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Ocean Life Mural


Subject: Arts & Humanities,
Ed. Technology
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description
After viewing pictures of various types of marine life from the Internet or library sources, students create a mural depicting creatures that live in the ocean.


Students draw pictures of marine life. Students work together to create a mural.


ocean, life, mural, marine life, fish, animals

Materials Needed

  • computers with Internet access or library sources
  • construction paper
  • a roll of large paper (brown, white, or if available, blue)
  • art materials (crayons, markers, paint, etc.)
  • glue

Lesson Plan


  • Explain the meaning of the word mural. If possible, show students examples of murals from art books or other sources.
  • Tell students that they are going to create a mural showing creatures in the ocean. Have students view pictures of sea life from library sources or online.
  • After students have viewed the pictures, tell them to choose one they would like to add to the mural. (Note: Have each student choose a different creature to add variety to the mural.) Have students draw and color their pictures on construction paper.
  • Have students cut out their pictures. (Assist those who might have trouble using scissors.) Unroll the large paper to the length desired. Have students paste the pictures in different spots on the roll. Display the mural on a classroom wall or in a hallway.


Observe and evaluate students' participation in the project.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:

Visual Arts: