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Ocean Animals: A Research and Writing Project PLUS Centers!

Ocean Animals: A Research and Writing Project PLUS Centers!

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This oceans and ocean animals research project is designed to make research and writing developmentally appropriate and engaging for students. This resource contains everything you need to create anchor charts, graphic organizers, student research journals, and centers to conduct an ocean animals research project in your classroom.

The research is conducted with read alouds and videos. Learning is recorded on graphic organizers and in student research journals. You can focus on one animal for the duration of the project or study multiple animals with this flexible resource!

Topics included: oceans, sea turtles, crabs, orcas, jellyfish, sharks, octopuses, starfish, sea horses, dolphins, clownfish, manatees, sea anemones, stingrays, and whales


  • Ocean Research Journal/Journal Pages
  • KWL Chart and Labels
  • Schema Maps and Labels
  • Can/Have/Are Tree Map
  • Look/Live/Eat Tree Map
  • Parts of the Ocean Animal Diagram
  • Informational Writing
  • Rubrics
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Culminating Tasks
  • Essential Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Suggested Books


10 Math and Literacy Centers:

  • Adding Crabs (to 10)
  • Subtracting Clams (to 10)
  • Jellyfish Ten Frame Matching
  • Dolphins Place Value Matching
  • Scuba H Words (digraphs)
  • Sea Horse Beginning Sounds Matching
  • Lobster Ending Sounds Matching
  • Shark Middle Sounds Matching
  • Starfish CVC Word Matching
  • Shell CVC-E Word Matching

    Read our blog post on this research project: Ocean Animals Research & Writing 

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    Greg & Jason Warren

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