books they have read about underwater exploration and ship wrecks.

Guest Speakers

Invite a scuba diver to bring his or her equipment to the library. Ask the diver to explain the complexities of underwater exploration. Show video or photos of underwater excavation sites.

Check with the local college or university for an oceanographer who might talk about submersibles and underwater expeditions. A speaker might also be available from a local aquarium.

DVDs/Films

Atlantis: New Revelations (100 minutes)

Calypso's Search for Atlantis: Jacques Cousteau Odyssey 8 (117 minutes)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (48 minutes)

Computer Software

The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean

Websites

Uluburun Challenge

http://sara.theellisschool.org/~shipwreck/ulusplash.html

This site provides opportunities to explore a shipwreck in the Mediterranean and challenges visitors to think like an archeologist.

Keepers of the Coast

http://www.keepersclub.net

A free online club hosted by the Texas Aquarium in Corpus Christi, club members can be involved in supporting water protection and coastal conservation.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011