I have been studying habitats with my third grade students at school the last few weeks and I have found a certain poem to be very useful in teaching about oceans and the importance of this particular habitat.
Sea Fever by John Masefield
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
While researching, I came across an article about Wallace J. Nichols and his most interesting ideas about the power of the ocean.
Then check out www.bluemarbles.org to learn how you can get connected in making a big difference in protecting our ocean habitats.