Subjects Language Arts, Social Studies, Science
The purpose of this lesson is to explore oceans and sea life and learn to transform thoughts into different forms of poetry. The goal is to learn something new about an ocean or sea life, the many different forms of poetry, and background history of poetry.
Computer with Internet access
Encarta Encyclopedia on Computer
1. Search the Internet and Encarta for a chosen ocean
topic and research that particular
topic making notes on significant information.
2. Search the Internet and Encarta to learn about different forms of poetry.
3. Write limericks using chosen ocean/sea topic.
4. Write cinquain poems using chosen ocean/sea topic.
1. Begin by allowing students to search available
books, Internet, and Encarta for an
ocean topic of their interest. Have students write down any information they learn
about their chosen topic. Below are some interesting Internet addresses on oceans
and ocean life.
Possible topics in Encarta are:
Ocean Poetry - “Under the Sea” Sebastian: Samuel E. Wright
Limericks are humorous, five-lined poems that originated
in Ireland. Lines
1, 2, and 5 rhyme; Lines 3, and 4 rhyme.
There once was a manatee named Molly
She was always playful and jolly
Her flippers were strong
And pushed her along
“I’m a swimming sea cow, by golly.”
A Cinquain poem is a five lined poem in the following form:
Line 1 - noun - usually 2 syllables
Line 2 - describes noun - usually 4 syllables
Line 3 - states action - usually 6 syllables
Line 4 - expresses a feeling - usually 8 syllables
Line 5 - synonym of Line 1 - usually 2 or 3 syllables
Blowing over the boat
The wind makes me feel so relaxed
Buried beneath the sand
How I enjoy exploring
Have students write limerick and cinquain poems
using their ocean topic. When
students have completed their poems, have them share the poems with the class.
Note: Cinquain poems can be used to help identify prepositions.
3. Check out poetry books from the library or bring
in your personal poetry books
and share published limericks and cinquains as well. .
4. Have students write a brief report on their findings
of their chosen ocean topic.
You may choose to have a class discussion on these findings, I have found this
to be extremely interesting and educational for others.
1. For a science lesson you could have students search
for the different levels of the
ocean floor and have them describe/discuss what they find. Or you may want your
students to study the inhabitants of the ocean. See the following Internet sites:
Athena Curriculum Oceans
Sea Life and The Fish Industry
note: There are multiple links on this site.
2. For an interesting art lesson on sea life see the following Internet site:
Sea Life Art by Brian Donlan