Ocean - Week 2 Lesson Plan for 2nd Grade Students

Topic: The ocean is a vast and exciting place filled with many different kinds of life. We will learn about octopuses, fish, sea turtles, and more in this unit.

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and name different ocean animals.
  • Students will be able to describe the unique characteristics and habits of different ocean animals.


  • Pictures or videos of ocean animals (e.g. octopus, fish, sea turtle, whale)
  • Pencils and paper for drawing and writing


  • Have students sit in a circle and play a quick game of "I Spy." Make a simple sentence such as "I spy with my little eye something that is red and floats in the ocean," and have students take turns trying to guess what it is based on the clues provided.

Direct Instruction

  • Begin by showing the pictures of ocean life to the students. Ask them to identify and name each picture, and discuss the characteristics and behaviors of each animal.
  • Use the ocean-themed flashcards to introduce basic ocean vocabulary. Have students match the words to the pictures and repeat the words out loud.
  • Ask students to share any experiences they've had with the ocean (e.g. visiting a beach, going on a boat trip). Ask them to share any ocean-related stories or facts they know.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the students into small groups and give each group a set of ocean-themed coloring sheets. Ask the students to color the pictures and use the provided color pencils or markers to add additional details to each picture.
  • As the students work, circulate around the room and offer assistance as needed.

Independent Practice

  • Assign each student a specific ocean animal to research. Have the students use their classroom library or internet resources to find information about their animal, including what it looks like, where it lives, and what it eats.
  • Have the students create a poster representation of their animal using construction paper, scissors, and glue. Encourage the students to include their research findings on their posters.


  • Have the students share their posters with the class and discuss what they have learned about ocean animals.
  • Review the different types of ocean animals that were discussed during the unit.


  • Observe the students during independent practice and provide feedback on their research and presentation skills.
  • Evaluate the students' posters and provide feedback on their understanding of ocean animals and their ability to communicate their findings.

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