1. Activate students' prior knowledge.
Explain to students that, millions of years ago, the oceans were full of incredible sea creatures, or marine reptiles. Some were very big. Some were fast swimmers. Ask: What sea creatures might you encounter if you traveled 82 million years back in time? Display the Sea Creature Trading Cards and have students preview them. Ask: What do you already know about the six sea creatures on the cards?
2. Have students find facts about sea creatures and complete the cards.
Divide students into small groups. Print and distribute one copy of the Sea Creatures Trading Cards for each group. Then, have small groups use the Sea Monsters website to find information about their sizes, as well as fun facts about each. Have each group work together to complete the cards with the information.
3. Have small groups trade and compare cards.
Allow groups time to trade and compare cards. Then have a whole-class discussion. Ask: Did other groups find any fun facts that you didn’t? Have groups add to their cards as they hear new information.
Subjects & Disciplines
- Hands-on learning
This activity targets the following skills:
Critical Thinking Skills
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
National Science Education Standards
- (K-4) Standard D-1: Properties of earth materials
What You’ll Need
Materials You Provide
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per small group, Projector
- Small-group instruction
Millions of years ago, the oceans were full of incredible sea creatures.
Recommended Prior Activities
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry marine reptile Noun
an animal that breathes air and usually has scales, and lives most of its life in or around the ocean.
This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1114251. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.