A Journey Under the Oceans
Exploring the Ocean Floor
Task Welcome ocean explorers! You are
about to be given a very important
mission! Get ready to travel down into
the depths of the ocean!
Task You are leading an expedition down to explore
the ocean bottom! Before you can serve as
a guide, you must understand all the parts
Process of the ocean floor and its inhabitants. Here
is your task:
1. Research the different parts of the ocean floor
and create a map that outlines these parts.
2. Choose an animal that lives in the ocean and
become an expert. Present what you have
Teacher’s learned about the animal in a pamphlet that
Page demonstrates your knowledge!
Introduction 1. Begin by researching the ocean floor. What does it look like? What are its
components? Record what you learn in your science journal. Before you take a
journey into the deep you should know where your going!
These sites will be helpful as you begin your expedition!
Evaluation 2. Choose an animal that lives in the ocean and become an expert! Where does it
live? What does it need to survive? Who are its enemies? What are it’s
characteristics? Record your research in your science journal as well.
Conclusion These sites will be helpful:
3. Design and create a pamphlet that shares what you have learned about the
animal you researched. The pamphlet will be available for those who will be
taking your guided floor of the ocean floor!
Task 3 points 2 points 1 point 0 points
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You are now ready to take your first expedition
Process into the great depths of the sea! You’re a first
class ocean explorer! Don’t miss your ship out
to the ocean!
This Webquest was designed for 5th graders to complete as they begin a
science unit on oceans!
Task It addresses the Virginia Science SOL 5.6 which states:
The student will investigate and understand characteristics of the ocean
environment. Key concepts include:
Process geological characteristics (continental shelf, slope, rise)
English 5.8 which states:
The student will write for a variety of purposes:
Evaluation a. to describe, to inform, to entertain, and to explain
b. Choose planning strategies for various writing purpose
c. Organize information
Conclusion d. Demonstrate awareness of intended audience
e. Use precise and descriptive vocabulary to create tone and voice.
f. Revise writing for clarity
g. Use available technology to access information
This Webquest can also be adapted to accommodate a variety of different