Children will learn all about Jacques Cousteau and the machines he invented.
Grade Level: K-2
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
A picture book biography of Jacques Cousteau
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
Provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.
Submarines and Submersibles
Follows a team of scientists down to the ocean's depths in a vivid introduction to the world of underwater craft.
My Deep Sea Story
Materials: Crayola Gel FX markers, glue sticks, pencils, black construction paper, cardstock
Share images from the book: Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins. (Share section: "Glowing in the Dark", which shows how some deep sea animals use bioluminescent to make themselves glow.)
Give each student one piece of cardstock and have them write a short story describing the types of creatures they might see in the deep sea.Give each student a piece of black construction paper. Have them draw a scene using the Crayola Gel FX markers. Glue ocean scene to the cardstock.
See the Crayola's Glow Fish Under the Sea lesson plan for a similar idea.
Aqua Lung: The first machine that would let a diver breathe underwater for long periods of time.
Bioluminescence: Emission of visible light by living organisms such as the firefly and various fish, fungi, and bacteria.
Invention: A new device, method, or process developed from study and experimentation
Submarine: A vehicle that can travel underwater
Submersible: A vehicle that can travel underwater, deeper than a submarine