Sea Scene #2
Create a three-dimensional display featuring aquatic life.
Create a three-dimensional model of sea life to study aquatic habitats. Guide a discussion about special animal characteristics (adaptations) necessary for survival in this ecosystem. Students consider the balance of life under the sea and appreciate the challenges sea animals must experience when their habitats are affected by pollution. Have students brainstorm ways to protect sea creatures through conservation efforts.
Given the unique charactistics of sea animals, explore specific adaptations necessary for survival in an ecosystem.
Supplies Used: Adhesive Foam Dots, Construction Paper, Glue, Paper Plates (Coated, Heavy-Duty), Plastic Wrap (Blue), Scissors, Tape (Double-Sided), Thread
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Cut a 6" diameter opening in a heavy-duty coated paper plate for each student (Figure A).
- Cut an 8" square of blue plastic food wrap. With the paper plate sitting right-side-up, securely tape the plastic over the opening and cut off any excess plastic. Set this plate, the front of the aquarium, aside (Figure B).
- Die-cut any Wave Border for the background.
- Die-cut the Angelfish, Clownfish & Sea Turtle from a variety of colors of construction paper. Each student should decorate the flat bottom of a second heavy-duty, coated paper plate, sitting right-side-up, using the die-cuts as desired. Use adhesive foam dots behind any of the shapes to add dimension.
- Use glue or double-sided tape to adhere the rim of the front (with the opening) and the back (with the sea scene) together. Mat a creative title and adhere to the project (see Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
Science: Life Science
As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:
- the characteristics of organisms.
- organisms and environments.