Life in the Ocean: Claire A. Nivola

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle 

Author/Illustrator: Claire A. Nivola

Publisher: Frances Foster Books, Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary:  The story of Sylvia Earle’s childhood love for adventure and how her curiosity led her to a life of ocean exploration and environmentalism.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: What does an oceanographer do?
  • Why do you think Sylvia wants everyone to spend at least one day in deep ocean?
  • What are some ways humans are affecting the ocean?  What are some ways the ocean can become damaged, and what can we do to help?  Have students make posters with key facts and ways we can help.
  • What are some other ways we damage the environment?  What can we do to change this?
  • Discuss some of Sylvia’s accomplishments and make a timeline.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Extended author’s note and bibliography in the back.

Accessed at: Capilano Library


2 thoughts on “Life in the Ocean: Claire A. Nivola

    • jchenlin says:

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for your feedback. Some of these pages were done for a class I was taking and the emphasis was on how the book could be used in the curriculum, so for most of them, I didn’t include much author/illustrator information unless I had a curriculum connection for them.

      Thanks for visiting the blog and hope you check back often for new posts.


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