Ocean Habitats
Posted May 22, 2014 by Elmers
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    Ocean Habitats

    Students create a paper plate ocean habitat display
    • Moderate
    • 7 - 10

    Supplies Needed


    • Study Ocean (or other) unit
    • Students participate in activities such as research, writing, comparing and contrasting, analyzing and sharing information
    • This project can be used as a formative check of understanding or as a  culminating project to assess student learning
    • Study, or bring in professionals that do work related to your topic of study
    • Present projects
    • Punch a hole in the top of the plates to hang for display


    1. Students cut the bottom out (where food is placed) of 1st paper plate (save bottom)
    2. Students cut a circle of plastic film that will fit over hole
    3. Turn the plate with hole in it right side up (as if you were going to eat off of it) on desk.  Using the Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick, glue the plastic film to completely cover the hole
    4. Have students use the saved "bottom" from step 1 to cut out a construction paper (blue for ocean) circle and glue to the 2nd paper plate (where food would go) to serve as the background color
    5. Have students create an ocean (or other) habitat using craft supplies, templates, plant life, ocean rock etc...
    6. Fish can be cut out, add a wiggle eye and string to hang from top of plate to assimilate swimming fish using the Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick.
    7. To create a jelly fish, cut 5 or 6 pieces of string. Glue to background. Glue craft pom pom over top.
    8. After design is dry, Lay 2nd, decorated paper plate designed side up on desk. Flip 1st (with plastic covered hole) plate over and glue plates rim to rim. Allow to dry.
    9. Students use an Elmer's Paint Pen to write the title of their project on the plate
    10. On the back of the plate, students can glue a prepared written summary including facts about their habitat or project.

    Time Saving Tips :

    • Have a parent helper complete steps 1-3 a day or more before the students complete this project.  Or have parent volunteer on hand while students are creating the project.


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