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Map of the Oceans

Learn the Major Oceans of the World


Kids will have fun using this map of the ocean and learning about the six oceans of the world.

Oceaens of the World Worksheet


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MatchCard Science Map of the Oceans


Learn About the Other 2/3 of the Planet
Objective: Locate the major oceans of the world.

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Use the Map of the Oceans and the Information Pieces to learn and review the names of the oceans: North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, and Antarctic Oceans.

More instructions below on how to use the MatchCards with the oceanography unit study.

Add some hands-on (and feet on) activities to make learning fun and facts memorable.

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This is MatchCard #1 of the Oceanography Unit Study. Look below for more information on MatchCards and the MatchCard Science curriculum.

Name that Ocean

Use the MatchCard map of the world, or a larger map, and teach the six major oceans.

Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It makes up approximately 1/3 of the Earth's surface.

It is divided into the North Pacific and South Pacific by the equator.

Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean makes up approximately 1/5 of the Earth's surface. The water from more land area drains into the Atlantic than any other ocean.

Like the Pacitic Ocean, the Atlantic is divided into the North Atlantic and the South Atlantic by the equator.

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean. It is easily recognized by students as it is south of the country of India.

The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean on the planet.

Antarctic Ocean

The Antaractic Ocean is also called the Southern Ocean. The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans join with the Antarctic Ocean.

There is not universal consensus on the boundaries of the Antarctic Ocean, but it is often classified as south of 60°S.

Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean on the planet and has the most shallow depth. It is located in the upper northern hemisphere.


Ocean Activities For Kids

Hop Around the Oceans

Here is a simple game to play to reinforce the location of the oceans.

On a large, open floor space, make your own map of the oceans. Use yarn or string to outline the major continents. (The outline does not have to be exact.)

Write the seven ocean names (dividing the Atlantic and Pacific into their northern and southern zones). Read one ocean name, and a student has to jump to that ocean (without seeing the answer.) On his or her next turn, they jump to the next ocean named. Players are out if they go to the wrong ocean, or jump on land.


Go Fish

Students can play "Go Fish" with fact cards they make up about the different oceans. They need to research and find two or four facts about each ocean, which they write on seperate index cards. Go Fish would be played the usual way, except they have to match the facts about the same ocean.


Map the Ocean Currents

Each of the oceans has their own unique currents. Choose one ocean and make a map of the currents.


Sailing the High Seas

(From Your Living Room

The oceans have always offered drama and adventure to land-bound creatures. Many great stories (fiction and non-fiction) have been written about humanities travels by sea. This would be a good time to enjoy one of the great literary classics in print, or even a movie. Find one of the great classic ocean stories for your kids to read.


MatchCard Science

How To Use MatchCards

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MatchCards make science concepts and corresponding vocabulary interactive. As students move the information pieces on the MatchCards they review the material they have already learned.

Download the FREE MatchCard Science Instructor's Guide and see how MatchCards can make building their science knowledge base fun.

Ocean Unit Study

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We're surrounded! By water that is: because two-thirds of our planet is covered by the seas. Discover the mysterious depths in our oceanography unit study. Seven objectives describing the different oceans, sea creatures, plant life, and more!

12 Science Unit Studies

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Chemistry is only one of twelve complete unit studies for kids in 3rd to 8th grade.

Comprehensive objectives, hands-on projects, suggested science fair experiments, and the fun game-like MatchCards keep them interested in learning science. See all twelve MatchCard Science Unit Studies.


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