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Oceans : an activity guide for ages 6-9
Castaldo, Nancy F. (Nancy Fusco), 1962-
Publication Information:
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
ix, 133 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
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GC31.35 .C37 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC31.35 .C37 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Even kids in the Midwest, far from any salt water, can learn about the ocean and have fun with this activity guide. Only a handful of the activities need to be done at the seaside; most can be done at the kitchen table or in the classroom. Kids will experiment with salty water and learn about tides, currents, and waves. They'll explore different ocean habitats, from tide pools to sunlit waters to the deep-water world where light does not penetrate. Tales of the ocean from around the world enhance the learning and the fun. Other activities include carving a polar bear in soap, playing an echolocation game, and testing various ways to clean up an oil spill. An extensive resource section lists aquariums around the world; books, videos, and interesting Web sites; a calendar of ocean events; and organizations that protect our oceans.

Author Notes

Nancy F. Castaldo is the author of Deserts , Rainforests , Rainy Day Play, Sunny Days and Starry Nights, and Winter Day Play!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Short passages of information, questions to consider, and hands-on activities flow smoothly throughout the 10 chapters of this book. First come facts on oceans in general, their currents, saltiness, tides, El Nino, and so on. Succeeding chapters present information on ocean plants (algae, kelp, etc.) and animals (shellfish, jellyfish, sharks, and whales). Castaldo uses easy experiments, art projects, and group activities to bring the information to life. She also briefly retells a number of ocean-related stories and poses thought-provoking questions in the body of the text: "Why do you think so many sailors have spied mermaids throughout history?" Line drawings and paintings rendered in black-and-white add eye appeal and supplement the text. Children as young as six will be able to do the activities, but will need help with the reading. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A potpourri of science, crafts, trivia, experiments, games, short biographies of oceanologists, and watery folklore and legends. Castaldo organizes her chapters around smaller ocean communities and biomes, from the beach, the tide pool, and the ocean meadow to the deepest undersea worlds and the icy realms of our farthest north and south poles. She looks at waves and wave motion, addresses the mystery of tides and reading a tide chart, describes how salt gets into the ocean, and narrates a Norwegian pourquoi tale. Full chapters are devoted to two of the ocean's more popular denizens, sharks and whales. The illustrated crafts include making a sandpaper shark, a pufferfish pi-ata, and a polar-bear carving. The author is enlightening about sea turtles, from their relative size and weight to their endangered status, and adds a brief profile of sea turtle conservationist extraordinaire, Archie Carr. She delights in looking at the ocean from myriad viewpoints and children will enjoy her multifaceted sensibility. Average-quality, black-and-white drawings illustrate the text. This is a good supplemental resource for a habitat-studies unit and an excellent resource for factoids, but children will require adult help with many of the experiments and crafts.-Dona Ratterree, The Parkside School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.