Right Under Your Nose: YEAR 1 - HASS - Engage

When the power goes off, Big Cuz, Nanna, Little J and Old Dog go to the beach. They use bread to catch hermit crabs, which in turn are used to catch a ‘bluebone’ fish. Big Cuz learns how to fish, Nanna makes a fire to cook the fish, and Little J finds a large clam shell to take to school the next day.

Engage - Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events

Theme - SEA

Revisit Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 7 ‘Right Under Your Nose’, and concentrate students’ attention on the sea environment. Talk with students about their observations of the type of sea that Little J, Big Cuz, Nanna and Old Dog encountered.

Organise the classroom so that the students sit in two rows of chairs with an aisle down the centre. Play the song, Yellow Submarine (The Beatles), and ask students to pretend that the class is in the submarine travelling along the ocean floor.

Ask students to close their eyes and imagine what marine life they would see under the water. Direct their responses to living and non-living objects and list these suggestions on an IWB/Board. Watch the video clip/song, Under the Sea (animation), from The Little Mermaid (Disney Music).

Question students about the types of fish life, the aquatic plants, rock, shell and coral structures, etc. that they would see. Invite students to pose and respond to questions about the types of marine environments where certain marine animals belong, e.g., seals and penguins belong in colder water closer to the Arctic and Antarctic, clown fish and stone fish belong in warm seas closer to the equator. Each time a student suggests a marine animal, have them suggest the appropriate habitat/environment.

Group students according to their preference of marine animal and have each group research information about the animal and its habitat, e.g. finding information on location, climate zone, terrain, food, prey, etc.

Using a basic map of the world have each group mark the habitat/s of the marine animal, and highlight the name of the ocean or sea that is the closest water mass to their habitat.

As a class, play the game, ‘10 questions’, where the groups have a maximum of 10 questions to ask to the groups whose animal they are trying to guess, before they suggest what the animal is.

Also, prepare a ‘MIx and Match’ chart where individual students can match the listed animals with facts about where they live, how they adapt their environment, what they eat, and their prey. This game could be organised as an individual student or group Quizlet.

Students could play any of the following online games to match marine animals with their names,

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