Did you know that the ocean is made up of different zones? Each zone has it’s own characteristics where different creatures live. Use these ocean zones worksheets for kids to show the different zones and the animals that live in them.
Each ocean zone has it’s own specific characteristic that allows different species of animals and fish to grow.
And for more learning fun, check out these Ocean Worksheets you don’t want to miss!
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Also known as the sunlight zone, this region has the most light and heat, it goes from the surface to 650 ft. Photosynthesis occurs in this layer and it’s where you’ll find coral reefs.
From 656 to 3200 ft, you have the twilight zone some jellyfish, squid and octopuses live in this zone where there is only dim light. There are no plants in this zone.
From 3200 to 13,100 ft, the midnight zone is filled with animals with no eyes because they are not needed in the dark but have big mouths and sharp teeth in order to eat anything they may find.
They rely of food and nutrients that fall from the upper zones.
At depths up 19,700 ft you’ll find that it is very cold and dark with great pressure near 11,000 sq ft. Many of the fish and squid are bioluminescent meaning they can make light with their own bodies’ chemical reactions.
Few animals live in these trenches and canyons like sponges, sea cucumbers and tubeworms which rely solely on dead or decaying material that falls from the ocean layers above.
Recommended Ocean Books for Kids
There are a ton of really great ocean encyclopedias, they contain amazing pictures of those weird sea creatures. Pair that with a great sea story and you’ll have an ocean lover in no time.
Ocean: A Visual EncyclopediaThe Big Book of the BlueOver in the Ocean: In a Coral ReefShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless ScientistSave the OceanThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Try these fun ocean activities for kids to extend their learning.
Recommended Ocean Toys
For more ocean fun, try one of these fun ocean toys and even grab some toys to make your own sensory ocean bin.
Safari Ltd Ocean TOOB Comes With 12 Different Hand Painted Animal Toy Figurine Models Including Sea Lion, Eagle Ray, Starfish, Turtle, Penguin, Octopus, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale, Moray Eel, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, and Dolphin For Ages 5 and UpShark Toys Figures,Large Ocean Animals Toys,Realistic Design Shark ReplicaMONILON Water Beads, 24 Pcs Ocean Sea Animals Tactile Sensory Play Kids Toys for Boys Girls, Water Gel Soft Beads Growing Jelly Balls for Spa Refill, Pool & Decor-Inflatable Water Mat IncludePLAYMOBIL Aquarium Building SetNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ultimate Ocean Play Sand – 2 LBS of Sand, 6 Molds, 6 Figures and Activity TrayCubicFun-National Geographic Ocean Puzzle Educational Toys with Bookelts,Undersea Adventure DS0974h
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You can also create your own ocean sensory bin to let your little learners explore the ocean with their favorite ocean animals.
See the other activities in my 10 days of Biology Worksheets for Elementary Students series.
More Ocean Activities
Layers of the Ocean Jar from Little Bins to Little Hands
Ocean Activity Book from Itsy Bitsy Fun