Commotion in the Ocean, an integrated, thematic first grade social studies and science unit, focuses on the major oceans and the sea life that inhabit those bodies of water. The unit will address an overarching concept of location and teach students the relationship between their location (i.e. where they live) and the location of the major oceans and animals that live in the oceans. In this unit, students will research an ocean of their choice and several ocean animals. Upon completion of the unit, the students will have a general understanding of where each ocean is located and which animals live in the individual oceans.


  • Science > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K





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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-30.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This comprehensive five to seven lesson thematic unit is targeted for 1st grade and appropriate for early elementary students. It begins with an age-appropriate pre-assessment that is mirrored at the end of the unit with a complementary post-assessment. Each lesson is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards and includes clear objectives, procedures, evaluation, accommodations, and enrichment suggestions. Content covers a study of maps and globes as well as a focus on ocean animals and their adaptations. The unit uses a nice combination of discussion, demonstrations, art and hands-on investigations. The teacher would be responsible for the initial gathering of reference materials; however, the author provides ample bibliographic information to get that process started.
Janet Pinto
October 14, 2016
Janet Pinto
March 29, 2013

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