Oceans Storytime – Ocean Animals – World Oceans Day – Library Storytime Lesson


This Oceans Storytime walks you through a flexible, two-part library lesson for K-2. Includes an ocean animals guessing game, the sunlight zone, coral reef conservation, ocean careers, ocean idioms, and more!

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The Oceans Storytime includes all my usual Library Storytime elements: whole-class storytime lesson, scrolling slideshow, two differentiated scavenger hunts, standards-aligned lesson plan, and printable recommended reads list for parents and teachers.


  • Recommended for: Grades K-2
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 elementary library lessons (about 50 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT or Google Slides; PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 55-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • List of 36 ocean-themed recommended reads (1 page PPT and PDF, editable — great to send home to parents or give to teachers)
  • 2 differentiated Scavenger Hunt activities (2 pages, edit in PPT or PDF)
  • Prep, set up, tips (7 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (2 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up scrolling slideshow timings in PPT and Google Slides


Part I is a whole-class library discussion and read-aloud. The slides will walk you through the discussion from start to finish.

Remember that the read-aloud must come from you. I am not able to include a read-aloud due to copyright restrictions on published books.

  • oceans song (includes lyrics and tune)
  • “ocean/sea” and “fish” in American Sign Language
  • guessing game – Students guess the ocean animals based on 3 clues and a partial illustration of the ocean animal. Five animals include: jellyfish, giant clam, octopus, sea urchin, and sea turtle.
  • Storytime slide – add the cover of your read-aloud to introduce it to students
  • Reminders for checkout (you can fill in your own reminders)
  • “What should we do now?” slide (this is three things your students should do after checkout – edit to add your own directions for students)


Part II is a scrolling slideshow (slide timer instructions included). As students checkout, they can work on one of the two differentiated scavenger hunt activities that go with the slideshow.

  • ASL fingerspelling S-E-A and C-R-A-B
  • the sunlight zone
  • Ming the quahog (hard clam that lived to age 507 years)
  • Word of the week: salinity
  • 5 trivia question + answers
  • coral reef conservation – why coral reefs are in danger and what we can do to help
  • 2 ocean idioms – “make waves” and “in deep water”
  • 2 would-you-rathers
  • 2 “ocean” careers – marine biologist and beach lifeguard


Part III is a newer addition to my Library Storytimes. This is a section of review questions. They are open-ended questions that make great time-fillers or help control potential chaos that sometimes happens at line-up or while waiting for teachers to pick up students from Specials.

This part includes 5 editable questions + ASL fingerspelling practice. All the questions are answered in the presentation, but students can also make up additional answers for some questions.


  • differentiated (one is images-only; one is images + text)
  • 2 pages, PDF
  • Scavenger Hunt #1 is an images-only hunt. Students can complete this scavenger hunt without reading the text on the slides.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes both images and text. This one is for the students who are able to read the Part II slideshow. This scavenger hunt includes images and questions about the information in the slideshow.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes answer key


  • picture books for PreK-Grade 2
  • all are themed for oceans, ocean animals, and ocean conservation
  • includes fiction picture books and nonfiction picture books
  • total of 32 titles
  • includes a small image from the presentation
  • titles are editable, so you can customize the titles for your library
  • All titles were hand-selected by a veteran school librarian for quality, diversity, positive reviews, and currency.
  • Every book on the list received at least two positive reviews on Titlewave. Most (if not all) also received starred reviews.


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