Seashore Sweep

K, 1, 2

The purpose of this lesson is to gather information about sea animals and share it with other classes or other groups of children.

PrintTwo Forty-Five Minute Class Periods
The learner will:
  • define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
  • define stewardship as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to a person’s care.
  • understand all living things have life requirements.
  • understand living things use materials from their surroundings to survive.
  • identify air, water, nutrients and lights as basic needs.
  • use reading for multiple purposes, such as enjoyment, gathering information and learning new procedures.
  • define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
  • Book: At the Seashore
  • Paper, Construction Paper, Pencils, Crayons, Markers
  • Art supplies
  • Journals
Home Connection 
Interactive Parent / Student Homework: Ask the children to be sure that their dioramas are ready, and to bring them in to class for the next lesson.
  • Schwartz, David M. At the Seashore. Creative Teaching Press (1997) ISBN: 1574712098


  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask the children to think about the sea creatures they have heard about so far in these lessons and them to select their favorite sea creature.Have them draw a simple sketch of the creature on a small self-stick note.Ask the students, one at a time, toplace their notes on a display area, with matching creatures in a line to form a bar graph.When all students have placed their notes, draw some conclusions from the graph (such as: an octopus is the most popular sea creature among students in this class, the row with turtles has two less than the row with fish, etc.).

  2. Review what the children learned in the last lesson.Tell the children that they will listen to another non-fiction book about the ocean and seashore.
  3. Relate this story to the story read in the last lesson to help children make the connection from lesson to lesson.
  4. Review the concept of stewardship and acting responsibly to help take care of the Earth.
  5. Read: At the Seashore. Discuss the book as you read it. Have the children guess the animal the book is describing before showing them the whole picture of the animal. Discuss the needs of the seashore animal.
  6. After reading the book, explain that the class is going to work make a Mystery Ocean Animal riddle book like the one you read to them. Show the children the book again, and discuss the strategy the author used to create it.
  7. Explain that their class book should use the same format as this story. Teacher Note: Students may work in pairs to complete this project, with one student drawing the whole sea creature and the second student drawing part of the sea creature, or they may work independently, whichever is more appropriate for your students.
  8. Distribute paper to each student or pair of students. Ask them to draw their complete sea creature first. After completing the picture of the entire animal they should select one part of the animal and draw just that part on the second piece of paper. This second picture should, as much as possible, use the same color and shape as that portion of the sea creature on the first picture as possible.Teacher Note: It might be helpful to distribute strips of paper the students can lay around their original picture creating a “frame” to isolate the portion of the sea creature they want to reproduce for the partial picture. This may help them better visualize the shape they need to reproduce.
  9. When the pictures are complete, ask the students to write or dictate three details about the animal, including one detail about how we can help keep its environment clean.
  10. Ask them if they know what the word Philanthropy means.Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure, and taking action for the common good.Tell the children that they will be sharing their books with another class to talk about how they can also help protect our oceans. Sharing their book, and teaching another class about taking care of the oceans is philanthropy.Ask the students what they will be giving, time talent, and/or treasure, when they share with the other class.
  11. Remind the children to be sure that their dioramas are ready and to bring them in to class for the next lesson. (See School/Home Connection)
Have the children present their “Mystery Ocean Animal Book” to another class. As they present, listen for information about taking care of the ocean environment and being good stewards of the Earth. When the children are finished, have them reflect on what they learned from this lesson, and how they felt about sharing that information, and what difference it might make for the students with whom they shared. This may be done orally or written in their journals.
Cross Curriculum 
The students will make a presentation to another class about the Ocean and advocating for wise stewardship of this resource.They will use their "Mystery Ocean Animal" book as a resource during the presentation.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.3 Define stewardship and give examples.