Ocean Sight Words | 5 Fun Ocean-Themed Activities To Support Reading

Ocean Sight Words

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Need to practice ocean sight words? Check out this tide pool reader with a free game, comprehension page, cut and paste activity, and more.

I have included 5 tide pool activities that are perfect for tide pool lesson plans and teaching about the tide pool ecosystem. Children will practice their sight words as they learn about tide pool animals.

These ocean activities are perfect for kindergarten through to grade 2. There are a variety of tide pool activities that range from tide pool comprehension worksheets, sight word search, tide pool reader cut and paste, tide pool reader, and a sensory sight word game.

“An orca is part of the dolphin family,” my oldest announced as were playing a game based on the Tide Pool Reader.

Being the know it all nature person (not really), I answered, “I don’t think that is right.”

“It is, I heard it on Wild Krats,” he replied with a stubborn look in his eyes. With his no-nonsense tone, he proceeded to go into detail about his favorite show, and all that he knows about the orca.

I still looked at him skeptically and responded with an, “I think you misunderstood. Let’s listen to it together next time. That way I can make sure you are understanding it.”

I thought that would deter him, but he continued to persist that he was right. We grabbed the computer and did the only thing I could think of to prove him wrong. Google it.

Ocean sensory sight word game with game pieces and words in a container with dyed rice.

As we waited for the search results to appear, I was pretty confident that I was right. I grew up with the popular Shamu, a killer whale. Sheesh, it is right in the name…killer whale….how could I be wrong.

The results flashed on the screen, and little fingers and excited voices told me exactly where to click. Then I saw it.

The words that would prove mommy wrong and my six-year-old correct. Who knew that an orca, or a killer whale, is actually the largest member of the dolphin family.

Well, obviously my six-year-old does, and with a little bit of embarrassment and probably some jealousy I have to admit that due to Wild Krats his animal knowledge has once again beat out my knowledge.

So how did we get to this wonderful, yet embarrassing conversation? Simple, we were playing a sight word sensory game with an ocean animals theme.

Before the Game

The day before this fun conversation we had tried our hand at coloring rice and had made some beautiful ocean blue rice.

Three children holding bags of dyed blue rice for a sensory game.

Ocean Theme for Kindergarten

Though the kiddos enjoyed making the rice, getting to play with it was even more exciting.

I allowed them a few minutes to just play with the rice before we began the game and then had them bury the game cards with the ocean sight words and sea animals on them. 

Now we were ready to play this free sight word game.

Ocean sensory sight word game with game pieces and words in a container with dyed rice.

Sensory Sight Word Game: How to Play

Step one, if your child needs it, review the sight words found on the board or on the word cards.

Next bury the sight words in any type of sensory material, like plain rice or dyed rice.

Grab some game pieces, and begin the game by having player one close his eyes, reach into the sensory bin, and grab a card.

If it is a word card, the player reads it aloud and moves up the board one space at a time until he/she reaches the word on the card.

I highly recommend having them read the sight words as they move up the board since this gives them more practice.

If the player grabs a tide pool creature, the player moves to where that tide pool creature is on the board. Beware, this could mean they have to go back to the beginning if they draw that ever famous orca.

The game ends when a player draws a word card and can go all the way to the end without them landing on the word they drew.

Tide Pool Reader

Though we all enjoyed the game, the sensory sight word game was designed to support my four-year-old as we moved into our tide pool reader. This reader has a simple text about what you can find in a tide pool, and what you can’t find.

All the sight words in the book are found in the game, making it easy for my little four-year-old to read.

A homemade tide pool reader book with a finger pointing to the rocks.

Pocket Chart Words for Tide Pool Reader

After reading it, I handed him a stack of cut-out words to put in a pocket chart.

Using his tide pool reader he put the words in order giving him more practice with the sight words we have been working on.

Ocean-themed words are laid out forming a question.

Tide Pool Reader Cut and Paste

After having experience with the tide pool reader twice, I gave him a cut and paste activity (we did not do this all in one setting).

Using his reader once again he sorted out the animals into two categories; those that you can find in a tide pool and those you can’t.

A cut and paste reader game with a card that shows a hermit crab with a question. A worksheet for sorting out which sea animals go in the tide pool and which ones are not in the tide pool.

1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Then we moved on to the Tide Pool Reader Comprehension Worksheet. This was a little more challenging for him because the answers are not in the text.

We successfully made it through it, and I was encouraged to see him thinking about the text.

Tide pool comprehension questions worksheet that is blank.

Tide Pool Reader Sight Word Search

To give him one exposure to the sight words, we did a sight word search. My oldest wanted in on it too, and before long I was hearing the inevitable.

A sight word search that is blank.

“I only have two left. How many do you have?”

“I have three left. I still have four to go, but I’m still going to beat you.”

Well at least they are learning… and despite the embarrassing conversation during our Sight Word game, we had fun practicing our reading skills with this Tide Pool Reader and activities.

I would love to hear how it goes for you.

Get The Full Tide Pool Reader Packet HERE. It includes all of the activities discussed in this blog post.

Ocean Sight Words Printable

Below are the free sight words printable. You can download this printable by clicking on the download button.

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