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Ocean Zones Worksheets for Kids

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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.

If you love these, don’t miss my other Ocean Worksheets for kids.

Each ocean zone has its own specific characteristic that allows different species of animals and fish to grow. The kids will love learning more about the specifics of the ocean and you’ll love watching their confidence and curiosity grow.

Studying the ocean is interesting and offers an endless amount of resources to research with, too! We love talking and learning about the ocean because it’s just such a fun and interesting thing.

Elementary ocean zones worksheets

Ocean Zones Worksheets for Kids

Print off these fun worksheets for the kids. They’re a great way to showcase the layers of the ocean in a fun and unique learning method for kids.

The bright colors will draw in their eyes and they’ll want to learn more. I love using themed sheets as our learning resources because they work so well in holding their attention.

My kids are always talking about the ocean so I figured that it was just as important to know what the ocean really entails. They were amazed to find out that the ocean is full of layers and not just considered one body of water.

Recommended Worksheet Supplies

You can easily use supplies that you have at home for this as most of these are ones that you probably have.

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Ocean Zones

Did you know that the ocean was split into different layers and has different creatures that are able to thrive in each one?

It’s this type of information that makes learning so much fun for the kids! Below are the different layers of the ocean that your kids are going to learn about.

Epipelagic Zone

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.

Mesopelagic Zone

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.

Bathypelagic 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.

Abyssopelagic Zone

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.

Hadalpelagic

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.

ocean zone worksheets

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.

Books are a simple way that you can help your child continue to learn more about the ocean. There are so many fun ways that books can just open up the learning avenues more for your children.

I love books because they appeal to so many different types of learners. Some kids prefer to read words, and others like to be visual learners with images as well.

We always snuggle up at home and crack open a book and just enjoy the time together. Snuggling up and reading is one of my favorite family activities.

Ocean: A Visual EncyclopediaOcean: A Visual EncyclopediaOcean: A Visual EncyclopediaThe Big Book of the BlueThe Big Book of the BlueThe Big Book of the BlueOver in the Ocean: In a Coral ReefOver in the Ocean: In a Coral ReefOver in the Ocean: In a Coral ReefShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless ScientistShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless ScientistShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless ScientistSave the OceanSave the OceanSave the OceanThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean FloorThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean FloorThe Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

 

zones of the ocean

Try these fun ocean activities for kids to extend their learning. You can create your own ocean sensory bin or mermaid slime to bring the fun of the ocean indoors.

You can even plan a fun trip to the beach if you live close enough after you study the layers of the ocean. Real time play with learning is always a good idea!

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.

These ocean toy ideas for kids are great for birthdays or just a good way to add fun play to your learning lessons, too.

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Ocean zones worksheets for kids

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Once your kids start to show interest in the ocean learning, don’t stop! Keep that momentum going by giving them even more knowledge and information.

See the other activities in my 10 days of Biology Worksheets for Elementary Students series.

More Ocean Activities

Here are some other great ocean activities for the kids.

Ocean Food Web Worksheets

Parts of Ocean Animals Worksheets

Ocean I Spy Game Printable

Ocean Coloring Pages from Homeschool Preschool

Watercolor Ocean Animals Painting from 3 Dinosaurs

Ocean Activity Book from Itsy Bitsy Fun

4 Comments

  1. Thank you so much, Monique! I love your science resources. You have the best worksheets on life cycles, and your series on biology this week has been great! I just wish I’d seen this resource when my sons and I covered the ocean zones this past school year. But I’m saving it for the next time we cover it. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Monique!

    I just stumbled across your printable and have put it to good use with my ocean loving 4 year old-Kyren. I was hoping I could tag you on Instagram where I have posted a few pics of the activity. Please let me know if you have an Insta handle. Thank you so much for these well thought out printables♡

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